On Studded Collars & The Bags Under My Eyes

Leandra Medine | April 12, 2011

In partnership with Refinery 29.

Dear lifemates,
Today, I’d like to introduce you to my brand spankin’ new column on Refinery 29, “Repeller or Propeller.” There, I will test drive loads o’fashion trends and decide whether they repel the men or propel the women and their mothers. For the first installment yesterday, I looked to none other than my controversial collar a la Eleven Objects. Peep the story on Refinery or stay here and dance the Flamenco.

And break.

In life, there will come a time when you are confronted with millennial concerns and problems that will beg immediate care and solutions. Questions like, how many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a Tootsie Pop? Which did come first: the chicken or the egg? Was God there when Margaret called? Are we human? Or are we dancer? And, of course, do detachable collars fall into the category of man repelling or runway propelling?

While I may not be able to offer extensive answers to all the pending questions that will shape the outcome of the rest of your life, I can show you pictures that deal exclusively with the most important of the aforementioned selection: the detachable collar. Is it a repeller? Is it a propeller? The world may never know.

necklaces: Lucid New York, left rights: TOMTOM, Dannijo, Lucid, right rings: TOMTOM, Dominic Jones

Here’s the thing about a collar with no shirt attached…there’s no shirt attached. Hooray for versatility!

Wear it with:

1. A dress that tricks masses into thinking it is attached to said dress.

dress: Topshop, shoes: Valentino.
Someone named Dona in the comments on Refinery 29 said “this girl’s face is a Man Repeller,” to that I say, it was windy. Sue me. Wind blows. My eyes close. I try to keep them open, it isn’t easy.

1b. A dress that tricks the massed into thinking it is attached to said dress, which tricks the masses into thinking it is a blouse.

suede shorts: Dallin Chase.
Another anonymous commenter was too distracted by the bags underneath my eyes to absorb the content. To that I say, they are hereditary. I’m not going to get to plastic surgery to erase my family heirlooms. I think they give me character.

2. As a layering piece

3. As a necklace

What good is a strapless dress if not to pair with a collar? No good at all, is the answer.

So you see, repellows, the collar was dubbed repeller because in each of these instances, while the outfits may lose an inherent sense of tza tza tzu without the collar, they also become far more comprehensible to those pesky Y-chromosome carriers.

This doesn’t mean you should stop wearing the collar though, quite the contrary. Order yours here.

All photos by Naomi Shon
Read le full feature, anonymous comments et al on Refinery 29 here.

  • studded collar = freaking amazing.

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  • that collar is heinous and hilarious at the same time. it's like a dickie!

    love the shoes though!

  • wow you really made it work with a lot of different outfits!

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  • That collar and your Proenza Schouler heels are divine!


  • You make me laugh and want to have more money ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I'd say that's serious skillz.

  • on the contrary, I think the only non man repelling thing on this blog is your face.
    p.s Things That Look Like Vaginas (TTLLV) will never cease to be entertaining, and true.
    Keep being witty, and I stayed to dance the flamenco and admire that repelling collar. So beautiful.

    x Camilla


  • You're amazing… love your differently look ;D

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  • these collars are so fierce


  • thats a furry collar isnt it. my lips are moving without any sound right now. mmmm.

  • Yup.

  • fashion and philosophy: what a beautiful combination! well is it a clothing piece or is it jewelry, fabulous how you get two (or 3 or 4 or …) for one. first of all i love the textures you are wearing, the lace and the ruffles look extremely interesting, especially the combination of the black and white ruffles. well, the collar really turns up the volume and make it all a lot more edgier. i love the fashion paradox of the delicate romantic strapless dress and the studded collar. i love the collar, but i must say, it looks phenomenal because of the studs

  • You are my hero and adorable in tornados and hailstorms alike.

  • I'm so happy you ignore the comments from the Refinery 29 post.
    Perfect Looks! I have a dress like that from H&M;! and another one in that cut with leather panels that I cut up an old chambray shirt to make my own Collar for!!

  • Bags!? What bags? If only my bags looked like that.

