Why Did You Wear That: No-chella

By |April 10th, 2014|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

kirsten smith coachellaIf you live in New York you are in one of two camps: the ones who boarded Palm Springs bound planes for a wild weekend at Coachella or the rest of us who plan to stay put and enjoy the little bit of sunshine that’s finally been bestowed upon us.  I fall into the second camp and am pretty okay with that.  As mentioned, as much as I love a live show, being part of a commercialized and overcrowded concert series gives me the heebie jeebies.  I do, however, love the opportunity to tap into my inner flower child from time to time and fortunately, my mom was smart enough to hold onto a few of her favorite pieces and pass them along to me.  Smart and pretty.

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kirsten smith coachellasunglasses: Stella McCartney, sweater: Staring at Stars, top: vintage (thanks, mom!), jeans: Odyn, shoes: Charles David, bracelets: Kenneth Jay Lane, bag: vintage Dooney & Bourke




photos by Kate Alex

Why Did You Wear That: Hats What’s Up.

By |May 21st, 2013|Why Did You Wear That?|

You have invested a small fortune in your skin and there’s no need to cancel that all out by roasting in the sun like a California raisin.  Sure, sunblock and sunglasses help protect against a gnarly sunburn, but why not come with the wrinkle fighting trifecta by adding a huge hat?  I don’t mean like J. Lo or Kim Kardashian, heavens no.  There are ways to pull off a humongous hat without looking like a pretentious poser and this is one of those times that it’s completely fine to throw a little shade.  Now, don’t be mistaken.  A hat doesn’t make SPF obsolete, but does help deflect those harmful UVA/UVB rays decreasing your chance for skin cancer and premature aging.  Bonus perk?  Hides those unruly, humidified hairs of yours.  Bless all of you with straight tresses, but I’m not in that camp, so look for me in a big ol’ sunhat by the beach.

1. Juicy Couture Oversized Straw Hat, 2.Forever 21 Straw Bowler Hat, 3.Eugenia Kim Bianca Feather Trimmed Straw Fedora, 4.Staring at Stars Woven Floppy Hat, 5. Rag & Bone Braided Beach Visor, 6. Sensi Studio Toquilla Straw Panama Hat, 7. Bop Basics Thick Raffia Continental Hat, 8. Eugenia Kim Marie Visor, 9. Christys’ Hats Bowler Hat, 10. Maison Michel Virginie Grosgrain Fedora

Hats what’s up.




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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Why Did You Wear That: Work It, Girl

By |January 9th, 2012|Look for Less, Why Did You Wear That?|

While some ladies may be those of leisure, others work hard for their money.  They’re smart, determined, dedicated, and want to look damn good while dominating a board room.  And while mama does work hard to bring home the bacon, she doesn’t want to put all that money right back into her work wardrobe.  So what’s a girl to do?  Shop smart!  There are plenty of work appropriate options that 1). won’t break the bank and, 2). won’t raise any eyebrows.  The key to a fabulous work wardrobe is investing in smart separates that can be mixed, matched, and accessorized to provide a plethora of early morning options.  Here are three outfits all under $200 that will have you looking like (and making) a million.

Let’s break down the numbers:

BB Dakota Audry Twill Dress, $79.99 Mossimo Palma Pumps, $29.99 + Marc by Marc Jacobs Metallics Packables Shopper, $58 = $167.98

Jack by BB Dakota Nadine Top, $52 My Favorite Things Pencil Skirt, $79.90 + Nine West Escher Pumps, $59.99 = $191.98

BB Dakota Hadley Pants, $59.99 Staring at Stars Chiffon Button Down Shirt, $24.99 + DV by Dolce Vita Boston Pumps, $72.99 = $157.97 

Now that’s what I call retail math.




Friday Frocks: Financially Friendly Edition

By |December 17th, 2010|Friday Frocks|


Last week one of my favorite readers wrote in to say that as much as she loved the dresses on WhyDid, they were a bit out of her price range. To that, I promised that this week’s Friday Frocks would be dedicated to her.  You don’t have to spend a billion dollars to look like a million bucks. Here are ten dresses certain to have you sparkling and shining at any upcoming holiday party- and here’s the kicker- they’re all under $100!!! Your wallet says, “thank you.”

bebe Strapless Tube Dress, $98

Express Sequin and Chiffon Dress, $98

ModCloth Celebration in Tinsel Town Dress, $89.99

Staring At Stars Drummer Dress, $89

Love Tease Strapless Satin and Lace Mini, $69

INC International Concepts Sequin Tank Dress, $67.99

Arden B. Sequin One Shoulder Dress, $47.20

Rampage Ruched Beaded Mini, $39.99

Forever 21 Lame Jacquard One Shoulder Dress, $22.80

Kouture by Kimora Sleeveless Lace Satin Mini, $19.99

Now you have extra cash to accessorize!