Role Playing: Clad in Plaid

There is typically some sexual connotation associated with role playing and while that’s all fine and well, this is The Man Repeller, so try and rid those thoughts from your head and look to this with clear eyes…Monday eyes, if you will. In the first of several homemade Halloween costume idea suggestions I may or may not throw at you between now and capital T, then, I offer one piece of continuous advice: as Man Repellers, we should have a fairly good handle on the mere fact that many–if not most–of the items in our closets can serve to function as costume details. Especially if you’re prone to attend fashion weeks, that shit is practically the style equivalent to halloween.

In any case, today we look to plaid. To Liv Tyler, Empire Records, the 90s, to mohair, to chunky shoes with hearty soles that warm our souls.

sweater: Etoile Isabel Marant, skirt: Opening Ceremony, socks: Hue, loafers: Marni. Dog: not mine. 

Speaking of dog, not mine, when these photos were being taken, a man strode by walking this little nugget of love. He asked if we needed him (the pup, though it was slightly unclear) to complete the “school project,” and it was then that I realized: he thought I was a school girl. I got self conscious and pondered how many fantasies I may have been acting out for him, but then I fairly aggressively picked a wedgie that I did not have and all those fantasies were shot to shit. You see boys and girls, there’s more to man repelling than just a sartorial conquest. Clothes can only take you so far. This is good and bad. Good because: high fashion does not mean you’re going to be single forever. Bad because: You may have to pick something not suitable for picking in public when things get awkward.

But moving forward let’s talk costumes. All separate items that conjure up the outfit are practically wardrobe staples. I wear this sweater with nearly everything from plain old denim to high waist midi skirts that flare real far. It’s also the closest thing to thing to Corey’s infamous pale blue mohair sweater I own. The shoes are fairly new, still looking for the penny to their loafer, but a brown and black chunky combo shoe by Marni stole my heart faster than the aforementioned little dude. This is also a Halloween plus because you’ve just successfully dodged wearing heels that make you look like a stork when you walk, lady of the night when you stand.

As for the skirt, I’d seen it over the summer and it was then I rendered it perfect, but I have a rule about fall shopping: don’t buy it until you can actually wear it. Unless it’s Thakoon, you have no time to waste with Thakoon. So I waited, then bought it and now that I have it and halloweens around the corner, I see how many costumes can be born. An Scottish kilted man, Britney Spears (though I don’t recommend this one) and duh, one of an Empire Record six. I’m still not sure where the thigh-high socks came in but…you know, more important than any step here is making the look your own, right? Right?

That’s why I added a smile and some questionable arm formation.

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Thoughts?
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01124501140681297578 Esteterier

    I just found this blog, and I'm just so.. In love with it! Thank you thank you thank you! ^^

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14540013757712828351 Britt+Whit

    umm love the plaid with the knee highs! so cute! The pup makes it all perfect :)

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00958740509048507614 Monse Fuentes
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07223258500634535006 welcome to my jungle

    Your blog means so much fun!!!

    xo
    Dani

    http://www.welcometomyjungle.com/

  • http://twitter.com/melissah528 Melissa

    Ha… I f'n love when you pose with random dogs.

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

    so then, are you still repelling if it's halloween??

    CupcakesOMG!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13552215994993062068 Mouthwash

    UM… YES!!!! HAHAHHAHA I died. Good for you – who knew that picking a wedgie could be so empowering?!

    Love you.

