Fruity Dressing, Hold the Fruit

Leandra Medine | July 15, 2011

Last time I shared sentiments about dressing like fresh produce, I meant it. I called upon Stella McCartney and Prada to lead the way. Shake those sliced oranges, peel those bananas. Today though, today I take a different approach.

It is summer and it is hot. Hot, I tell ya. Hot. One of the side effects typically calls for an urge to keep colors and fabrics light. Though I will say that in the lookbook of my life, leather jackets are season-less. So, go ahead, engage in a heat stroke. I’ll back you up. While you wait for your brain to melt, I’ll be here, standing in my living room, wearing an asshat and looking like a butthead.

blouse and skirt: Lulu’s
I’m beginning to think my look truly is deer-in-headlights chic. But on an unrelated note, I’ll also mention that l’ve been taking a deep liking to high waist poofy mini skirts. They make me feel like an underage ballerina-ninja hybrid. The ninja bit is mostly because of my affinity to violent accessories though.
shoes: Givenchy
I’m also doing the sprinkler, so you might want to hold off on the heat stroke because this is fun to watch…but on to more important things, do you have an idea, any idea at all, where this is going? Fine, I’ll just tell you.
This outfit was inspired by watermelons.
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  • Jen

    fun! love watermelons & lulu's & am in desperate need of fruity summer clothing


  • I like your watermelon inspired outfit!
    And I love even more that you're doing the sprinkler in those tall platforms!!! If I tried, I would defiantly fall flat on my face..thats for sure….


  • you're great! you're writing is always so clever.. you definitely were ernest hemingway in your past haha

  • s

    beautiful…. love these colours…. 😉
    nice skirt ;))

    COVERS: Sarah Jessica PARKER par VOGUE US

  • Love your shoes!

    XO Charlotte

  • Anonymous

    Love the watermelon inspired outfit! Think I'm going to go for kiwi today 😉


  • i like your inspiration ! you look lovely as always 🙂

  • Yes honey…you look FAB!! I love this entire outfit! That skirt, hat and shoes are WOW!! This is a perfect interpretation of the inspiration! Love me some watermelon too girl! lol Kiah

  • Coincidentally, last weekend when my boyfriend picked me up and noticed that I was wearing green and red, I explained to him I was inspired by watermelons.

    Also, would like to see your sick "sprinkler" dance moves in video format plz.

  • @christinecassis

  • Thanks for the contest!



  • I also love high-waist poofy miniskirts! I only have a black one and a purple polka dot one (which you would like). Watermelon is a good color on you!


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    I neeeeeeed this one!

  • you are so cute and funny 🙂 and i would totally wear that outfit. i love a little poof!

  • LOVE. so much love for this outfit.

  • You look adorable! I love the skirt.



  • this outfit is wonderful <3 and who doesn't love looking like/being inspired by fruit? just look at all the famous artists who are famous simply because they painted or drew fruit! gotta love it <3


  • watermelon is my FAVVVVVVVVV!

    following them too =)

  • watermelons are the best and this watermelon look is sweet in all the right ways.


  • How fantastic! Love this watermelon inspired look!

  • You're hysterical and that outfit is amazeballs. And $200 to Lulus? I'm in. @triplyksis

  • I am @hhannon
    Also, I just started dating a guy and he just told me that he always wonders what I will show up wearing when we go out, he said he likes to take guesses on whether it'll be my weird (read: ankle covering sandals) shoes and as he calls it my "90210 flair".

  • I love the clothes I def need light colors in my wardrobe

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  • not a fan of watermelons, but i am a fan of that outfit. and you.

  • love love love!!


  • Yes please!! And sprinklers and watermelons, doesn't get more summery than that!!

  • @hilarygp

  • Love!! For my blog at I am going to dedicate a post to you my favorite blog!!! in true Man repelling Fashion!!!!!!

  • The sprinkler is so great.

    Fashionable Collections

  • Gorgeous and I love how it was inspired by watermelons. Such fun colors.

  • i am in need of some lulu's fashion, PRONTO!


