J Brand Shorts and The Man Repeller Challenge

Leandra Medine | August 2, 2011

Before we start, please lend a hearty welcome to the jungle to Nasty Gal, our newest and more favorite side bar buddy!

And now for the content: A couple weeks ago, J Brand challenged me to style their classic colored denim cut-offs implementing my favorite man repelling facets. Initially, I scratched my head and thought about the excess leg that would show. Quickly though, I put hesitations to rest. I wear denim underwear all the time.

colored cut-offs: J Brand

Historically, denim-cutoffs have been reminiscent of what could be best described as the American sex symbol. Take Daisy Duke for example. From the neck up, ultimately nothing more than an overgrown child; freckles, blonde locks, darling little pigtails, et al. From the collar-bone down however, tied up blouse and teensy, weensy itty bitty shorts. Hubba, hubba!

Fast forward to right now, where some of our favorite denim crafters (ahem, J Brand) have re-invented the famous Daisy Duke in a more contemporary manner. Today, I take on the task of lending a little help from my Alias to the sexy silhouette and giving it a run for its ability to land a man. Peep the destruction below.

blouse: Equipment, shoes: Louboutin, jacket: Vintage, bag: Rebecca Minkoff

I call this one, Dyslexic Rainbow. Every colors in there, clock it for yourself.

And while you still can see a whole lot o’leg, let’s be honest: if you’re not initially too distracted by the Barney is a dinousaur from our imagination-nature of the button up paired with the shorts, I can bet you’re wondering something about the oversized suede jacket, that yes, once belonged to my father with that sweet, sweet turban. Daisy duke, sex symbol? I think not.

…Testing my ability to disprove the cut-off hypothesis just once didn’t seem enough. So I took it step a further because shit son, I live for pushing limits.

collar: Eleven Objects, blouse: IRO, socks: Topshop, shoes: Tibi

Holey shirt! Literally. Some days its just too hot for an oversized suede jacket and when that happens, a breezy shirt with holes and a detachable collar! Earn additional repeller points for printed brogues and counter print ankle socks. Top off the look by…

bracelets: DANNIJO, Shashi

Double fisting your arm-party! Sure you’ll sweat, but what’s a little sweat in the grand scheme of looking perpetually rad?

 …One more for good measure. Call me!
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10955116532345730478 Raspberry Jam

    Love the color of those shorts!


  • http://www.seriousry.com w.i.n.n.i.e.

    My coffee just about projectiled when I saw that last pose. E.P.I.C.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14650137051301411578 Meghan

    so good, I love the photos. I got some bright red cut-offs (bermuda length!) that I'm loving recently 🙂


  • http://www.mrscapretta.com Mrs C

    Love Love Love!!! Full on L-O-Led here!!! The color of these shorts are fabulous! What fun shoes!

    Recipes Fashion Marriage

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273240945488877081 Gorete Sousa

    Great Pics!!!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03980854349498762858 The Fashion Cloud

    Fantastic! you do them justice 🙂



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

    some spikes and hardware would always work wonders as well…..

    want to sniff around my naked legs? my arm cuffs will stab you…..


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05942764320600245819 Julie Khuu

    Hahahhah love the look of both! The color blocking shot is obviously the more statement outfit but that armour cuffed arm candy pose CAN'T be beat! Ingenious dahling! Brilliant breakdown!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  • http://www.pinkofcondition.com Lee @ in the pink of condition

    I'm starting to see detachable collars/bibs EVERYWHERE. You are quite the trendsetter, my dear!


  • http://theglitterpost.wordpress.com/ theglitterpost

    Haha love this blog!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11133983440488677720 Sheila

    the man repeller has done it again!! i loveee lovee lovee the second look, particularly the collar


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

    A huge fan of J Brands… love the color of these shorts. I particularly like the dyslexic rainbow. Totally hit it on the head with that one.

