Why Did You Wear That: The Perfect Paradox

By |November 9th, 2013|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

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)



photos by Michael Stiegler

Setting the Mood: Keep On Rockin’ Me

By |July 16th, 2012|Setting the Mood|

rock and rollI’ve said before that I actually might have been a rockstar in a past life.  Maybe I even missed my calling… except for the fact that I’m tone deaf and lacking any and all musical talent.  So, scratch that.  Doesn’t mean I can’t channel my inner rock goddess in the form of fashion.  I mean, we all know that fashion and music go hand in hand (leather and lace).  Being a rockstar doesn’t necessarily mean decking yourself out in head to toe leather- though I’m not opposed to such… shall we talk about my sophomore year of highschool homecoming dress?  Adding an edgier item to any ensemble can take you from Miley Cyrus to Pat Benatar.

Rock and roll may have died with Nirvana, but the style lives on.

rock and roll style

  Ash Tokyo Biker Boot, $450MiH Jeans Fringed Shearling and Suede Gillet, $945Alice + Olivia Front Zip Leather Leggings, $697Pamela Love Silver and Wooden Dagger Necklace, $210


So go ahead and party like a rockstar, unless that includes snorting ants.  Then I’m out.