  • Anonymous

    this post has left me with a craving for watermelon, of the sartorial and produce variety..



  • Already follow them and you! Love it! And the fruit inspiration,…love! You should've used a watermelon slice as a smile or frown. Happy weekend!
    Recipes Fashion Marriage

  • I need me a watermelon skirt. the juicier the better.

  • @orangesparrow

    and I second the call for video of the dance moves.

  • Anonymous


    ima make a fruit salad out of myself!!

  • I am following Lulu's on Twitter! @ComplicatedKai

  • Having your outfit inspired by a watermelon is way better than the time I forgot deodorant and my outfit was inspired by a Durian ( Man repelling day to say the least.


  • 2girls1tweet

    DO IT

  • Love that green top! @sammyyy

  • Like your watermelon-inspired style. Love the poofy pink skirt. =)

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  • Glad to see you chose LuLus! I buy from them because they are affordable and stylish, and have vegan options. Thanks for the daily inspiration, and for adding "is this man repelling enough?" to my list of daily getting ready questions. xx @L_Ards

  • Wow, would never ever think of dressing myself based on a watermelon. Really authentic! I guess I normally dress by my mood and colours…
    Thanks for this new insight. 🙂

    Seraphina L.

  • I'm loving this dressing by fruit serious. I think you should try a banana next time! My twitter handle is @GraceBCuddy !

  • Sam

    You have inspired me to dress a la fruit today! Maybe I'll try a vegetable next…

    Twitter: @owlista

  • love lulu's – @stephschneider

  • Anonymous


  • twitter: caticagomita

    COME ON, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO 😉 I have been repelling by exposing myself… will send embarrassing pictures as proof.

  • twitter handle : xojannaxo

    HaHaaa love the watermelon inspired outfit, but the pose is the best part lol

  • Watermellon on a hot day is the best! @margiwarg

  • Kasie

    Fabulous as always! Loving the arm/necklace party… J'adore Lulu's!


  • i love lulu's and your blog.
    such a refreshing take on fashion.
    xx @hellogrey

  • loving the watermelon skirt! 😀

    happy weekend!


  • JM



  • Mama needs like half of Lulu's wedges



    p.s. summer is perfect for makin' watermelon juice – ice + blender + fresh mint (+ tequila)

  • Delish. @oliviajovais

  • Anonymous

    Thank you!

  • I heart lulu's….


  • gawd, i need a new summer wardrobe to make up for this year's non existent german summer!


  • Anonymous

    Mmmmmm…love it.


    Thanks chica!

  • Your outfit is amazing!

  • Trisha

    My outfit today was inspired by an orange…and there's not even a penis around to repel! @thunt83

  • @mckizzlequeso

    Great outfit!! this is my favorite blog EVER! 🙂

  • I love the skirt and the color of both those pieces. I would wear them… right now! And the dance… totally worth it! LOL


  • I want to dress like a mango! Yellow on top, red blotch in the middle, and green on bottom.

    Also, I am @lilynois.

    I'm a nerd trying to become even more of a man repeller. (I've been following your blog only a couple weeks now, but wow, I love it. You're fun!)

    Nancy Lili

  • You're amazing!!!! 🙂

  • I'm following and repelling men!


  • Britty

    @brittynyc !!!

  • yay! @kkbuie

  • omg i want watermelon and light clothes too!!! here in south america it's too cold and always rainy =(


  • Ah, Lulu's! I spend so much time browsing their site.


  • followedddd by the @procrast1nato2!

    im kind of adoring your givenchy heels. just thought i'd let you know.

  • I am following them on twitter @galmeetsglam

    xo Julia

  • I follow @Zeraphine!

    love your expression on the second pic!

  • That's some mighty fine inspiration dressing. I can't resist poufy skirt action either, but due to my lack of "killer" accesories, I only feel like a ballerina and not a ninja.

    I follow Lulu on twitter.
    My handle is fshnonmymind

  • Anonymous

    Followed 🙂

  • love the bright pink skirt, looks amazing on you repeller!


