Who Wore it Best: DIY Your Own Paper Margiela

Paper pants and open toe booties: Maison Martin Margiela, image via 5inchandup

While I do often associate crafy DIYing with none other than Erica Domesek of PS I Made This, this installment of Who Wore it Best draws inspiration from the human representation of my mission statement across the pond…Man Repeller’s UK Brand Ambassador, if you will. And since I already credited her blog in the above photo, the jig is up. Say hello to Sandra of 5 Inch and Up.

Holy drop crotch onesie and floral Miu Miu clogs, where did you hide your lady bits! …Fipping through the pages of 5inchandup, several graphic pictures, like the one above, depicted a sincere and severe case of chronic man repelling. Even so, I couldn’t stop thinking about the paper goods pictured at top. 

I therefore thought it necessary to deliver a quick three step crash course in DIYing your own paper Margiela, because while yes spending thousands of dollars on paper clothes is fun, making it yourself is funner. With a ‘ner.

Step 1: Start with a nude bodycon slip dress.

 Sorry, I had to omit the personal photo, you could see my real life crotch in it. And that is not suitable for work, life, or the MR-savvy eye. In other words, my mom made me do it.

Step 2: Paste (using double sided Scotchtape) five pieces of plain white print paper across your bodycon dress.

(They’re pictured above but you can’t see them because they’re plain and white, duh. Use your bean.)

And last, Step 3:

Stand in your kitchen to portray a sense of realness re: the DIY and craftiness components of this fun project. Pair your paper dress with pony heels. Eat almonds if necessary. Don’t flash your pearly whites, it’s what Margiela would have wanted. 

And finally, ask yourself: Who wore it best?
A. Sandra

B. The Margiela Models

Or C. ME!

Do note that I double-sided scotch-taped paper to my body and sat on a kitchen counter in a compromising position for you. Stray papers fell off my body. I had to bend down and pick them up. As I picked them up, more papers fell. At one point, my twenty four year old brother came into the kitchen with two friends while papers were sprawled across the floor and I was trying to paste them back. They scratched their heads and turned around. I heard one say “she’s getting weirder.” I think he meant wonderful.

Basically, what I’m saying is: choose me. After all, I just taught you how to make your own Margiela in the comfort of your own home.
And the lesson learned is grand: all it takes is the contents of one printer and a dream.

On an un-paper related Margiela note: Today in oxymoronic but utterly perfect fashion finds…

It’s cold outside. Let your toes run free, little ones. 

…And here I go again. Shameless plug alert: Extra! Extra! Read all about me in The New York Times, TODAY. 
Fashion Triumph: Deflecting the Male Gaze 

shoes: YSL, pants: J Brand, feathered t shirt: Pencey, trench vest: Fulton,  photo credit: NYTimes
Fun fact about this photo: While standing between two columns, practicing my second best Mr. Peanut pose, I asked the Times photographer what I could have imagined she was too shy, but overtly interested to know: do you want to pet my feathers?

As suspected, the answer was yes.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03394947638036945392 Camilla.

    You wear it best, hands down.
    Your method is just so avant-garde and brilliantly man repelling.

    intothefoldfashion.blogspot.com

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

    LOL I would pet your feathers as well. I would imagine your brother thought you were trying to take some sort of sex photo with paper on you in which case you probably did scar his friend though him he is probably use to it huh?

  • http://www.sarazucker.com sara

    this is definitely the best of your posts (hard to do) to date. hilarious. i may have sputtered out some of my coffee at the "she's getting weirder" comment. so worth it.

    (long-time reader, first-time commenter.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00950123284698606074 Death By Shoe

    Hahaha this is awesome! I just found your blog and I cannot stop laughing – I literally just drooled coffee on my desk.

    -Danielle

  • Anonymous

    i love u i love u i love u!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love u!!!! (i'm a die hard lesbian fan, please don't block me)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06459821759895720719 Sarah York

    You wore it best, for sure! Love it. Had to control my laughter by coughing at work… Also congrats on the NYT article!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02461471306904999222 Nancy

    haha wonderful! just don't get caught in the rain!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07431886068122136937 RX-SZ

    I saw your feature on the NYT, congrats!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08955757900672957685 Mackenzie {Design Darling}

    I just found your blog via your feature on Shopbop and needless to say I'm in love! Congratulations on the great press!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10189115114016191665 suzanne elizabeth

    Oh you definitely wear it best. Congrats on the NYT article!

    Keep on bein' wonderful…

    xx Suzanne
    http://sixoceansapart.blogspot.com

  • http://www.forthoseabouttoshop.ca Laura Connell

    I just discovered you through The Cut as I was looking for inspiration for my own blog. You are a gift to the industry. This subject is wildly fascinating. Did you read the recent Vogue entry by a man who could not understand why women would ever wear something not designed to attract him? Too funny. Your topic is simply genius and entirely relevant.

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

    Congrats on the NYT write up. My mom used to wear paper bag dresses in the 60s so I'll have to show her these and ask what she thinks of them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13571647297447012840 Fabienne Jach

    Wow! My friend wore a dress made of duct tape but this is definitely tops!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00977238237864833387 weak nerves and terrible vanity

    gold star for you! you're my favourite!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07127216074381624547 SPANDEXandSPARKLES

    you are by far the most hysterical and entertaining fashion writer I have come across. I have been spreading the word since I laid eyes on this blog. I will continue to laugh out loud at my desk while my co workers stare at me-lucky they are in fashion too and they get it.

  • http://www.svartfar.wordpress.com mel

    I finally feel so validated. This is the most liberating blog EVER.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15296475390500589220 Lia

    THIS BLOG IS AWESOME.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13285571872065043306 TrippyTexan

    Just followed a link here from Jezebel, and I'm having too much fun browsing around.

