Getting Street Styled Part II: A Lesson in Layering

by Leandra Medine
December 6, 2010
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I imagine that after taking a cue or two from my first installment of Getting Street Styled, your efforts at standing against brick walls waiting for wo/men with enormous cameras around their necks have become far better received. And in the event they haven’t, that’s weird, you may want to reconsider your lip color. 

In any case, because you crazy kids seemed to lurve the first photo tutorial, I thought it smart to ride my own wave of success and exhaust use of the same concept enlighten you again with another round of Getting Street Styled. This time, taking a particularly close look at one of the more important elements involved in perfecting the art of man repelling: layering. Because jeans and t-shirt just won’t cut it if you want to continue on in the race to learn whose lady bits can stay unkept longest. After all, man repelling means a break from bikini waxing so bring on the fur head piece. (Please do note the crass pun hidden in the subtext here.) And despite the irony presented in the mere fact that I am about to summon three men...Scott Schuman, Phil Oh, Mr. Newton, if you’re reading this…snappy, snappy. Clicky, clicky. I’m waiting for you on Mott Street!

All images by Naomi Shon
t-shirt: Helmut Lang, jeans: Seven for All Mankind, flats: Chanel
Step 0: Start with a plain white t-shirt, jeans, and simple black flats. Look into the mirror, ask yourself “who is that?” Stick your pinky finger out of your right front pocket for dramatic effect.
Sheer silk crop top: Kimberly Taylor

Step 1: Let the layering begin. I suggest you use a crop top so to have your first two layers at different lengths. Extra Repeller points if its sheer, this reminds the mangoes that our desexifying capabilities are uncanny…tragic, if you will.

Plaid button up: Vince, compliments of my brother. He’s 24, single and related to yours truly. Tweet him for a good time!

Step 2: Add a plaid flannel, flash your bright whites. Kurt Kobain inspired lumbersluts, unite.

Silk floral blazer: Zimmermann

Step 3: Take apart your grandmother’s curtains, sew them into one cohesive blazer. Place over your flannel. Fold flannel sleeves over floral sleeves. Pat yourself on the back, in just three steps you’ve already ventured into the territory of incoherency. Look down at your feet, vow to veto the black flats.

Shoes: Alexander Wang

Step 4: Add birth control glasses. Douche bag points for non-prescriptive lenses. Now you’re channeling Kurt Kobain, your grandmother’s curtains and the human contents of the Brooklyn-bound L-Train.
Step 5: Trade the fancy flats for a pair of bomb-ass wedges. Bonus points for ankle straps that may or may not create the illusion that even your skinniest jeans can obtain harem tendencies.

Necklace: TOMTOM Jewelry, Forefinger ring: Low Luv x Erin Wasson, Second ring: TOMTOM Jewelry

Step 6: Add several violent weapons, have them double as jewels. If you are prone to poke your own eyes out, breathe a sigh of relief. Your BCGs will protect you.

Turband made with Hermes scarf
Step 7: Strike your best Mr. Peanut pose, have your face emulate an emoticon, place a DIYed turband around head. You look like an asshole and it is fantastic. Do not travel above 14th Street.
Step 8: Embrace your perpetual smile. You are wearing birth control glasses, multiple printed layers in several different fabrics, shapes and sizes, and a home-made turband in one single outfit. 
High five yourself. We’re standing under the mistletoe alone come Christmas!  
Psych, just you are. 
I’m Jewish. 
But I’ll still toast the turbans, cheers to cheetah, wine to wedges, and clap to culottes with you. It would be unbecoming not to.
REPLIES
  • http://abetterroni.blogspot.com A Better Roni

    YOU DID GREAT OKAY

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13086402679625574088 Heather

    HA love this!!! Your so witty which makes reading this so enjoyable! Love the idea of a cropped shirt over a longer shirt with a button down plaid shirt! I love love your wedges too. Perfect dowtown (you're right nothing above 14th street) and Williamsburg look here! lol

    http://fashionistanygirl.blogspot.com/

  • Handsome

    That Vince flannel is DOOOOOPE!!!!
    Your bro must be a legit guy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    Ladies and gentlemen, meet @HandsomeHaim. ^^^

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13849720544363935999 Ajah

    "Birth control glasses" hilarious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16977928304598355365 chichichic!

    oh i love. oh i love so much. oh i love TOO much.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16339689508078343502 WeAreTheCrowd

    This was hilarious "BCG" and I love the idea! Those rings are amazing :D

    Love Ellen from WeAreTheCrowd
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03092846123767700024 Molly

    sexy. Can I come join your nosex party?

  • http://fashionslap.net/ fashionslap.net

    LOL "You look like an asshole and it's fantastic" yay as if my ability to look constantly constipated and bitchy needed help now I know all I need to do is add a turban thank you for wisdom. Now I'm off to tweet your brother for a good time. He's only a year younger than me ;) haha.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06380384764809026673 Angelica

    aaaa I want to wear Step 2 right now

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12283590309230661219 Michelle Elaine

    I love the twitter shout out to the brother – gonna tweet him now ;) hehe

    KeepItFvncy,
    M.E.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13032949123461819866 Jac

    AHAHAHA! You crack me up.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17743412261082252157 Miranda

    I know you're trying to repel, but it actually ends up working and I'm just wondering if you may actually get hit on by guys who fancy your style.

    http://www.indcfashion.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234429821917572004 Diana

    i always read your posts out loud to my roommates — its so funny ahhh

    http://dressedupallligators.blogspot.com/

  • http://seekaterun.wordpress.com/ seekaterun

    Dear Man Repeller,

    Brilliant as always! I've got my Kurt Cobain flannel on right now! I thought WWMRD as I was getting dressed this morning.

