Red and Fuschia, Fuschia and Red

November 21, 2011
Winter just got a whole lot mo’colorful. Hat by Tibi, scarf by White & Warren, sweater by Thakoon, sunglasses by Christian Dior.
It’s a stupid silent rule that brights are colors only reserved for warmer days. Without wearing something to blind the people around you, what good is a season, or life, anyway? And look, I’m not trying to suggest that I pioneered any sort of trend that would celebrate an uncharted merge betwixt red and pink, pink and red, a color combination most previously dubbed unwearable, ridiculous, off beat–you know, like brown and black before Prada gave it the big fat go-ahead. But I will say that the notorious bright pink fringed shoes…yes, yes, the ones that look like baby ponies birthing drag queens, may or may not have been combined with anything red my closet retained circa last spring. That said, here’s to wearing colors and winter and wearing colors during winter. Also, I know we’ve been taught by most every authority that things that are good are only good in moderation but that’s not true about layering clothes or mixing loads of color. So go big or go home. Alone.
…Speaking of going home alone, I guess right now, underneath this image of me in my most attractive-to-the-male-eye pose, is as good a time as any to tell you something important. Honesty is the best policy and since you are virtually my best friends ev-or (see what I did just there? I love a good pun,) it’s time to spill the white beans about a certain friend, who is a man. Yes, it’s true. He is a man, he is a friend, he’s a man friend. He contributes to my arm parties, thinks sequins rock and drinks a certain drop crotch kool-aid I may or may not have single-handedly concocted. To put that sentiment into perspective, I offer an anecdote: [scene: girl walks into room draped in white t shirt and mauve colored silk harem pants. Black satin open-toed lace up booties on foot. Suited man notices girl, walks over to her.] “Great pants. Can I buy you a drink?” He says. “That depends, do they serve apple juice here?” She says. And from his pocket, a can of Mott’s emerged. Kidding about that apple juice bit, but you get the point. Look, I’m a fashion writer, not a comedian–stop rolling your eyes, busting my chops. This is the end of the anecdote. I’d tell you more but that’s what books are for! I’ll just note this though: I haven’t had to tuck back no crazy, compromise one single leopard print, foul word, or ounce of glitter. So you see, there’s hope: have your yeti, wear it too. And stay tuned, sucka mothas. All photos by Aram Bedrossian.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01406688056052163694 Mary

    NICE PICS ^^

    MUCH LOVE FROM http://www.thelastillusion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15588937421573926958 Zoey H

    That last face was the perfect introduction. Congrats on your Man Friend!

    tictaczo.blogspot.com

  • http://culinarilychallenged.blogspot.com Lauren Helen

    You look great! I always love those glasses!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14067733496108612653 ImportEyedea

    Ok I have never commented on your blog before right now but of all of your strokes of genius this one illuminated me the most!

    Color color and more color! And salsa to your ears and the NY cold practically rolls over and plays dead at your feet.

    heart you!

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

    Oufff I love it!!

    Olivia
    xx
    http://brokelittlerichgirl.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com thefashionguitar

    COOL! So vibrant, love that

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

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

    I really do love the color combo. I'm especially in love with the Thakoon sweater. Me wants. =)
    Satisfy Your Cravings For Celebrity Style and All Things Stylish and Sweet

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10139269533873270419 rolala

    Love it! Bright colors are meant to chase the chill away!

  • http://www.funfashionfit.com Jani

    love love love. Those glasses are sick.

    -Jani
    http://www.funfashionfit.com
    http://www.foottraffic.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05929863108040533411 Alisa

    Funnily enough, that's exactly the answer I give to potential men friends when approached in public places. Apple juice is somehow somewhat man-repelling ;)
    Orange and yellow is also a good combo.

  • http://www.loulou.therails.ca Loulou Downtown

    haha, but you so are a comedian! Love the bright colours you are rocking so finely.

  • http://www.onemoreshoes.blogspot.com/ Onemoreshoes

    fantastic"!!1

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02283783938773107355 Sheila

    I just rocked my bright red cords and fuchsia silk blouse yesterday! November was getting to me, so I felt a little colour was in order…

    So glad to hear that I can remain my off-the-wall self and still find a man friend. You bring me hope, dear Leandra!!

  • http://www.shoedaydreams.com Poochie

    Supportive man friends are the best! I have one too. His outfit compliments are: "That looks crazy… wear it!"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11286149288842617111 Lia

    haha this outfit is brilliant.

    xx
    Glass of Fashion

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01455268287112359251 Emily

    Yayy! colors and man love!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03238589979626981020 Neris / Fashion Fractions

    Love this combo! Red and pink look great together!

