Repeller or Propeller: Neon

Leandra Medine | July 19, 2011
In this week’s installment of Repeller or Propeller, we look to bright blinders for inspiration. By now it should be no surprise to you that I have an unusual, some may say unhealthy, obsession with neon. Blame it on Jil Sander, Christopher Kane, Lisa Frank…whatever, the fact of the matter is, I want to be a human tennis ball. And while the U.S. Open is still but two months away, it’s never too soon to get one’s Roddick on, and so a human tennis ball I shall be. 
This short thought-process got me thinking, what better way to celebrate my strange tendencies than by dissecting the coveted trend in terms of my alias and asking the question: is neon a repeller or a propeller? There’s only one way to find out. Time for a riveting game o’dress-up!
1. Neon worn by itself
Perhaps when worn alone it’s got the potential to act as a catalyst for date night. I’d say the keyword here is perhaps though.
2. With a couple new layers
vest: Balenciaga, shoes: Isabel Marant
As you can see, all it took was a printed vest and short heel booties to reverse the aforementioned. Granted, the vest in question features an extra-large sized hounds-tooth print that just so perfectly caught the stripes of black, white and chain detailed on the dress’ trim.
sunglasses: Ralph Lauren 
Yes, that’s right. Houndstooth jacket x houndstooth sunglasses.
3. Vive le neon…overload!
In this final look, I made an executive decision. It was time to remove the black slip adding a zest of elegance from underneath the dress and instead and include a neon skirt to act as that pesky slip…
skirt: Torn
…Two more layers of bright blinders a top the dress…
cropped blouse: Kimberly Taylor, longer blouse: Equipment , necklace: DANNIJO
 And, voila! A grand mission repelled.
In conclusion, ladies and penguins, I proclaim that if all it takes are but a few layers to turn take the dress from chic ad plain to clinically insane (ergo, awesome), it’s got to be a certified man repeller. And for the reason alone, deserves it’s own page in the look books of our lives. Vive le neon!
  • CupcakesOMG!

    i'm blinded…by the sheer GENIUS of this look!!

  • ana carina

    I thought I was going to like it more by itself, but actually the last look is pretty amazing.

  • Emilia Alonso

    incredibles looks!!!! awsome!! xoxo girl!!

  • pixelhazard

    Oh i love that giant houndstooth shirt and all those gorgeous colours…oh and I just spotter those shoes

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  • Gorete Sousa

    Beautiful Looks!!!



  • Prudence

    I showed my boyfriend the finishing look and I'm afraid to say mission failed! You definitely still propelled and achieved awesomeness!

  • shu84

    amazing looks , love your dress so much:)

  • Elizabeth .: Have Your Cake Blog

    I too have an unhealthy obsession with neon! You wear it fabulously!

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  • Rae

    Awesome! Love the dress. Gorgeous!

  • One Chic Dame

    Love the bohemian necklace!

  • blue roses

    nothing says repeller like a giant fitzgerald-era turban….. nice touch.


  • knockedupfabulous

    Girl, you crack me up! Your writing and facial expressions always put a smile on my face. Repeller or not, you make your oufits look totally wearable!

  • Isi, Wake up & smell the azahar

    Well repelled. One question, do you like basketball?Will we seen you like a orange ball soon?

  • Elspeth

    I love the houndstooth vest!

  • La Petite Olga

    Love how you want to be the human tennis ball!! Great dress!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Frannie Pantz

    A human tennis ball you are not. A genius of neon layering you are (insert Yoda voice). I love the last look and the second one as well.

  • marooka fashion

    Love, love, love the first look! Giant Tennis ball for me, please! With a pair of Valentino shoes on the side. Well done, maestro.

  • Apeshite

    The statement that necklace is making is unbelievable. Plus, I love your reference to Lisa Frank, haha.