    <3,
    A West Coast Follower

  • Anonymous

    is hipster synonymous with repeller?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01124985813368444077 onlycoolcats

    I love your style.great blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01034419628438916276 serenissima

    you are so fantastic that i cant stand it lol. this was epic

    http://sartorialme.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/legaleagle88 Kristin

    I think if you wore dark (maybe striped?) socks with your wedges, we'd see you in The Sartorialist pretty much immediately.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10637001710961200469 Ellie

    Hahahaha working.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10100826601554628111 alexandra

    ohmy! this is my favorite.
    thank you for the inspiration!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09509612874147350162 Iben

    hahaha, so enjoyable! Love the tutorials, it's quite funny how good you look in "man preffered" clothes and your own style!

  • Hollis

    Consistently hilare.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00727349527279091309 Mey

    Love ur blog, its so funny <3

    kiss

    http://everysundays.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09529623292300552619 Hal

    So glad I found you! Following now :)

    HALCOHOLIC.com

  • Anonymous

    Loooooove that necklace and those rings!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12748026730051433567 ashford

    Literal LOL at "you look like an asshole and it's fantastic"

    To the anonymous commenter above, I've always claimed that you're not a real hipster unless your look is totally unattractive. It's got to border on homeless and/or mentally slow or you're just not doing it right.

    MR is obviously too chic for that. Hipster and fashionable are not always synonymous, anonymous.

  • Anonymous

    you're a genius #TFACQ

  • http://tsnd.com TSND

    your blog is really funny.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03636469387388076513 Leah

    ahha your writing style is awesome! I love it. I don't think I'm daring enough to look like an asshole though.. I may repel my boyfriend.

    xo L
    http://www.littleredpurse.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13496726886831337903 Christanna

    there is no other way to say this: you are brilliant.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17486147958211746138 Samantha Lui

    AHAHAHAA. Another great post. I love the birth control glasses

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16899599953810437394 kinkywildcat

    totally am copying the look!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12731586521881528623 flyingcupcake

    love this. i want to have your babies.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00882705255459417193 Emily

    Congrats! As I was reading this post, my 9 year old son walked by and said "she looks like a dork with those glasses". You're repelling more than just men, you're repelling boys too.

  • Anonymous

    i love you! thanks for a critique of the social norms of fashion, something you never see on the multitude of biased blogs out there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05566850344370663049 Adena Leigh

    YOU ARE FABULOUS
    and always look fabulous despite your man repelling ways!
    my favourite part was the birth control glasses. hah!

    adena leigh xox

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05345225002773583958 Sabina

    Make those granny curtains into a romper and you'll really be ready for the Brooklyn bound L!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07277614799269264290 Maryjane

    Great outfits and the background is fantastic! You have a fantastic blog!

    Maryjane xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17655821453547344435 Táia

    Thank God, someone understand me!
    Kisses from Brazil!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08290405972825331442 Gorgeous Clara

    hahahaha, I like the result of this outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00664054121622011335 Make Do Style

    I'm feeling the birth control!! xx

  • http://lostinaspotlessmind.com/ Airam

    Oh, my. I've only read one post in your blog so far, and I'm in love already! Finding a blog with fashion AND humour is like finding a unicorn. Actually, a unicorn with gold teeth and rainbow hair and a soundtrack of The Runaways playing mysteriously wherever it goes. I can't wait to go through your archive! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12981228048468437957 Beautifully Invisible

    I just recently discovered your blog and I think I might love you after reading this. Love your writing style, and will be following regularly!

    Plus, I kind of love this look, birth control glasses and weapon/jewelry and all. It works even though you are trying to repel.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14777185650039366860 Sally

    Your posts always keep me laughing, thank you!

  • Anonymous

    I am officially and immediately obsessed with your blog. In fact, I've been man-repelling since HS… before I even knew the phrase existed.
    Cheers to dressing like a douche, and loving it. You m'am… are AWESOME.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08725809690835995370 Tania

    wow!! i just stumbled on your blog from the nytimes article. love your style and your wit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17258331709151408806 Gabi

    OMG…loving it. I'm still giggling. Love your style and your humor.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07909518208946849433 Jordin Leslie

    OMG… LOVE this post. Just started following your blog and I absolutely love it. Great job!

    http://lustlaughsdatingmishaps.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

    AMAZING.

  • Molly H.

    so happy you used the term "Bomb-ass"as I have never heard another human other than myself utter these words

    your blog is brilliant and YOU my dear are fantastic….keep up the good (read: celibacy-inducing) work! xoxo

  • Anonymous

    man you are funny:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06681284541885288937 pinkmate

    This is great!!! I so love this post!

    vanessa

    http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625395273907490807 Gypsy_Riot

    hahahahhaha i just died laughing…out loud of course. absolutely love the asshole-looking tendecies this outfit gives off (as you have stated). pretty much obsessed with the floral, plaid, and sheer combo. and even more obsessed with how effortlessly you put all of this together. I especially love the DIY turban since i posted about this not too long ago…behold–> http://gypsyriot.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-turban.html < --check it.

    Thanks for the laughs and obviously the fashion.
    ..and im gone..

    http://www.gypsyriot.blogspot.com

  • http://www.inaila.com Nabila

    omg you're a riot – laughed my way through the article. Be careful of wearing those wedges with those jeans though because they look kinda sexy!

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  • Dorie {BrooklynSalt}

    Yes! Now I finally know how to wear my sheer black t-shirt. I always wore it over a black tank which made it disappear. Thanks for the layering tips, love em! This is the only fashion site I follow.

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