Getting Fashion Week Ready, September Edition

by Leandra Medine
September 7, 2011
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Holy moly me oh my. With just two days before the official commencement of the best week of the year, you know, after Rosh Hashanna, I think it’s time I post my pre-Fashion Week get ready for the week with a billion layers post. Because February fashion week was the first one I experienced as a blog writer, this isn’t exactly tradition so much as it is a second blog post that follows suit. You’ll like it though, trust me. There are cut out mini squares involved. Unfortunately they do not open up into Laduree macarons but I may or may not have just given a bunch of designer readers a million dollar idea, eh? Eh? Now onto the clothes, as you know, the end of this week marks the beginning of the next round of The Man Repeller Olympics, where more is more is more is more and the ongoing mantra reads: if it feels wrong, it looks right.Let’s exercise our power and get this show on the roady road road with some little ol’steps.

Step 1: Pick the right dress
dress: Tibi
Oh, you look like a suicidal ballerina with flying cut-outs? Fantastic.
Step 2: Layer yourself smart
While yesterday and today’s stupid inclement weather may suggest otherwise, it is still summer for a few more weeks. This means your knits and wool pants have no place joining the rank just yet. I take the part about knits back though. Pile that shit on should you so wish to. 
Step 3: When I say layer smart, I mean it
See, look. This component is all about adding without exerting too much force or heat on to yourself. Throw the forecast a bone. Try a bustier in its only man repellant formation: over your t shirt.
Step 4: The outerwear
chambray blouse: Madewell
Denim has this magical ability to casualize nearly everything and you don’t want to be that asshole dressed for a wedding while gazing at the fountain by Lincoln Center, oh no you don’t. So try your hand at some chambray or hard denim, but don’t be too generic about it…which brings me to Step Number 5:
Get creative with your outerwear
vest: Balenciaga
With say, extra-large houndstooth. Additional repeller points granted to those who can pop a collar and quasimoto-it-up simultaneously. This is an art, people. An art.
Step 6: Statement heels
cape shoes: Alexander Wang 
And so of course I run, not walk, to my superhero shoes. Foot capes are really the best invention since electricity. Even if they do deform my feet. I guess if you weren’t repelled before, you sure as cacadoodoo are now! If only, if only, they properly worked as wings.
Once this step is complete, smile and then do a crazy dance implementing your MR DANNIJO Kristin bolo necklace while double fisting arm parties with your Wiig cuffs. Can I get a yee-haw? Vive le self promotion!
Step 7: Accessories are not excessivies.
That was a cute little rhyme, no? Polish off the look with something bright. You know, to match your cutie patutie personality.
[Insert hug here, cut to conclusion]
Alright now, here’s your bi-annual chance to hop in a cab and wish your Sikh driver a happy fashion week a la perfectly wrapped turban. Seize it…seize it well.
REPLIES
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12269269062742054438 Jenny

    how you layer your outfit is so inspiring!

    Have a great time!

    Jenny xx

    http://ladolcevita-jenny.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08019701634832368561 vint@ge by Maria Sole Tattini
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10003424305424367126 Brigadeiro

    That Tibi dress is too cute! Love all the outfits and 'cape' shoes ;)

    http://brigadeirochoc.blogspotcom
    http://www.peutetremagazine.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11550324924900344449 pushups with polish

    not gonna lie, kinda obsessed with errrthang about this wonderfully repelling outfit! get it gurrrl. fashion week. get at me.

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

    in addition to his turban, you can compliment him on his layering and the wrap of his fabric.

    nothing like hiding a go-man-go-getter dress with shift after shift of fabric.

    http://dallianceswithsuitsandskirts.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14413320167303646229 stephanie t

    love it all! You are a true talent.

    steph
    http://thesimpleness.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04109523606383620093 TIMELESS IS MORE

    you're such an inspiration! fantastic!

    http://timeless-is-more.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.saniaclaus.chic.se SANIA CLAUS

    you're goooood!! and hilarious =D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11298857400909807847 Julia K

    WOW!You are amazing!Great combination))…..& shoes!!!!!!!
    xx

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

    oh shiiiiiii gurllll! this is one of your finest layerings to date!

