MyFDB Goes Man Repelling with Leandra Medine

Jan 11, 2011 By Editor

We have all been guilty of it…rocking a fabulous outfit, which to the other sex is puzzling and dare I say, “repelling”? But what’s there reeally to be guilty of? Blogger, Leandra Medine revels in and embraces it! Known for her site, “The Man Repeller” which we featured a few weeks ago as MyFDB’s Weekend Read, Medine goes where only the fashionably bold go. Her blog, which she began less than a year ago, has already become a favorite and a form of inspiration for man-repellers alike. So what or who exactly is a “man repeller”? According to Medine, it is “outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. This includes but is not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls, shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, and jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.”


How did the concept/title of your blog come to fruition?
One afternoon at Topshop‘s New York flagship last spring, I was complaining about the state of my love life to a close friend while we shopped. She stopped me and said, “you’re wearing a denim button-up, high waisted denim cutoffs, and black flat booties.” I looked at the garments I had in my hands ready to try on: harem pants, shoulder pads, sequins. It was obvious. I set up the URL that night.

In terms of men’s fashion, what styles or items would constitute a “woman repeller”?
Ill-fit jeans, sneakers as formal wear, tube socks with dress shoes, square toe shoes, Abercrombie and Fitch, short-sleeved oxfords, unusual sweater patterns, capri pants…or shall I say: mapris, boxy denim jackets…and I don’t mean the Margiela kind.

What’s your take on the concept of “girls dressing for girls vs. girls dressing for guys”?
I don’t care much for either of those concepts–when a girl dresses for herself is really when the authentic style and creativity reveals itself.

If you don’t mind us asking, what is your dating/social life like given that you consider yourself a “man-repeller”?
I love a good girl’s night.

What are some of your favorite fashion blogs/sites to shop on?
Pixie Market
Forward by Revolve

Are there any celebrity man-repellers you look to for inspiration?
Of course. Carrie Bradshaw has ended relationships over fashion. And I like to think Chloe Sevigny is my style soul-mate…mormon inspired frocks et al.

If you could collaborate with anyone in the fashion industry who would it be?
I am currently in the process of collaborating with an amazing contemporary designer on a special piece for next Fall. Otherwise, I’d absolutely love to work with Thakoon, perhaps create something anatomically incorrect in unison and also with the designer behind Ellery. Ellery is an Australian brand that I’ve recently become smitten by.

Are there any current or upcoming projects you are working on?
Of course, but you’ll have to keep following me to find out about those! I will, however, tell you to take a peek at the Rachel Roy website come January 18…

What advice you have for fashion industry hopefuls?
If you have an interesting idea, set up the URL and run with it.

Okay! Now it’s time for a little Word Association aka the “most common reaction received when wearing the following item”…
Cape: “Which superhero are you channeling tonight?”
Fur: A product of Toys R Us, “So thaaaat’s where my puppy went”
Harem pants: “What are you storing in there?” “Couldn’t you wait to use the bathroom?”
Leather: Did you paint those pants on?
Leopard: “Oy vey.”
Spikes: “You can take an eye with those.” To which I respond: “Don’t tempt me…”
Turban: “Where’d you leave your cab?”

Thanks once again to Leandra for taking the time to talk to us. May all man repellers proudly rejoice! And if you still aren’t sure whether or not you’re a full fledged man repeller, take the quiz here and find out!

[Images via The Man Repeller]

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