On Feeling “Blah”

Leandra Medine | March 21, 2012
Yesterday I tweeted a call for help that went like this: “hey! Let’s play a game called help me write my book, content suggestions welcome!” Exclamation points and everything. The game is still not over so do take this opportunity should you feel so inclined to interject an idea or two in the comment box below low low and behold hold hold. The feedback was great, appreciated, smart and funny, I particularly liked one idea though, not necessarily for the sake of a book filled with words not photos, but rather for right here, where dreams are made and crushed in one instantaneous click. The suggestion fell somewhere along the lines of a demonstration that outlines a how to of sorts: dress for “blah” days.  It’s a problem we all fall victim to, right? Blame it on the general notion of feeling uninspiredor simply your body begging you to sit down and stop trying to socialize. Regardless, this morning when I woke up I looked out the window and saw hazy, grey, blah. Eureka! Here you have it: dressing for days you will inevitably feel like poopoo.

The science to it is a simple one: take your favorite garments from their respect genres–meaning, favorite top, favorite bottom, favorite shoe, favorite hair implant–and throw it all together. See what you get. Sometimes it works, often it doesn’t–and when this happens is usually the best. Still wear it. I have a general affinity for utility anything so that takes care of the blouse, white pants seem to be making all my outfits better this monthand these are shoes with a happy story attached. Not much color, no, but there are bracelets. Add glasses if you have them, they bring character to the face and often hide whatever grotesqueness you’re projecting onto yourself. I am particularly keen on these guys because one of my eyebrows is obviously lower than the other and so it peeks into my frame. Still with me?

Joseph blouse, Paige Denim jeans, Alaia sandals, Reece Hudson clutch, Warby Parker glasses

Finally, boogie with your legs. Leg with your boogies. These photos were actually shot about a month ago and meant to illustrate the emulating of a certain someone. Can you guess who? The hint is, she really, really, really likes J. Crew. All photos by Naomi Shon, durrrr.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12463023121697072678 .Tinacious Me.

    gorgeous shoes! love those specs on you!
    xo, Tina

  • http://www.yvettechristine.com Yvette Christine

    love the shoes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02116258930954122989 Polly

    Love this post! Inspired.

  • http://megustaonomegusta.com Me Gusta o No Me Gusta

    I extremly love this look. I wish I had ALL YOUR SHOES. They are so pretty and chic and stylish.

    I'm going to NY in a month, so I hope I find you in some window shopping!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11100004305694169593 nataliya

    you could never be blah!!! those jeans and shoes are amazing!!!


  • http://www.thewhitestudio.be Jennifer D.

    Please don't tell me that's the entrance of where you live
    I might just kill you out of jealousy and steal your identity:)

    hey there's a topic for your book: blogreader kills blogger and steals identity out of jealousy, the court says blogger provoked it. 🙂

    Just kidding of course, couldn't be half as funny as you are 🙂

    Great blah outfit!


    The White Studio


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

    amazing look!
    LOVE it!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05882333911932324281 blue roses

    i have been feeling exceedingly blah lately, weather induced depression not helping.

    my attempt at a sartorial cure today? leopard pencil skirt.


    good luck with the book; hope the focus on words, not just glossy images, stays true!


  • Anonymous

    You are young, rich, thin, famous and engaged. You should never feel "blah." And if you do, then what hope is there for the rest of us?

    Nice outfit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16722871135707426250 Le Chic World

    THIS IS SO TRUE!!!! love it!



  • http://www.lierynjohnson.wordpress.com Lieryn Johnson

    love this … and all the posts. Gotta admit: I'm crazy inspired by you! In fact, I'm writing an article about your blog for my college newspaper. Love it.

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

    Who are you emulating? I can't figure it out! Please enlighten us! 😀
    Love the idea of just throwing everything on on a "blah" day 🙂
    Follow me on CHICTOPIA

  • Anonymous

    Jenna Lyons! did I get it right?…I really really enjoy your blog!!! have a great day…. here in Monterrey Mexico we have a "blah day"….cloudy and grey…ready to spice it up with your advice!!!

  • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

    I like your blah.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10173800024702128610 The Antifash

    The last two pics are more like '"The butterfly uh, that's old let me see you tootsie roll!" LOL
    I dig the science. I have kinda had a blah beginning to the year (womp womp), but things are looking up I guess… We would all be so lucky to look as cool as this on our blah days…er months.

  • http://www.topmoumoute.tumblr.com Top Moumoute

    Thank you so much for writing about real dressing, as much as I love dressing up its sometimes nice to see that real life dressing does still figure even for people who are in the buisness of fashion (and those who always look ultra stylish!).


  • http://www.modelovers.com modelovers

    Great Look!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02758325712620762278 Lace And Tulle

    love your look!!!

  • http://aurelieandangelo.com/ Aurélie and Angelo

    Love the shirt and shoes!


