While We’re Looking Down

by Leandra Medine
February 26, 2012
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Someone cleverly commented after I’d posted this photo on Instagram yesterday, “when did your grandmother in Boca take over your feed?” Aside from a reality that mandates my grandmother hang her hat in Aventura while living life blissfully unaware of the phenomenon that is touch screen–though she does use Blackberry Messenger, which may or may not speak to the dying relevance of that device–the posed sentiment got me thinking about trends. Proenza Schouler, the photographed Alexander Wang jeans, most anything S/S 2012 Dolce and Gabbana has given some fashion pertinence to Hawaii in the sartorial sense. At what point though does this trend become dated? My answer is something along the lines of: what even constitutes a dated trend? There should be no such thing– everything has its time and place, you decide when to put it where. It’s more just a game of push pull. Will you commit to looking early bird special with Palm Beach inspired Man Repeller loafers or will you set a division between the tropical print and say, a pair of stilettos. Or motorcycle boots. Or webbed feet. Or fashion sneakers. Yes, FaShUn SnEaKeRs. It’s kind of like another look at committing to trends and shit. Finally, I ask at what point this stopped making sense?

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

    haha love this! i need those loafers! You can be our stylish grandma anyday!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17982616557479621307 Mallory Nickels

    "will you set a division between the tropical print and say, a pair of stilettos" is when it stopped making sense, I think.

    That's where I got lost anyway…

    Still love the photo though!

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

    As long as you feel happy wearing something (and you can deal with weird glares in the street haha) then you should rock whatever you like. Regardless of trends!

    http://www.gingerfashionmonsters.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09026625220592373779 Irene Buffa
  • kashmir stingray

    made sense to my whacked-out trend pushing mind…preach it sistah!!

  • http://www.mimifashionland.com/ Mimi Nizan

    LOVE these shoes, and so comfortable :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12602268350687229193 hutchisonk

    fo sho! never such thing as an outdated trend

    If something looks good it'll look good whenever wherever, it's how you put them together!

    http://believeinbelle.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of trends, I could use some advice. Should I get a new ipad, new boyfriend, or go to the beach? I would really appreciate your sartorial thoughts on this.

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

    Beach will accomplish the sentiments attached to all all of the above, so, that one.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09424508379568199765 Hannah

    I love those loafers! i don't believe in outdated trends! where whatever you want to wear

    wtfwhatthefashion.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.sickcitywindows.com Dani

    I'd say a little more Palm Beach than boca #justsayin!

    xo
    Dani
    http://www.sickcitywindows.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10068830430011689371 Mafalda Nunes

    LOVE IT!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04279567464751008383 Ines Naouali

    The way you write is – insane! Don't know how to explain it, but I love it. Very different than other blogs that I read. I absolutely adore those jeans. I really need to get myself some printed jeans very soon. Much love! x

    Bisous,
    Ines

    bisousofbliss@aol.com
    http://bisousofbliss.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00980670863346611503 Meganne

    That's funny, I was just talking to my boydriend about this, when he stated asking when a look becomes vintage, and will our current looks be vintage ten years from now? He brings up an interesting point that fashion is indeed not a linear concept but rather a circular one….
    Material Fixations

  • http://www.the-habit.com Theresa

    Sick jeans. This photo doesn't do them justice – one of the coolest pair of printed jeans I've seen for sure. Loving the quirky loafers as well.

    The Habit

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04729567827565835447 Urban Nester

    Those pants rock, lady!

    xo. molly
    http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02397936925020455564 Benedicte MAGEN

    love these loafers !!

    http://www.benedictemagen.com

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

    awesome loafers, love it!! :)
    http://arainbowswan.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12463023121697072678 Tina
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06092778957820668377 DawnieP

    Loving those loafers I see them everywhere they look cracking and I always think very Hugh Hefner!

    dp

    x

    http://www.inanityandthegirl.blogspot.com

  • http://www.modelovers.com modelovers

    I love these shoes! Awesome!

    Tanja

    http://www.modelovers.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10431646916294089600 Kelly Malka

    leandra! hi my name is kelly and I've emailed you a couple of times with the illustrations I did of you for my blog, not sure how to get a hold of you!!!– i really hope you can take some time to take a look!

    http://whatthekittydraggedin.blogspot.com/2012/02/man-repeller-leandra-medine.html

    http://whatthekittydraggedin.blogspot.com/2012/02/man-repeller-leandra-medine.html

    love all your stuff!

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

    "…everything has its time and place, you decide when to put it where."

    I really like what you said about trends and dated clothing…sometimes, you should just bring back trends when you feel like it, ha ;)

    http://thequietspaces.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15037990856185460889 Yuka
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13046236696970749886 Crafty Texan

    Dude! You called me clever! This made my week and I yelled through my house how the most awesome blogger who makes fun of fashion while loving it at the same time quoted me on her blog. And I believe fashion is whatever you make it. Your personality makes it. it's like how some people can wear hats..it's not the hat…it's them that makes it.