  • @elyseindc

  • I too have a major love for poofy high waisted mini skirts. And free gift cards. this is sort of an un-repellant look for you, that's not to say you dont look AMAZING as always but the boys might think it's cute too…


  • Murphy

    watch out boys and get ready to be repelled! love the outfit! tres chic!


  • I love those shoes! And the entire arm and neck party. I'm glad I'm not the only one who chooses fruit couture and asshats over sex.


  • I second the ballerina-ninja hybrid sentiment.


  • what an unexpected item to be inspired by but I love it. I adore high waisted minis they make me feel incredibly girly.
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway 🙂


  • I was literally on the Lulu's site drooling over their clothes before I came to check your blog for the day! (love the skirt…!)

  • great outfit

  • love love love


  • Love the dressing like fruit idea. So summery and awesome.


  • Christina Sheffey



  • stephanie falack

    watermelon and sprinklers?
    sign. me. up.

  • Awesome skirt!


  • What a neat idea! 🙂 Walking art, inspired by rolling fruit 🙂

  • Mariel

    i love fruit!

  • i need stuff to go with my new leyendecker shirt. like boobie tassels named lulu.


  • That. Skirt. Is. AMAZING!!!!

  • Having watermelon inspire your outfit is pure genius.


  • Woop Woop! Can't wait to get some man repelling frocks on lulu's – @MollieMorgan




  • forgot to put my twitter, my bad



  • If you're loving fruit, check out Apollina's blog, she just made a Stella McCartney ss'11 inspired cake!

  • love that this outfit was inspired by a watermelon! cute with the shoes!

  • Yay!


  • When are we seeing you dress like a papaya?

    I want the prize so badly!

  • you look like a tall, cold glass of sexy sangria

  • Heck yeah I want that $200 giftcard! @miriam210

  • Watermelon + Free clothes = L.O.V.E


  • @melissaleeanne – btw Southeast Alaska heat wave = 83* f. I'm such a wimp.

  • Shweet color combo!


  • @coralemma

  • fruit huh? I guess I would have to go with cantelope. Mostly because the topic "we can't elope" would be a first date topic (for obvious reasons) we need a BIG freaking wedding. And also because that monochromatic look is oh-so-fly. well anyways…

    ps my verification word was just "schnerb" how freaking rad does that word sound!

    @ruffledsnob handler

  • Juicy!


  • LOVE those shoes!!! WOW! Very stunning and the hat is really cool! I don't follow Lulus but I will now!

  • Oh em gee, thought I already followed lulus but atleast now i know =X

    i LOVE this outfit! I recently got my fingers painted green and coral and I've been itching to draw black seeds on my pink fingers.
    You can see them on this post!

  • Anonymous


    i LOVE the color of that skirt. i always try to wear one super bright color a day. today, its highlighter pink!

  • @LSBA_NY

    can I raid your jewelry box?

  • this is one of my favorite color combos!


  • Amazingggg color.

  • Thank you for teaching us to repel like bosses and making us snort out loud on a regular basis.


  • Emily Chen

    super fantabulous!


  • I'm obsessed with you, I'm obsessed with watermelon, and now I'm obsessed with watermelon style!!

  • I love lulu's!!


  • Watermelon is truly inspirational on so many levels. Perhaps next time you should go for the exotic yellow watermelon look. It's full of antioxidants and such.

    lasitera at yahoo dot com

  • Anonymous

    dress to impress? negative. dress to REPEL. hip-hip hooray!


  • Watermelons! Now you should move onto other summer fruit, kiwi or strawberries, perhaps.

  • Su

    yea girl


  • gorgeous! I love poofy skirts for summer too…just not too close to subway grates.


  • perfect outfit inspired in watermelon hahahha

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  • Anonymous

    You are emerging fetus chic in the sprinkler photo. Welcome to the world, lil watermelon.


  • Watermelon outfit with violent accessories? I like it. 🙂


  • Watermelon is my favorite fruit and that skirt is repeller-iffic.

  • Anonymous

    perfect summer refreshment


  • Love it……… and I'm pretty sure the necklaces and bracelets resemble the seeds 😉


  • Oh my gosh!