    CupcakesOMG!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00256350494399051560 lauren

    Brilliant! Love the ballerina skirt and cape shoes- but the shoes are definitely a man getter! So cute.

    Lauren
    Breakfast Epiphanies
    http://www.breakfaste.com

  • http://goeslightly.com Holly

    Love it! Great layers, wish I was as brazen :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11314440008366035914 Alexandra Steinmetz – Champagne and Chiffon

    I know you can layer all year long, but I'm glad it's fall so I can finally be back in the layering groove!

  • Anonymous

    my God I loveeeee all that you doooo! =)
    you have real talent!

    kisses from Brazil ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15352458274492211995 Andrea

    Oh those shoes are really cool. I love that skirt with those cutout shapes! Amazing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09174635508282439492 Olivia

    Amazing combination's! Those Wand shoes are amazing in that colour by the way

    Love your blog :)

    http://brokelittlerichgirl.blogspot.com

    xxxxxx

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

    Lovely dresses !

    xx

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06319815061276264910 Hilary Nicole

    I love the pop of red. Great look! Have a nice day.

    XO Hilary
    http://thehippinista.blogspot.com/

  • http://fashionableasians.blogspot.com FashionableAsians

    Wishing I am as expert as you are at layering.. -_- I always end up looking like Joey from Friends when he put on all of Chandler's clothes lol

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

    Looking fly. Great dress.

    Fashionable Collections Giveaway

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00186653388828397132 indie.electronic.alternative.

    yee haw. twork it!

  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com thefashionguitar

    I LOVE IT!! Thanks so much for this amazing inspiration :) I am happy I just added you (in a new post) to my favourite bloggers!! Are you also going to London for Fashion Week?

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17645361893475820150 I love my old Levi’s

    I really love this dress !

    http://ilovemyoldlevis.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05193193283523535705 Raquel Fernandes

    You actually look good. Weird but good! The other day I saw the Lanvin video with the stupid dance and it reminded me of two things. David Lynch's Inland Empire and your blog. I mean: both brilliant. You got to be brilliant to make fun of yourself and this industry as you do. Congrats and good luck on your next crazy weeks.

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

    I have a serious crush on that Tibi dress – it's so cute! Makes me hate you in a good way. Me wants. =)
    Need it? Want it? Crave it? Satisfy Your Cravings For Celebrity Style and All Things Stylish and Sweet

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07770819996591323620 Marta

    hahaha you're AWESOME!!! Great post!

    http://www.thestreetspirits.blogspot.com

  • http://mamaishaute.com Grace Sun

    Love your layering. Now, can you feel your toes after 1 hour or so?

  • http://chellbellz.com/ chellbellz.com

    wait…you have a great eye for detail! I would never thought to layer all that! I love it! The clutch is great too. I just found your blog while watching the IFB Conference online. I love your energy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07048798293699015917 Patricia Paramo

    wow you changed it soo much!! hahah

    http://www.brunetteletters.com/

    loving the color of the clutch with your outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    You look super cute. You are the Queen of Layering.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05483543657426082735 stylemailbox

    that's some legit layering, lady!

    the clutch is so nice.

    visit me at
    http://www.stylemailbox.blogspot.com

    xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10150847170733631595 nat

    lol, you're hilarious!!

    I love that first dress, it's so pretty.

    And foot capes: AWESOME.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14419362647981003921 Clo

    This post is amazing, i never knew you could layer so much and for it to still look so great!

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

    nice layering woman!
    and those heels i am so jealous

    happy FNO
    xx

    TFC

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06609357969544886176 Paris when it giggles

    So inspireful… as always. And I'm in love with the Alexander Wang shoes, obviously.

  • http://rocknrealprincess.blogspot.com/ loubehr

    yayyyyyy so stunning !!!!!!

