Season’s Limbo

Leandra Medine | September 24, 2012

On seashells, sweatshirts and September.

Premature chatter about scarf weather is stressful. Has no one the proper respect for a notoriously subtle, dichotomous September? Sure, the initial crisp bites of wind start to infiltrate the air but there’s no denying what feels like the most tangible residue of summer. As Katy Perry once so eloquently put it, “you’re hot, then you’re cold.”

Enlightening, really.

Now, the only remedy to confusion so trivial, is the subsequent celebrating, accentuating, literalizing it. Below find some really serious photos of myself doing effectively nothing but suggesting that you try pairing a mens sweatshirt with the American flag scrambled in various APC scriptures (wind bites) with a floral mid length skirt that comes equipped with built-in slit (accoutrement,) and seashell sandals (tangible residue of summer.)

I for one would also use an-impossible-to-lose minaudiere. Figure the bag portion of it your head, the gold chain your neck, and the lucite bracelet a choker. Or better: a turtleneck.

It’s a precious time: sweatshirts and mermaids can only successfully co-exist sensibly for a very short period. And a marriage like the one demonstrated that scrapes two olds to make a new which will ultimately celebrate climactic limbo certainly beats buying ambiguous fall wears that render irrelevant faster than Lindsay Lohan at Ungaro did. (This tired joke at once seemed appropriate again considering the recent revelation of a new Creative Director.)

Finally, here’s my head shot. The end.

APC Men’s sweatshirt, Peter Som skirt, Reece Hudson purse, Alexander McQueen and Mark Henry rings, Mr. Dannijo necklace, Charlotte Olympia heels. Photos by Naomi Shon.

  • Gloria Quiroga

    I love the photoshoot location. There’s nothing like a scaffolding net to contrast the beauty of your shoes (and let’s hope – hairy legs!)

  • nataluya85

    that skirt is so amazing, love the rose print!


  • Elisa

    You look so hot on that second picture, I had a 5 second girl crush on you (until my subconscious got involved), Great outfit, just the right amount of man repelling.

    Elisa – Wandering Minds fashion

  • Elena

    Really Leandra , I literally loooove ur repeller style , you always look so stunning <3

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  • Jessica Camerata

    Obsessed with this outfit and everything about it.

    xoxo Jessica

  • Vanessa

    You look great!!


  • Samira Reyes

    you look so pretty!!!

  • maryse

    very beautiful !! j’aime les chaussures <3 ravissantes !

  • AnnaIrena

    gorgeous like always. Leandra you are the best fashionista :)!

  • Sharon

    I love this outfit!

  • Nuit Hernandez

    not repelling at all. u look Hawtt!!!!

  • Joana Gomes

    You look so utterly cute in the second photo…

  • Christina

    With every outfit of yours, I find myself thinking “How does this work?” But it always does.. somehow. I, of course, especially love the heels.


  • Messamet serdane

    That’s a good starting for being ready for the Fall !

  • Natali

    Gorgeousness! Love this outfit!

  • monkeyshines

    cute styling!


  • liz

    great look! so cute! I kind of am obsessed with the bag!

  • Cassandra Liu

    Beautiful outfit with full of great details!

  • Eat.Style.Play

    Reseaches what
    dichotomous means O_O girl… I learn so much shit reading your site hahaha. Anywhoooo, you do realize you looks HAWT right! Go back try again j/k. But seriously I like this outfit and I’m ready for fall cause i miss wearing mah tights.

  • Johanna Moroch

    Fun seeing you on Fashion Police!

  • Dana

    Nicely put! And hello killer legs! (to my surprise, they’re shaven) lol. Gotta admire an individual such as yourself.

  • Andrea Barrandeguy

    Few people really can understand the subtelty between seasons, and I respect you even more for this Oh Almighty Leandra Medine 🙂

  • Teté Veira Fernández

    Me encanta, una mezcla increíble. Eres un genio. Saludos desde España. Teté.

  • Mix of Styles

    I think is a great look, really love this combination.

  • ekw32

    great outfit!

