Thug in a Cocktail Dress

Leandra Medine | January 23, 2012

You may remember this tweet, you may not. Regardless, today is a day reserved to appreciate the finer threads in thematic dressing. As a pioneering Man Repeller, it’s an absolute duty that I take my tendencies beyond the confines of body hovering and parlay the talent into other scopes of entertainment; enter Bravo, the channel. While New York’s Real Housewives are ridding their show of a big fat chunk of its entertainment, it ain’t over til Simon van Kempen pronounces the truth about his sexuality which, you know, means they’re not going anywhere. In light of this, today we pay homage to what is perhaps one of the most important things counterpart Alex McCord has said. Add a little oomph, picture Sonja Morgan in a cocktail dress and repeat: she is a thug in a cocktail dress. Thug in a cocktail dress? Eureka. I’ve given serious thought to this sentiment and resolved that in order to properly identify oneself as a thug in, you know, a cocktail dress, you must in fact be a thug, wearing a cocktail dress.

And so alas, I’m hip, I’m with it, I can boogie, I can curse, I can give you seductive eyes that suggest slight craziness and may also graze upon some serious mental disorder. I can steal things and break car windows, leave notes that promise to reimburse the victims.

Or I can give you fish lips and flash my pale ass legs at you all the while maintaining a visual air of, you know, thug in a cocktail dress-ness.

And ultimately, you see, if worse comes to it and my sentiment is not properly expressed, I can and will always just forget it and break out in a macarena-lambada hybrid dance. If you’re still reading, I apologize for taking ten minutes from your life that you can never regain.

dress: Elie Tahari, sneakers: Isabel Marant. Photos by Naomi Shon
That’s a peek at my behind, this is my sorry face. I’m practically a sour patch kid: sour, sweet, gone. Bye!
  • blue roses

    that elie tahari dress could be caked in mud, blood, and guts and still be exquisite….

    now, your butt on the other hand…. jokes!

    beautiful and hilarious as always.

  • Lia

    haha those are some pretty thug poses.

    Glass of Fashion

  • Camilla

    I'm terrified, please don't mug me

    nice sneakers though, haha.

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  • Polly

    Ha you're such a bad ass thug in a cocktail dress. Love this!

  • Laura

    oh my god. the real housewives reference is almost too good to be true, i genuinely "loled".
    In other news, i need those shoes.

  • Maggie K.

    Ummmm can we pause for a second and talk about the blue velvet couch? Where do I get one of those?


  • Anonymous

    Hey just started reading your webby a few months back… You are seriously entertaining yet your way of putting clothes together really inspires. Been telling some friends of mine here in Singapore about this web page. Well it takes time to convince many females here of the beauty of dressing as a repeller, but I'm sure it will catch on. =)

  • Laura

    forgot this little nugget…

  • Megan Hemphill

    If only I had a cocktail dress, I could elevate myself from simply "thug"…HA!

  • Trips & Treasures

    Funny ! the dress and sneakers look so strange together, but seperately they are great ! – spring trends

  • Shannah

    Gorg/hilar as usual. Thug in a cocktail dress, thatta girl.

  • Pip

    Omg, I love this post! Hilarious!! You look great! xx


  • Kimberly Horne

    You are too funny and cute, love the fish lips haha!

    xoxo, Jjanga

  • Bri

    Love the photos.
    Your posts are too hilarious!

  • Dani

    thug in a cocktail dress.. only things missing are a varsity jacket and baseball cap (tags still on of course!!!!)


  • Janet Saucedo @StudioBlueJewelry

    Too funny….yet you still manage to look great. Your personality is too amazing it overshadows anything you put on.


  • Laetitia

    So fuuny! ;D

  • Daniela

    Love the contrast with that beautiful long dress and the sneakers.

  • T E X T U R E

    This post just instantly made my entire week!
    You are the greatest Thug in a cocktail dress I have ever seen!
    If I could have just an inch of your Man Repelling my life would be set!

    In short, I adore you.

  • Isabella Smulders

    Hahaha you make me laugh, great pictures!

  • Así es la Moda

    Love the sneakers.Isabel Marant <3

  • freed mode

    good style i want these shoes lol very cute.

  • kaitlyntru

    Seriously dont know how you can repel anyone. You are hilarious.

  • Habiba. J

    I love this post " Thug in a Cocktail Dress", this is so you. I love how you're just having fun and not caring that you have sneakers on. Which, I'm so jealous of, I've wanted them for so long. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.

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  • Blush and Flats

    love it <3

  • Collections

    Loves it. Those sneakers are da bomb.