  • Following on Twitter!


  • lindsay

    hell to the yes.

  • My puffy skirts mostly comes in the form of an animal (print) of some sort, but I'll gladly try the fruits for this hot hot summer !

    Oh, and I was already following you and Lulu's on Twitter as @aprettynest

  • Anonymous

    I absoFRUITley love this outfit! I too adore high-waisted mini skirts, almost more than the combo of colors mint and red!

    Laken Bailey

  • Liz

    I used to own sandals with limes on them. I love dressing fruity.


  • two clicks for a sweet chance at that giftcard? can do! @leikelileikeli

  • @anesthesiaCG Love looking even more fruity.

  • OMgsh! I am OBSESSED with Lulu's and would die to win this! Already following them on twitter. @TheStyleFile


  • I'm glad you went with the colour of watermelons and not the shape…


  • Joanna

    LOVE Lulu's! and summer fruit! it's all i dream about in the winter


  • Loooove it… *-* Hum, I'm having tons of evil plans pop up in my head by the mere thought of using this shiny giftcard of yours… *muahahahahaa*


  • goodnessgracious i love reading your blog. thanks for being awesome!


  • Really cute, and I don't even do fruity. And the shoes, sooo HOT! Girl, I'm really beginning to question your "repellent-ability."

  • Orin

    I love lulus and your website!! Both are so cute!

  • love the inspiration from fruit. you're great.


  • Loving that skirt 🙂


  • i love this outfit! the watermelon tones look so cute together.

  • Anonymous

    I had a purse shaped like a watermelon slice when I was about 10. Not even kidding. Apparently I was way ahead of my time.


  • Twitter @prockstarrr

  • Love your outfit!
    And the watermelons to…

  • I think it's safe to say that I wish I was your ballerine-ninja hybrid sistah from another mistah.

  • that red skirt is brilliant

  • Cute outfit, beautiful house!

  • @gisellepique

  • @aussibelle

  • @ohsyd !

  • ashley


  • @mc_bennett

  • Shannon


    shannonlea7 at yahoo dot com

  • Great giveaway!


  • okay now … I'm entering another contest and crossing my fingers for victory this time! @bellissimostyle

  • @arcadey

    wonderfully hilarious as always.

  • Sarah Thornton



  • @trespetite_k

    love your blog!

  • points for the sprinkler ninja move. and the ensemble looks as refreshing as a w'melon wedge. yes.


  • Just discovered you as result of Thread NY love your blog


  • Anonymous

    I just bought a yellow lemon dress from Lulu's that screams "I'm dressed like a lemon!"


  • Roro

    Ahhh, I love fruit fashion 😀


  • Anonymous

    Loving all of the color here!


  • S.H

    very nice outfit..and btw, your feature in teen vogue was amazing!
    twitter: @youareacinema

    twit me bby @lydeeloo

  • I wonder if they still have that Mexican inspired wallet I wanted. Anyhow, I love the color of your top. And check out that WMD that lies betwixt your bosom. Violent indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Cool outfit all this fruit and outfit talk reminds me of Harper from waverly place who makes outfits out of foods…and markers…and everythingn really she seems like an expert man repeller she must read your blog…actually she might be threatening your position. I would say the same about gaga but she is such a slut and shows to much to be a repeller makes her almost an enemy working with the propellers…almost.

  • Anonymous

    Show us how to pull of the child at heart look.

  • @tiffaniec1

    Awesome giveaway?

  • love the ninja bit. and love watermelons. genius outfit.

    Meena xxx

  • omg! i love this outfit 🙂 and love the whole fruit thing 🙂


  • CJF

    when i feel scummy and kind of manlike with all the sweat in this heat, i can be reminded that i'm actually quite a lady when stuff like this doesnt repel me AT ALL! love ittttt @CallieJane

  • Pefect outfit from Lulu's! And, of course, love those shoes. Mine are still in the box waiting to be worn. 😉

    Twitter handle: @justmamor

  • Anonymous

    Sweet!… No, really! C:

  • love the full circle poofy minis! i've got one in a shade of particularly man-repelling green that i adore.


