Jan
07
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: On the Rink of Greatness
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

famous figure skatersSpeaking of arctic blasts (from the past) the 22nd Winter Olympics will be kicking off from Sochi, Russia in a mere month.  So, how coincidental (or is it?) that skater skirts have made a bigger comeback than Nancy Kerrigan after that whole Tonya Harding incident.  Show me a girl who didn’t dream of gliding on ice like Kristi Yamaguchi or long to be a spandex clad Tara Lipinksi and I’ll show you a girl who wasn’t old enough to remember the ’94 Olympics.  (Side note: I just did the math on that and it’s frightening).  Anyhow, reminiscent of Michelle Kwan and Oksana Baiul, the skater skirt is the perfect skirt to skate right through winter.  Worn with slightly less maribou and maybe equal parts sequins and this wardrobe reboot is just begging to be twirled in.  Not to mention it would most certainly look sensational with a crop top.

skater skirt1. Endless Rose Power Pleat Miniskirt, 2. Milly Gaffiti Floral Pouf Skirt, 3. Victoria Beckham Fluted Silk and Wool Mini Skirt, 4. Opening Ceremony Hope Gathered Lurex Skirt, 5. Parker McKenna Printed Flare Skirt, 6. BCBG Lucy Fit & Flare Skirt, 7. 10 Crosby Derek Lam Leather Ruffle Skirt, 8. Josh Goot Flare Mniskirt, 9. PARTYSKIRTS Smaks’ Night Out Skirt, 10. Line & Dot Flared Jacquard Skirt, 11. Rebecca Minkoff Andre Skirt, 12.Rebecca Taylor Leopard Print Skirt, 13. Rebecca Minkoff Andre Skirt, 14. Splendid Layers Flare Mini Skirt, 15. Alice + Olivia Fizer Striped Box Pleat Skirt

 

xx,

WhyDid

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Dec
27
2013
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Friday Frocks: Hot Under the Collar

collared dresses peter pan saint laurentOne of the most noteworthy numbers sent down this Fall ’13’s runways was the plaid Peter Pan collared frock from Saint Laurent.  Encapsulating just enough of the 90’s grunge while maintaining the sweetness of a babydoll silhouette, this dress becomes a classic contradiction.  Valentino and Louis Vuitton also sent very similar styles down the catwalk.  A perfect day to night dress that will transition effortlessly from cubicle to club by trading in flat boots for spiky Mary-Janes or strappy pumps, letting your hair loose and cranking up the smokey eye.  A perfect perfect mixture of sugar and spice- ain’t that nice?

dress with collar1. Alice + Olivia Courtnee Combo  Cuff Dress, 2. RED Valentino Polka Dot Peter Pan Collar Dress, 3. Sea Combo Silk Dress, 4. Victoria Beckham Peter Pan Collar Ottoman Mini Dress, 5. Cooperative Contrast Collar Babydoll Dress, 6.Motel Narla Cross-Back Dress, 7. Maje Eponyme Chiffon Paneled Stretch Jersey Mini Dress, 8. Charles Henry Collared Colorblock Dress, 9. One & Only x Urban Renewal Collared Babydoll Dress, 10. Elkin Noon Dress

xx,

WhyDid

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Nov
21
2012
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Why Did You Wear That: Right on Top of That, Rose.
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

peach roseMuch like fabrics go in and out of vogue (corduroy, velvet, flannel), so do precious metals.  There was a time when one might shudder to see someone wearing yellow gold and then roles reversed and sterling silver was anything but chic.  However, there is another shade of shimmer that is most flattering on all skin tones.  Yellow gold can be too warm while silver and platinum can be too cool, yet rose gold is the perfect in between shade for skin tones of plaster porcelain to dark chocolate.  I’m not sure jewelry could be more feminine than when crafted from rose gold.  I’ve even said that I’d like my next (yes, next) engagement ring to be rose gold.  Hey, nothing wrong with planning ahead (sometimes referred to as “wishful thinking”).  But until my perfect prince charming shows up on his perfect pony with a perfect piece of jewelry for my perfectly manicured ring finger, these rose gold accessories will just have to hold me over (and you too!).

rose gold accessories1. CC SKYE Mirror Clutch, $275, 2. Oscar de la Renta Rose Gold Plated Tiered Clip-On Earrings, $180, 3. Shashi Lura Bracelet, $66, 4. Jules Smith Edie Knuckle Ring, $65, 5. Victoria Beckham Square Frame 18k Rose Gold Plated Sunglasses, $745, 6. Michael Kors Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch, $250, 7. Balenciaga Arena Giant Rose Gold Money, $555, 8. Pamela Love Rose Gold Dagger Necklace, $180, 9. Alexis Bittar Bel Air Druzy Ribbon Cuff, $245, 10. Alexander Wang Black Rocco with Rose Gold, $895