    Fashionable Collections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10918370855731441289 Fashion Geral

    Hello,I love the looks by Leandra,more please everbody visit my blog,much glamour and news in my blog.
    Kisses for fashionistas.
    My Blog: http://fashiongeral.blogspot.com/

  • MNSV

    Love you forever and ever and ever. Loan me your collar?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359545762126511466 Meggan from Lila Grace Accessories

    Love those shorts and your rainbow! You are so cute and I love your looks!

  • http://abetterroni.blogspot.com A Better Roni

    Ummm…. that last picture. It's like you're singing my heart song. MISS YOU BOO BOO!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00755411919932479925 Borjana

    I think I'm addicted to your amazing post,if you could just post 3 times a day:-))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14194815440194123998 CupcakesOMG!

    these are probably the greatest poses of mankind.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01018559049239753554 emc

    i'm wearing those pink jbrand cutoff right now! although i'm wearing a tank with them so i'm not sure how much effective my repelling will be!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04833874587061441389 Lisa Griffin

    I want those shorts and i want to dress like a rainbow just to see the reactions!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09475029025589935500 Coralie

    So cute !! love it !

    Bisous !


    http://www.coralieslooks.com – FRENCH FASHION BLOG

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17926676963361210046 Style Dilettante

    Arm Party x 2 = extra fabulousness!

    Love the denim panties!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15841012451883790811 marialε

    hahahaha love your posts!
    My Fashion Bug

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16442714409187959575 Moraima

    This made me laugh, you are very talented


  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com thefashionguitar

    Hahahaha your photos are always so funny (and amazingly stylish of course!!), but I love those jeans. Think I need one…

    XO Charlotte

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628325659767593169 Kimia Kline

    lol. youre awesome.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15308862608320193108 Lola

    You're too hot to hot to be a man repeller, sorry, you just are! XX

  • Anonymous

    I adore you!

  • http://vintageinspiredclothing.net LaceAffair

    Your legs are 92802957 miles long in those shorts!!! Man repel all you want, but it may be hard with those gams, girl!

    also, "what’s a little sweat in the grand scheme of looking perpetually rad?" – i ask myself this on a daily basis.

    Great post as always!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05896943075888739935 The Eye Behind the Detail

    Love the rainbow, you're like skittles, you can just about "taste the rainbow" with that outfit.
    Particularly like the brogues with the socks.
    And I agree with you, sometimes you have to sweat a little for man repelling fashion, going to go do it with an arm party and boots in a minute…

  • http://www.twitter.com/marian_cieslak Marian

    those last two shots are maybe my favorite pics of you ever. they are epic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12583159040350224082 birdie

    great way to repel even with tiny shorts 🙂


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

    i'm actually a huge fan of these shorts. i think they are super versatile and very cute. looks great on you!!
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16889541586145136292 Jen

    I do love these tiny shorts and color and they way you styled them is awesome! And love the photos 🙂


  • http://xiziluo.wordpress.com/ xiziluo

    Leandra, you've officially taken the best photo of all time on the Man Repeller. Your facial expression screams swagger in the last photo!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 Trips & Treasures

    I love these shorts, even with the man repelling styling they still look good !

    new posts ! my life and outfits in Belgium

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05590175743597181966 Grace

    Your write-ups are ALWAYS so hilarious! I take great pleasure in reading them 😉

    ps- those are stunning yellow Louboutins! Woo weee!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 La Petite Olga

    that's a lot of repelling!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02793880619377328408 Chelsea

    You are hysterical. I think detachable collar takes the cake for man repelling every time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18216676783087293973 Maria Bastida

    hahahhaha love your pictures! and the color block trend looks amazing on you! 😉


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09346080419558048262 antonela*

    how do yo do? your pictures are so funny, love them

  • http://www.samplesalesites.com Liane from SampleSaleSites.com

    WOW. That is all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03429968469338580701 Cristiana Nunes

    Like both colours!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14847029714989062215 songbird

    love the 2nd look more..more repellent there..crazy woman!:D


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09348517354078629236 FROM THE “REZ” TO THE “CITY”

    You look so cute in those shorts! Loving the bold colors! I saw you in Glamour! How exciting! Kiah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

    hahhah love these! those shorts are amazing. love the rainbow outfit


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14741675049183859970 AGreekAbroad

    You look smashing I say!!! xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05704358414632769772 london loves

    Love your face on the last pic! 😀

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14541331733111675187 Madeline

    dyslexic rainbow?
    i think it looks great! love both outfits!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10620055662327066024 Lary Mello

    I'm addicted to your posts!!!
    so funny!!!!