  • http://allherlove.wordpress.com Cassandra

    I'm seriously in love with the shirt you're wearing in this post. I am making it my mission this afternoon to track that down so I can have one of those bitches for myself.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13723010199888875822 S.

    love your pics!!
    So funny!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon

    You look great in white pants!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03205144874887425869 Molly

    Awesome enormous bag. I think I could fit in there. Cute.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02286795032328939747 Hen Grant
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01018559049239753554 libby

    i have many "blah" days. your outfit is more more interesting than mine on these days!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08448844364744612221 RaspberryBlonde

    great shoes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04154804645701029618 Lotus Blossom Design

    I can't get enough of those Alaia sandals! The Outnet has a beautiful white pair but not my size :(!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05325730962858684220 Ana G

    Great outfit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10418547238996143646 YoUngLiNgToN

    You writing a book ? I didn't know that ! Great outfits here !


  • http://ryannejohnson.com -this little life

    Great shirt! and yay a book! I think you could definitely get a way with a funny coffee table picture book BUT if you were looking to write more I imagine people would be keen to get an insight to your life that we don't get from the blog…whether its more personal or more about the way you feel about clothes/fashion/society etc painted in a different light than "this is what I wore and why"… do you know who is making the book for you/with you?!?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 TripsTreasures

    Love this look !

    fashion & lifestyle in BElgium

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

    You look great!! Love your glasses!!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08551188095175987730 Fashion With Ellie

    I love you, you are so awesome!!! Love this outfit!!! Every single one of your posts have inspired me! You're a fashion Guru!! I started "man repelling" a lot more lately by of course layering!!I’ve noticed I've been repelling men, I couldn't be happier 🙂 Fashion over men anytime!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    you look amazing!!!!! 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02163169631359243246 TeuntjeVDW

    You look great! Love this look! xx.

  • http://www.pattyandlo.com pattyandlo

    Are you really engaged? Youngin! I was contemplating a high waisted pair of white JBrands last night and giving some serious thought to them today. Love the tucked in look in front but not back – I have been rocking it lately and love how flattering it is – like why didnt I realize this before?

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com molliee

    love the color mix and those specs are rad!

  • http://adahliavolk.com Chrissy

    I would like to see pictures of your closet broken down in sections. Pics of your jewels, shoes, bags, etc.. clumped together by category or by theme. I think you have beautiful pieces and it would be interesting to see them photographed together. Also, I remember a while you asked us, to ask you questions that we would like answered. Maybe you can touch on answering some of those? I don't think you have answered them in a blog post yet. Or have you?
    The book will rock because you do!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09115290465831133259 Alisuca

    Who is Angelina Jolie. She's the first person to come to mind

    I am in love with anything olive coloured, saw this Ksubi Jacket and fell in love- the perfect trifecta of leopard,chambray, and olive! Thought of you styling it off the hook.

  • http://simplyclassyme.blogspot.com Inés

    The look is amazing, but your description of it…impeccable!!!
    Big hugs!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    loving this khaki shirt in a combo with white jeans


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08884059388253684523 Estherina

    Love this outfit! You are without a doubt my favorite fashion blogger. Thanks for always putting together inspring but achievable outfits.

    Step into Estherina's World

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



    Maria Onorio

  • http://blog.bungalowco.com/ Sally

    You look fab — just about what I'd be wearing on a blah day, as well. This is why we invest in statement shoes — so you can feel like crap but put together some simpler items to complement a kickass heel or sandal!


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

    Love the cat eye shape of your glasses!!!


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

    Those glasses look amazing on you. Love this look!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321688876180838093 Ría
  • http://stylesolutionsnyc.com Sydney

    White pants are sounding so good right now! The city is dark and muggy today, and it definitely needs some great outfits to spice it up!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04969304613545354057 Stella

    You have great sense of houmor and unique style…you truly inspire me so much! You go girl!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04969304613545354057 Stella
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08489376601063985105 Melisande

    i love this outfit! and that last pose totally reminds me of angie 😉

    btw, i sometimes read your blog out loud to my boyfriend and the other day he commented on my outfit by saying "i love your man-repelling layers!" i was so proud. haha

  • http://thelookandlisten.blogspot.com L and L

    Ha! I love this, we all have those days and good outfits can make them THAT much better lol.



  • http://theautumnissue.com Karissa

    Love the whole outfit – stunning shoes and clutch! So excited for a Man Repeller book.


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

    you're writing a book??! that's awesome. i'll buy it for sure. you're hilarious! i think you should give your top 10 ways to Man Repel on a saturday night!

    xo's! vanessa


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00832340726848873899 Chila

    Funny pictures! I love the outfit, really love it…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04770956040998185682 Polder Glamour

    Shoes! A-we-some!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08189730389331663836 Aisha Jimoh

    You are soooo damn inspirational!! xxx

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

    FIRST- I totally sold you on white jeans, huh? And SECOND- I feel like blah took a crap on my head today and everyday lately…. I need some serious inspiration to keep on chugging!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07242387228090874919 CeCe

    I wish I looked like THAT on my "blah" days lol. Mine normally include stretchy pants, a cape and thick sunglasses (a little cuter than Batman)…


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

    I am so doing this. I can not wait.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00958740509048507614 Monse Fuentes
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00895152914452877928 Ms.Fashionista

    Loving that rad oversized clutch. Your glasses match so cutely to add up to the whole chic nerd perspective. LOVE IT!



