Feb
25
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Spring 2014: Style Cheat Sheet
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

snow flowerAlthough it was fifty degrees over the weekend and snow flurrying today, we really are in the home stretch of winter.  Just hang in there, pretty birds, relief is on the way.  While we wait for the last frost of the season to cease, let us refresh ourselves on the clothing that is just waiting to make itself quite comfortable in our closets come spring.  Since each fashion week presents collections a solid six months in advance of when we can actually get our greedy little hands on it, it’s easy to forget what we need to start scoping for and what to relegate to the back of our wardrobes for the time being.  The fashion elite may be a bit clairvoyant perhaps predicting the dreadfully long winter we’ve endured as the spring collections did not shy away from color, bold patterns, and plenty of shiny embellishment.  Though black and white were ever present, it’s time to drop the dull all black uniform and have a little bit of fun.

While florals are really nothing new for spring, this season’s are a bit bolder and less feminine incorporating the trend of black and white as well as darker tones as opposed to the predictable pastel colorways.  Speaking of which, Easter egg colors abound and are best done head to toe, but if that has you feeling apprehensive of emulating Great Aunt Ida, the presence of a pastel leather jacket or clutch will do the trick.

Along with bold graphics that will have even the biggest globetrotters giddy, art aficionados rejoice.  Patterns for spring give a nod to pop art using brights that make them downright framable.  Wearable art, if you will.

Embellishment was big and came in the form of fringe, 3D embellishments and gilded golds, bronze, and silver.  An alternative to shine in the form of straightforward metallics is presented in the option of iridescence.

And to those who attempted a croptop intervention on me… bad news: the croptop (which will live on through Fall 2014) is stronger than ever for spring.  Might I suggest enrolling in a Pilates class, like last week?  Though tops are shrinking bottoms get a bit of volume in the form of wide leg trousers and full skirts seen prevalently in the midi length.

Most notably to me was that all of the various trends seem to work together quite seamlessly and in some cases there’s quite a bit of overlap.  Full metallic skirts, crop tops with sheer panels, and boldy printed wide leg trousers make hitting a few trends at once a spring breeze.

spring 2014 fashion trends

  1. Fresh Blooms: Rebecca Taylor Sweet William DressJoie Talina B PantsElizabeth and James Klaus Floral Print Silk and Mesh Dress
  2. Go Wide: by Malene Birger Cosyna High Waited Silk-Satin PantsDiane von Furstenberg Salma Wide Leg Silk Pantsalice + olivia Pleated Eric Pants
  3. Dirty Pop: Paul Smith Black Label Maxi SkirtLisa Perry Patchwork SkirtM Missoni Neon Crochet Knit Mini Dress
  4. Heavy Metals: Rachel Zoe Pearl Sequin Fishtail SkirtDAY Birger et Mikkelsen Metallic Chiffon Wrap Dress3.1 Phillip Lim Crossover Biker Skirt
  5. Peekaboo Panels: Yigal Azrouel Scuba Waterprint Mesh SkirtRag & Bone Molly SkirtRebecca Minkoff Antoni Silk Top
  6. Full Circle…Skirts: JOA Striped SkirtTOME Taffeta Skirt, Tibi Full Pleated Skirt
  7. Team Spirit: SEA Cotton-Blend Tweed ShortsSacai Luck Striped Cotton and Taffeta Dress, Equipment Abbot Silk Bomber Blouson Jacket
  8. On the Fringe: alice + olivia Caitlin Fringe Maxi SkirtHaute Hippie Fringe Pencil SkirtJason Wu Cropped Fringed Crepe Top
  9. Buttoned Up: Diane von Furstenberg Trudy BlouseMiH The Oversize Shirt, Carven Silk Floral Print Collared Cotton Shirt
  10. Perfect Pastels: Halston Heritage Asymmetric Satin Twill Peplum Dress, J Brand Ready To Wear Durham Oversized Leather Biker Jacket, Lotusgrace Polka Dot Sheath Dress
  11. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Croptops: Tibi Cropped Embellished Cotton Blend TopJonathan Simkhai Cropped Intarsia Jersey TopBCBGMAXAZRIA Kaja Harness Top
  12. Black (and White) to Basics: A.L.C. Harrison SkirtDonna Karan Printed Silk Wide Leg PantsMcQ Alexander McQueen Slash Effect Stretch Knit Dress
  13. Iridescent Does It: Acne Tine Sequined Silk Georgette ShortsRoksanda Ilincic Oriel Colorblock Wool Crepe Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim Colorblock Suede A-Line Skirt
  14. Global Graphics Clover Canyon Diamond Quilt Printed Cropped Track Pants, Diane von Furstenberg Phaedra Jacquard Skirt, Line & Dot Silk Palm Tree Print Dress

