Nov
27
2013
0


Why Did You Wear That: Thankful for Crop Tops

kirsten smithIf I could wear this outfit or an iteration of it every single day, I probably would.  Basically, if I was a superhero, this would be my costume.  I’d have a closet full of the exact same thing just like Doug Funny.  I’m not exactly sure what kind of superhero or cartoon character I would be, but I think one of my superpowers would be being able to see private Instagram accounts.  To me this feels a little bit like a mixture between Pretty Woman and Cat Woman.

Yes, I’ve found another way to incorporate a crop top into my wardrobe, this being more of a “girls’ night out” version and probably not something that I’d be wearing post Thanksgiving dinner.  So I’ll just try and remember that when Thursday rolls around and there’s a plate full of food in front of my fat face.  But perhaps another one of my superpowers might be a super metabolism.

 

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

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kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smithtop: American Apparel, skirt: Brandy Melville (similar here), socks: Stocking Girl (similar here), jacket: Andrew Marc (similar here), boots: Kelsi Dagger (similar here), bag: DIY (make yours here), necklace: vintage

xx,

WhyDid

photos by Catherine Sampietro

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Nov
09
2013
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Why Did You Wear That: The Perfect Paradox

kirsten smithIn sticking with this week’s theme of leather and lace, sugar and spice, sultry and sweet this outfit should provide some weekend outfit inspiration.  And wouldn’t you know, I’ve found yet another way to incorporate a crop top.  Sure it’s gotten quite a bit colder here in New York, but wearing a coat in transit makes showing a little skin entirely achievable.  Pairing a high waisted pencil skirt with a lacy top is a great way to show off your curves without having to pile yourself into some type of bandage contraption.  It’s classic, yet modern and most all body types can wear the look, crop top optional.

As I’ve mentioned, contradictions are my specialty.  Mixing something more tough with something seen as soft is the way to create drama (the only kind I’m into) without looking like you’re trying too hard or doing too much.  The skirt is actually something I’ve had for years- since I was a sophomore in highschool as a matter of fact.  Because a custom made leather dress seems totally normal for a 16 year old’s homecoming (photographic evidence here).  I held onto it knowing that while it may have been a bit ahead of my time as a teen, it would be a piece that would stand the test of time.  Worn with a cropped lace tee, black booties, and subtle accessories, it is the perfect paradox.

Kirsten Smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smithtop: American Apparel (thanks, Mer), skirt: custom (similar here), bra: Cosabella, bag: Malini Murjani, bracelet: vintage necklace (similar here), booties: Steven, ring: Grandma’s (similar here), earrings: vintage (similar here)

xx,

WhyDid

photos by Michael Stiegler

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Feb
26
2013
0


Why Did You Wear That: Ribs + Cleavage = Ribbage
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

spring 2013 trends crop topHow’s that New Year’s resolution going?  Good I hope since one of spring 2013′s biggest trends requires baring a bit of skin.  Oh, that’s right, ladies, get your abdominals in check, cause they will be spring (into summer)’s leading ladies.  The look already made an appearance last spring, but didn’t pick up mass momentum.  Remember how much you hated this look? (I loved it).  Well, looks like we (yes, we) are giving it another go once the frost breaks and fortunately the crop top of the season is FUPA friendly.  You see, the key to achieving the look is showing the bit of skin above your belly button and right below the ribs.  So pair a short top with a higher waisted skirt or shorts and you’ll be giving all the right kind of ribbage.  (Should you need an ab blasting workout…)

sex and the city il cantonoriCarrie Bradshaw and I have always been fans of baring our bellies and if Herve Leger has any say in it, the trend will just continue right on into to fall.  So, whattya say, ladies?

Abs-ofreakinglutely

xx,
WhyDid

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Mar
04
2011
1


Would You Wednesday: Are We Doing This, Ladies?

Okay, so I pride myself on being pretty good at spotting trends–and folks, I think I’ve found one.  Seems to me like the return of the belly shirt is happening once again.

Camilla Belle showed up to the premiere of From Prada To Nada with her belly bare in Jason Wu and I figured it was just a one off.  However, not one, but two mega watt music divas have shown off their taught tummies this week in belly baring tops.  Rihanna sported one in Sydney and Jennifer Lopez exposed herself in LA (homegirl looks fan-freaking-tastic for 41, no?).

So this is my question: Are we doing this?  Will we go ahead and hop on this trend train?  I’m cool with it.  I like crop tops and I mean, my stomach is probably one of my favorite body parts, but just give me heads up so I lay off the Sour Patch Kids and up the crunches.

All aboard!

xx,

WhyDid

images via JustJared

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May
03
2010
1


Why Did You Wear That: Fresh Crop

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I didn’t know if this day would ever come, but alas, it has. Crop tops are back with a vengeance. I was just recently making fun of a photo circa 2005 of me and two of my best gf’s wearing crop tops at Cain (above). Who knew five years later, I’d be cropping it up yet again… sans Cain.

I started seeing it here and there, but didn’t want to get too hopeful. I pride myself on having some fab abs, and good lord did I love a crop top back in the day. Well, guess what? It’s my lucky freaking day. Crop tops are everywhere and here are a few you can get your paws on right now:

0414745364561R__ASTL_300x400LNA Cropped Back Tall Tank, $62

71441242-01Forever21 Love USA Cropped Tank, $14.90

pROXY1-6665347t382x444Roxy Bash Sweater, $49.50

rsabb38bn_06American Apparel See Thru Loose Crop Tank, $19

78536Rebel Yell Cropped Malibu Tee, $58

image1xlAsos No. 8 Floral Crop Tee, $27.05

How I wore mine (sorry, I suck at taking self portraits… guess I’m not cut out for Guys with iPhones):

IMG00084-20100503-1311American Apparel Loose Crop Tee, $17

**Warning: As I must always note, not every trend is for EVERYone. If you’ve got killer legs but a little bit of a spare tire around the belly, why not stick with shorts and leave the crop tops to the toned tummies?

xx,

WhyDid

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