Three Indications that Suggest Proper Repelling

Leandra Medine | January 31, 2011

Holy moly me oh my, fashion week is but a mere 10 days away. While it is obviously impossible for every single fervent fashion flamingo worldwide to tangibly participate in the Olympics of Man Repelling international fashion weeks, state o’mind is everything. Think of this as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but more like: The Bloggerhood of the Traveling Words.

Just because you won’t be at shows doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear the furry wedge-booties, labial sweater and virtually anything Opening Ceremony that you’ve been coveting but seem to have nowhere to wear. To quote the ever eloquent and highly respected Hilary Duff, “Why not? Take a crazy chance. Why not? Do a crazy dance.” 
…This way, when your man friend says “What the fuck,” you can refute: “It’s fashion week, jackass.” 

In light of my recent stroke of genius this, today seemed as good a time as any to talk Man Repeller rules of thumb. And when I say thumb I’m talking Megan fox. Not really, but do a civil service for yourself and search “Megan Fox thumbs.” Tell me how you react to what you see, send photos if necessary. And now with that digression behind us, this post is actually about addressing the three key styles that confirm you’re fulfilling your MR duties. 

1. Are your wrists feeling heavy? Arms somewhat suffocated? Wearing too many watches set to incorrect time zones?

What about your health? Is the high concentration of different prints in one space getting you dizzy?

 image via Man Repeller. Duh.

Good. You’re doing it right. The Man Repeller #1 rule of thumb is:

More is more.

2. Look in the mirror. What do you see? 

blazer: Rag & Bone, blouse: Equipment, skirt: Kimberly Taylor, bow tie: American Apparel, flats: Chanel, facial expression: All Me, Baby. Photo by Naomi Shon

If the answer falls anywhere between crazy girl with eyeballs popping out of face, smile uncomfortably stretching from side one to side two of said face, “Big Bird from Sesame Street,” “my favorite animated Disney character,” “one of the original Loony Tunes,” or…

…Pee-wee Herman…

You are, once again, onto something. Our second rule of thumb follows the school of thought that if you’re channeling your favorite childhood figure, you’re probably a man repeller and thus, trendier than hashtags on twitter. 

And finally, the third indication–which is subject to change depending on climate–goes like this:
3. If it walks like a yeti…

 image via StyleSightings

Talks like a yeti… (actually, it should most definitely talk like a human)

And looks like a yeti…

jacket: Veda, vest: Adrienne Landau, skirt: Intermix, wedge laceup booties: Zara, ring: Rachel Roy

…It’s Kelly ManBensimon!

 image via Mr. Newton

…Just kidding, it’s a girl on her way to Street Style stardom. And we commend her, nay, strive to be her for that. 

Ultimately, it’s important for you to remember that even if you can’t make it to fashion week, that doesn’t mean it ain’t still going on. So in honor of the Olympic MR games, sock those sandals, tie that turban, top that knot, adjust that bow tie and let your freak flag fly high.

  • Claire

    that is not a thumb. that is a big toe that has gotten loose and is attempting refugee status on her hand.


  • Miss Molly

    hahaaha.. you write so well and you are seriously funny and cute! this is such a great post

  • jewlz.

    I just laughed so loud in the middle of my boring law office!! Thanks for the hilarious post.

  • Glenda C

    Haha "hashtags"! Awesome!

  • vogueish

    yeah..definitely doing that….!!!!

  • Ore.R

    Hahaha this is full on man repellent stuff..go all out!!!


  • Fashion Agony

    Great post as always! :)


  • Anna

    Hahaha…love it. And, yes, why does Megan Fox have a toe for a thumb (ew)??!

  • kgal1298

    I just realized you kind of look like Anne Hathaway at times, but skinnier. Strange. Anyway have fun at Fashion Week it sounds like it's going to be blogger crazy this year.

  • Rio

    I'm passing on the Versatile Blogger Award to you – yays!

    love Rio

  • *chameleon*

    what a fantastic post!!!!!!:)))))))))))
    and great blog as well!!!!!!i am following u from now,on google and bloglovin!:)

  • whichisgood

    I really like your yeti outfit (and the 'no-I-aint-frozen-dead' smile). Although I must say, I don't know in New York, but in Paris with that on, you would totally get some.