  • great jewels, that's my favorite picture of them all! the collar is not my favorite to be honest. too much.


  • You look great, and you kick ass! End of story.

  • wow.. amazing post! LOVE all the outfit and your accessories are amazing!!!

  • Favorite look: Topshop dress masquerading as a blouse, and those gorgeous Valentino shoes! Finished off with the studded collar, of course.

  • Bitchin collar. And your face is gorgeous, I have always thought so. Those bitches on Refinery 29 are NOT bitchin. On to more important things, I like the collar as a necklace with that long white dress best.

  • I love how you just shrug off them haters like they're… things you shrug off. Anyway, as everyone else thinks, they're just internet bullies and need to chillax. So yes, keep doing what you do, and OMFGAGA, I must find myself a detachable collar, like NOW.

    Also, congrats on the new column! 🙂 That's pretty epic!

    Peace, Katricia.

  • That last (skirt) dress is wonderful. Love all the looks and the collar!

  • Love all the outfits! you have a great sense of fashion!
    you are my idol!
    much light in your life
    from Chile

  • Love the collar especially with the lace tank. But OMG, thank you for making a joke about The Killer's song. I've been laughing at "are we humans or are we dancers?" FOREVER!! ridiculous! Good to know I'm not alone. xo


  • Lee

    I really love your outfit with the crochet tank and skinny jeans. It looks like it's going to be a man getter, and then you add that amazing collar. you are hilarious and stylish 🙂


  • Ohhhhhh the outfit on the left is perfection- collar detached, textured blouse, suede-y khaki shorts…

    I think I fancy you, I hope that's not wrong. Or if it is, that it's so wrong its RIGHT all over again.

  • you are stunning and your eye bags are the birkin's. and I lurv you.

  • Great post and the collar looks amazing with those outfits!
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  • i love a detachable collar! i also love the way you sport it here. also, you're beautiful, talented, hilarious, intelligent, and full of grace. you have an awesome self-awareness and confidence. those butthead commentators are envious of you. they're frustrated that commenting is the highest platform they're ever going to receive. please keep doing what you do!

  • ♥very cute♥

  • I've never understood those who choose to bash others via blog comments…really? is your day that bad that you have nothing better to do? Pure jealousy imo. your collars are always fab, your face is gorgeous and you can throw ish together and look crazy chic more than anyone else out there. Keep it up lady!


  • Anonymous

    I love you!
    Every other Jane Doe has a fashion blog nowadays…It is sooooooo sad…It makes me wanna cry and kill myself. And then I come here. I read your posts and I get inspired…Was not that was all about in the beginning? s
    I hate to see all those girls in miu-miu shoes (nothing against))and Fendi peak-a-boos…It is sad…And alienating… It makes me embarassed to have an interest in fashion, beacuse I dont want to be seen as someone superficial…
    You saved us Leandra,
    I thank you!

    You should be running Vogue!!!

    Des bisous from France

  • I have got to say you make that collar look awesome! I would totally wear!! Love the new column….fun to read!! What do you think of my teal picks for spring?

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  • My god that is SO COOL I can't even begin to get over it. Especially love the R&B; dress/skirt

  • Anonymous

    I love those Valentino shoesss

  • i love that collar! it's so amazing!

  • I love the collar, it is so pretty! 🙂

  • fyi

    after seeing that collar i want your babies !

  • I love this post, as always: HI-LAR-IOUS! You make me laugh with your witty way of writing and damn straight you won't get surgery because you don't need it! Golly, people can be rude.

    Going back to the collar, LOVE it and need in life. That is all. x

  • Ana

    You and your heirlooms are fantastic. I need to get myself a detachable collar now.

    Now the question of the day: can a married woman successfully repell without being served divorce papers??

  • loving your new column, will be sure to be checking it often. Yeah!

  • I am going to find a way to steal that collar from you.

    I might be a man, but you're definitely not repelling me. But then again, I'm gay, so I don't think that helps very much.