    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07676698510440246459 Taye Anita

    youre hilarious, loved reading todays post! love the look too – definitely going out to get some hot pink items to mix with my reds!

    t.

    http://www.ohsoreginald.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02532025846080696690 Xoxo ☺

    Cute bright colors! Xo

  • http://frontrowspectator.com/ frontrowspectator.com

    I love this. Your blog is so refreshing from others! Thank you for the humor.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16645816083163618975 Kate

    Love the bright clashing colours, great facial expression in the last pic!
    http://www.styleisalwaysfashionable.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Nothing new, honey. Snowboarders wear eye-cancer outfits all the time :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17537252651041624395 Nevena R

    Love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12392242889907876105 Becca B

    Why does this feel like the time my parents told me that they were Santa Claus? Kidding, that's fantastic! I say boys become men when they can finally look at a drop-crotch pant on a woman without laughing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17992716756403966695 nacho

    great meeting you at calypso. i'm the girl with the stache teeshirt.
    big fan of your blog.. youre so funny!

  • http://hauteeyes.com Haute Eyes

    You look adorable in these shots!! So comfy!

    xo
    Caitlin
    http://hauteeyes.com

  • http://itsmesassi.wordpress.com/ itsmesassi
  • Anonymous

    Oh, wow, big news! Somebody down-down here in brazil is happy for you, you are awesome and deserve all the best. lots of love

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09479701268938819008 Jailson Rainer

    You're really look to be in a Benetton ad!!

    It was that one of ur inspirations? LOL

    great pics.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11059775998363519154 Caitlin

    Loved that color combo at Prabal Gurung. Love it on you more.

    Caitlin
    http://www.my-grandmothers-gucci.blogspot.com

  • http://peoplewearfashion.com/ peoplewearfashion.com

    you look sooo pretty in that first picture!! I personally think the scarf and the glasses make the whole outfit… are you wearing this with jeans?? I would've loved to see the complete look!!

    visit my blog PEOPLE WEAR FASHION

  • http://vanillachic.wordpress.com/ vanillachic
  • http://adahliavolk.com Chrissy

    I love fuschia and bright red together, no matter the season!
    adahliavolk.com

  • http://www.injackiesshoes.blogspot.com In Jackie’s Shoes

    Let's just say that, to me, you pioneered the red and fuchsia combination and did it so brilliantly that you convinced me to partake. Normally, I'm of the daring grey and black combination, so this is a bold move for me. Thank you Man Repeller! And congrats on the sartorially-daring beau!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17735896581791951670 takeachicpill

    normally i'm scared of red and fuschia together, but you really rock it!;)

    http://takeachicpill.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/melissah528 Melissa

    A new man friend is always most exciting! Get some, girl.

  • http://www.10k10q.com Devi

    Great pics! I love the color combo.. <3

    xx Devi
    http://www.10K10Q.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04700294011788884566 Guenda
  • http://luvvleighb.wordpress.com/ luvvleighb

    I love bright colors! Especially bright blues and pinks! And I always hated that silent rule… I love the days when I overcome it anyways and wear bright colors when everyone else is wearing browns and blacks!

    Luvv, Leigh B

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17842135251263323655 NATASHKA

    what season colour rules? those colours look great!!! and make an excellent contrast to the "grey-dressed" people on the street , ha! (Stewie's voice)
    ps. nice brief-meeting you yesterday at the calypso :)

    http://stylegination.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09893100748019929496 Chelsea

    Amazing outfit. You look like strawberry jam in human form. Yeah!

    http://chelseakstovall.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08802460803153602951 karina

    sweet)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01790961449932166497 vanessa (the gal)

    LOVE THESE PHOTOS! and the color combo isn't too shabby either!

    xxo, vanessa (the gal)

    http://fashiongalfireman.blogspot.com/

  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    Awwww happy about this whole post :)

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • http://www.thestylescribe.com Merritt

    those sunglasses are the bomb. Looking good, lady!

    xo, Merritt

    The Style Scribe

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09022203116142439305 modern Suburbanites
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02756585515065845268 Aubrey and Melissa

    Haha you are still the one blogger we will read your post the whole way through. Congrats on the boy toy, glad to hear he doesn't squash you man repelling skills. Loving the colors here, you're right why can't be wear blinding colors in the winter?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16088784976290111386 hannahstiff

    This is just great. Who'da thunk we'd finally pair red and pink? (outside of dressing up for Valentine's day in elementary school.) But then again look how hot color blocking is, and it's really not such a revolutionary idea at all. Like how Missoni print looks a lot like rick rack from JoAnn's fabric store… I digress.

    real budget, real busy, real body fashion:
    4scarlet.com

  • http://goeslightly.com Holly

    I love this color combo! Red pencil skirt and fuchsia blouse all the way!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14435593758712177641 Electra & Nikolas

    they say red and fuchsia dont go together but you pull it great !!

    munichstreetstyle.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11273792815781471892 Sugar with Spikes

    Great outfit and great shots they so funny!

