Role Playing: Clad in Plaid

Leandra Medine | October 17, 2011

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.

  • Esteterier

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

  • Britt+Whit

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

    love from San Francisco,

  • Monse Fuentes
  • welcome to my jungle

    Your blog means so much fun!!!


  • Melissa

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

  • CupcakesOMG!

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


  • Mouthwash

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

    Love you.


  • matchalattewardrobe

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

  • 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…

  • Lilith

    Love plaid, and your pup is adorable


  • 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.

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  • jas

    i love it! love empire records

  • 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

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Audrey

    Oh lovely look!


  • Laura.

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

  • Michele

    Love this outfit! The skirt and socks are awesome X

  • 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…

  • Rene Braun

    Lovely sweater!

    Kisses from Israel xx

  • Kelsey

    Thigh high socks are growing on me….

  • 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.

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  • Alyssa

    What a lucky dog.. literally. ☺

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  • Dominika

    great outfit!

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  • Melissa

    this outfit is so hot

  • Cecy

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

  • 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 @

  • briannelee

    Love your 90s inspiration.

  • 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

  • Lauren Conrad Style

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

  • Vasilieva

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

  • KbraDsgn

    very chic 😉

  • Lauryn

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

  • Hilary Nicole

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

    XO Hilary

  • The Annachrist

    perhaps your most brilliant and lolz-worthy yet, darling

  • 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" :)

  • things – collection

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

  • 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

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

  • Anonymous

    love your look and style
    you are amazing

  • S T A S H vintage

    I like your spunk, girl!

  • 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!

  • Molliee

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


  • Rhiannon
  • 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!


  • goldminetrashvintage

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

  • Srsly

    Oh, also, here's a Female Vocals of the 90s soundtrack you might want to somehow work into the ensemble:

  • 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..
    P.S: I love you! You are so funny and amazing and I kinda stalk you. Just kidding. I just obsessively read your blog.

  • Laura

    love it! gorgeous :)

  • Anonymous

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

  • AdamAlexMommy

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

  • Akosua

    This is really cute!!! and that dog is just precious!!

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  • 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!

  • Audrey Leighton

    killin it per usual


  • Beladdiction

    really funny outfit!! love your blog!

  • Anonymous

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

  • 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

  • Audrey

    love the skirt and thigh highs!


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

  • Jessica

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

  • Ashley

    Fashion week IS the style equivalent of Halloween. Genius!

  • Carolina Sundell

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

  • The Vintage Scene

    This outfit is pure genius! Juxtaposition at its best!

  • Ophelia
  • Bridg

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

    B xx

  • Michelle Lee

    Love your sweater

  • 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.

    Guaranteed man-repelling outfit :)

  • Ida
  • thefashionguitar

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

    XO Charlotte

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  • The Fancy Teacup

    Mohair and tartan plaid. Swoon.

  • Prudence

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

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  • Rachel

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

  • Collections

    Loves it… particularly the sweater.

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  • Paula

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

  • Style Dilettante

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

  • Sheila

    amazing skirt!

  • Anonymous

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


  • 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.

  • Anonymous

    you are the cutest thing on this earth

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

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

  • Alexandra

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


  • Aga

    So cute! Love it!

  • Teresa

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

  • Emily Has Dimples x

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

  • ﻌFashionQamarﻌ

    love this outfit
    aaand specially the jumper!!

  • L

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

  • Gabrielle

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

  • Jesse

    She just needs one thing to make that outfit complete:

  • Pink

    Sexy in her cute Plaid Skirts!

  • 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.

  • Tegan

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

  • plaid skirts for women

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