  • Like the 1. and 3. Outfit the most.
    That Collar is awesome:)


  • I'm not sure if I would rock the studded collar sans attached shirt but I def wouldn't mind adding some bedazzlement to my collared shirts!! The studs are studly 🙂 I love your man-repelling quality! You definitely dress for yourself, which screams confidence & self-possession. And I love your snappy comebacks, u go girl! plus man-repeller usually = women magnet/I-love myself-before-any- man. And if women can't say this to themselves, than that's truly tragic. xo Diana

  • great accesorie! I love it!!!



  • Dude you rock. I think your face is a runway propeller and your blog is awesome. Also I wish I had your wardrobe. And your shoes.


  • Ally

    Don't take nail polish pictures unless you're willing to name the color! (Blogger pet peeve.) Otherwise, amazingness. Love the gold shoes especially… like gorgeously tarted-up old-lady-at-resort sandals!

  • Not so found of it with the Ronson Jacket, but the other two aren't too bad…I don't know though I don't even like turtle necks or chokers just too restraining on the neck.

  • wow i love all three versions. i seriously want a collar like that. you are amazing.

  • I've got to get a collar like that. You wear it so well!

    Also, you're adorable. Ignore the rude people who say otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    VNO–visible nipple outline. Man repelling? Au contraire. Sorry, im a guy… my eyes just went there.

  • Wow, what cunty commenters! You're gorgeous and one of my style icons.

  • This post is great, and screw the anons of the world!


  • You make the repelling detachable collar so non-repelling! && also, you're gorgeous, people are just so mean these days! If only we could all just be sweet and nice to each other.


  • haters gonna hate, you tell em lady! I really do love these looks. p.s. i miss our twitter days.

  • Anonymous

    Not only are you a stunner, but you also have the most incredible sense of style not to mention the "cool" factor. Don't let the losers hiding behind computers get you down! Go on with yo bad self!!!

  • Anonymous

    You have the most genius, man repelling, humoursense, that I have ever heard! You're just great. love your blog and it's makin me laugh all the time..

    p.s: my bf says that the collar is deffinetely a man repeller especially with the strapless dress..
    muahahaha, I love it!

  • Hahaha oh amazing. I want your wardrobe. Badly. You're great

  • Anonymous

    you're awesome. screw the hataz

  • That's fantastic how you turned the dress into a top and then further deceived us all thinking the collar and dress-transformed-into-a-top were one. That collar is a lovely man-repelling accessory.

    much love.

  • Those commenters are bitchez and you look great! One thing though, that Rag and Bone dress (skirt) is sheer enough to turn the outfit from a man-repeller to a man-compeller. wear it out in public and you will find yourself in possession of a boyfriend forthwith – detachable collar or no. Be warned!

  • You're lovely. People in general are bitches. Oh, life is unfair, but not completely with detach-collars 😉

  • Dude, I want that collar sooooo bad. It just adds to anything and everything. XO Valerie


  • Anonymous

    Massive lady-boner alert in the picture with the suede shorts.
    Great post. Haters gonna hate!

  • you are too damn cute young lady! i love the tank top as well.xx

  • love the collar and wish there was a more afforable version out there. Also love how you told the crazy people who post mean things to f-off…- you rock


  • Anonymous

    Love your blog and your style. I wish we would celebrate each other more instead of making snide and hurtful comments. To hell with them. You are fabulous!

  • I've had Eleven Objects bookmarked and featured as the background for my desktop 🙂

    I have hereditary eye bags, too!!! I should stop feeling self conscious about them. You handled the comments with such maturity! In regards to those women who attempted to defile your column? Obviously the only issue they DON'T happen to have is under eye bags… I'm sorry IMNOTSORRY, but to harp on someone for something so PATHETICALLY MINISCULE is a bit indicative of a sad life. ROCK ON.

  • The collar as a necklace is genius. And I've recently started doing the skirt as dress thing myself. A good move.


  • Hi leandra, i'm from rio de janeiro and LOVE your blog.
    I saw an article about you in VOGUE Brasil, and ready every day since.
    You're so funny, inteligent and has a great sense of style! Congratulations!