  • Anonymous

    I have been looking everywhere for the perfect spring time skirt. Will you post some good ones from all over the webz?

    thx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05555716734084058815 ~Cleo~

    I am not that great of a fan of loafers. And i agree with you what does make a trend over (thats proabally why i don't follow any of them).

    http://etantmoi.blogspot.com/
    http://etantmoi.blogspot.com/
    http://etantmoi.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10431646916294089600 Kelly Malka

    oh and they arent cliche illustrations they're more 'humorous'

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09355135040282153827 The Fashion Estate

    I don't really have a thing for loafers, but these look so good!

    http://thefashionestate.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06555659683272613392 Dani

    I think I died when i saw those loafers. Love them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01204052275819356588 Fashion Recession

    Hahahahaha, how funny, did not read anything yet just show the pic and thought wow love those red loafers with that awesome printed pants, little did I know that someone called it a grandma look, well that grandma look is very comfy and it is a nice splash of print/color for the eye, thank you, have I mentioned that I love this :D

    All love Lola

    http://www.fashionrecession.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15057101385427278906 The little world of fashion

    Your pant is perfect!
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    I love the loafers/slippers trend, and those are – sorry – the cutest things ever.

    http://matchalattewardrobe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02853753997297949718 dictionary_of_fashion
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07046016333291848619 TheChambrayCountess

    What you said makes me think of street style photos in which the most "fashionable" buck the current trends and wear things from an opposite season or in a purposefully contrary way, so they are on trend by being not on trend? It is fun, though, so I don't mind following you down the rabbit hole on this one :)

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

    LOVE that shoes!!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02392488127083764431 LE▲

    nice pants, nice slippers! i love your blog, read it since a long time, saw it in GRAZIA this week. greeeaat!

    'xox

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

    made no sense atall but i love the look! <3
    Rory
    Be sure to enter my giveaway!!
    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com

  • http://styllustrator.blogspot.com/ The Styllustrator

    I'm in love with the way you express yourself in writing…
    In French we have a word for your style: décontracté…
    I'll let you look that up, and please check out my review on the best and the worst of New York Fashion Week: http://styllustrator.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13567207095713240076 The Princess of Black

    Lovely shoes!!
    I want buy it!!
    Kisseeeeeeeeeeeee

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

    "…everything has its time and place, you decide when to put it where." Well said. I don't believe in trends, or the concept of "dated." I believe people who truly have personal style transcend that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625395273907490807 Gypsy_Riot

    love this post! i find it hilarious that someone said that to you on instagram today…maybe they missed the part about your name being man repeller. Obviously that means having grandma-esque moments. which btw is a total compliment bc i love your style and how you dont give a shit what people think about your eclectic mixes. Besides, I myself enjoy a stroll in my grandmas closet every now and then…oh, and did I mention the amazing 5 finger discounts I get every time? I got off track here, but all of this was meant with love and admiration of your blog. k, thanks. bye!
    xo alax

    http://www.gypsyriot.blogspot.com

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

    I like those loafers.

    Collections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14940462269243967693 eM Ieva

    Your shoes are amazing! Love it.

    eM/Ieva
    http://mstyleideas.blogspot.com/

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

    cute loafers!

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

  • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

    LMAO!!!! At the Boca joke.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05771069750743789837 ravenamaru

    The name of your blog cracks me up. But you are so beautiful can not be true.

    http://Www.ravenamaru.blogspot.com
    DIY FASHION

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01925372663341626318 3 MAIGLÖCKCHEN

    this is great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09512059999305405106 Rafaela Saad

    I loved that shoe …. amazing!
    give the look of the day in RS:
    http://rafaelasaad.blogspot.com/2012/02/meu-look-liberty-listras.html
    kisses

  • Anonymous

    How do the loafers run – small or to size?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08107223367018940482 Gabrielle

    I LOVE this pants and shoes combo!!! Amazeballs :)

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

    I'd say true to size though maybe if your foot is wide you want to size up half.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13793464869993395400 irene

    Dear teacher! Thanks you I´ve learnt how to layer properly.
    I hope u like it!

    http://www.memyselfandairin.blogspot.com/2012/02/la-empollona-de-la-clase.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08716286801643199774 BABEL
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07041808012245015649 Alyssa

    I agree Ines. She is just.. very smart and witty!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12759545260010101486 The PvdH Journal

    There is something rather interesting about this trend- and I became even more aware of it after reading an interview with the Proenza boys yesterday where they said that they started the collection with their favourite colour: ugly (aka brown). And then went on to research all this 'Hawaiian' trend that was more from the mid west than anywhere else. It is ugly, yet is cool and it contests the boundaries of 'good taste'. Perhaps similar to what Miuccia does of starting with something which she herself finds ugly to start… Ah better stop before I write an essay!

    Ps love the Del Toro slippers… Still remember in boarding school when one of the founders what getting it started… The goo old days!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07623478851727029146 Keren, rhymes w/ Heron

    Smoking Slippers! Both Masculine and quirky feminine! LOVE.

    http://thewalkup.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13768953057946408880 Meg

    Although I feel like a bit of a grandpa when I wear loafers (even studded black and silver ones) i don't care, sometimes you just want to be comfortable and stilettos are not an option!

    wardrobeworship.blogspot.com