“You Get Treated Nicer if You’re Well Dressed”

Leandra Medine | March 24, 2011
images via Advanced Style

Yesterday The Nowness published a fantastic short film by Lina Piloplyte and blog photographer Ari Seth Cohen named after his street style site, “Advanced Style.” While yes it’s true, I social media networked the shit out of this video last night via Twitter and Facebook, it is perhaps one of the more inspiring things I’ve seen in my seemingly short day, celebrating a different generation of fashion. One that’s likely shaped the Man Repeller age I we eat, breathe, sleep today. So here right now, it wins one more home.

The film is choc full of heart warming quotes from the unfiltered, unapologetic, colorfully chic women and as it happens on a separate note, it seems like I’ve Zuckerberg’d* them: These ladies have been exercising their creative license and man repelling gene for decades.

In any case, peep the wildly entertaining dialogue and erection-inducing fashions in the video below.

“You don’t want to look crazy. The object is to look as chic as you can.”

“Young women, you’re going to be old women one day. Don’t worry about it. Don’t sweat it. Don’t worry about getting older. Every era, it builds character.” 

*Zuckerberg’d: Verb. 1. To steal one’s concept or idea and harvest it as your own.

…If this doesn’t get you excited to hit menopause, I don’t know what will.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14073793137784988332 Megan Hattie

    Wow, that video is amazing. It's so encouraging and inspirational! I love those ladies. Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂 I wanna be just like them!


  • http://alicarla.blogspot.com Allison

    Amaze. I love Iris Apfel!

    And thanks for the definition of "Zuckerberg'd" haha

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09102166402432092809 hattitude

    Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

    oh my goodness, haha this is awesome. I am going to forward his site to my grandma! she is such a little old woman fashionista.

    i love the ending quote. i always say to my mother embrace those laugh lines, embrace those wrinkles, you did it. you made it! some people don't get to have those laugh lines. lifes too short so thank every grain of sand and stone you did it! haha
    talk soon wild child
    also weird, i am posting after another hattie haha

    Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11286149288842617111 Ofelia
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16967703028915240970 Serena

    Your title is so true. One day, you'll have to accept that there will always be someone younger and hotter than you, and finally dress to express your character. Man-repelling character, that is.



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

    And that's why I have my haircut. Love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    look at that great hair! i loove it. such a great look.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    Love the quote about getting older. Every era brings character.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02341523512068471970 darcy

    i will be a crazy old multi-coloured lady. they look so happy. really lovely video. well done to the people behind it.

  • Anonymous

    This really is so inspiring

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11423995200547881258 Little Birdie

    I love this video! Seriously, these women are so amazing.
    I wish I lived somewhere OTHER than Kansas City, where man repelling and dressing like these old ladies didn't make people look at me like i belonged in a mental facility.
    That quote at the end is perfect. I adore it.

  • http://examinedspoke.wordpress.com/ examinedspoke

    I'm not sure whether I'm terrified or captivated by that pride of cougars. Don't worry about getting older? Right.

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

    i love all the quotes!


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  • Anonymous

    So amazingly inspiring. I'm the odd 40 something professional who loves The Man Repeller but worried a bit about whether it would work for me. I've been trying bits and pieces down that road and getting amazingly positive responses from people (women, of course). These women inspire me to keep it up and continue to do my own thing. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    Great video! I've watched it like 3 times already)
    I love what you're doing in this blog! You rule, girl!

    Kisses from France

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12254024303256132696 CARRIE

    My best friend and I always joke that we're going to be overdressed eccentric old ladies one day. (Personally, I can't wait until my hair turns white so I can dye it cotton candy colors.) This video is just perfect. These broads are awesome!

  • http://www.sparkleontheside.blogspot.com Terhi
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04359955182815098127 Glenda C

    that was the perfect start to my morning. Thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14876642970706930637 Mariel Villanueva

    Absolutely … love … this … post! Let us look forward to growing old!

  • Madame LaZonga

    I am 49 and try to live my life like this every, single day. Often I look at my closet and think about this blog when I get dressed. Even though I am at a time in my life where I should fret about about not having a husband, I try to do something "man repellant" every single day. I love these ladies and I love your blog.

  • Anonymous

    Love the video…simply great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16859425344054563477 clotheshunger

    thank you for sharing this video. it's so inspiring to see that we'll be repelling for years to come!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14876642970706930637 Mariel Villanueva

    Hope you don't mind if I re-post! Thanks!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17241321189079869976 miss.maxine

    I only wish that the video was longer! The women in this movie remind me so much of my mother… who also can't get enough color in her life, dresses depending on her mood, and while it annoyed me when I was younger, she rarely "dresses down" for the day, even when she is just going to work or even walking the dog.