  • http://www.leblow.co.uk Le Blow

    We'd like to get sent free stuff and look as awesome as you.

    Thank you please.

    Le Blow

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06658775755562867355 hippilazman

    haha you're so funny… i like you =)

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

    You are hilarious. And you look like total eye candy in both of the cutoffs!

    ♥, Jamie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09326422610182916605 Eighteen Grams of Glitter …

    haha love this post! The colour of the shorts is great, love it!!


  • Ally

    Rainbow-tastic! Love the turban. And the last pose.

    I was at a party the other day when a man commented on my bright yellow toenails saying "You're not going to attract any men with toes like that!!" He was also slightly confused by each of my fingernails being painted different colours. Man-repelling nails FTW!!

    Love your blog, keep it comin MP Xx

  • http://www.closetcravings.com Closet Cravings

    I'm really smitten with the colorful denim cut-offs. They're the kind of thing that make you happy just by wearing them. =)

    Need it? Want it? Crave it? Satisfy Your Cravings For Celebrity Style and All Things Stylish and Sweet

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00406247802371272215 Caity Cwik


  • Anonymous

    Bitch. Where's Indigo?

    On a happier note, your arms party hard.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10742697015152576035 B.Inspired

    Pretty hotttttt! I was not a fan of coloured denim but after seeing a lot of blog posts featuring this look and these shorts…well I think I think it's time to give it a try!

  • http://twitter.com/thefeiy Sabrina B

    Your legs are real tiny or what!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00484528496498606684 Ms.S

    your photos cracks me up! luv it


  • http://mintyandpeaches.wordpress.com/ mintyandpeaches

    Love the purple denims, and your hilarious wordplay on each outfit!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16010734737652565203 jahone

    I love the colors you do. And your funny pics make me smile always! Your blog is literally the first one I can't help reading every word and laughing! it's really funny and i love it!
    thank you for your great work:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04215410669978112027 Angela Leberte

    your poses are too funny in this post! I seriously love you!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08407710333821397469 Stephanie

    I really need to get a detachable collar.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08189322073023047015 Jessie

    haha funny photos yet gorgeous style! i love your blog


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17533500974024378586 Jillian Hobbs

    i keep seeing people with these exact jbrands everywhere… it's crazy, i want them in a light pink!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17551401568719168698 Minnie and Daisy

    I love the combination of green and violet in the first outfit!! Awwwww

  • http://monsacbyme.com mon sac by me

    Magnifique………..J Brand's colors !!


  • Anonymous


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03961268464458851788 Superblondeep

    wowww I love your blog and your style. I follow you now. follow me back please. would be an honor!!! kisses xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08896438765539848050 X for Xiu

    COLOR MADNESS!!! <3<3<3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16815629195883622226 offmycase

    I love the color of the shorts!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06982228201852884865 swanntastic

    This post is too great for words. That last shot made me smile more than I have in a long time. I really like those shorts –might have to get me a pair or two.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12111929526622510538 Word Smith

    My oh my – Dalmatian shoes and cloud socks done good

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05618934951697220147 easteuropeanstyle

    i love the colors you have used!the foto are greate!http://greatstylesonthestreets.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07267205544780686085 etoilee8

    Cannot stop laughing. Last photo!

  • Anonymous

    what's your height and weight?

  • Lily Asher

    You have wonderful, gorgeous legs, Leandra.