Why Did You Wear That: Nightie Night

By |November 27th, 2012|Why Did You Wear That?|

chemises and babydollsAlong with spritzing myself with a bit of perfume before bed, I also enjoy a good nightie.  No, I don’t mean a nightcap, although I do enjoy those too.  I am talking about a good ol’ fashion nightgown.  Maybe not the style that the Golden Girls don- but now that you mention it, I love those too- I’m just talking about a simple chemise in satin, silk, chiffon, or the softest cotton. Yes, it’s true.  I’m a lady.

Sure, in the 90’s we all did the whole “boxer shorts” or Soffe cheer shorts thing, but I never could get down with the women who ended up wearing giant flannels or nasty t-shirts and ratty old boxers.  Girlfriend, take a little pride in your night attire.  If your man wanted to go to bed with his pal, Larry, he would… and in that case, Larry would know better than to wear that stained USC shirt to bed with his boo.  I get the irony: this is all very hilarious coming from a lady who sleeps alone, but I stand firm.

Over the years I’ve amassed quite the collection of nighties and knickers.  So many that the ones that did not fit inside my closet (yes, there are more) are hanging “decoratively” on my closet door handles.  I know what you’re thinking… “How is this girl single?!”  No?  That wasn’t what you were thinking.  Hm… Anyway, it’s true, I don’t get invited to too many sleepovers anymore.  No more pillow fights or Truth or Dare for me, but I always am sure to be wearing my boudoir best ’cause you never know who you might meet in your dreams.

nightgowns1. Elle Macpherson Intimates Obsidian Phoenix Lace Trimmed Stretch Silk Satin Chemise, $175, 2. Eberjey Leonora Lace Trimmed Chemise, $97, 3. Stella McCartney Clara Whispering Stretch Silk Chemise, $250, 4. The Lake and Stars Royale Chemise, $122.50, 5. Julianne Aimee Chemise, $137.50, 6. Honeydew Intimates Emma Elegance Chemise, $45, 7. Only Hearts Sara’s Lace Chemise, $52.50, 8. Cosabella Peacock Babydoll, $193.50, 9. Hanky Panky Sheer Enchantment Babydoll, $98, 10. Chantelle Eternelle Chemise, $135

Sleep tight, or not.




Why Did You Wear That: Loungin’

By |June 23rd, 2011|Why Did You Wear That?|

I’ve never met a romper I didn’t like.  When I encounter people who don’t “understand” the romper, I must immediately walk away.  As much as I love clothes though, the first thing I do when I get home is strip down and put on something comfy.  While I’d gladly spend all my free time in my knickers, there’s an off chance I ordered pizza and need to answer the door.  Or perhaps I need to run out for another bottle of pinot.  This presents a problem for a girl in her skivvies.  Luckily, there is no problem too large for WhyDid.  The happy medium between bare flesh and camera ready?  Loungewear.

To amp up sales in the lingerie department at Bendels (you can only sell so many strapless bras) we started incorporating some “crossover” pieces much to the chagrin of the contemporary buyer (sorry!).  One must get crafty in order to maintain sales goals, my friends.  Luckily, lingerie brands caught onto the trend of wearing your underwear as outerwear and produced pieces that would fool even the most prude princess.  (As a side note, these pieces are typically cheaper than the contemporary counterparts- bonus!).

1. Skin Cotton Gauze T-Shirt, $105, 2. Undrest Classic Foldover Tap Pant, $33, 3. Only Hearts Venice Teddy, $92, 4. Kiki de Montparnasse Garter Tank, $150, 5. Julianne Maria Shorts, $64, 6. Dessous by Sophie Simmons Ludvine Tunic, $136, 7. And Cake Gold Necklace Ribbed Tank, $60, 8. VPL Deltoid Undi, $87, 9. Eberjey India Jersey Lace Cami and Shortie Set, $103, 10. Matters of Leisure Townhouse Robe, $225

When in doubt, keep a cute robe handy.  My girlfriends probably couldn’t count the number of times I answered the door for them in my pretty pink cashmere robe.  (I never could seem to be ready on time).  So dress down with your bad self.