    She once told me that she hated it when people said "Diane, you look tired" (which I think is every woman's most despised comment), and to remedy that, she wears bright colors, "unusual" combinations and always tries to keep a smile on her face. While many of the things my mother wears may not be my style, I respect her for not caring what other people think. The majority of people comment on my mom's outfit, rather than how tired she looks if she's having a bad day, which makes her feel great.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05882333911932324281 blue roses

    those are some intense, intense bangles… and rings. i am being shown up.


  • Anonymous

    Inspiring! Great to know that you can be a confident man-repeller as you age gracefully 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17307750287416918321 Closet Fashionista

    LOVE this!!! They are so cool! 😀

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11849570885211882825 Lacy

    Oh my gosh! I love these women!

  • Anonymous

    how inspiring.. I can't agree more with the video and praise those ladies.
    I hope one day we "manrepellers" will be just as gracious and chic
    love your post

  • Anonymous

    these ladies are wonderful – i hope i can continue to repel at that level at their age. AND Man Repeller is fantastic – unique & inspiring, you're helping me out of a serious fashion rut. thank you thank you thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I am 48 and I love fashion and personal expression. My grandmother is my inspiration, like the wonderful women in the video she wore what she liked and made her feel great! Fashion is very creative and artistic and expressive but most of all it is FUN!
    Keep up your good work because you make fashion super FUN!!! Love your blog

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

    I love these women. They remind me of my 83 year old grandma. She loves loud colors, funky jewelry, and patterns and she doesn't give a crap what other people think. She just giggles (yes giggles) and says "People might think I'm crazy but they just need to lighten up and step out of the box." She is always pushing me to have more fun with my style and I hope if I reach my 83rd birthday I'm enjoying life and fashion just as much as she is.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09117031638214323209 The Girl in the Afternoon

    How wonderful and inspiring! Makes me want to throw on every bright color in my wardrobe.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11996769489456848452 Just Silvia D

    Well i think the older you get the easier becomes to be just, yourself! At list we should try to. I expect to become this kind of old fantastic lady when the time comes.

    P.S. You really Zuckerberg'd them, but you didn't on pourpose…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06303665587576888183 Nomadic D.

    This is an amazing video! Thanks so much for sharing it. Liked it so much I posted it on my blog too.


  • http://www.ly.st Hilary

    Long live the Grande Dame!!! While living in Sydney, at a pub (as you do) an elderly woman came in, alone, in a fur (in Sydney!!!), ordered a cocktail and sat at the bar. She was heavily bejeweled and over the top in every way possible. Even pinched a male friends bottom as he passed.It was then I decided I wanted to be her. The end.

  • Anonymous

    Love the term "Zuckerberg'd them"

    – Diana


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05170121184181319911 Fash Boulevard

    stunning. Love this post. Check out my latest go-fash post and see what Vanessa H was rocking when I ran into her last week.


    And don't forget to follow on Twitter for all the latest celebrity fashion news, from an LA stylist.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07788896021120634196 Макс Лучин

    Delightfully, what an interesting and elegant style!

    http://maxluchin.blogspot.com/ – a place where a young Russian journalist shares thoughts on fashion!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11314440008366035914 Alexandra Steinmetz – Champagne and Chiffon

    Best thing I've seen all day. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17197900754162906161 Daniela

    Love this post and video!!! 😉


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02067489300055344841 lasophia

    What a great video! True words! Even Elizabeth Taylor got older…hell, she even died. Its inevitable, might as well dress up while you can. Gotta go Zuckerberg some earrings now from p.s. I made this.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12398547380505833940 LoveE ♥

    Loved that video, and that photo is adorable! I hope I'm that stylish when I get older!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06276759129671725661 Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    Oh my goodness this is the best thing I have seen for ages. I totally love their style but even more than that I love their attitude.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16096203985680181770 Christina

    Amazing, inspirational video. Loved it! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    What classy, exuberant ladies. It's so charming to see their love for color and flashy things.

    much love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12835343634160680332 Frumpy Gal

    thank you!

  • http://luvgmt.com/ luvgmt.com

    Undisputed champions of fashion!

  • http://luvgmt.com/ luvgmt.com

    Also, I think I have the same Noir bracelet as the lady on the left. I guess I'm headed in the right direction : D.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15273885689606318139 1915
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13552215994993062068 Mouthwash

    I swear your blog posts are like a box of chocolates….haha. And I LOVE this post!!