  • LDM

    loving the houndstooth!! it's actually pretty cool with all the neon. i'm actually having my first ever GIVEAWAY and i'd love for you to join. it's simply 3 steps that will literally take 2 minutes to winning an amazing dress!

    xx from hong kong 🙂

  • B.Inspired

    I love the statement necklace and if I am thinking of the same Lisa Frank (sticker designer in the late 80s with jumbo stickers) that's an awesome reference. I've not yet tried neons…I just feel like it may be too bright up against my Asian skintone, but maybe a bright pair of shorts or a skirt? Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Collections

    Hahha the last photograph is priceless. Love your ralph lauren sunglasses 🙂

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  • Ann K.

    Each successive photo shows the transition getting better and better! Love your creativity!

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  • myAestheticStyle

    Oh my..thats a FANTASTIC neon dress…and i Love that colorful Torn skirt.


  • Closet Cravings

    Surprisingly, I'm not blinded by all the neon colors(though I do love it) but by the serious footcandy. Valentino, Isabel Marant, Christian Lobuoutin – all so fabu. Makes me hate you a little bit. =)

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  • Nina Morena

    I love it all! Especially your Valentino shoes. xo


    Love, love the Torn skirt as a slip. gonna steal that fosho

  • Laura89

    Love all! I loved the neon skirt… beautiful looks! 😉

  • Miss Crys

    I can't handle it. It's too much fabulousness. Especially that necklace. So cute!

  • Meena Dhuga

    the second outfit is THE BOMB. love it.

    Meena xxxx

  • Cristiana Nunes

    Love the second look, crazy stylish!!

  • Janna

    Neon….neonnnnnnnn ::john mayer song:: lolz

  • Molliee

    these ensembles are fab!!! love the bright colors!

  • The PvdH Journal

    I share your current obsession with neon. There is something about neon bags that I am currently gaga for. Ga- ga.

    The Balenciaga vest is to-die-for!

    PvdH -designer and illustrator

  • Laura

    those valentino shoes are insania!! and as for the final look…lets just say you'll stop traffic xx

  • Kimberly

    the Valentino shoes are making me nauseous. (in a good way)

    XO Kimmy

  • Vasilieva

    nothing beats a good neon dress this seasons, loving all the options you've created with it, awesome styling girl

  • Kristin Mackercher

    So killer! I'm loving the vest and neon!

  • Angel

    I've not liked this whole neon trend since today. Thanks for the wonderful, inspiring post. love the vest!!! : )

  • Heart on a Shoe String

    The end result turns out to be pretty awesome!!!

  • Megan Abigail Chandler

    neon dress with the fuschia fringed shoes rocks my socks. But the Valentino shoes are tres cool … its a tough call! To Repel or Propel?

  • ADJ

    I am in LOVE with this necklace. What an amazing piece.

  • Fashionista*

    Love your blog more each time I visite..

  • ﻌFashionQamarﻌ

    ahahahah a
    seriously, you re just awesome!
    Love each outfit!:D

  • Ms LadyCakes

    I adore your cray cray. 🙂


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  • Violet

    Hahah i think that i am in love with all of these looks lol. you are always so quirky and your post brighting me up all the time. i never thought to you another skirt as a slip lol

    Vi from Cali

  • The Fancy Teacup

    Girl, you rock the neons. Nothing repels men more than exaggerated necklaces, turbans, and colossal fringe boots…all in brights!

    ♥, Jamie


    well done… I must say that the printed skirt underneath the sheer neon as a very interesting and cool touch.

  • Claudia Lynn

    All of the colors remind me of the fashion in San Francisco. It's different, it's stylish and it definitely gets you noticed!

  • g

    once you go neon, you'll never go all black.

    that neonapalooza (torn/dannijo) is tops!

  • Kdotorg

    Definitely love that last outfit. My eyes have neon-burn (yeah it's a thing) yet I can't stop looking!

  • Style Dilettante

    Three cheers for the insane!!! Hip hip hur – I'll take that necklace when you tire of it – ray!