    Amber
    Ambersmouthwash

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    Excellent, too bad the dog is not dressed up too haha.

    http://matchalattewardrobe.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04588215135554425458 CK

    HAHA awesome post. Made me chuckle out loud a few times. Also LOVE that sweater and those loafers. I went to Catholic school k – 12 grade so I can't say that plaid skirt didn't bring back some pretty funny nun memories…

    http://www.empirestilettos.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15072845310530030601 Lilith

    Love plaid, and your pup is adorable

    xx
    lilithfashion.blogspot.com

  • http://findthepretty.com Erin

    You're rocking that look. Should I be embarrassed that I wore almost the exact same look my entire senior year in High School? To be fair I graduated in 95.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14520938848031069893 Flaviana Boni
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    i love it! love empire records

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

  • http://ifshakespeareworestilettos.blogspot.com/ EVIE

    Ah, the wedgie pick – classic. Faced with unwanted attention I always pretend to be a bare knuckle fighting lesbian from the Ukraine called Aleksanreyeva Miroshnychenko Yanukovych and occasionally I throw down a pretend nose picking move too if they won't go away.

    That dog is adorable, and I love your jumper x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03766669407141855541 Eileenie

    Love the whole outfit. <3 <3 <3 But I've always had troubles with knee-high socks cuz they tend to fall a bit…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08838846192670415643 Bopsy Twins

    You are absolutely flawless and your style is impeccable.

    I'm currently doing a project for school where we have to create a newsletter and I decided to turn your blog into a newsletter, hope you don't mind you are of course featured through out each page. All credit goes to you. I'm just creating the layout.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05071065455569880286 Audrey

    Oh lovely look!

    ROWE

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09104372372767159832 Laura.

    loving all the 90's stuff at the moment. You look great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02051978378044333716 Michele

    Love this outfit! The skirt and socks are awesome X

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13340220316930238633 Hillary

    I love the '90s look and picking a wedgie?… Well, I prefer to repel by blowing snot rockets, but you gotta do what you gotta do…

    http://www.thoreausdaughter.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08231302947805372698 Rene Braun

    Lovely sweater!

    http://www.renebraun.com

    Kisses from Israel xx

  • http://www.chic-on-the-go.blogspot.com Kelsey

    Thigh high socks are growing on me….

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

    Love this school girl-inspired look. Plaid is should never been passed up on during fall, especially if it is by Opening Ceremony. Jealous of the Etoile Isabel Marant.

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07041808012245015649 Alyssa

    What a lucky dog.. literally. ☺

    Le Petit Monde

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05329196451830464702 Dominika

    great outfit!
    <3

    Fashion Philosophy
    http://www.fashionphilosophy.net

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

    this outfit is so hot

    http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com

  • Cecy

    I worn it when Empire Records came out, and I will wear it now! lllllove it!

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

    First of all, that skirt looks like my old plaid blanket from the 90's, love it. That sweater is amazing, and the dog is super cute. Love it

    xoxo Jessica @ http://www.mystylevita.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18200704591621471005 briannelee

    Love your 90s inspiration.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12759545260010101486 The PvdH Journal

    Amazing. You know, I had a funny incident while taking a photo outside.

    Also without a man, but terrifyingly enough there was no dog involved. The man was a true copy of the Terminator and was endlessly saying how he wanted to appear on TV…

    Alas, terrible story. ;) Your posts are always amazing

  • http://fashionclub.com/fashion/feature/lauren-conrad-2011/ Lauren Conrad Style

    That skirt is so classic and even your dog looks stylish and he's a great complement to your outfit too :)

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

    absolutely love your colour blocked sweater, it's just so so good

    http://www.vasilievablog.com/
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05009185967133254486 KbraDsgn

    very chic ;)

  • http://www.lolaglitter.com Lauryn

    Dude! Sketch42 just featured my Liv-inspired outfit this weekend:

    http://lolaglitter.com/2011/05/20/no-84-inspired-by-90s-editionempire-records/

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

    I wore almost the exact same outfit today. Swap the plaid skirt with a purple skirt. :) Have a great day!

