As much as I like contradictions and mixing things that have absolutely no business swinging from the same monkey bars on the playground, I also love a good pair. Separates aren’t reserved only for suiting anymore and with the surge in popularity of crop tops (thank you, fashion gods), designers have capitalized on one of this season’s biggest trends: tops with shorter silhouettes worn with long line skirts and shorts.
Not all separates may be office appropriate, but these sets sure do add an unexpected take on cocktail attire (little black what?). And when you mix and match these separates with some closet essentials, you’ve tripled your look. That’s my kind of retail math. A crop top can easily be converted to casual by pairing it with your favorite jeans and heels or give a full skirt a Saturday brunch vibe while wearing it with a white t-shirt and sneakers. (Remember my experiment in dressing down a sequin crop top?).
1.Endless Rose Cropped Sleeveless Shell, Endless Rose A Line Skirt, 2. For Love & Lemons Sporty Knit Crop Top, For Love & Lemons Sporty Knit Skirt, 3. Nicholas Bonded Silk Crop Top, Nicholas Bonded Silk Zip Pencil Skirt, 4. Tibi Cropped Top, Tibi Pleat Skirt, 5. Robert Rodriguez Chambray Crop Top, Robert Rodriguez Chambray Track Shorts, 6. BB Dakota Seraphina Crop Top, BB Dakota Jaz High Waisted Skirt, 7. T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey T-Shirt, 8. Frame Denim Le Skinny de Jeanne Mid Rise Jeans, 9. Superga Lace Sneakers, 10.Carvela Kurt Geiger Girl Strappy Sandals
Memorial Day weekend is just about a week away ushering in the unofficial beginning to summer. And summer signals the onslaught of short shorts, toned legs, and a lot of happy males. So, what are this summer’s most coveted short styles? Everything from a classic pair of blue jeans shorts- cut-off or classic, the return of the skort, and the questionable elongated shorts. No matter the occasion, there’s a short for that. Behold WhyDid’s Short Guide for summer.
- blue jean queen: 1. Victoria Beckham Denim Oversized Stretch Denim Shorts, 2. J. Crew Distressed Stretch Denim Shorts,3.J Brand Carly Mid-Rise Denim Shorts, 4. Current/Elliot The Bicycle Shorts, 5. A.P.C. Faded Denim Shorts
- print-cess pants: 1. Maison Scotch Hawaii Printed Shorts, 2. MSGM Multicolor Shorts, 3. Free People High Rise Culotte Shorts, 4. Mara Hoffman Athletic Shorts, 5. Diane von Furstenberg Naples Floral Shorts
- go long: 1. Crippen Ava Shorts, 2. Paul & Joe Nantua Floral Print Crepe Shorts, 3. EACH x OTHER Fabio Paleari Tuxedo Shorts, 4. Citizens of Humanity The Leah Shorts, 5. Tibi Kat Eyelet Shorts
- leather lover: 1. BLK DNM Leather Shorts, 2. Jonathan Simkhai Leather Shorts, 3. Rag & Bone Leather Pajama Shorts, 4. Maje Ennivre Lace Up Textured Leather Shorts, 5. Vince Perforated Leather Boxer Shorts
- run, girl: 1. Lovers + Friends Young Romance Shorts, 2. One Teaspoon Hendrix New Elastic Runner Shorts, 3. Zoe Karssen Tuxedo Leather Trimmed French Terry Shorts, 4. Pam & Gela Zip Detail Shorts, 5. Splendid Indigo Dye Shorts
- skort alert: 1. Vanessa Bruno Aimy Pleated Crepe Shorts, 2. JOA Asymmetrical Hem Shorts, 3. findersKEEPERS Midnight Lover Shorts, 4. CLU Draped Washed Silk Shorts, 5. Clover Canyon Palm Springs Shorts
Get it, shorty.
Although 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.
