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Why Did You Wear That: New Year, No Clothes

By |January 3rd, 2014|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

kirsten smithI waited a little before posting this because I felt a bit guilty about flaunting the fact that I’m barefoot while the east coast is in the midst of a blizzard.  Then I realized that more than a few of my friends had gotten “stranded” in their tropical New Year’s locations due to canceled flights.  So here we are.  Me, the beach, a bikini, and my boy.

Seeing as I’ve run out of clothes, I’ve being buying indian sarees online in australia. Good thing I’m conveniently located where this is not frowned upon and does not require the use of a pole or clear plastic platforms.  The lack of clothing has also forced me to take a good hard look at my body, which in turn, has made me even more fond of running, hiking, and online workouts in the absence of weekly Pilates classes as this is not like wearing a onesie . There is something to be said for living in a warm climate year round… you never have the chance to pile on layer after layer of clothing (and winter weight) and hibernate.  Don’t know about you, but I’d sure trade seasons for toned tanned abs.  Even though I’ve done fairly well avoiding the holiday bulge, we all have body parts we favor over others.  This can be tricky when hitting the beach or pool and picking out a coverup to complement your cute suit.

Perhaps you loathe your legs or maybe you struggle with your stomach, or perhaps you’re that B we hate who loves every square inch of her genetically freakish body.  Whatever the case may be, there’s no reason to stay in the shade swaddled in unnecessary amounts of fabric.  If your tummy is the trouble, but you’ve got killer stems, show them off by wearing a cropped tunic or tied up T.  If you have the abs  of a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but are not loving your legs, a long maxi skirt with sky high slit will do the trick.  More likely than not, you’re being way harder on your body than need be, but we’re our own worst critics, right?  One thing is for certain.  I did not spend nearly enough time in a bathing suit last year- or at the beach for that matter.kirsten smith

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kirsten smith bikini beachhat: custom (similar here), shirt: dad’s (similar here), bikini: Tibi (similar here), skirt: Brandy Melville (similar here), dog: Smitty

It’s true.  The empress has no clothes.

xx,

WhyDid

 

Why Did You Wear That: One Piece of Advice

By |June 11th, 2013|Why Did You Wear That?|

Often times, a one piece bathing suit is something that conjures up nostalgic thoughts of Annette Funicello the Big Kahuna, and well, the Golden Girls.  But the one piece has come a long way, baby.  Once the modest uniform of the swim team, the one piece has become sometimes sexier than your skimpiest of itsy bitsy bikinis.  With plunging v-necks, racy cutouts, and all but there backs, there is a one piece to enhance and disguise just about any figure.  So, whether you are simply parading poolside before a sunset swim (because the only downside of a singular suit is the tan lines) or you happen to be hiding a trouble spot, a one piece bathing suit is a must for every beach bound babe this summer.

Styling Tip: a one piece bathing suit doubles as a super chic body suit with jeans or denim shorts and heels for post pool dinner and dancing.

one piece swimsuits1. Tori Praver Cactus One Piece, 2. Peixoto T-Back One Piece, 3. Charlie by Matthew Zink Paulina Animal Print One Piece, 4. Lisa Maree The Poetic License Cutout Crochet Swimsuit, 5. Mara Hoffman Pow Wow Cutout One Piece, 6. Forever 21 Knotted Monokini, 7. Forever 21 Tribal Print Cutout One Piece, 8. Red Carter Rainbow Brights One Piece, 9. Alexander Wang Cutout One Piece, 10. Mikoh Santorini Swimsuit

One: not necessarily the loneliest number.

xx,

WhyDid

 

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Why Did You Wear That: Suits, No Ties.

By |April 4th, 2013|Why Did You Wear That?|

You know what I love almost as much/more/I can’t decide than lingerie?  Swimsuits.  Know why?  ‘Cause it’s like underwear that you can wear in public.  Who doesn’t like beating the heat poolside wearing a barely there fashion statement?  And why else have you been going to the gym?  Oh right, for cardiovascular health, of course. Whatever, you totally do it to counterbalance those Girl Scout cookies.  You’re not fooling anyone.   Not that it matters because swimsuit season is upon us and you’re just going to have to come to terms with that.

This season’s swimwear is strongly reflective of spring trends. Colorblocking, graphic black and white, midriff tops, fringe, and cutouts are all staples for the catwalk as well as the boardwalk.  And while I still stand firm that less is more when it comes to bikini bottom coverage, there are cuts and shapes for all body types.

Be Bold in Black & White:

black and white bikinisRed Carter Glitter Bomb One Piece, Herve Leger Bandeau Bikini, Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Triangle Bikini, Norma Kamali Shane One Piece, Karla Colletto Stripe Monokini

Collect the Fringe Benefits:

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Vitamin A Tulum Bikini Top and Bottoms, OndadeMar Fringed Triangle Bikini Top and Java Bikini Bottoms, Thayer Lace Up Bandeau Bikini Top and Brazilian Bikini Bottoms, L*Space Stardust Fringe One Piece, Luli Fama Cosita Buena Fringe Bikini Top and Wavy Bottoms

Get Crafy with Cut Outs:

cutout bikinis bathing suitsTori Praver Lili Bikini Top and Bottom, Agent Provocateur Kristie Braided Cutout Swimsuit, L*Space Sensual Solids Le Chic Bikini Top and Estella Bottom, T by Alexander Wang Bandeau Top and T Bikini Bottoms, Vitamin A Siren Wrap Bikini Top and Chloe Triple Braid Bikini Bottom

Go Long:

Zimmerman Clique Perforated BikiniMara Hoffman Rainbow Printed Bikini, Beach Riot Farrow Bikini Top and Bottom, MINKPINK Florence Frill Bikini Top and Bottom, Amore & Sorvete Belle Top and Bottoms

Block It Like It’s Hot:

colorblock bikinis Seea Leucadia Reversible Bikini Top and BottomDosMares Galena Bandeau Bikini, VPL Malaga Insertion Bikini Top and BottomShakuhachi Ultra Neon Colorblock Bikini, Marc by Marc Jacobs Pleated Maillot

Sorry, Timberlake, the only suit I will be wearing is that of the “swim” variety.

xx,

WhyDid

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Setting the Mood: Breaking Spring

By |April 1st, 2013|Setting the Mood|

swimwear beach inspirationRecently, people just kept throwing out the term, “spring break” and not in reference to the questionable Disney Channel graduates’ movie.  While, spring break doesn’t mean much to me anymore, I did partake in several years of beachside debauchery without ever returning home with a tramp stamp or body piercing.  I don’t know about you, but I call that success.   Despite your stance on spring break, one must realize it is kind of a rite of passage wherein young people discover spring flings, alcohol by the yard, and the importance of chlorine in public swimming pools.  So whether spring break is just a distant memory or something you still have yet to indulge in, get yourself in the mood with bright bikinis, shiny sunglasses, and shady headwear.

1. Matthew Williamson Digital Blossom Printed Triangle Bikini, 2. Eugenia Kim Gabriella Appliqued Toyo Sunhat, 3. Linda Farrow for The Row Rounded Sunglasses, 4. TKEES Blends Ombre Flip Flop

xx,

WhyDid