    IRENE
    http://sugarwithspikes.blogspot.com/
    http://unseenslaughter.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00076142953049556670 Reptilia

    Love this combination!

    http://justreptilia.blogspot.com

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08727455083997682571 indiecredpdx

    GET SOOOOOOOME

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14001809050902751430 Bri

    Love it!
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10513910887708533160 Prêt-à-Penser

    You look awesome, + I love the fuschia and orange combination

    xx
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03636469387388076513 Leah

    Love this bold combo. These pictures are classic.

    xo L.

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

    LOL you are hilariousss, and i love how bright this is.

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02564090775260006008 Shoppalu

    One of our favorite colour combos! GO bright or GO HOME!! Well done.

    xxx
    shoppalu.com
    shoppalu.tumblr.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15107957870175968972 Ayanna Michelle

    I think you birthed me. If you're ever looking for an awkward, fashion journalism student to mentor, come find me.

    I love this look, btw.

    Quench Fab

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02527008933557848354 Emmy

    Aaaaw…so happy for you, Leandra:)

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

    how cool are these pics!!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04056175968419299824 Natalie Live

    that last expression is come-hither gold! Sweet news on the mans and you're as bright as headlights in those stunning Dior shades. Rules schmules, fuschia and red are fabulous whether they be on heart candies or wrapped around an ironic, eccentric man repeller. Fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14740793284409948266 realelinkling

    OH MY GOOD!!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09383840833706569858 Ella

    such great photos! fuchsia and red are such an unexpected combo, you pulled it off perfectly!

  • http://giraffelegs.com Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Those are some serious glasses….big fan.

    giraffelegs.com

  • http://gingercookiez.wordpress.com Leslie

    WIN-WIN. i think man repellers will always end up the happiest

  • http://www.fashiondynamite.com/ Fashion Dynamite

    I miss your pink shoes already. Congratulations on the enlightened man friend!

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    love brights in the winter weather! you look fab as usual!

    xoxo
    molliee

  • http://pinkwedges.wordpress.com Sheyla

    Those Dior shades made me forget all about the Nikitas. I'm in love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09248393354946033790 Angela

    One huge hug for your "bright colors in winter" policy :)

    Angela
    http://angeladissected.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

    Lucky the man who captured your heart!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05695254903533992167 Donna

    stunning colour combination, too bad pink doesn't suit me!

    http://borrowedwardrobe.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    YOURE SO MUCH FUNNN!

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

    I love the red and pink. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    http://www.greeneggsandglam.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10147568168250249943 thestyleflux
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12398547380505833940 LoveE ♥

    It is an unspoken rule, but one that definitely needs to be broken! Love your look, and oooooh mysterious man who likes everything we never thought any man could tolerate – he's a keeper ;)

    http://itsthedollhousebaby.blogspot.com/
    x

  • Anonymous

    winter in new york just aint winter, lovelovelove your blog though

    -Pia, freezing my ass off in Finland

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

    love the photos- and the color obvi

    FRASSY

    http://www.befrassy.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04007364825338739929 The life after

    Super cool pics! love the choice of colours!

    The Life After

  • Anonymous

    This look is causing me "FOMO". FOMO= Fear of missing out. A man who loves your complete look also causes me FOMO ;)

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

    Lovely

    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

  • http://www.herworldplus.com Chrystal

    congrats on your man! that just means one thing. there's hope anew in this man-repelling world of fashion.

    love your blog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03760636174163538335 Chia May

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! congrats on your man!!! anyone who loves you for you (and your awesome style) is definitely for keeps!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14619953390847121652 Chessa!

    here's to strong, stylish, fun, smart men who can handle an even stronger, more stylish, beyond smart and hilarious woman!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04827509850757972694 Noomi

    love your outfit and love how you ignore the rules. and love your (attempts of) jokes!

    http://ididnottellhalfofwhatisaw.blogspot.com/

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

    :) you look fine girl!

    http://www.lateybirdy.com

  • Anonymous

    you got a man? that is awesome and makes me hopeful that some day I will too

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00834760361175097428 beckymonster

    i'm more focused on your cute story at the end <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16603701673468071750 LRB

    It's Rainbow Brite, but I love it!

    http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17536607400377067568 … Seriously, I’m Just Sayin’…

    absolutely love it! great colours, fabulous humour!!

    http://seriouslyimjustsayin.blogspot.com/

  • Eva

    You are hilarious! Your blog picks me up every day, keep going!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07046016333291848619 TheChambrayCountess

    I don't know if the outfits or the anecdotes are more enjoyable……………but I love both! Keep up the great work ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17469439626943554605 Susan

    I don't comment often but felt inclined…you are lovely and more importantly, brilliant – fashionably and comically.
    I think he's one lucky guy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13540865440171331174 Ally

    Well don't you just look super cozy and cute!!

    http://confessionsoftheglitterati.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12047263333729847865 Moni

    the most awesome combintaion!! :) I looove these colour together..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07881272365672198746 kmbleich

    You look like a GAP advertisement from 1998.