Man Getter to Repeller: The Revival

by Leandra Medine
January 25, 2012
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And we’re back. Today in ways to recycle old clothes, namely the bodycon mini skirt you accidentally purchased in 2008 during an unusual lapse of good judgement: meaningfully layering loads of better judgement over the bodycon mini skirt you accidentally purchased in 2008 during an uncomfortable lapse of good judgement. It’s a quick six step process that requires fewer layers more evenly distributed than typically…distributed. Today it seems, I can’t compose one single proper English sentence. I’d suggest you simply skim the below content, it’s for your own good.

I know what you’re thinking, I’m right there with you and yes, it’s true: BCBG. I figure if there’s any way to successfully host a round of Getter to Repeller, it’s proper to start where things are tight, simple, leggy. On an unrelated note too, now that I think of it, the shoes, found in the trenches of a sample sale room last season, are probably an interesting homage to yesterday’s look at Balenciaga pre-fall 1981 2012.

sweater: Club Monaco

In an easy effort to start the layering process, here’s one thick sweater that stays in true spirit of what conventional New York dressing is about: forgetting that real color exists. You can’t see it now but there are some fly suede patches residing on my elbows like cool little elbow dwellers that enjoy a good flex every now and then.

tights: Hue

I’m not sure if I meant to wink, but I’m happy this photo turned out as it did. Step three starts the distribution-of-layering process. Black tights have this magical way about them where even the tightest of skirts lose their leggy factor with just a small kiss of the inevitable opaque hovering.

second skirt: Miu Miu

In this step, I reverse the initial skirt so that the upside-down V coyly pointing to the nether regions are now behind me, alluding to Uranus, and include another skirt-as-peplum. It’s an easy and relevant winter fix that gives new dimension to clothes you may have dubbed unwearable. I’ll take this a step further and say man repelling kind of preaches that with the right layering tactics and facial expressions, nothing is ever unwearable–not even nipple tassels.

headpiece: Young & Ng, shoes: Alexander Wang

And now, the accessory change. Generally speaking, headgear is ambiguous, most often pretentious and so always perfect for a game of Weener: The Shrinking Meter. Pumps on the other hand, fine sometimes but you never know when life may take you on a spontanteous trip to the moon. Be prepared with the right footwear.


Detail shot, bla bla bla. So many bracelets, so little arm space. Hardware and knit threads can’t seem to get along and thus perfecting the art of partying with your limbs has proven uncomfortable in a colder climate. Should you find yourself in this predicament, steer clear of crystals, revive your old friendship bracelets. And to put speculations to rest about the frizzy freak growing everywhere, behold the final step:

Jungle wear, not just for jungles. Photos by Naomi Shon.
REPLIES
  • http://www.sickcitywindows.com Dani

    I'm not so convinced this is man getting to repelling– but then again I am rather biased and lovesssss it! Sneaky shoe change btw..

    xo
    Dani
    Sickcitywindows.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15596146057074420712 Elsa Polo

    Lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    cant go wrong with headgear.

    xx
    Glass of Fashion

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

    Love the skirt on skirt thing! You're so damn cool Leandra!

    xo
    Dani

    welcome to my jungle

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09270428504674072431 GINGER FASHION MONSTERS

    as a shit layering person, this is mighty funny…. and helpful!! haha thanks for the advice….

    gingerfashionmonsters.com

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

    Yeah, you're in the right path but… i know you can do better than that when it comes to man repeling!

  • http://www.msdollydecorator.com MSDOLLYDECORATOR

    Amazing. Other options would be to move to LA where such layering is not necessary. ;)

    XX.dd

    http://www.msdollydecorator.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00958740509048507614 Monse Fuentes

    amazing!

    *GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG

    elblogdemonsee
    elblogdemonsee
    elblogdemonsee

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

    Haha I love this, I'd probably wear it stopped at photo 3 though :)

    http://borrowedwardrobe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13067395970281265221 call me debbie

    xaaxaxaxxaxaxa thats great!

    (Pls check my new blog guys: http://inwhirlofinspiration.blogspot.com )

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

    Love this!!
    The repelling is excellent!! Just as fabulous as it's suppose to be.
    Wish this outfit was mine!

    With love from
    LYWM

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17508037969782756867 sampenner

    Love it! Total Man Repeller-esque!

    XO,

    Sam
    http://www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15112146372290566286 Marcia

    Meh at the headpiece, though I do agree that most New Yorkers forget the colour exist. And the fact that your arm party is perfect, as usual ♥

    http://www.style-abuse.blogspot.com

  • http://www.laceandfadedjeans.com/ Jess

    this is too funny. I had a major lapse of good judgment in 2008 and purchased a black long sleeve body con dress. I can't even bring myself to look at it…thanks for ideas on how to make it bearable by covering it up with a chunky sweater. xx
    http://www.laceandfadedjeans.com/

  • Anonymous

    Your blog is quite entertaining, but I would learn how to spell judgment properly.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE every single item in this outfit!