    You're still the coolest and still such big inpirations :)

    http://rocknrealprincess.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17115423516641338460 The Foolish Aesthete

    Your little ditty at the end could give Lewis Carroll — or perhaps Dr. Seuss — a run for his rhymes. Loved this post, from the Laduree confections to the caped appendages!

    http://thefoolishaesthete.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08176201837247279877 miss mary

    fashion week game at it's finest

    XoXo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12167213309697759280 Lily

    Love the dress with the white tee and the cape shoes are to die for !!

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10330202913501428552 AMANITA

    Eres increible!!! Different, cool and spontaneous. XOXO

    http://isauraamandabybastos.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05732932035047835542 JEAN-PIERRE

    you look so darn cute- not like a man repeller at all. I love the addition of that organza? top, the sheer black one. the next photo with the whit jacket just tops it off

  • http://www.stylerefine.com Molly

    Your layering is amazing and your humor is even better!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00877950599706102393 Pearl

    Oh your heels – so amazing! I just moved to Paris and am still getting used to walking in heels on the cobblestone. Tripping and twisting an ankle is not so graceful and chic.

    http://laperleaparis.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16724256823919163639 Not Just A Pretty Dress

    I think you are definitly ready for fashion week…Love the layering and love the clutch. Not that sure about the sandals. Of course they look very 'repelling', but I would have opted for something less 'metallic'.

    http://notjustaprettydress.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16791713351680111332 AMELIA ALVAREZ

    Great post. Love it all and love the step by step guide.

    http://www.clotheshorsenyc.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17465162706998051666 Akasya

    Hmm I would do it to step number 4, but only because I don't feel like dying of heat stroke…

    The Violet Lion

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    I will definitely take this as inspiration on what to wear for FNO!

    http://mstwirlyskirts.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03652580342472050070 DelbaMé

    hahah you're such a great personality. I love this look!! That bustier, the vest and the "superhero" shoes are all winners in my book! You look great!
    I hope you enjoy NYFW<3

    Delaney
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07348388425307750174 The Bookie

    Really cute! NOT sure what the need to use cuss words without limits is, but…..

  • http://www.madforfashionforless.com Mad For Fashion

    Love, love your shoes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18308083396588264606 Fashion Me Wild – Style Team

    Great outfit. That vest is beautiful!

    Check us out here:
    Fashion Me Wild Style Team

  • http://anorexicescapades.com/ anorexicescapades.com

    The 3rd look was my face…SMASHING!

  • Anonymous

    Love the outfit!!

    Accessorize your personality!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/kitschyNbitchy

  • http://www.twinkletoes-golddangles.blogspot.com kate

    You are a genius at layering….its completely adorable!

    http://www.twinkletoes-golddangles.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273517365832446003 Melissa

    you are just too amazing, I love how you put your outfits together

    http://lavie-amonavis.blogsot.com

  • http://www.modeinitaly.blogspot.com Mode in Italy

    great job. yeah.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09481276190728631310 thepaperdoll

    Hope to see you running around during fashion week!!
    (I've been brainstorming some outfits for a while)
    xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11695227203099106617 Julia

    love the very different looks you created! especially those cape heels!

    xo Julia
    galmeetsglam.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14168029884391063366 Adéla S.

    Oh, these shoes are so amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15804060850422665037 MyStyleVita

    Recently obsessed with your blog. So glad someone told me all about the man repeller all while checking out your man repeller coat by gryphon (Love by the way). First off, how on earth do you afford all of this if from what i've researched, you're a college student. A little jealous here. In college I was rolling in dough as well but that consisted of shopping at nordstrom and express. now out of college and in the real world on a real world salary, and i'm officially returning anything with a tag and wearing items from the juniors section on sale. Anyway… love your blog. Love this dress. And so so jealous in so many ways!

    xoxo http://www.MyStyleVita.com

  • Anonymous

    cape shoes— check
    ballerina dress—check
    layering— check
    YOU ACED IT GIRL

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01421913320445099664 Midnight Cowgirl

    Love the "suicidal ballerina with flying cut-outs"!

