Street Style Takes a Cue From Portlandia

Leandra Medine | February 25, 2011

If you like laughing, this is good way to get down get deeper and down (Spice Girl ref, anyone? Anyone?) on the floor rolling and laughing and doing others thing of that sort. Your belly button will hurt and it will feel worth it. Or maybe you won’t find this funny at all. Make your own judgment. It’s your life, not mine. I can’t tell you what to like. But I could bribe you with free jewelry, dresses, turban tutorials and the like.

In any case, here I give you: Portlandia.

Thoroughly funny, I know. Fred Armisen is a modern day Man Repeller style icon. Suspenders: check. Polka-dot bow tie: check. Bright red blouse: check. The man is on trend like drop is on crotch, top is on knot.

And back to the point the title of this post intends to make: in a series of unexpected events, Scott Schuman snapped a photo of the below woman during New York Fashion Week who was seemingly taking a cue or two from Portlandia herself.

“What a sad little outfit, I know. I’ll put a bird on it.”

That’s all I had to say. That’s it. That’s the whole thing. If you want to stay tuned though, you can, because there is a Milan Fashion Week recap slated to run at some point today and it is good. I’m talking Pilgrims at Prada, Big Bird and Fendi and chickens on the head at Moschino.

You know what, because it’s so damn relevant re: Portlandia and the street style photo above, I won’t make you wait to see just one of the more lucrative gems from Moschino:

Yes! Put a bird (and a bib) on it! Here’s to you, Coco.

  • Melissa

    Totally got the Spice Girl reference. AND I love the chicken.


    oooh, the chicken is heck of amazing :)

  • Emma

    (saturday night) :)

  • Anonymous

    I love living in Portland, and that is one of the reasons. And that chicken is awesome.

  • hattitude

    ahahaha, i saw this. SOOOO funny.

    love how you found the outfit during fashion week who embodied this video haha

    wearing an outfit today…missing something..hmmm

    I just put a bird on it.

    Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

  • AlisonSelby

    Haha, I am from Portland, and Portlandia is so accurate it's hilarious. We're all guilty of man repelling here. I could send you some amazing "street style" photos from Portland if you really want some entertainment. 😉

  • Life before the letter

    portlandia is a to the mazing – best post ever :)

  • nicolette

    portlandia is the best thing to happen to television since arrested development.

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  • Elettra

    Ahahhahhahaha, lol, Portlandia is super-hilarious!

  • blue roses

    although that bird necklace is pretty ludicrous, that lady has a pretty amazing braided leather belt that i am coveting. it may not succeed in repelling men on its own, but i suppose i could remove it and beat them away physically.

  • Sarah


  • Miranda

    hahahaha that is amazing!

  • Amy

    Ha, my last name is bird, and consequently I love wearing dresses with birds on them.
    Loved the post!

  • readwatchrelax

    i second nicolette! i've totally gotta get some items with birds on 'em. (i have no fun prints actually :(

  • Sam

    the dream is alive…
    I love your blog…check out my Small Wonder posty?

  • kate

    LOL now I may just have to go around and tell people to put a bird on it. Ha thanks for sharing.

  • MG

    The model reminds me of a penguin. Not in looks, but with what she's wearing.

  • Jamie

    Omg. I love that you mentioned Portlandia.

  • Maja Piraja

    I'm sure you mean "Four for you Coco Rocha, you go Coco Rocha?" 😉

  • modanista junkie

    Hhahaha Lol, Hysterical!! You never seem to disappoint. :)

    Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend. :)


  • Michelle

    I'm allergic too. This is hilarious.

  • Jamie

    Is there something wrong with me that I don't see anything abnormal about the crocheted bird necklace?? I think I may have been living in the fashion clouds too long…

  • Kay H.

    Ok so now I've just spent all afternoon watching the genius of Portlandia on youtube. Thank you for finding awesome new ways for me to avoid actually working.

  • Hillary

    I am new to the art of man repelling and quite enjoy your musings, but I have to point out a detail about the woman with the bird necklace. Mr.Schuman's photo back in January and I believe it's from a trip to Milan, not from New York Fashion Week.

  • Hillary

    *I noticed

    Proofreading at 5 on a Friday, yikes!

  • Man Repeller

    @hilary Good eye, thank you!

  • M*

    amazing firt pic :):)


  • The Fancy Teacup

    That Portlandia clip was hilarious. Bird frenzy, here we come.
    much love.

  • the brunette

    ugh i love this post so much i could just die.

  • SKT

    you're just the best. xx

  • Laura

    I'm wearing a tank with birds all over it! It was ironic after seeing "Put a Bird on it"…. God I love Portlandia!

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  • Bianca

    i love the birdy necklace!!!

  • Karoline Kalvø

    Gorgeous looks.

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  • shabby

    Haha is Portlandia actually then a show? Is it basically just making fun of Oregon. Excuse my daftness.

    But that outfit, my gawd. Putting a bird on it doesn't make it any better!

  • sight

    Adding a chicken to your look……THEY STOLE MY STYLE!!!!

  • crystal glamour

    that moschino look is so cute :)

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  • Anonymous

    where do you come up with this stuff?!

  • Meanz

    Fred Armisen is so quirky and hilarious. I loved this video when I first laid eyes on it, it's definitely in my realm of humor! i do think his style is adorable too.

    – Meanz (Koi Story)

  • Aleta Blaise

    One thing I didn't expect form the video was going all hitchcock with the bird at the end. But hey, what WAS I expecting? It's BIRDS! They are trouble. My I also say that I'm totally into playing Angry Birds at the moment. 😀

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  • Q.

    i had seen the chicken on the head, but the chicken on a necklace in inspiring.

  • coronaboomboom

    Is that a boiled-felt Tyrolean Eskimo Cossack's hunting cap on that woman's head? With horns for added ungulate attraction? No wonder I've quit following the Sartorialist.

  • purpleyawn

    HAHAHAHA I fuckin love portlandia, i'm from seattle so i can relate

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  • Fashion Magazines

    OH, my! That is my favorite Portlandia episode ever! Thanks for reminding me of it and putting a smile on my face.

  • west hollywood cosmetic dentist

    I really wanted to see this show, I hear it's so funny! And I have many friends from Oregon. I would totally rock suspenders and a bow tie…and super dorky glasses.