  • Anonymous

    Haters gonna hate, and the bad days we all have aside, I have always thought you're gorgeous! Your face never repels! In fact, everything about you gives me a lady boner.

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  • Anonymous

    I love your deflection of those nasty comments. And although I know this post was all about collars, I keep getting distracted by your valentino shoes – peeped toe, lacey, strapped and weird cut out at the heel – they are magnificent.

  • Anonymous

    I like your face.
    I like the bags under your eyes.
    Repellows Unite!!!

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  • Love this collar, so retro!


  • I can't get enough of your style– seriously!


  • Cara sent me!
    I think its a man repeller but love how you Rock'd it!

  • Mey

    Leandra LOVE ur blog, im gonna still all ur accessories <3



  • love the first look so much!

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  • just a big thank you for being so funny, talented, and incredibly inspiring!!! stay pretty pee pee peller! XO

  • Anonymous

    my dearest Leandra
    You are gorgeous and talented.. those b–ches are totally jealous of you.
    Ignore them and propel on, You are onto something BIG'
    Love your blog!!

  • Love it– especially when paired with super feminine pieces.

    I can't wait for your column!

  • loooove this collar and ur blog


  • love all of them you look great!

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  • Summer J.

    Don't worry about those commenters — every successful gal will have haters! You're beautiful and everyone who sees you develops a gigantic girl crush. YAY!

  • I totally need to DIY myself one of them babies ASAP!

    XO Sahra

  • Anonymous

    you are the best.. ignore every person who is full of envy
    Love your style, specially those valentino dream shoes

  • if people have a problem with bags under your eyes, they can go suck a fuck. and that's putting it nicely.

  • I am a college student very involved in stand up comedy and improv in LA, studying at Scripps College for Women. I also love fashion, which many people take way to seriously. I love the way you aren't afraid to laugh at yourself, yet still look bitchin and high fashion. Thanks for showing me that fashion can be goofy, and one can look hot and care about fashion without constantly wearing a snooty pout. You are truly a role model!


  • The black granny panties under the white dress is hilarious. It's totally more man repelling than the collar.

  • Anonymous

    Hey lady,

    You know what's a man repeller? A horrible personality and cruel nature. That being said, you're gorgeous both inside and out. Pay no heed to the bitchy negativity!

  • would not want to mess with you with that collar on


  • The commenters at R29 are horrid! I disapprove. I approve of the collar though. A lot. It is ace!

  • i actually love those outfits, not repelling!!


  • So… in the wake of an ultimately depressing (life altering, some would call it)morning, my wife (code name for my darling best friend) and I went shopping. And splurged. Inspired by you, of course…


    I don't know if you can see the studded belt properly, but it's that glow of white circular things spanning my waist.

  • Anonymous

    you rock lady, but that stupid stupid song is actually "are we human or are we denser". not dancer. common mistake and it doesnt make the lyric any better either

  • Anonymous

    Girl, all those bitchy commenters are just jealous that you are brilliant. Keep rocking it!

  • re comments on refinery 29:
    i really can't believe people take the time to write mean things about you. i often wonder what those people are thinking, i mean really what's the point? and if you don't have anything constructive to say, why bother saying anything at all. Anyway i agree with you, you have a lot of character and are far more beautiful than any plain faced girl with no bags under her eyes. love your style and you're absolutely hilarious. i always get a good laugh from reading your blog.
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  • marymary

    meh, with those pins you can stick any weird MR hotchpotch on top. and you have.

    tremendous shoes. idolatory is a sin you know :o)

  • Anonymous

    I NEED to know the name of whoever made those black heels. I'm totally new to this and don't know if you mentioned it 🙁

  • I love detachable collars too! I wrote a post on them (and you're in it!):


  • Anonymous

    I emailed you a few months ago asking for more pictures on ring stacking and voila! I've absolutely loved your last few posts…as is evident in my lack of male folk around me lately 🙂

  • this is really cool, I think it's a repeller for men but women would totally dig it. very cool idea!


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