Some day my prince will come… til’ then, everything’s coming up roses.

xx,

WhyDid

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Dec
15
2011
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Guest Post: Look to the Stars
Written by: WhyDid | Guest Blogger

Celebrities are always a step ahead of the game when it comes to hairstyles and fashion, thanks to free “samples” from designers, so it makes sense to look to those in the spotlight for up and coming trends.  Whether you’re looking for the perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve or just adding a few items to your wardrobe, take a look at these five trends celebs have been seen sporting lately.

1. Jewel Tones

Rich, vibrant, saturated colors have been seen on everything lately – from eyelids  to clothing, and even nail polish.  Need a little inspiration?  Browse through your grandma’s jewelry collection and draw ideas from your favorite pieces.  Does the richness of the ruby catch your attention?  Or perhaps the deep, dark shine of the sapphire?  Find the color that speaks to you and make a bold statement by incorporating it into your apparel.

Jewel-toned eye makeup is making a major comeback as well.  The bold look adds drama to the eye, with a smoky application of the rich, pigmented colors.  Emerald green specifically, has been touted as the season’s “it” eye accent color.  Pair it with a dark crimson lip color and you’ll be the hit of your next holiday party.

2. Animal Prints

Though animal print may be considered “tacky” to some, it’s back with a vengeance.  Leopard print is particularly hot and can be found on anything from apparel, to tights, and even shoes. Celebrities have recently been seen wearing the stylish prints on the red carpet, at parties, and even in their casual everyday wear.  Adding a pop of animal print does wonders for an otherwise drab outfit. Just make sure to use animal print responsibly – overdoing it can take you from fashionista to fashion disaster very quickly.

3. Autumnal Tones

Earthy colors are on the rise this season, inspired by the warm, spicy palette of fall.  Mustard yellow is a current favorite, and celebrities are particularly loving cardigans and other knits in the vintage hue.  Adding a scarf or handbag in the color will instantly put you at the top of the trends.  Embrace the retro vibe the deep shade of yellow brings by trying pin curls on your hair or wearing red lipstick on your pout.  Spicy shades of red, sunset orange, cinnamon, and yellow-greens are all excellent choices.

4. Faux Fur

That’s right, fur is back, but not in the head-to-toe, Cruella DeVille sort of way.  Instead, it’s appearing on vests, coat collars, gloves, and hats.  Fur adds an air of cold-weather charm, while keeping the iconic look of wealth.  Pair a furry accessory with jeans and a simple tee to create an appealing mixture of retro and glam.

5. Fair Isle

This traditional knit stems from a small island north of Scotland.  Once again the trend is nothing new, but rather a resurgence of an age old fashion. We’ve been seeing this type of sweater in ski shops and woodsy towns for years, but only recently did it make its way mainstream. Try layering the rustic sweater over a collared dress shirt. The juxtaposition of contrasting styles works together to create a high-fashion ensemble.  The look works for males, females, children, and even the occasional pooch. Wear this Scandinavian-style sweater with some lace-up snow boots to complete the look.

Follow this five simple trends and you’ll be looking like a star in no time.

xx,

Lisa

 

About the Author:  Lisa is an avid yoga enthusiast who enjoys writing in her spare time for Usdirect.com.

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Dec
14
2011
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Would You Wednesday: Rockin’ Bobbin’

Recently Katy Perry chopped her locks and lightened her heinous pink hue.  In my opinion, this is the look she should have gone with in the first place.  While I’m not into the whole Strawberry Shortcake haircolor trend, I do think that IF you are… this is the way to go about it.  It’s fun.  It’s subtle.  It’s something only a platinum selling pop star could pull off.  She looks kinda fab, right?

The bob was first made popular in the 1920’s by actresses Colleen Moore and Louise Brooks.  The cut was considered a bold statement of “independence” as girls in the West had historically all had long, quite coiffed tresses.  It became more accepted as women’s long hair interfered with their work during the World War.  The popularity of the bob was reignited once again in the 1960’s by Vidal Sassoon.  The look has stuck around since then in modified versions.

Many a stylish celebrity has shorn her long locks for a bolder, more blunt bob. From Rihanna, to Kate Bosworth, to Victoria Beckham… and even more famously Anna Wintour, these ladies have highlighted their striking facial features with this sleek cut.  So, would you trade in your long locks for a brazen bob?

xx,

WhyDid

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