    Mundo de Alicia ❤

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

    I love the way you layer the clothes!
    amazing!
    and i just LOVE your shoes!
    <3

    Fashion Philosophy
    http://www.fashionphilosophy.net

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

    Those first heels are amazing, I want that color!

    xoxo, Jjanga
    http://www.sayhelloandsmile.blogspot.com

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

    I love these kind of posts!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11701982951282476485 diana kang

    that coat is unreal!!!! xx

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

    your arm party never disappoints me!

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I saw/read the whole thing and I still can't figure it out – how did you do that?!? Pure magic.

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

    Very repellant!!
    :)

  • http://www.peoplewearfashion.com isaobeso

    I seriously prefer the final outcome!! Although it all looks great at each stage!1

    visit my blog PEOPLE WEAR FASHION

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

    love those second pair of heels!

    http://www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12851255912197216409 lauraa

    I love your lessons in layering. Every one always amazes me
    xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01669731666988840055 Juanduh.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13071272134057276425 Iris Tinunin

    love you!!!

    STYLOSOPHIQUE.COM

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

    You look adorable. I love the finished look so much.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07347187988628392021 MARIMORENA

    Really like the post! Your look is amazing!
    For me not so repeller! ;-)

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

    Animalistic and futuristic, right on.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04058590464057501550 patty and lo

    It will be tough to get in more than one skirt — if the repelling doesnt work, the logistics sure will! -dw

    http://www.pattyandlo.com

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

    The last look I love, the fur and the silver shoes are really cool. I would love to wear that next week at Stockholm Fashion Week.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16542317510022502031 Styling Black

    I missed this sequence… you brought it back better than ever

    stylingblack.com

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

    Love it all… but what else is new. Particularly love the sweater.

    Collections

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

    I love the look from head to toe, especially the skirt.

    HauteStandards

  • http://www.modelovers.de modelovers

    Fantastic Looks! Great ideas!

    Tanja

    http://www.modelovers.com

  • http://winkandbauble.blogspot.com Jennifer

    Let's be honest. The shoes and bracelets pretty much make it. Love!!!

    -Jennifer

    winkandbauble.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12824144103687829720 WebHauteJas

    inspiring! i totally purchased a bandage skirt last year on a whim…the quickest $150 i've spent & regretted it…Ive wore it everwhere, even work! lol

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

    Haha it's unbelievable how you keep on doing it every time; cause the result is awesome!
    I love it :)
    xoxo http://www.chicfashionfreak.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04058590464057501550 patty and lo

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  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    love the absolute repellerness of this!!!

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

    That arm party shot with the KW jacket is heaven. Pure heaven.

    Green shoes = Amazing.

    And I love your come hither face in the first photo. ha!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04058590464057501550 patty and lo

    Love this…every little detail is so well put together!

    http://www.pattyandlo.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06082917538862403026 Allegra

    LOVE IT! actually I'd wear each "stage" but I guess I prefer the most repeller-ish version! good job!

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

    Love it!
    The Miu Miu skirt on top is just perfect! And the color of the Louboutin's is gorgeous.
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16362612188006508513 Amanda

    love the layering!!
    Very just-woke-up not really trying look!
    xox

    http://www.lovenycstyle.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    amazing simple layering!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

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

    oh yea, thats some good man repelling!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15235755566305774338 Audrey (hkittygirl)

    I love your layering skills! If you were still in high school, I'd bet it'd take you a long time to change for PE. XD

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14730444962956559044 Hillary

    omg you're so funny.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06350815127095452839 Michelle’s Style File

    You're seriously brilliant!

    x
    Michelle
    http://www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

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

    It looks great… so stylish and special! Bodycon looks like crap on me!xx
    María
    http://littlemissshoeshine.blogspot.com

  • http://lillasface.tumblr.com/ lilla

    love the layering lessons :) keep doing it!

    http://lillasface.tumblr.com/

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

    Although some of the sentences were a bit rough to comprehend, I did (I think) get the message. My favorite line was def, "Jungle wear, not just for jungles" haha! I dont think I could pull this outfit off, HOWEVER it is wonderful inspiration for the mistake bandage skirts, yes plural, I bought. woohoo!

    http://www.currently-craving.blogspot.com

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

    I love the transition on the FACES! pefect outfit from start to finish.

