Repeller in Training: Summer Layering

Leandra Medine | June 13, 2011

Well, the heat wave broke. In half. Even in light of it though, it’s June. And that means more hot potato temperatures for months ahead of us. I’m not complaining. I’ve said it once but I’ll say it again: I’d take unbearable heat over perpetual rain any day of the week. If only because the outfits are more fun. Challenging myself to repel in but a simple layer of clothing is an interesting experience. But I’ve done it. And I’ll do it. The key silhouette here is: tent-like. But the below isn’t about minimizing layers, quite the contrary, it’s another lesson in layering, summer edition.

So, gear your eyes toward the bottom of this screen and find the easiest 5-step program you will ever engage in. And it starts with the perfect little Rag & Bone dress. Not to be confused with Rhythm & Beats, because, you know, Naomi had some trouble with this.

First, a petit disclaimer about these photos: Naomi’s lens grew foggy because I am such a babe the city was damn hot when we shot these, I think it’s actually worked in my favor though. Shit looks dreamy.

Step 1: The Multi-Print Dress. I’d seen it, I liked it, but then couldn’t find it. Rag & Bone calls this their Tribeca print but I more call it the save the rain Forrest print.

blouse: D&G;

Step 2: A super light weight counter print. And just like that, you look like the best dressed gay man in the metropolitan area.

Step 3: Giggle, giggle, ha ha. I love snow leopards. You may say “too hot for leather!” with the exclamation point and everything, when you see a jacket incorporated into the look, but you know what I say? I’m not wearing shoes and you’re concerned about my jacket? 
necklace: TOMTOM, shoes: Miu Miu
Step 4: Accessorize. Eureka! More prints! Leopard shoes and a violent necklace for the win, roight, roight? Wrong…there’s more. Before then though, peep a close up.
Sartorial bartending at its finest.
And now, the final step:
hat: D&Y;
A floppy hat! Extra repeller points if it covers your entire face. 
I take that back. 
As for the arm party:
Fine, I’ll reveal my secrets. From left: love bracelet, Mr. Kate x 3, LeiVanKash skull, eye and skull from street vendor in Paris and finally, chain bracelet from Whistles in London.
Come on now, Tommy Ton, my arms are practically begging for the kiss of your camera lens.
Happy Monday, world.