Why Did You Wear That: Dive In

By |March 6th, 2014|Why Did You Wear That?|

kirsten smithEveryone knows I love lingerie, a good cocktail, and my maltipoo, Smitty.  Something else I love more than the average juice fasting female is swimwear.  Some girls are all about bags, some about shoes and while I love both, a bikini is always certain to catch my attention as well as my paycheck.  I even consider myself a bit of a bathing suit expert.  I mean, I spent two years having the pleasure of filling Bendel’s with barely there beachwear.

I love bathing suits so much there are times when I wonder why I don’t just move to an island and live in a bikini whilst sipping on fresh coconuts, but then I get bored even imagining it and continue on in my concrete jungle.

Sure, this took me the greater portion of a day to pull together, but because I love swimwear so much, I enjoyed every moment of it.  Whether you love a one piece or the teeniest of itsy bitsy bikinis, I’ve rounded up a suit in almost all of this spring’s biggest trends that should tickle your fancy or at least your fanny.  So, here it is.  The most elaborate swimsuit guide you’ll see and ever need to get you beach bum and poolside ready.

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  1. Peekaboo Panels: Indah Slam Mesh Patches Top and BottomsT by Alexander Wang Mesh Paneled SwimsuitUNIF Relic SuitLee + Lani The Rio one PieceNorma Kamali Spliced Bandeau One Piece,
  2. Dirty Pop: Beach Riot Ay Papi Freemont Bikini Top and Colada Bikini BottomsCynthia Rowley Underwire BikiniSalinas Ocean Print Racerback SwimsuitGiejo Abstract Plaid Bra Top and Mixed Boy Briefs
  3. Global Graphics:  Zimmerman Instinct Paneled One Piece, Cecilia Prado Optico Triangle Top and Tie Side BottomsMara Hoffman Laser Cut Bandeau Top and BottomsKushcush Bali Bikini Top and Bikini BottomsTori Praver Cabazon Top and Bottoms
  4. Team Spirit: Minimale Animale Calamity Jane BikiniLisa Marie Fernandez The Lisa Marie Two Tone BikiniLisa Marie Fernandez The Farrah Neoprene SwimsuitT by Alexander Wang Mesh Combo Halter Top and Bottoms
  5. Black (and White) To Basics: Clover Canyon Torqued Walls Bikini Top and Bikini BottomsZinke Emmi Reversible Bikini Top and Reversible BottomsBeach Bunny Laser Cut Top and Skimpy BottomRachel Pally Gia MaillotJason Wu Bandeau Bikini
  6. Fresh Blooms: Red Carter Floriculture Peplum One PieceNanette Lepore Fleur de la Mer Bikini Top and BottomsMinimale Animale Work It BikiniMiu Miu Floral Print Ruched BikiniDolce & Gabban Zaraga Blossom Print SwimsuitShimmi Stevie Embroidered Wrap Bikini
  7. On the Fringe: Indah Sports Illustrated Marley Crochet One PieceL*Space Skinnie Minnie Bikini Top and Blake Bikini BottomsIndah Havana Bikini Top and Santiago Bikini Bottoms,  Indah Patron Fringe BandeauLuli FamaCosta Buena Fringe Plunge Bikini Top
  8. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Croptops: Maaji Crop Top and Bikini BottomsBeach Riot Coral Gables Bandeau Top and Bikini BottomsMara Hoffman Naga Cropped Bikini Top and Tie Side Bottom,  Thayer Ruffle Bralette Bikini TopElla Moss Belle Floral Ruffle Bandeau Top and Tunnel BottomsWildfox Couture Tankini Top and Reve Crisscross Brazilian Bottoms
  9. Perfect Pastels: Nookie Beach Hermosas Bandeau BikiniZimmerman Verano Layered Frill BikiniMIKOH Swimwear Banyans String Racerback Top and Lanai Multi String BottomsZinke Weekender One Piece
  10. Heavy Metal: Zimmerman Scout High Triangle String BikiniVix Swimwear Solid Copper Triangle Top and Bikini BottomsLisa Marie Fernandez Genevieve BikiniAgent Provocateur Zonia Sequined Triangle Top and Bikini Briefs, Zimmerman Scout Balcony One Piece


Why Did or Why Don’t: Skort Stop

By |February 27th, 2014|Why Did You Wear That?|

sporkIn the process of rounding up spring’s shoppable trends, I spotted yet another one making an encore performance from the 90’s… get out your Lisa Frank covered Trapper Keeper, kids, ’cause this one is a doozy.  In line with Birkenstocks, but better than scrunchies (definitely better than skeggings), please give a warm welcome back to the clothing equivalent of the spork, the skort.  Yes, that’s right.  No need to choose between a skirt or shorts this spring because you can wear both!  At the same time!  Now, I get it because I do love a flirty little skirt.  And there’s really nothing better than showing off those hard earned gams in short shorts.  I’m also quite indecisive at times, so the appeal should be obvious.  Not to mention, a skort would make having a Marilyn moment atop a subway grate far less likely.  However, since I’ve done this whole “skort” thing once before, I recall them never being quite so flattering as one might hope.  It’s awfully difficult to get the fit of both articles of clothing right in one single garment.  Skorts tend to have the effect of “long ass”  or “elephant butt” on most women who dare to wear them.  So, like I said, I’m undecided.

