Lessons in Layering: Prints ‘n’ Shit

Leandra Medine | January 18, 2012

Ladies, germs, it’s back. Live from John F Kennedy, it’s another round of mixing prints and others things, too. I’d gotten several concerned emails in the course of the last month that I may have lost my, you know, man repelling joie de vivre but to that I say: come on, cycling shorts. Cycling shorts in public. Cycling shorts in public, no bicycle. In any case though, let me debunk rumors that suggest I may be going soft. In today’s installment of Lesson in Layering,we recognize the true spirit of a sartorial bartender and aim to pay but another homage to 90s grunge infused by contempo-casual vintage. I’m just kidding, what even is contempo-casual vintage? See below.

pants: Topshop, tank: Club Monaco

Step 1: Le foundation. This story starts where most good ones do: in polka dots, but combining the green-hued and black polka dots with say, a burgundy heather tank renders simple, comprehensible, by the rules of our lifestyle: toterly unacceptable.

blouse: Equipment

Step 2: And so, on the journey to victory: another layer, where seagulls will flock and polka dots will leave proverbial holes all over your legs.

long sleeve tee: Christina Lehr

Step 3: Here, things get slightly more interesting. Rid the prospect of maintaining a look that matches well and add some briton stripes. I was apprehensive about combining a long sleeve tee with chiffon blouse but ultimately the fabric’s dimensions were kind of nice. Saucy, if you will.

counter blouse: A.P.C Men

Step 4: It ain’t a print party without some plaid. I call this one: the blouse sandwich. And here’s where things start to pay their homage to the 90s. In what I call a Kurt Cobain inspired look, those sleeves messily rolled into one another are actually quite intentional. Maybe even a little contrived?

vest: Balenciaga

In Step 5, I unveil the vest that keeps on giving. Let’s back track and note the layers: polka dot, check. Seagulls, check. Stripes, check. Plaid, check. Super-sized houndstooth: double check. And so finally, in Step 6, I give you:

shoes: Thakoon, clutch: Antik Batik, arm party: Jennifer Fisher

The shoes, the bag the excess exposure to dental endeavors. With this, I vow to keep you posted on the status of my personal life, he who penetrates it and whether or not that sentiment will still ring true in approximately two hours. Stay tuned. And if you’re in LA, come hang out tomorrow. That’s a demand. All photos by Naomi Shon.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01406688056052163694 Mary

    I WANT THAT PANSTS!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Maria Onorio

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07466164731917170685 Natalie

    LOVE this!

    Natalie @ tryingtomakefetchhappen.blogspot.com xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00896638834590707229 Miss Molly
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00749464901089340235 Afrikan Princess

    At first I was like errr but when you put on the finishing touches i loved it !
    Such a fantastic way to style for the winter


  • Anonymous

    post back jig is uppppppp please L!!!

  • http://leavesyouwantingmore.blogspot.com/ Leaves you wanting more

    Love the pants!! Send them to Stockholm and they will be layered and become really repelling!

    With love from

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09412379550661190775 ginswardrobe

    In love with that clutch!!! I want it!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08439145566484614073 Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning]

    So funny!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00958740509048507614 Monse Fuentes
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09911688868045804499 Ivana & Anamarija
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11619602287054788529 Amuna

    I always love your lessons 🙂
    ♥ Amuna



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14010680028084139437 Despina A

    Love your pants!!!


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

    Oh my god those pants are amazing!


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

    Great pants ! and I definately prefer the first, least man-repelling look

    belgian fashion blog

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

    Ah, the blouse sandwich… Do I sense another trademark coming on, Miss Arm Party?


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18149826832824168606 erin g.

    That is a loooooot of layers but totally come in handy for unexpectable weather.
    Great job, another layering lesson that I love! 🙂


  • http://twitter.com/melissah528 Melissa

    I would sweat like a stuffed pig in all that so fair play!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10859287544848855490 Lisbon Lifestyle

    You have such a great taste!!! Loved the layering, and i will apply the lesson according to my personal style!!!

  • http://blog.lescerisiersenfleurs.com/ Fanja
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06587429738566338952 casey

    I love those pants – and this layering extravaganza! You get my thinking cap going woman.

    Thanks for sharing!


  • http://www.sealedwithakay.com Kayla

    You're the cutest! Love this post 😀


  • http://indecisemarise.wordpress.com maryse

    très joli !:)
    I love your pictures

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05474853480258464213 wieyepi

    Hahahaha…Thaaaaaaank yooooouuuu!!! Finally! I so waited for more layering lessons!! Love you ;)))

  • Anonymous

    Piling on the clobber, I'd call it. At least you won't freeze!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10852993013842938278 Giorgio Schimmenti.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10536244216664912207 Sketch42

    You must be boiling!

