Repelling for: Formal Affair

Leandra Medine | May 18, 2012
I’ve been meaning to construct a sort of thematic repelling, lesson in formal wear because it’s hard to figure fancy wears and fashion together. When I say that, I mean man repelling. The Met Gala is one of the few events that successfully marry high fashion and formal wear in a capacity that procures a. McQueen cakeboss, b. human Oscars (see: Karolina Kurkova,) c. live gorillas as interactive Prada. Sorry, I’m still not over that joke. Some of us, however, aren’t swanky enough–by the laws of Met invitations, at least–to offer A-list designers the good deed of designing whatever our bodies desire and so here you’ll find an attempt to combine your man-repelling flair and the restrictive laws of a black tie dress code brought to you by my cousin’s wedding this past weekend. It’s makeshift, so do try it at home.
This is really magic you see, because of the juxtaposition of garbage can and self. It’s telling and metaphoric at its core but I’ll let you amount for why, see: Zoolander. Hash tag derelicte. Now: step away from the traditional dress and instead try a skirt. This one is Emanuel Ungaro from before Lindsay Lohan was even born. Behind the black vagina lives a plain white crisp tank, this one by LNA. It’s a pretty good blend of silk and cotton and thus fits the t-shirt model while maintaining a small air of elegance. Neck jewels are up to you: I stole my mom’s pearls and was role-playing dream daughter but before I could leave a smile on her face, top half abomination, enter this Junya Watanabe satin motorcycle jacket adorned by obligatory labial folds on either side. White pube shoes to catch the tee and here you have it. I will have you know, friends, that when the bride first saw me, her initial remark was: “what the heck? I don’t like it.”

Hash tag funny but also very awkward. Oh, and, photo by Handsome Haim.

  • Natasha Fatah

    I couldn't agree more, red carpet events don't really excite me because those big fancy gowns are really about fashion, and they're definitely not about style.

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Elise and Margot

    great formal wear lesson :-)

    x For Happy Days

  • Fashion Agony

    That jacket is an absolute masterpiece! Wish I could get my hands on that one!

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  • Aurélie and Angelo

    That jacket is incredible! x

  • Twins

    God, this skirt is amazing!!
    It is vintage?! Waouw, looks so fashion, so nice!!!
    Not at all old style xx

  • Katie

    that jacket is fab! and those shoes! :O i die!

    – katie

  • Natali

    Oh wow! Your ruffled jacket is just amazing! Superb!!!

  • Jacqueline From Da Block

    That's a sick ass jacket!!! You look amazing!!

    xx Jacqueline

  • Vasilieva

    wow, that jacket is awesome, loving it with a printed skirt

  • Cammy

    Wow! great!<3

  • Creativity&Chocolate

    Great lesson and you are so right! Love what you are wearing on this picture from top to bottom!

  • betty
  • Prêt-à-Penser

    i love reading you, you have such a personal style not just in fashion :)


  • the (un?)social butterfly

    I wish I could see the look without the jacket as well… did you not take it off at all?

    I really loved the skirt, btw.

  • Kate

    Your jacket is gorgeous! x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • Anonymous

    It's totally awful and I adore it!

  • bambi

    I love this Jacket, Definitively gorgeous, you look fantastic, if you want you can visit my blog

    Many kisses from Spain

  • Anonymous

    Oh…. this is kinda… really……hideous…. trying too hard

  • Anonymous

    omg you look amazing… love your look from top to bottom from bottom to top
    Just perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    You really pulled this look off! I think you look amazing and the details of it are great!

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  • Leira Zetroc

    Next time I go to a formal event, I'll definitely try a long skirt instead of the typical dress, thanks for the adviceee….
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  • Tor

    Hee, I love this!

  • Gabrielle @ LookSharpSconnie

    This was such a perfectly time-appropriate post. I was trying to figure out what to wear for graduation, so grazie.

    Now all I have left is figure out what adorably witty remark I'm going to make when people question the deformed figure beneath my gown.


  • TeuntjeVDW

    I would die for that jacket! xx.

  • Neijah

    That jacket is insane!


  • Sharon

    You look gorgeous!

    In a man repelling way 😉

  • GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle

    Gorgeous skirt. Lol. I steal my mom's pearls, and other things, all the time.

  • Lola and Paz

    This look is perfect!

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  • ~Cleo~

    wow love that skirt super shear and all patterny whats not to love

  • Nuit Hernandez

    you look insanely good!

  • Berty Morales

    What a great formal wear lesson. Thanks for sharing and you look stunning…xoxox

  • Ms.Fashionista

    Wow this is some real style. I could so imagine someone wearing that to the Met Gala. You look fabulous.


  • Hannah

    I love it! You look amazing and vagina-chic as usual…wonder if a jacket like that would be against the dress code at my highschool? Haha.


  • WearAbouts

    that jacket is fabuuuloouuss <33 I love your skirt, too! <3
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  • brijetblog

    As I have already expressed on Insta…I fucking love that jacket! Labial folds surrounding your head?! It's like Watanabe is giving birth to you out of a silky, black vagina! I am not sure how I feel about this skirt; I don't think I can quite get past the 90's paisley type print. Do love the fish tail though!

  • Danielle Louise Hunter

    Love love love this outfit, amazing jacket!!


  • Alice

    I love that jacket. It's like a piece of architecture!

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  • Eugenia Woods

    Your blog is one of my favorite ways to start off my day. Always hilarious with great outfit ideas. Thanks!!

  • Daisy Roadster and Coco

    This skirt is so lovely, can be worn in winter or summer. Great combo!
    Nice week-end,

  • monkeyshines ♥

    fantastic jacket, perfect statement piece!


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  • shh

    I think this is my favorite outfit I've seen you in. Love.

  • fashionmeetingpoint

    A lesson of perfect style for red carpet!!!!

  • Anonymous

    you are pure awesomeness
    LOve the entire look

  • Anonymous

    You look gorgeous!!

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  • vain319

    That is a kick ass jacket….the skirt? looks awesome,I love it giving me 90s vibes all over the place..want man repelling gear? I got

  • Sue

    my boyfriend would haaate that outfit – well done :)!

  • Cristián Pavez Díaz

    Nailing it, as always!!
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
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  • Anonymous

    I love the jacket and love the skirt/lace/trasnparent awesomeness
    xoxo from italy

  • jenaly enns

    i love that skirt. you look great!!!

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  • Kas and Blue

    Just perfect! Love it!!



    This jacket is amazing!!! *_*

  • LSD

    Still in love with this jacket! And you look stunning as alwaysXX

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  • Irina Bugai

    Love that jacket and the skirt! You look fantastic!

  • aaroh

    She is looking so sexy with that dress. Nice dress. I like it.

  • Indrah always crack me up.. I do like it, you look great!

  • Jennifer White

    Wow, we're neighbors! I recognize that building. GREAT outfit, by the way. LOVE that jacket.

  • Lydia Oyetunji

    OMG!!! The whole outfit is ME!!! I love your taste!!!

  • часовници

    Great article!! And the dress is superb .. And the часовници is nice :)