  • Anonymous

    i really love that last quotes! so true (:

  • http://sheisimpeccable.wordpress.com/ sheisimpeccable

    In love…this post was the perfect inspiration for the opening of Balencia exhibit I'm going to this weekend in San Francisco 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12179735787076357103 *sunday*

    i wish there were more videos like these.. in these day and age when people do ANYTHING to remain young and youthful.. its refreshing to see someone embracing life and being creative and alive.. i have so much respect for these ladies!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08691084518364864785 mm

    The older you get, the thinner the line between chic and crazy…What I love about NYC is that amazingly stylish older and even "elderly" women are still treating the street like their own catwalk and working it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13864809174955145939 jlsoojian

    This video gave me goosebumps!! I loved it. If I can be 1/3 that awesome when I'm older, life will be good.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17115423516641338460 The Foolish Aesthete

    I absolutely love kooky and original old ladies! My grandma was like that – totally into fashion until she passed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15317003170413037723 Ash

    Even if you Zuckerberg'd the hell out of the man-repelling style, you still Zuckerberg pretty successfully.

    Denim + Cotton

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16031717015076553160 The_Dark_Lady_2

    Now why don't I ever see any of these fashionistas on other street style blogs (excepting an occasional appearance by Iris Apfel)?

    I can definitely see my future here and it looks like a whole lotta fun.

  • Anonymous

    these are special women! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06313278628521374500 Sandy

    I think you CAN look gorgeous without looking ridiculous when you hit 60… Some women are just trying too hard. But I do admire their courage.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09688241539562913947 Joy

    The original Lady Gagas and Madonnas. I want one of those women to be my grandma. Heck, I'll take all of 'em!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15934099982926619981 trendluv

    this is fantastic! who says you need to succumb to dr. scholls and floral house dreses when you hit a certain age?
    i especially love the woman in the big black cow udders hat – "i dress for myself. if anyone doesn't like what i'm wearing, i don't give a shit."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03936862553336182274 LW

    These are the women I look forward to seeing at the MFIT museum openings. They always bring the most amazing looks.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02461471306904999222 goth reform school

    Those ladies are pretty rad.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08209410201811304112 Neiry

    I love this vid, and i will not wait until i get older to have fun with my clothes as them, i will start now.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00544052242311174248 the brunette

    welp, there are my first tears of the day!

    get me an orange boa stat! 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17455482800516954450 JML

    Ok, firstly, "If this doesn't get you excited to hit menopause, I don't know what will" made me laugh VERY hard. So hard that my doorman heard my howl (He called upstairs to make sure I wasn't hurt, and don't worry, I wasn't).

    Secondly, These ladies that are profiled are the epitome of what I hope to be one day, thank you for sharing.

    Thirdly, I think you might like to read my blog, and not because it's funny, and not because it's (sort of) about fashionistic tendencies, but because I'm sarcastic like you are http://jleiter.blogspot.com/

  • ddferg

    Thank you. Menopause can be the most Man-Repelling time of your life. The wild glasses are one major perk. I myself have tortise cat-eyes.
    Also, we Post-Meno's don a lot more clothes than we did in the Man-Inticing years. Hence=Layering upon layering. Good times ahead my young M.R.'s!
    Seize the Day!

  • http://fashmark.wordpress.com/ fashmark

    Oulalá trés chic!
    Wow love the video!

    can i reblog? can i? pleeeasee! LOL

    Keep up the good work girl!


  • http://zipit.onsugar.com/ fabiola

    OMG so amazing!!!
    do any of these women wants to be my grandma???

    They're all just too chic <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12711623379448421394 Iubire

    I love these ladies!
    much light in your life

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08318615893634911347 Caitlin

    You are hilarious – I just came upon this blog through Bloglovin' and I must say I'm lovin' this blog lol. Great work! (P.S. I love Zuckerberg'd as a verb. I'm sooo going to start using that.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16090587243480419835 Mariana

    Amazing!!! Congrats from Brazil!!!!

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  • http://ImperfectWonder.com/ Casey Shteamer

    So nice to see these ladies still expressing themselves unabashedly. I hope I am still as in to fashion when I am that age as I am now. There is something so refreshing and nice about a interestingly and flamboyantly dressed older woman that a younger woman can never accomplish.

  • Nina Yakimiuk

    Encouraging and very inspirational! Wow!