    With the red bow, on the other hand, you are safe. It's so MR it gets mildly scary. Is that a Buffet I see on your wall? Nice company in any case.
    I love your blog and the whole manrepelling concept is a strike of genius. Keep it up, babe, you're the next step in our emancipation.

  • Anonymous

    two watches! i like that

  • Laura

    hilarious post (of course)!

  • Vegas Fashion Stylist

    This inspires me to where a big furry obnoxious fur jacket, but in Vegas it is 65' degrees. booo


  • Salony

    I'm definitely embracing that first trend, why lift wheights at the gym when you can train your arms all day every day in such a stylish way!

  • Han

    Yeti + Centre Parting def obligatory winter uniform, love this!

  • Miriam

    Too funny, I love the multiple watches and bracelets!

  • Anonymous

    Love love love your blog!! But I need your help! I'm a Sydney based man-repeller, and I need some suggestions for how to man-repell in this stinking hot weather we have down this end of the world! How can I truely repel when my only options seem to allow me one layer of clothing? ONE!!!!

  • Man Repeller

    @Anonymous High waist mom-jean shorts! Jersey harem pants! Croptops! Training bras! Painfully bright colors! Floral print bottom, leopard print top! You can do it.

  • Mrs Bossa

    Yes – bring on the prints!

  • Nathalia

    reading your posts always make my days brighter! :)
    Viaggio Della Farfalla
    The Key Item.

  • A.E

    Yes! Bloggers united in the madness of FWs! another brilliant post. :)

  • Pearl Westwood

    I knew a girl at school who had one thumb like that, just the one, as she sucked it too much!! Freaky!!

  • Libby, Vintage Aplomb

    Hahaha I love your Pee-wee Herman-inspired get up! Classic!

  • Beth Gracie

    ugh i've seen the thumbs. my husband's cousins have them too. little stumps. love this post.

  • Anonymous

    Fashion agony alwys says the same thing – is she just posting to get her brand across? weird.

    love this post chicky – ur my hero!

  • Martha C

    Oh wow. That Pee-Wee outfit leaves me speechless. In the best way of course.

  • Chantelle

    Heebus! You get better every post. Just keep pulling out me chuckles!

  • Marrisa

    I'm in love with that floral blazer!

  • Lauren Helen

    Thanks for the rules! Now I believe I can properly repel men :)

  • Jamie

    This is the best post ever!! LMAO!! You are hysterical and utterly brilliant!!

  • undercoverblythes

    you are amazing lady!
    i actually love your quirk and humor.


  • Homan Rajai

    You are hilarious! I love it!
    and your dead on girl!


  • coffeeaddict

    O gosh, I love love your outfit! The skirt is gorgeous and I don't know how you do it, but you make it work with the dupioni silk (I'm assuming) jacket. And the bow and flats…perfection!

  • Melissa

    I don't care what anyone else says — the Pee Wee Herman outfit is the most awesome thing I have ever seen.

  • Tiffany Yet To Be Determined

    OMFG, I just came upon your blog. You are my hilarious hero of bloggityblogblogging. Long live Man Repeller!

  • Queen of Gems

    I LOVE the headpiece in the 'More is More' photo — showed it to my fiance after he looked at my wedding headpiece quizzically:

    Let's hope that he gets used to it enough to not be 'repelled' at our wedding!

  • Karen Nierlich


    I just discovered Man Repeller. Unexpected combinations. That's been my defining un-style. See my daughter doing it now.

    You are so sane for a crazy person. Keep rocking.


  • acting classes la

    I'm totally going to rock watches like all those!

  • Fashion Magazines

    I love the 2 watches together… must have been inspired by the hair from Alice in Wonderland.

  • SEO services

    Love all your tips…any to UN-repel Men though? Lol.

  • Michelle of Chellbellz

    catching up on your old post! I think these pee wee pics are my favorite!

  • Sco Jo

    This blog is amazing.

  • Obat Kejang dan Demam anak

    i liked it i liked it

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