Photos courtesy of HerbalTeaNYC

Why Did You Wear That: Night Rider

By |October 19th, 2010|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

Ever just feel like not getting dressed? You’d rather just stay in your PJ’s and call it a day? Well, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t do just that. I’m not talking about your flannel footed pajamas. I mean beautiful, well made nightgowns, chemises, and playsuits. Why shouldn’t your underwear be as pretty as your outerwear?

Fleur of England Dessert silk georgette babydoll, $225

3.1 Philip Lim Printed silk-satin slip, $250

Double in Brass by The Lake and Stars chiffon strappy slip, $68

Kiki de Montparnasse Cage Slip, $495

Stella McCartney Clara Whispering silk satin chemise, $300

Julianne Sophie dress, $325

Sweet dreams.



Why Did You Wear That: Pajama Party

By |July 20th, 2010|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|


Ever have one of those days where you just wish you could leave your pajamas on and carry on as usual? Sigh. Me too. So, I got to thinking. Why wouldn’t I just leave on my pj’s? I think by now you’re probably well aware how I feel about shorts, so it should come as no surprise that I’ve managed to combine all of these things into something totally wearable. Pair some silky shorts with a slouchy t, high heels, touseled hair and some chunky gold jewelry for a just outta bed look that will have all the boys giving you bedroom eyes.

julianne-a9-luisa-1fJulianne Maria shorts, $59

ALXT22P710DUST_1T by Alexander Wang tencel shorts, $95

Picture 1Kiki De Montparnasse lounge boyshort, $150

RSASC300_05American Apparel satin charmeuse roller short, $22

Navar shorts camel  02Navar one button short, $188


Sleep tight.



Why Did You Wear That: There’s a Party in my…

By |December 16th, 2009|Why Did You Wear That?|

Yes, it is that time of year again. So many parties, so little to wear.  Well, like my gay counterpart, I love any good reason to dress up. This includes holiday parties and the cherry on top, New Year’s Eve.  Many of us tend to take the easy route and slap on the same old boring black cocktail dress. Really? I know you switched up the accessories, but if I see that DVF on you one more time, I’m going to projectile vomit (in your direction). Below are some fun ways to spice up the typical cocktail attire.

  • Don’t wear a dress- Why shouldn’t you wear sequin leggings with a pretty top? (*and because I have to- LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS). Substitute dressy fabrics (satin, sequins, velvet, brocade) in the form of shorts, pants, or skirts.

eqzoom85.msRomeo and Juliet Couture Sequin Legging, $65

068-Maria Black-2TJulianne Maria Satin Tap Shorts, AU$149

  • Wear the pants- Why should guys be the only ones in a tux? Make your own female friendly version or opt for a cute romper like this.

karin2000612192_p1_v1_m56577569831795750_254x500Karina Grimaldi Tuxedo Romper, $218

  • Into the night- I’d be lying if I told you I’ve never worn a nightgown out as a dress. I’ve actually done it several times (including NYE ’08). Just make sure it’s not too revealing and actually looks like a dress. (Excessive use of nipples at holiday parties is typically frowned upon- unless you’re crashing a party at the Playboy Mansion).

129 Samantha Golden Beige-2TJulianne Samantha Satin Chemise, AU$129

  • Jump on it- Instead of a dress, try an ultra chic (ultra comfy) jumpsuit. It may make trips to the ladies room more complicated, but you’ll look cute (and that’s what matters).

mmr7948Madison Marcus Glossy Jumpsuit, $435

  • Color yourself bad- Stop being a wallflower and dare to wear something other than black. Pick a festive holiday jewel tone in chiffon or stretch charmeuse.

0478900837499R__ASTL_300x400Ella Moss Nora Chiffon Dress, $198

0474100206172R__ASTL_300x400David Meister Fitted Satin Dress, $315

Party on, dudes.