    And yes, I suppose you DID wear it best. If there is a best.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13062072976754211228 Viv

    i love your blog, found you through shopbop :)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15781829701986004876 Anna

    you are HILARIOUS! seriously this is the only fashion blog that makes me laugh.out.loud.

    love!!

    xx
    anna t.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08839112732687104661 jen byers

    Hey! Okay this is a quick question (and I am a student cracked out from finals week, so please forgive me), but in noting that you dress for yourself and not for men, you seem to also highlight an interesting conundrum in fashion design: that clothes don't flatter the female figure. While I'm certainly not advocating dressing with the exclusive intention of attracting sexual attention, I find it curious that fashion has somewhat consistently not focused on glorifying the female body. Obviously, there are ranges of female figures, but the ideal fashion figure is very distinctly unfeminine or, perhaps more precisely, unwomanly. This is not to say that waifs aren't women, but even the most boyish of women have hips, busts, and waistlines– things which seemed to be ignored in the majority of high fashion. Instead of treating women's figures as blank canvases, it seems like most desires take the idea of the blank canvas and apply it to women.
    Ah, I guess I'm just wondering where you think it's appropriate to draw the line between dressing for not for men's attention, but for your own glorification of your body, a body which includes a curved figure?
    ^.^

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04633598425656779993 cat

    you are hilarious! I love it!
    I only just came across your blog, it's great! I'm following!
    !! (just for good measure)
    cat x

  • http://cookieandkate.com Cookie and Kate

    You're killin' me here. I just got a good belly laugh in at your outfit. My younger brother and his friends would react exactly the same way if they found me in the same position. Now then, I'm off to read the New York Times article!

    P.s. CONGRATS on that!!!

  • Anonymous

    I love your blog so much !
    You wore it best !
    Thanks for being so funny

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

    HAHAHAHA. BRILLIANT POST. LOVE IT. You wear it best, I'll say. And it was a great article about you in the NY Times.

    http://samanthalui.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14541019887119846556 Style ninfa

    Love the shoes!! you look so sexy :)
    ♥ ♥ ♥ , Angie
    Check out my blog & maybe we could follow each other?
    styleninfa.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16802644295099928921 Sarah Dee

    I just read the article and your mom sounds like a sweetie!

    <3 Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09149781315469755878 Jenn from Much to My Delight

    PS: Did you see that you were on Gawker.com yesterday too?

  • http://www.sweetteaandchampagne.wordpress.com Kathryn {Sweet Tea and Champagne}

    This is great! I was just having a conversation about how much men hate harem pants the other day! Haha love it. xo

    Kathryn
    http://www.sweetteaandchampagne.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15557852358901252708 Lynn

    i just discovered your bowl-me-over-funny, clever and fashionating blog. a bff sent me this link thinking i'd love to the love it and YES i sure do. your writing is hysterical and the designs you post are equally stunning my eye sockets with 100 watt joy bulbs.

    i'm following now so as not to miss out on anything. ♥

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

    Hooray for this post! Next time I go to the gynecologist, I'm'a make my own paper outfit, thank you very much!

    http://mystylecanvas.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04805820557865948149 ELECTRIC FRINGE

    this is fucking hilarious. Love your blog!! According to your twitter, we have the same birthday. I too will be without a doubt man-repelling tonight, but that's not hard to do in Las Vegas when you're not wearing pasties and extensions. oh well.
    xo, colby
    http://www.electricfringe.com

  • http://fizzleout.wordpress.com/ fizzleout

    oh hilarious! Love this DIY!! hahahaha

  • Anonymous

    you have rich parents and couldn't get in to either Coumbia or NYU? you must be really stupid, no wonder you have a fashion blog

  • http://annacircles.wordpress.com/ annacircles

    This is pretty epic :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10588508304788464579 kirstyb

    lol this cracked me up x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04018745874551018396 T.A.P.S.

    you are hilarious. your blog is hands down best fashion blog EVER.

    cestdemode.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16747921195231684047 Francesca

    hahha love this post. you crack me up

    xoxo,
    F

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06464967225346681495 devorelebeaumonstre.

    just stumbled upon your blog & I love it. typically you don't find humor on a fashion blog.

    devorelebeaumonstre.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00488853899360078329 Miss Oh’

    I absolutely LOVE your writing! And the paper dress of course .. My sister's boyfriend talks about me like that as well "she's getting weirder all the time" and yes, I too think he means 'wonderful' :p

    Love,
    Oh'

    ps: I follow you now, if you want to take a look at my blog, here it is:
    blogbymissoh.blogspot.com (you can follow me too, as you could guess, but of course, only if you like what you see, need no charity ;))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07402619672119377705 Villedela

    Congratulations on the NYT post! Mrs. Medine is hilarious, too.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07469037790247873157 polka dot

    Brilliant!

    This is weird: this morning my friend Young Claire who's visiting London from the States told me about you (I don't even know how it's possible I haven't seen your blog before) and said 'she even looks like you' – you're like a funnier, younger, better version of me. But then randomly I happened to check twitter and a totally unrelated friend tweeted cc'ing you. So now I"m following you but here's the weird thing: I know Sandra and I took her photos in those paper trousers! But I don't think that's my shot in your post:

    http://streetstylelondon.blogspot.com/2010/09/girl-in-paper-trousers.html

    and

    http://streetstylelondon.blogspot.com/2010/09/where-do-i-begin.html

    Okay, that's enough chit chat from me for one day. Oh and also I'm from NY. If you have an English boyfriend I'll eat my hat.

  • Anonymous

    Good work — I am repelled.

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