 

xx,

WhyDid

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Oct
11
2013
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Friday Frocks: You’re My Babydoll

 

Speaking of the 90′s, the one closet staple other than an oversize flannel was the babydoll dress. The bodycon dress’s polar opposite, the babydoll allows for a bit more wiggle room with a silhouette that barely skims the body.  This style is especially flattering on boyish shapes because there’s just something strange about big breasts in a babydoll dress.  So, whether you’re a darling Donna, cocaine Kelly, or bitchy Brenda, lace up  your Dr. Martens and put on your favorite floral babydoll dress.

1. Kimchi Blue Tapestry Trapeze Dress, 2. Forever 21 Flower Power Smock Dress,, 3. Joie Bernadine Dress,, 4. Kimchi Blue Prairie Rose Frock, 5. Lovers + Friends I Heart Babydoll Dress, 6. House of Harlow 1960 Adeline Dress, 7. Forever 21 Grunge Girl Floral Dress, , 8.One & Only x Urban Renewal Collared Babydoll Dress

This time Donna Martin graduates.

xx,

WhyDid

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Jul
05
2013
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Jun
04
2013
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Why Did You Wear That: A Good In-Vest-ment
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

Let’s play a little game of word association, shall we?  When I say, “denim vest” what’s the first thing that pops into your pretty little head?  I bet it was a mullet… namely in the form of Billy Ray Cyrus (you know, Miley’s dad).  But forget hoe downs and achey breaky hearts, cause the denim vest is one of this summer’s hot ticket items.  Just like all good things and some ex-boyfriends, denim vests have made a comebeack and here are three cool (and slightly unexpected) ways to wear one.

 Dressed Down Date Night:

1. MINKPINK Wonderland Mini Dress, 2. Mossimo Supply Co. Cropped Denim Vest, 3. Forever 21 Neon Lucite Trimmed Clutch, 4. Calvin Klein Vivian High Heel Sandals

Beach Baby:

bikini denim vest1. ABS Ombre Dip Dyed Denim Vest, 2. Joie Layana Silk Shorts, 3. DosMares Jade Halter Bikini, 4. Yosi Samra Flip Flops

Gal About Town:

1. Levi’s Trucker Studded Denim Vest, 2. MOTHER The Looker Skinny Jeans, 3. Truly Madly Deeply Tri Blend Slouchy Pocket Tank, 4. Diane von Furstenberg Anette Suede Pumps

Don’t break my heart, buy a vest.

xx,

WhyDid

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May
31
2013
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Friday Frocks: White Nights
Written by: WhyDid | Friday Frocks

We’ve passed that fashion milestone known as Memorial Day, which traditionally signals the ol’ “go ahead” for wearing white (we know that’s somewhat outdated, but in the off chance you’re a traditionalist…).  The only time of year a little white dress can trump the little black dress, other than your wedding day or perhaps the Oscars, is from June until late August.  So, get your faux glow on and slip into something lighter and whiter to create your own white night.

1. Joie Topaz Silk Dress, 2. Robert Rodriguez Pleated V Neck Cutout Dress, 3. Three Floor Adolescent Sister Dress, 4. Lovers + Friends Crazy in Love Dress, 5. Splendid Voile Mini Dress, 6. OAK Open Back Cotton Jersey Dress, 7. Dolce Vita Kimi Sleeveless Dress, 8. Lucca Couture Knit Cutout Waist Dress, 9. HELMUT Feather Jersey 3/4 Sleeve Dress, 10. Silence & Noise Illusion Stripe Bodycon Dress

Some day my prince will come… maybe.

xx,

WhyDid

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