Do You Practice Man Repelling?
We’ve heard about “dressing for boys” vs. “dressing for girls,” but “man repelling” is an altogether new concept for us (although once you hear the definition you may identify). Leandra Medine runs a fashion blog dedicated to the art, and defines it as the act of “outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.” Dressing to keep guys away, huh? We have to admit to buying into some of the louder trends of the past year, and specifically giving them test runs on nights out with the girls where you just don’t want any trouble. Examples: socks and high heels, andro turtleneck rompers (that was an obvious fail), and monochromatic makeup schemes (also not so good—beige lipstick doesn’t do much for anyone). Check out Leandra’s blog for man-repelling updates from the runway, street style examples, and trend alerts. So, are you a Man Repeller? [The Man Repeller]