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16641463060906446733 The Annachrist

    perhaps your most brilliant and lolz-worthy yet, darling

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12143862457632911822 pelin

    I have quite a collection of halloween-appropriate costumes that I wear every day ;) When I found about you early past summer, I was like "I found my girl" :) http://theverythirstyraindrop.blogspot.com/2011/09/coattail-frak.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01857198373293387490 things – collection

    oh I like your loafers so much! But…is it so hot where you are?? Here in italy is becoming very cold!
    camilla

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05741445413832453917 Ashley

    You're kinda my hero with all your man repelling motives. Maybe you should write a book. You make 1995 look like a rockstar.

  • Anonymous

    MR,
    can you tell me a few of the best places to get birth control glasses in manhattan.
    thanks!

  • Anonymous

    love your look and style
    you are amazing

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09540824453179031940 S T A S H vintage

    I like your spunk, girl!

  • http://www.chellbellz.com Michelle @ Chellbellz

    SMH at that! "I got self conscious and pondered how many fantasies I may have been acting out for him, but then I fairly aggressively picked a wedgie that I did not have and all those fantasies were shot to shit." Haha, I can only imagine his facial reaction to that!

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    I think it's adorable! I love the clueless thing you have going on!

    xoxo
    Molliee
    http://mstwirlyskirts.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09022203116142439305 Rhiannon
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05506562764542938299 Srsly

    Empire Records would be an obvious win. Do you have a cropped angora sweater? I'll be using my Miu Miu patent penny loafers for my Carl Sagan costume. I'm sure he didn't wear patent leather with gold trim, or Miu Miu for that matter–but this is the closest I could get to a man shoe without having to purchase them.

    Oh, and, love ur blog 4-eva!

    xx http://www.srslyfancy.blogspot.com

  • http://goldminetrashvintage.wordpress.com/ goldminetrashvintage

    Ahhhh, the 90s. Thanks for allowing me to revisit my teen years. Even if it was for just a fleeting moment : ).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05506562764542938299 Srsly

    Oh, also, here's a Female Vocals of the 90s soundtrack you might want to somehow work into the ensemble: http://8tracks.com/srslyfancy/pop-rock-female-vocals-of-the-90s?mix_set_id=1277174

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16938741201836140051 Fashionable Unicorn

    I love this! That dog is really cute! :) You should get a dog because then you can dress it in adorable man repelling fashions! I have a pet bunny named Josie who loves to wear clothes. She's kinda chubby though so she wears small dog clothes. She also drools..
    -Michaella http://fashionableunicorn.blogspot.com/
    P.S: I love you! You are so funny and amazing and I kinda stalk you. Just kidding. I just obsessively read your blog.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07019179095730808204 Laura

    love it! gorgeous :)

  • Anonymous

    you look sooo cute! love your outfit and the dog (not yours, hehh) too ;))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13274138591141752873 AdamAlexMommy

    Adorable dog! That skirt is stylish! I love your personality!

    http://adamalexmommy.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00291593475048755441 Akosua

    This is really cute!!! and that dog is just precious!!
    indigosunday.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234007927388076913 Inhale | Fashion and Beauty
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16712897221435359241 This Trend That Trend

    Love this, that sweater is so cute! :) Would love to see if you could find cheaper options too to some outfits. I love doing that and am pretty good at it. Let me know if you want me to find a piece of clothing for you for cheap!

    http://thistrendthattrend.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07466562542553013530 Audrey Leighton

    killin it per usual

    FRASSY

    http://www.befrassy.com

  • http://www.beladdiction.com/ Beladdiction

    really funny outfit!! love your blog!
    http://www.beladdiction.com

  • Anonymous

    you are so cute, funny, stylish, and great writer… you have all it takes to write a book
    waiting for that
    xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10962934188576898155 Katie

    yesss i love empire records. was actually considering doing this for halloween after i saw it!

    instead of an elephant

  • Anonymous

    cute dog, dress him too pls

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09606827280456842787 Audrey

    love the skirt and thigh highs! http://www.casualglamrous.com

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

    I haven't even started on my costume. I'm thinking of goings Lenny Kravitz

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03846198248397520161 Jessica