- Fresh Blooms: Rebecca Taylor Sweet William Dress, Joie Talina B Pants, Elizabeth and James Klaus Floral Print Silk and Mesh Dress
- Go Wide: by Malene Birger Cosyna High Waited Silk-Satin Pants, Diane von Furstenberg Salma Wide Leg Silk Pants, alice + olivia Pleated Eric Pants
- Dirty Pop: Paul Smith Black Label Maxi Skirt, Lisa Perry Patchwork Skirt, M Missoni Neon Crochet Knit Mini Dress
- Heavy Metals: Rachel Zoe Pearl Sequin Fishtail Skirt, DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Metallic Chiffon Wrap Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim Crossover Biker Skirt
- Peekaboo Panels: Yigal Azrouel Scuba Waterprint Mesh Skirt, Rag & Bone Molly Skirt, Rebecca Minkoff Antoni Silk Top
- Full Circle…Skirts: JOA Striped Skirt, TOME Taffeta Skirt, Tibi Full Pleated Skirt
- Team Spirit: SEA Cotton-Blend Tweed Shorts, Sacai Luck Striped Cotton and Taffeta Dress, Equipment Abbot Silk Bomber Blouson Jacket
- On the Fringe: alice + olivia Caitlin Fringe Maxi Skirt, Haute Hippie Fringe Pencil Skirt, Jason Wu Cropped Fringed Crepe Top
- Buttoned Up: Diane von Furstenberg Trudy Blouse, MiH The Oversize Shirt, Carven Silk Floral Print Collared Cotton Shirt
- Perfect Pastels: Halston Heritage Asymmetric Satin Twill Peplum Dress, J Brand Ready To Wear Durham Oversized Leather Biker Jacket, Lotusgrace Polka Dot Sheath Dress
- Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Croptops: Tibi Cropped Embellished Cotton Blend Top, Jonathan Simkhai Cropped Intarsia Jersey Top, BCBGMAXAZRIA Kaja Harness Top
- Black (and White) to Basics: A.L.C. Harrison Skirt, Donna Karan Printed Silk Wide Leg Pants, McQ Alexander McQueen Slash Effect Stretch Knit Dress
- Iridescent Does It: Acne Tine Sequined Silk Georgette Shorts, Roksanda Ilincic Oriel Colorblock Wool Crepe Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim Colorblock Suede A-Line Skirt
- Global Graphics Clover Canyon Diamond Quilt Printed Cropped Track Pants, Diane von Furstenberg Phaedra Jacquard Skirt, Line & Dot Silk Palm Tree Print Dress
Only thing a true ice princess needs this winter more than a whimsical skater skirt is a flirty, flippy, skater frock – just ask Michelle Trachtenberg. This silhouette is especially kind to those who have trim waists but may view their thighs as the type that are thunderous. It’s also great for someone who’s a bit more straight up and down and looking to add a little volume to her svelte shape. If you fear this looking too feminine much like Michelle and myself, layer a tough leather jacket on top and slip into a pair of rugged moto boots. Another option for styling a skater dress is wearing it over a turtleneck or long sleeve tee to give it a 90’s “jumper” look for the winter months.
1. Lover Vee Vee Guipure Chiffon and Lace Dress, 2. Carven Sleeveless Dress, 3. Splendid Stretch Jersey Mini Dress, 4. Faith Connexion Skater Dress, 5. Elizabeth and James Magdalena Dress, 6. Three Dots Crew Neck Dress, 7. Tibi Leopard Pattern Stretch Knit Dress, 8. For Love & Lemons Lulu Dress, 9.MINKPINK The Mini Dress, 10. Matthew Williamson Floral Haze Jacquard andd Silk Dress
I waited a little before posting this because I felt a bit guilty about flaunting the fact that I’m barefoot while the east coast is in the midst of a blizzard. Then I realized that more than a few of my friends had gotten “stranded” in their tropical New Year’s locations due to canceled flights. So here we are. Me, the beach, a bikini, and my boy, Smitty.
Seeing as I’ve run out of clothes, I’ve pretty much stopped wearing them altogether. Good thing I’m conveniently located where this is not frowned upon and does not require the use of a pole or clear plastic platforms. The lack of clothing has also forced me to take a good hard look at my body, which in turn, has made me even more fond of running, hiking, and online workouts in the absence of weekly Pilates classes. There is something to be said for living in a warm climate year round… you never have the chance to pile on layer after layer of clothing (and winter weight) and hibernate. Don’t know about you, but I’d sure trade seasons for toned tanned abs. Even though I’ve done fairly well avoiding the holiday bulge, we all have body parts we favor over others. This can be tricky when hitting the beach or pool and picking out a coverup to complement your cute suit.
Perhaps you loathe your legs or maybe you struggle with your stomach, or perhaps you’re that B we hate who loves every square inch of her genetically freakish body. Whatever the case may be, there’s no reason to stay in the shade swaddled in unnecessary amounts of fabric. If your tummy is the trouble, but you’ve got killer stems, show them off by wearing a cropped tunic or tied up T. If you have the abs of a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but are not loving your legs, a long maxi skirt with sky high slit will do the trick. More likely than not, you’re being way harder on your body than need be, but we’re our own worst critics, right? One thing is for certain. I did not spend nearly enough time in a bathing suit last year- or at the beach for that matter.
hat: custom (similar here), shirt: dad’s (similar here), bikini: Tibi (similar here), skirt: Brandy Melville (similar here), dog: Smitty
It’s true. The empress has no clothes.