    Dare I say that the tank layer is completely superfluous? You don't see it anyway, so why not just skip it for the sake of being less hot!? Unless you are skipping the coat with that look?

    I also need to know what that picture of you on the wall is. Is it you as a kid posing? OR is a new picture from your man repelling days?!?! MUST KNOW!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05605791786567181346 Inspiration exists

    I really enjoyed reading this and I must say that this tutorial is more than inspiring! Great job, love!

  • http://beancakes.wordpress.com/ kristina

    you're so cute. thanks for the tips!
    xx, k

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18126187081113239601 EmerJa

    You are the boss!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07013236322969861558 Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Hi Clutch,
    My name is Nicole, and I think I might love you


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05954525080756039572 Camille

    and boy does the look work magnificently when it all come together. jealous that you are able to pull this off. Even though its a true man repeller!
    love cxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06156839288856475890 Zoë Kate

    Adorable as always! Love the pants and seagull blouse! And that clutch is ah-mazing!


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

    You definitely proved it to those who doubted. Completely repelling and somehow you made this work. I have no idea how, you just do amazing things.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09022203116142439305 modern Suburbanites
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05415023400998052179 duckalicious

    you lost me somewhere between step 4 and 5. l'awesomeness! how do you do that without looking like an idiot?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11219240318835972906 Vibeke

    SO COOL, it's so much fun to go down one and one picture, because you never know what you're going to get 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05698140547900050120 PurplesPrettier

    You even incorporated menswear! But like… for real!! A new level of repelling. You've topped even yourself.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07319480087649776709 Mangomo

    You're kind of a genius. Not even kidding.

  • Anonymous

    You're my hero. Don't ya ever feel hot? 4 shirts and a vest, I'd sweat by ass off 😛

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18069427401135868694 Tamara S. Putri

    Lovely! All the pieces complement each other so well!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14435593758712177641 Electa | Nikolas

    the clutch is stunning !!!


  • Anonymous

    hahaha, you are crazy! and awesome!

  • http://www.locaporlamodachile.com Loca por la moda

    I love dots…! and green too


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14132875743332259437 Paula Markiewicz

    Lovely Pants!!!Amazing!!!
    Girls, visit our blog:
    Blog The Sisters Style

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16712897221435359241 This Trend That Trend

    I love how you take a chance and combine almost EVERY pattern that shouldn't be patterned together and you look great. As always. I love this post because now I'm going to go and mix'n'match as much as possible!
    1st stop- polka dot pants!!

    @thisthattrend on twitter!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05473936446091366973 Erica

    this is super cute. Love the shoes 🙂

    Erica In the Light of Style

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11875471347780861012 Zoë Fullen

    "the true spirit of a sartorial bartender" I Love your Vestimentary Lexicon.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05727126863056675120 Joana

    Gotta love the pants!

    Giveaway – LOVE dress

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11631566006390343983 Elisabeth

    I love the idea of mixed prints!

    E from Helsinki

  • http://marimorena.wordpress.com/ marimorena

    So nice pants!
    Really nice post!
    I have to start mixing! 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12243213003924614648 currently craving
  • Anonymous

    the tank top was rendered absolutely useless by the end then… just added unnecessary bulk that would make women look fat.

    you are losing your touch

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

    The last combo is very cool, the Thakoon shoes are really the perfect winter boots.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00249594611456435173 Daniela

    The Thakoon shoes are gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03148175977170213712 marina miouprincess

    love the pants and shoes! fab!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    those pants are extremely insanely awesome ! !<3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10101147112786053609 lilybinquiring

    Isn't the blue and white striped tee Christian Lehr, not Behr? Love this post though, don't worry, you didn't lose your touch!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12465140471147919647 Isabella Smulders

    Haha I loooove this post!!
    Such a funny piece again, and I looove the final outfit! The pants are awesome 🙂
    xoxo http://www.chicfashionfreak.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01050885955256636599 Hoelster

    In love with the clutch! Amazing.

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    you're back! not that I ever thought you lost your game tho:) love this layered look

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07176590100848026280 Carmo

    and this is why we adore you 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10066869068352683578 sk

    Layering perfection! xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08182072674697368198 Stephanie.