  • O manrepelling goddess, what fruit will be your next source of inspiration?
    It'd be interesting to see a coconut themed post.
    Brownie points if you get a hold of a more exotic fruit.


  • I'm obsessed with the shoes! And the watermelon, of course.

  • Cute skirt, and love that hat!

  • Jen

    I love the sprinkler! Great post!

  • If ya can't take the heat, then dress like a fruit! I like it…


  • I always use fruit as an inspiration in summer 🙂


  • My dancing is so bad, I can't even DO the sprinkler…

  • @rachelitacarmen

    LOVE the watermelon inspiration!

  • Love the skirt, and I looove short puffy skirts, always been a fav of mine♥
    I love that you topped the outfit with the black hat 😀
    And I love your necklaces ♥


  • You're always so cute, Man Repeller! :p @chicavillarta

  • Emma


  • Anonymous

    Recently discovered that when pointing me out, my friends, without any prior knowledge of my outfit, go 'Oh, she's the girl in the high-waisted, poofy mini.' Good to know I'm Repeller-approved!


  • I'm following them on Twitter! Freaking love Lulu's. 🙂


  • Maria

    Looove the outfit!


  • adore lulus and your watermelon outfit. you've inspired me to try a poofy skirt…i mean who doesn't want to feel like a ballerina-ninja hybrid sometimes?!


  • Ash

    I'm all about deer in headlights chic if it looks like that! Also, I could definitely use a fashion upgrade. (@ashlp)

  • t


    …if I win, I promise to dress up like an underage ballerina-assassin.

  • I actually think this is one of your best outfits yet. I love the poofy skirt/hat combo.

    I'm holding a giveaway too if you want to drop by me. The prize is a custom illustration!

  • Laura J. Story



  • Anonymous

    Hahahahaha you're so funnyyy! Love the watermelon outfit!

  • maria

    colors! contest!


  • i too oft dress as a watermelon. makes me feel refreshed.

  • Love the watermelon-inspired outfit! Plus, I love how you worked the accessories!

  • So delicious and refreshing!

    @charlottenurse 😉

  • The DH doesn't like watermelon! I keep making him try it though, because his not liking watermelon = clearly a misstep.


  • I'm @itskatieredmond, and I want to be a watermelon too.

  • Anonymous



  • Love how the outfit is so fun and summery.


  • Love it! SO glad you omitted the yellow belly!!

  • Kelsey

    i love that this outfit is inspired by watermelons in such a subtle, chic way. and the high waisted poofy mini? perfection. and as always, so envious of your layered necklaces and arm party.


  • watermelon, yum!!!
    nature always provides the best inspiration.

  • if i win i promise i will be inspired by fruit for the rest of my life. THE REST OF MY LIFE I TELL YAAAAAA.


  • Anonymous


  • Ah, repelling is SO refreshing. Keep it up….


  • @thenMandaSaid. LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this post. including lulu's…might I suggest a rendition of the shopping cart in your saga of man repelling dance moves? it has always done wonders in keeping me perpetually single

  • Killer pose! no lie, i wore watermelon earrings with my arm party Saturday night. oddly enough…I once lost one in Austin, TX, but then it was found. Every body Wang Chung tonight, @praykate

  • Anonymous

    would i win if i promised you $100 of the giftcard?
    a little bribery can never hurt


  • Short puffy skirts are my go-to pieces!


  • Emily


  • Now I want some watermelon. Preferably soaked in vodka.


  • @jessicagilb

  • so great!


  • Fruit theme repelling… brilliant. I want in.


  • Anonymous

    great outfit man repeller! @EMcoutts

  • That skirt is so perfect for sticky summer days – great colour too!

  • Watermelons! Now that's inspiration! There must be something wrong with California, it's too cold to be summer. I'll wear my puffy skirt anyways <3

  • @sabrinagoldin


  • amazing outfit loved the contrast and convination!

  • cutie patootie shoes!