skort 1. Opening Ceremony Celia Crepe Skort, 2. Rag & Bone Knife Skort, 3. Bec & Bridge Gourami Shorts, 4. Vanessa Bruno Aimy Pleated Crepe Shorts, 5. Sachin + Babi Carmen Silk Short,6. Jonathan Simkhai Leather Shorts, 7. Rachel Comey Textured Stripe Asymmetrical Paneled Denim Shorts, 8. Nanette Lepore Striped Flirty Skort,9. Robert Rodriguez Textured Silk Wrap Shorts, 10. Michael Kors Silk Floral Skort

Will you be wearing this fashion mullet come spring?



Why Did You Wear That: Oh Hey, Crochet!!

By |April 17th, 2012|Why Did You Wear That?|

crochet poncho tunicWhile crochet is often associated with granola loving tree huggers or the back of your granny’s couch in doily form, it appears to be making quite the comeback and doing so quite stylishly.  So, you can go ahead and put down the Kashi and prunes.  Sure, sure, you could take it up as a new hobby.  There are enough books out there to teach yourself how to craft up your very own crochet creation… but who really has time for that?  Besides, there are plenty or pretty options already available and you won’t have to risk chipping a nail.  Crochet makes for great accessories or a sexy (knotty?) beach coverup.  The open weave gives you just enough skin showing and I mean, talk about ventilation.

crochet clothing1. Nanette Lepore Crochet Cover, $184, 2. Michael Stars Lace Crochet Tote, $98, 3. ALL BLACK Open Crochet Ballet Flat, $133, 4. Billabong Crochet Beach Short, $48, 5. Tripp NYC Crochet Skull Sweater, $82, 6. Free People Engineered Crochet Tank Top, $59.99 , 7. Mar y Sol Avery Crochet Fedora, $85, 8. Vix Tandi Crochet Top, $100, and 9. Side Tie Bottom, $100, 10. Free People Diamond Crochet Tunic, $148, 11.Bec & Bridge Anja Crochet Long Sleeve Top, $385, 12. Staring At Stars Crochet Inset Top, $34





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Setting the Mood: Pastel Me, Please.

By |March 5th, 2012|Setting the Mood|

pastel inspiration

Second to the clean crisp contrast of black and white, pastels are my favorite shades in the rainbow.  I think it’s because they remind me of the sky right before sunset (you know, when the sky looks like a big bowl of sherbet).  There’s nothing I love more than a good sunset… well, almost nothing.  And just like clockwork, pastels are making a huge comeback for spring.  From soft mint, to sweet lavender and blushy pinks, all the colors of the evening sky are showing up on everything from denim to handbags.  I love the look of monochromatic head to toe pastels, but if you want to add just a touch to your look, try incorporating accessories or just simply nail polish to remain on trend without feeling like an easter egg.

pastel accessories Balenciaga Arena Giant Rose Gold City, $1,895Essie Mint Candy Apple, $8Nanette Lepore Gossip Floral Print Shorts, $198, See by Chloe Suede Round Toe Pumps, $290



Friday Frocks: Falling for You

By |September 23rd, 2011|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

It’s official.  It’s fall.  You’ve had your Pumpkin Spice latte.  You’ve put that damn wreath on your door (why did you do that?).  Now, it’s time to start dressing the part.  I love summer clothes, but I really adore a cozy fall wardrobe.  A great fall dress can transition you from the first falling leaf, the to first falling snowflake.  Early in the season, wear your fall frocks with boots/booties and a light jacket.  When the thermostat dips, layer tights, a scarf and a heavier jacket to keep you warm and stylish.

1. Sonia Rykiel Argyle Sweater Dress, $2,195, 2. Mini for Many Tin Knit Dress, $179.55, 3. MaxMara Oversized Sweater Dress, $350, 4. Torn by Ronny Kobo Mila Rouched Croc Dress, $338, 5. Oonagh by Nanette Lepore Jeremy Dress, $268, 6. L.A.M.B. Navajo Sweater Dress, $330, 7.Vanessa Bruno Athe Mohair Fair Isle Dress, $450, 8. Isabel Marant Tevai Metallic Fine Knit Dress, $490, 9. bebe Variegated Striped Lurex Dress, $98, 10. Forever21 Retro Houndstooth Dress, $19.80