  • http://tulasifichter.com/ TF

    hmmm I dont know about the last look… loving those wang shoes tho

    xx

    http://tulasifichter.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10595494907833218390 Rachel

    zomg FOOT CAPES.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10731480551178991637 Copper Etiquette
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    Layer it on, girl! Show the NYC weather who's the boss (and obviously who is more in tune with NYFW!)

    ♥, Jamie
    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05137238505542889682 ADJ

    Ok… the shoes are pretty amazing! I love the shirt as well.

    http://www.greeneggsandglam.blogspot.com

  • http://asliceofglam.com amberly

    Your humor is hilarious! Those are some fab "cape heels" and love the vest too.

    Amberly @ asliceofglam.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05677601097693058433 augustalolita

    fun looks!! i really love your skirt <3

  • http://www.treschicmama.com Paula

    LOVE THOSE CAP SHOES!!!!!

    It was great seeing your at the IFB conference today! you're my favorite!!

    xoxo,

    Paula

  • http://www.stylerefine.com Molly

    Your look is amazing and your humor is even better!

    http://www.StyleRefine.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07617887318677859522 Camille Beaudet

    ahh those shoes! you have so much style.

    http://www.ingenuestyle.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14069400289454012514 DNA (designers+artists)

    You look like you mean risky business in that Tibi dress. So that is my favorite one. :)

    http://www.designers-artists.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03705476141906955403 Grace

    You look like a fairy!

    xx Grace
    Dream-Boating

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16395751833563303417 S.A.A.

    This is great layering like a yummy fashion onion hehe!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07874780103112456765 FashionableAwkward

    I really need to learn how to layer! Love this post very inspirational.
    -Katherine
    http://fashionablyawkwardr.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06923944591433064419 Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage

    Me thinks the cape shoes sit comfortably in the oh-so-wrong category. Oh dear. Fashion faux par.
    Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    that dress is perfection and once again you ve proven there are endless styling options for this beauty. and i must say i absolutely adore your wang wedges

    http://elenavasilieva.blogspot.com/
    x

  • Anonymous

    Do you also suggest so much layering if one is not size zero?
    thx for your advise

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05729797345567357558 Kawtar

    OMG fabulous shoes !!!

    http://kawtarcocktail.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    LOVE the dress. LOVE the shoes. LOVE it.

    http://jas-tidbits.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03991624899438591244 Currently loving it

    I am a semifinalist for a Vogue Competition…Please please can you take a couple of minutes to go here http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/fno-style-setter-grand-prize-voting/ all the way down to discussion box – just register – log in- and then leave a comment and write something about nice about "Set Six". Please please please…make my dreams come true!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15264394965470738454 Anne

    Love every single outfit you're wearing in this post!

    Annie
    http://inspiredbythesethoughts.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07959668207590851683 India

    That Tibi dress is so cute!

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

    Brilliant! More layers than a Mille-Feuille! You can layer like no other MR!

    http://www.inherentstylela.com/

  • Anonymous

    you got me at the chambray!

  • http://giraffelegs.com Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    your layers are bomb, and your shoes are calling my name.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15208662102976765730 Meena Dhuga
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09383840833706569858 Ella

    i love this, it's so interesting to see the outfit put together!

  • Anonymous

    What toe nail polish is that??

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08457016062435453548 marjee

    I'm almost certain you won't be reading this comment, but hey, I'll make it anyway… You would look great in ANYthing, Ms ManRepeller. And thus the truth of Man Repelling is revealed. If you are slim and attractive (note I don't say pretty) you can wear a potato sack and still be gorgeous.
    So there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07084434035378797267 jennysanzo

    I feel like I would look like a mental patient if I layered like this (and a pregnant one at that) but you pull it off… love it!

    http://www.flowercityfashionista.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15932314293739081057 are you dressing up or dressing down

    Perfect fashion week wardrobe – will be taking inspo for LFW next week!

    Helen, x
    http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08844742898477153921 trish paik

    i. love. this.

  • J

    nice legs

  • lilli

    what size chambray shirt are you wearing?

  • Nacho

    i absolutely love this outfit! and the shoes with the tiny capes! so cute!

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