    You should definitely write a book. I just shared this on my FB page. Love it – you're awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08315210491025721798 Ashley

    Fashion week IS the style equivalent of Halloween. Genius!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05659796932666602271 Carolina Sundell

    Very nice post liked what you have written, especially about fashion week – equivalent to Halloween. made me laugh ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03111435323808384669 The Vintage Scene

    This outfit is pure genius! Juxtaposition at its best!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15214368376224752480 Ophelia
  • http://www.phoandchips.com Bridg

    haha you manage to make it all look so cute and innocent! Love your sweater too btw : )

    B xx

    http://www.phoandchips.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee

    Love your sweater

    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17437605523067624099 Marissa E.

    Halloween is the perfect time for man-repelling. Picking a non-sexy costume helps one stand out amongst the "classy girls" that are dressed as policemen, bunnies, cats, etc…

    I'm going as Carla from The Other Sister when she dresses as a swan.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjhrWd4xj-0

    Guaranteed man-repelling outfit :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02316536228265024674 Ida
  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com thefashionguitar

    LOVE your skirt! Wish I could wear mini-skirts at the moment, but the belly makes it a bit hard…

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17094444928877052039 S4SisterStyle

    hi!nice blog!follow us if u like our blog and we will follow you too!
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    Mohair and tartan plaid. Swoon.

    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

  • http://onedaywillow.blogspot.com Prudence

    The best accessory by fair is the dog's rainbow coloured lead. What a style guru! You're in good company

  • http://onedaywillow.blogspot.com Prudence

    far*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07087824659190534187 Rachel

    The dog doesn't need a costume. He mimics an Ewok naturally. Best look in the world.

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

    Loves it… particularly the sweater.

    Shabby Apple Giveaway

  • http://www.alefbet.com Paula

    I love the skirt and the high socks… So cute!

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

    OMG – this is so "back to school" I love it!!

    http://www.inherentstylela.com/

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

    amazing skirt!

  • Anonymous

    thank you for the laughter
    thank you for showing fashion like it be,little of this and that…

    Kelvele

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05194224076266366350 Short Fashion Stories

    I just got a skirt like that one! (rather, I found it deep in my closet behind all the cobwebs…it was a hand-me-down from years ago)
    It fits perfect now.

    http://www.shortfashionstories.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    you are the cutest thing on this earth

  • http://giraffelegs.com Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    love plaid!! Reminds me of uniforms in high school…it was easy dressing in the morning.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07048483067030820357 Alexandra

    Love the outfit! You have amazing hair!! Such a cute puppy!!

    xoxoxo
    Alexandra
    http://www.fashion-feast.com

  • http://www.salonsens.pl Aga

    So cute! Love it!

  • http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/ Teresa

    Ahaha to the school girl comment!! His dog does compliment your outfit quite well though..

    http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17586809791339289510 Emily Has Dimples x

    Love this. It's 90's influence at it's best,X

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03001490403699458982 ﻌFashionQamarﻌ

    love this outfit
    aaand specially the jumper!!

    http://fashionqamar.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16713278140742550347 L

    I'm pretty sure that's an Ewok you're walking…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08107223367018940482 Gabrielle

    omg I love that sweater.. I have it too!!!

  • http://www.bedfordslims.com Jesse

    She just needs one thing to make that outfit complete:

    http://www.bedfordslims.com/store

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11752976044778477796 Pink

    Sexy in her cute Plaid Skirts!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11214794391192468171 AD

    1. That dog is the cutest damn thing.
    2. I'm fairly certain that a wedgie-picking scene was featured rather prominently in Lolita. Just sayin'.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic outfit, however knee high socks make men drool …fact of life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11067099662057535855 Tegan

    loooove the sweater, love the skirt. And the knee high socks are just like the icing on the cake!!

    http://thevine-tjan.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://plaidskirtsforwomens.com plaid skirts for women

    Excellent, too bad the dog is not dressed up too haha.