  • Anonymous

    hair in a low bun and you could totally be channeling miss taylor tomasi-hill. and that is just awesome.

  • Anonymous

    This blog is so cool i love so much fashion is my life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06620891945379058672 Fashion Monstre

    so cute!

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

    Love love the Alaia sandals, they make any outfit look stunning.

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

    Love it, that shirt is great.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09547386389107730210 Kesly

    OMG! I love, love, love your look!!! I'd definitely give it a try!


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

    Is it a man repelling book or a general fashion book? I love the idea of taking all your favorite piece na mixing them together then surrendering to the result totally. Blah days are aweful, like writers block really, you stare at your screen or your closet foreer, trying to start something.
    Material Fixations

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00993884718303804752 Charlotte Wilder

    Congrats on the book deal! I love the white pants, too. They can definitely make any day a little bit brighter. What if you tried doing this with your LEAST favorite pieces of clothing? Could make for a funny post.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHYRjcBvsnU&feature=player_embedded Jenny

    Man Repeller,
    I really, really like these fringey tights, but until I can figure out how to wear them without looking like a stripper I don't want to get them. 🙁 Any suggestions?


    Foreva Yours, Jenny @jnny_heck

  • http://houseofmawes.blogspot.com Mawes

    hahah..really clever article.

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

    stunning heels!


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

    even on a blah day you look FAB!
    xo alax


  • http://www.phoandchips.com Bridgid

    hehe nice work as always! love this article, and LOVE this outfit – the shirt and jeans are amazing on you, and that clutch, wow 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07574981289599093195 *M

    When I'm feeling blah, I just pop on over here for a little pick-me-up!! Thanks for being so inspiring 🙂 Love the look.

    <3 from San Francisco
    Petite Avenue

  • http://www.anthologycollection.blogspot.com.au/ Anthology Collection

    Love the shirt!!! And the white pants are heroic in this outfit. If you felt "blah" you don't look it!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06543642814733122591 Janice

    I am such a huge fan of basically everything you wear. The military green is definitely a great go-to. Too cute to be a blah outfit!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04434612994039650348 picorrie

    Do you know that's EXACTLY how I do 'blah' days and weather?? Perfect way to turn your day around…

    Pip xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02903640722114840583 My Style

    perfect outfit for a blah day! love the shoes!



  • Anonymous

    Ideas, ideas, and other things my brain came up with:

    Your book, your blog, your life, whichever… How to repel the men with only $30, Good Will, and a copy of said book/said blog/said life.

    Can you copy said life? Would that be cloning??

    Tata for later,

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07983739651600259023 Carolina Spinola
  • Anonymous

    Bought my first pair of blinding white skinnies this month. Afraid to wear them before May but you (may) have just convinced me otherwise…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate

    You look awesome! Love that blouse!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17850634239551807303 Gabrielle @ LookSharpSconnie

    How do humor and fashion mix?

    You have such a unique sense of humor, I'd find it really interesting how you get along in the world of high fashion – what you find your sense of humor helps, and what it hinders (or what hinders it).

  • Leigha

    I have seen several photos of people wearing these shoes, and I must say this look is my favorite. Perfectly mix. 🙂

  • http://www.dressedwell.co.uk Designer Clothing Online

    Great outfit! Loving the sandals. We will def be trying this idea when we have our next blah day!!

    Womens Clothing Online

  • http://www.the919fairytale.blogspot.com Karen

    I am liking your outfit.

  • Anonymous

    I'm not exactly sure of the occupations of your readership, but I think you may want to include a post for current students about how to dress for school. Generally, college students don't wear heels to class, but I also try as hard as I can to stay away from looking sloppy or lazy without over-doing it. You expertise would be appreciated!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02173453161137562316 Jannine

    no woman can escape the blah.ness monster! at least once a month for sure, if u know what i mean. loved your recipe to overcome this state.
    i know you´re usually very natural when it comes to make up. but i find it very uplifting when i apply some of those magic products on my face. removes BLAH-mishes. wink wink!
    XO jannine

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14851608394929055789 Chanel-Lily

    Lovely outfit! Also, like your theory of how to overcome blah days, will definitely be trying this out.


  • Anonymous

    a cool idea for your book could be talking about how as a man repller you and your style hhave changed or grown and maybe how your blog has grown with you. you have a verg funny and exciting to read writing style too i can't wait for all your puns and jokes! i want flamingos and fun outfits! <3

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

    Ahhh lovely look. Great shoes. And I feel like the glasses make this look. Nice boogie, too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06671811982489029295 Dione and Krios

    This is my outfit inspiration for tomorrow. Fact. Thank you.



  • http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com Jennifer

    Wearing this outfit would lift my spirits on a blah day 😉

    xo Jennifer


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16038738936614803249 thechicndamned

    those shoes are beyond stunning!



  • Sunshine

    love the look!

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