    I did my own lesson on layering, too! I put it up on tumblr and everyone seems to love it! I hope you like it too! Here's the link:

    How I Layer for 10 Degree Weather

    I love your take on layering. I feel like sometimes i do it wrong and I feel very stiff with so much on. But all it takes is practice!

    -Steph from chocolate laced
    Enter My Vedette Shapewear Giveaway

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06502998148007689018 Romina C.

    What I just love about your outfit is that you not only put your outfit of the day, but many ways of wearing one items. You show more mix and match. I love it, it's very inspiring!

    x Romi


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09018752871250031380 Llara is the Little Scribbler

    Oh, nice finish. That's a flourish for sure. And I am a fan of an additional-print-exposing sleeve roll. Good work girl.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09733989712958362781 SIENA.STYLE
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04351024449392376052 Missy McKay

    Can I borrow?

  • http://styledevil.faksimile.no Marianne

    Well..you are totally absolutely awesome.
    Yup. Simple as that.

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

    ya! you got the post to come back! well played! jealous you are heading to LA! come up to SF!

    love from San Francisco,

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13807176055077408821 Mónica C. Welton
  • http://www.sweetindigoroad.blogspot.com/ Sweet Indigo Road

    thanks for the tips and i love the outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12801147454343852370 Roseanne

    i love the pants,the clutch and the houndstooth vest!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08922787665095908159 A

    I love you & your sense of style!!!


  • http://adahliavolk.com Chrissy

    Sexy, sexy!

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

    I love those pants

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

    Nice. We miss posts like these.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06935177585934005255 Habiba. J

    I loved how you layered all these different textures, I love your style it's always so inspiring and you always seem so real. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16355371801641173290 Toni

    I absolutely adore these Topshop trousers, but they just didn't fit me right!!:( http://www.fashionyourseatbelts.net

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

    hahah you never lost your groove. Love the topshop pants I have the same ones. Love how you can layer upon layer and still look skinny… if i did this I'd look obese hahah


  • http://www.royalquartz.com Macy

    Interesting outfit

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09162225897145423080 Sartorial Dreams

    Please write a book! I will totally buy!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16916516049031763448 Steven

    fun polka-dotted pants!

  • http://www.thecoolhour.com Sarah

    OMG love you for these styling tips! Layering can be so hard sometimes…especially mixing prints but you do it so well! Love this!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08181477137063502942 lucillejoy

    Love this, those trousers need to get in my wardrobe!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10393276707613083553 Natasha

    You are the perfect amounts of insanely smart, insanely stylish, and insanely insane.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15040870386362518986 girl in the poodle shoes

    Your lessons in layering posts are hands-down my favorites!

    Girl in the Poodle Shoes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16463938394811959878 Genie

    You layering has definitely reignited my desire to mix more prints into my everyday life! My fav was the seagull blouse, loved it!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07279516877124783976 Mackenzie

    Ahhmazing pants!

  • Kaja

    That is so cool! But don't you get extremely hot..?

  • http://anasabatini.com Ana Sabatini

    The last one is def my favorite!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15351317731531231831 JMJones6

    Awesome layering! I would personally stop at step 1 or 2 but you pull it off well!

  • http://www.thekinas.com Bettina

    Love it, I'm going to try this many layers and patterns. I'm going to add in a long sleeve into the mix of my usual layers and hopefully it comes out as good as this!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10941820965702663952 B.Weber

    I don't think I could pull that off, but it is perfection on you.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14654691178100203023 Roxanna

    Great vest ;). Always love a little Balenciaga!

    xx Roxanna


  • Anonymous

    We sense jealousy in this one…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

    I absolutely adore your insane layering skillz. There in no print that you will not layer.


  • http://www.lovamy.com Amy


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02864884707495470417 Jenava


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12243213003924614648 currently craving

    loving those polka dotted pants.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04644235367974098039 Sheena

    So wrong it can only be right! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06040637244391259084 Marina Peral

    Love the pants! are perfect!


    one more shoes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00098016701748046630 I Z A B E L A
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05179164260958456765 Bang and Buck

    aren't you hot?!


    Bang & Buck

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02524665983291791499 Ramalhoni

    U bring such lightness to this look , I love it…. it may be grunge inspired, but it has nothing to do with that dark and well… grungy look… It look amazing.
    Pattern mixing is so easy to get wrong, but you nailed it.
    Cheers all the way from Portugal.
    BTW love your Blog

    if u want check out mine, http://ramalhoni.com

  • liz

    these layering tutorials are my favs! u should do more of them… btw those polka dot pants r so cool!