  • thisiswhati’dwear

    Love this dress so much. Your style always impresses me!!!

  • ♥Run With Fashion♥

    Like the shoulders of the neon yellow dress and the pockets. 🙂
    Love the ralph lauren sunnies ♥
    I looove the colorful skirt you wore under the neon dress 😀 ♥

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  • Chelsea Elizabeth.

    I am kind of in love with the houndstooth vest. Ha. LOVE the last look! I would've never thought to put together something so brilliant.

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

  • The Foolish Aesthete

    As far as human tennis balls go, that was an Ace!

  • mon sac by me

    Omg…………..all're genius creators !!

  • X for Xiu

    I love how you always look playful !!!! <3<3
    Btw, that Balenciaga dress and Proenza Schouler vest look awesome!!!!

  • harinder

    very good site

  • KimChicSisters
  • heatherheartsfashion

    my fav is with the balenciaga vest! that dress is just perfection you look amazinng as per usualll

  • The Eye Behind the Detail

    Love, love, love the neon! Neon, printed skirt underneath as a slip, brilliant idea.

  • Schokominza

    wow! the last picture looks amazing. color-flash!

  • Anonymous

    dear man repeller,
    can you please either clone yourself or track down your nearest and dearest dopleganger to begin their own man repeller-esque blog. i feel as though my blog reading material has become slim, as ever since you have started your blog, i have become disinterested with every other fashion blog in the whole wide deep black hole of the internet universe. you, man repeller, are the trifecta of fashion blogs, the reigning blog queen if you may. other fashion bloggers may be fashionable, but if my own reading comprehension skill(z) preceed me, are boooooring writers and take themselves way to seriously. i want to name names, but i have too much respect for you, oh man repeller, to defame inferior fashion blogs on your site. i love you, keep writing, clone youself, and get her to write too. somehow make man repeller babies and get them to write too. fashion your brothers in dresses and get them to write too. me want more.


    ps: i love you

  • Lydia

    OMG look number three, killlllling me!!!!!!!!

  • Stephanie

    if you're a human tennis ball by way of Jack and Lazaro then I'm all for it.
    That dress: unbelievable. I must be totally pledging allegeance to the PS cult because I just so wish it were in my closet even if I dont know wherethehell i'd where it. the sheerness alone is hard to pull off, let alone the night-reflector shade. but it's so gorge. love how you layered it. love that you put that tribal like neon mini underneath. and those my little pony goes drag louboutins are the quintessential OD to any look. LURRRVEEE. what whaaattttt– you're awesome!

  • Elegantly Wasted

    This Proenza Schouler dress is perfect on you. I have adored it since the day I saw it on the catwalk. Such a delicious color for Summer!


  • Anonymous

    love all your colors
    you are my eye kandy!! with the K

  • Layered Black

    thank you for the anne frank reference!

  • Layered Black

    LOL I mean Lisa Frank- same thing {almost} right?!

  • thefashionguitar

    I love neon, so love both looks, but number two is my absolute fav!!

    XO Charlotte

  • Rizzi

    Aaaaw bold and beautiful! 😀 Rock on!

  • Starry-eyed Kisses

    Haha that's awesome! 🙂

    I love that dress! x

  • Anonymous

    that dress is insane … where is it from ??? i am stuck in australia but needing that dress to be delivered from an online angel ???

  • Man Repeller

    @ANON I got it at Kirna Zabete in NYC. It's Proenza Schouler!

  • Trips & Treasures

    hmm I actually prefer the "pure" tennisball look , hehe

  • Aubrey and Melissa

    I love the colorful look, you are so talented at layering.

  • j. almodovar

    you are brilliant. love the color.

  • jemappelleshen

    <3 that houndstooth vest but I adore look NO.3! Haute!

  • Mafalda

    this is just too cool… L-O-V-E your blog!

  • AsjiaGarner

    love this! i love how your are so happy in your oddest and most vibrant outfit with tons of colors! definitely expresses your personality!

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