  • Lillian M

    reminds me of when brides wear sneakers under their dresses thinking no one can see them… except maybe if they wore these they would look 100 better when they are lifted on the hora chair and everyone gets a view of their ugly ass white sneaker wedges!

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  • Ms. Style Junkie

    You are to cute! I love it you thug! lol… Can you teach me how to dougie?

  • kristina

    you are hilarious.
    xx, k

  • Dominika

    this is actually amazing!

    Fashion Philosophy

  • Caroline
  • Twins

    Excellent, my dream to can wear comfortable snickers with a party dress!

    Love from Monaco xx

  • Princess Angeles

    Second picture is quite funny!

  • Gypsy_Riot

    abolutely love thissssssssssss<3

  • WhatWillErinWear

    haha no one wears sneakers and a gown better!

  • Fashion Recession

    Hahahahha, you are just too funny, you thug 😉

    All love Lola,

  • sara.ann

    you always make me laugh…and i am especially thankful of that fact this gloomy Monday morning.

  • Styling Black

    soo soo great. you should take it one step further… thug in a cocktail dress at a cocktail partyy.
    just an idea

  • pelin

    Hey Leandra, you don't have to do any of those you listed above. While thinking you are man repelling, but quite contrary, melting men's heart.. I am pretty sure this breaks their heart.. And that, that makes you a thug 😉 You look fabulous in anyway..

  • Tamina

    poor cocktail dress ;-D 😀 hahaha

  • La Petite Olga

    Love the sneakers!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • WearAbouts

    so sweet!!! Only you would where those two together…and only you could pull them off together! <3


    Loving this blog…so fresh and fun!
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  • Chelsea

    ThUg 4 LyFe! 😉 but seriously, your blog rocks. Thanks for making me laugh!

  • Fashion Dawgs

    Ah Lily Allen was doing this look years back. Get with it lady!

    Fashion Dawgs

  • Zuzankita✝K.

    love that dress! and for my surprise I also like combination with shoes 🙂

  • Bettina

    LOL totally remember her saying this and with such anger and gusto!

  • Anonymous

    i like your macarena-lambada the best

  • Vasilieva

    loving that dress with the IM sneakers

  • anna

    hey, this macarena-lambada hybrid dance is hilarious! hehe
    and don't worry, those 10 minutes of my life were meant to be lost!

  • Swapnil

    love this!! hahah it was a good 10 mins spent 🙂


  • Lydia

    Gorgeous. I love these shots, and that dress on you.

  • Ría

    I love the idea of wearing the dress with the Isabel Marant shoes!

  • Jessie

    i have these shoes in the all black version and they are my absolute go to shoe! i am obsessed with this look. love pairing them with a dress.

  • Genie

    I love the dress, you pull of the thug role really well. Lol, a sour patch candy isn't as delightful as reading your posts!


  • sonia de macedo

    Loving this look – especially since I am quite partial to a good pair of Isabel Marant sneakers… … …


  • Laura89

    wow, the dress is beatiful and with sneakers look so rebel!!! I love it!!

    Lulita's Diaries

  • Yuka
  • Three Drifters

    Reminds me of this SNL sketch with Kristen Wiig, where despite being gorgeous and looking flawless in her dress… she is still a fucking weirdo:

  • Natasha

    Ay mami, that's the most gorgeous dress I've seen in a while.

  • Roxanna

    What an amazing oxymoron of an outfit! LOVE LOVE!

    xx Roxanna

  • brigitte


  • Life’s a shoe

    what a gorgeous dress!!!

  • DelbaMé

    Ahaha. Funny post. Love the dress, envious of those sneaksss.


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  • Clémence

    Yes, i was still reading after 10 minutes, and really laughing!

    I so recognise myself in a cocktail dress. I always have a ritual when choosing a dress: Can I jump around in it, or act like this, or show a silly face… Because the most important is to feel comfortable enough to have a great time isn't it?!

    Also, I was just in Isabel Marant Shop in rue de Seine, Paris yesterday and she has a new pair of heeled trainers that would get you craaaaazy!

    Take care


  • Amaia

    Eres genial, joder!!!!

  • Lena

    i honestly don't think that making stupid face in the picture justifies the "man-repelling" effect. As well as I am sure you would not dare to wear sneakers with that dress in public (and i don't mean your dog-pissing posed photos on the streets but a fancy cocktail party)..

  • Little Miss Shoeshine

    loved this post – it was funny and witty!xx

  • TheGuayabaProject

    I love the velvet blue sofa…it makes a nice contrast with your pale legs and the white dress (I'm paler).

  • Andrea Positano

    What's the name of this dress? I now need it. 🙂

  • Richard Cranium

    You people are all idiots.

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