    Hope you get the award for best blog from bloglovin. you def. have my vote. :)
    http://www.nicethingsandstuff.blogspot.com

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

    the queen of layers did it again ;)
    love!!

    http://www.carmoavantchanel.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03232244535847629729 Me
  • http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com Melissa

    superb outfit! Two skirts in one outfit, so awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04455529601226522447 Pepa Xavier

    Love the look! But to be perfect I would lose the head piece! The two skirts thing was genius!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17745729950732625003 Piel del Cosmos

    this outfit is perfect!
    (:

    http://pieldelcosmos.blogspot.com/

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

    Ah…I'm SO glad you're starting up this series again!!

    http://thequietspaces.blogspot.com/

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

    awesomely GORGEOUS and HILARIOUS <3
    Rory
    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com
    CHICTOPIA

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15037990856185460889 Yuka
  • http://stylishwithabudget.blogspot.com/ stylish with a budget

    hi,

    i love that CM sweater..it goes with everything. and just want to let you know i got the sinatra necklace, want to thank you for that. it's such an unique design. if you have some free time, pls drop by my blog which i started about 6 months ago. cheers xo

  • http://romans-122.com kaitlyntru

    Dude your layering & style is insane. Obsessed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00871124968347245332 Irina Bugai
  • http://servinupstyle.blogspot.com servinupstyle

    I love the top skirt. You're the best!
    -Hannah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10523966116497024863 Dani Elias

    youre so cool leandra!! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05512903722051391869 Constance Murphy
  • http://kazucopy.wordpress.com Kazuko

    oh that little grey mongolian jacket, NEED to know where it's from!

  • http://vanillachic.wordpress.com/ vanillachic
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07682103959878375756 Jacqueline

    aaahaaaahahahaaaaaa, yes!!!!!!!

    Mannequin de Vitrine -Give Away

    Mannequin de Vitrine -Give Away

    xoxo, Jacqueline

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

    The miu miu skirt is terrible. I like the rest!!

    The Life After

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10025455617448459400 Lina
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04737951515527807576 Non si dice piacere – La moda passa, lo stile resta

    A graet mix of chic and glam.

    http://nonsidicepiacere.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07015831142090917655 Hafaguddei

    Funny and very cool. Love the final outcome :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09113056625709563735 ♥Run With Fashion♥

    I loove the simple, tight and leggy look :D
    I loove the sweater with the look, so cute and comfy looking! ♥
    I love the tights as well with the look, gosh…I'm going to try this out. lol :D
    Loove your arm party! :D

    Loove your blog, I enjoyed this post! :)

    -Eliza

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12646823449072246492 Lea

    You're so cool ;)

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

    It's so cooool! I love your style!

    http://www.onlyupsidedown.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13003103530221097362 Irmak Pekbayik

    Actually, the last look is better than the first one. THAT should be the man getter hahah! Loved it, love your style.
    If you have time, check mine too..
    http://www.style-statement.com/

  • http://www.dressedwell.co.uk Dressed Well

    This is great! Great tips on layering!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09357076206480765690 The Middle Sister

    Its an interesting approach and all but worthy of such sycophantic praise?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12532252315853771601 Abbydutch

    I literally was about to take my old black mini to plato's closet.. now i have an excuse to keep it! thank you!

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

    love the outfit but the headpiece made you look a bit like jesus.

  • Anonymous

    YES! this is the old man repeller we know and love

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12049408006282458124 M-J Obsessions
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17246616555311280161 annie markantonatou

    it's always great to see you layering!

    http://anmarkdesign.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02731486062949121771 Karissa

    Love the layering, different textures and neutral coloring.

    xo

    fashion-gg.blogspot.com

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com Fashion Snag

    I really like how you layered the two skirts. This would work great for shorter skirts that you want to add some length to. Great idea! x

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12873353132459039218 VSP

    You're always great with layering, but this time, I like it simple. Sometimes less goes a long long way! Very sexy in the first two picks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10914347032093982958 Flávia Cremonese Bernardy

    I love your blog, it's so funny and nice and you have a great style! Last year in my old blog I tryed to make a post using you as a "light", but it didn't work so well, I didn't know how to pass the idea of the man repeller to other people :( haha
    Thx for exist and make this blog, you're awesome! :D
    http://blogdaflavs.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10662847236197368036 Swapnil

    No homo, but i'm in love with u ;)

    EGO OF FASHION

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

    Love iiiit! YOU re amazing!:D

    http://fashionqamar.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01199101090365438639 Fiafafia

    I guess you could wear each single step but the more you add stuff the more it becuse an outfit! I absolutly love it!!

  • http://thebluehue.blogspot.com Diyanah

    The metallic skirt link is .. not what it seems ? I can't find the metallic skirt. Saddy face.

  • Anonymous

    ahhhh, i missed these. please do more of the layering stories!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08158845450813823629 Ira McGuire

    I'm from Australia, and every time I check your blog and layering action, I can't help but wonder if you're ever just too hot?
    Cheers.

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

    baha. Great looks. Two is still my fave….
    Delaney

  • http://lovebcn.tumblr.com Lanie

    Love it!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14124334599140165418 thekellytang

    haha I adore everything about you! :) And love the arm party!

    <3 Kelly

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00488853899360078329 Miss Oh’

    Two and four are my fave's.
    Hey, I'm still new to repelling-as-a-goal,
    usually I do it without wanting to :p

    x
    Oh'

    blogbymissoh.blogspot.com

  • http://www.funfashionfit.com Jani

    Arm Candy heaven :)

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

  • jett

    porno haha I adore everything about you! :) And love the arm party!

  • Shawnee Rajala

    winter perfection. yes to fur + black + cosy sweaters.

  • Guest

    I love this website.

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