  • Anonymous

    Hahahahahaa, I love it! Now I know why this blog is called The Man Repeller!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17574427892113163954 Rada Priya

    I heart you! especially when your layer your sheeit like that!
    Xx RadaPriya.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14174040848616894352 Y.S.S.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625802959152606446 anna

    polka dots are a good start of this layering lesson! this pants are awesome… I want them!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00730178215928737319 Tamina

    amazing outfit!!!I absolutely loooooove those posts

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11158928367254317795 Emily

    Awesome!! Need more cool stuff like yours!! Have a great day and keep on repelling 😀


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17792982397373743318 Bela Monstro

    Contempo casual vintage? Cycling shorts? Layer 'till you drop?
    Gosh, you are the queen!

  • Anonymous

    Who are you, really? You are like a fashion alien way too far ahead of us earthlings.
    Jazmine Yurtin. jazminenichol@yahoo.com

    Seriously though, I'm not into girls but I am in love with you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06275266418862832332 Mary

    I have to agree, this is, well, pretty repelling!
    Love the polka dot pants!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16053051466319300662 Kimberly Horne

    I love it! Those pants are to die for!

    xoxo, Jjanga!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17694125186147952186 benedettadr
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04064124545660877435 Leonie

    i´m in love with your pants !!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07193994112347355277 Michelle

    1.Outfit a'la Joey (from friends).
    2.That vest is holy.
    3.Have fun in L.A. 😉


  • Talik

    Are those chihuahuas on yo feet?

  • Anonymous


  • http://www.pandacitis.wordpress.com Elle

    Man Repeller, please tell me that you saw this episode of Very Mary Kate based on the anomaly of layering. Ode to you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12375809856667284996 TheGuayabaProject

    One needs to be as skinny as you to still look think after 6 layers of clothing. Very cute indeed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12375809856667284996 TheGuayabaProject

    This comment has been removed by the author.

  • Anonymous

    Great look! I believe the striped top is made by the t-shirt company "Christina Lehr" though, not "Behr". The Johnny Tee looks great on you though!! http://www.christinalehr.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16327851332425419531 hannahalehandra

    The polka panties are the shit! I love your humorous style of writing. An interesting outfit you've conjured up here, indeed. Much love, from England.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    Yes! Just fixed it. That was a stupid typo on my behalf.

  • Courtney

    Don't you get overheated?

  • Anonymous

    Perfect-OHhhhh. As a fellow Man Repeller I wood SO wear this, and actually have done so. Many, many
    times…However, I would not be getting wood. Guess I should stop now. Vulgarity layers life lavishly. Got
    no more L words. Except love. Love for this blog that makes me feel i'm not alone.
    Fellow Repellers Unite!!!
    -Minty Giggle Pants

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15037990856185460889 Yuka

    love the tank + the pants! <3


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11283166684039054888 Megha Varshini

    thats a lot a layering!

  • http://laflordelys.com helena

    wow, IMPRESSED.
    wanna check out my blog and follow on bloglovin? im your fan already!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11728108413209932787 ANIK L.R.

    Very cool result! You only can pull it off so well 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08910065130978001967 Little Miss Shoeshine

    thank you so much! I'm crap at layering and mixing prints so I've really appreciated this "tutorial"!xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08557072283136667215 semicircles

    Can you please write a layering tutorial based on living in the tropics? One of the side effects of wearing 1+ long-sleeved shirt is that you can drown in your own sweat. Or someone else's, even – they might start sweating just looking at you.

  • Anonymous

    you look like a very expensive homeless person.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09100603875227628663 Jani

    First of all, love the title of this blog…haha
    Secondly I love how you broke this outfit down piece by piece. Its nice to see layering done right one step at a time 🙂


  • http://99percentanembarrassment.tumblr.com/ Duda


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07543358005841655578 cornerstate

    What the fuck. How do you do this?! With the first few pics I'm always like: ermmmm…okay… but then when I see the total look it's just brilliant! Can not believe I just discovered your blog today.

  • часовници

    Great pants!! And the часовници is nice 🙂

  • Flo LaBrado

    Exactly why it looks great!

  • fittzy

    i love ur posts ans missiiiing soo much the lessons in layering!! xo


  • Veronica

    This is so much fun. I love the way you have put together so many high end pieces to create an eclectic look. . . or wardrobe accordion of sorts. I want to pick and choose from the pieces you are wearing; the outfit is expandable and contractible. The blog post elicits applaud, laughter, banter, and more. Sorry for the poor writing. I am in need of a job.

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