  • Amalie Espeland

    i love this outfit!!! can i, like, buy it off you??
    and btw i had to look up that lindsay lohan reference. i lol’d.

  • XeanaFashion

    Cute photos! Amazing collar!


  • Elena Vasilieva

    love everything you are wearing, head to toe. and so so true about september. i still want to go about wearing shorts and skirts and all things that allow for bare legs, yet every morning it’s still so so chilly and i always end up leaving the house in a pair of jeans.


  • toocherryyy

    Your shoes are cute, love it

  • farandwild

    you’re an indian summer princess. perfect transitional dressing!


  • Kate

    love this look, I love it when it is exactly the right weather to wear skirts without tights, but still not too hot for sweaters, those are rare days actually;) btw you look really pretty in these pictures:)
    xx Kate

  • An act of style

    Love that clutch!


  • Cristián Pavez Díaz

    I really loved this outfit. You nailed it! As always!!
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
    Twitter: @cristianpavezd

  • Jessie

    i love that clutch! you look lovely in the second picture. =)

  • Meelena L

    the Katy Perry quote killed me!
    love the shoes and the skirt!


  • Chelsie Moss

    nailed it. AGAIN.

  • Izzaura Abidin

    stunning style as always!



  • Jennifer
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    swagger 😉

  • MsK_NY

    great outfit! Love the heels!

  • Eva Kraaijeveld

    Awesome outfit, love the sweatshirt with the skirt!!

  • Gabriele

    love your outfit, so so gorgeous as usual!! 🙂


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  • Chelsea

    I’d like to take this moment to say I WAS SO FREAKING EXCITED to see you on E! the other night. I was expecting just a typical show then bam! there’s Leandra. I squealed I was so excited to see you! Kudos!

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  • BougieHippie

    those shoes make your legs look great

  • fashionisserious

    I love the contrast between the sporty shirt and the frou-frou skirt. Nice legs. Congrats!

  • Elle

    Like this outfit! So stylish! 🙂
    xx Elle

  • Breakfast at Cindi’s

    Adorable, you were fabulous on The Fashion Police, such an inspiration : )



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  • Kiara Schwartz

    Everything matches but doesnt at the same time… you are the master at that! <3 xoxo KIARA

  • Kate

    Perfection. But seriously, this weather needs to pick a side.


  • Rhonda

    fun outfit!! & I loveeee the pursee!!!


  • Aisha Jimoh

    love the outfit! the shoes are perfect!

  • nimoca

    Such an effortless outfit! Perfect!

  • Ashton Alexander

    On The Sartorialist there was a post about mixing summer dresses with sweaters on dry days at the beginning of fall. I’m not ready for scarves and wool socks yet! Your style of transition is super cute!!

  • Ana Ortuño

    I love, love the Reece Hudson minaudière. Although I find this look confusing, I find myself attracted to it!

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  • The Beautiful Streets

    Absolutely breathtaking jewelry and purse. Gorgeous!!

  • Bella Lucca

    love it..

  • mia

    i love this outfit to death. the skirt so doesnt match the jumper, but you just know how to do these things and mix it up. great look.

    xx m

  • Eva

    Love this casual chic look!

  • alessandra

    Cool outfit! Great necklace!

  • nicola lynde

    Great sweater, APC makes such great stuff. I wish we were in a seasons limbo, but sadly Scandinavia plunged directly from cocktails and minis to mulled wine and wool. No limbo, no warning, simply summer one day, fall the next. sigh.

  • Kate

    I love your skirt! In fact, the whole outfit! xx

    Kate {Modette}

  • the little world of fashion

    this style is one of my fav’ ! xx

  • Joanna Hetzel

    Great skirt, super cute and lvoely colours!

  • Daisy Roadster and Coco

    This skirt needed a twist , you made it with this sweatshirt and necklace !

  • GinFromL

    Nice legs, muchacha! 🙂 And really nice look, unexpected but – again – it totally works

  • sarah sileno

    I love your skirt! and the sweater is perfect to it. 🙂

  • Elena May

    this is awesome, so are you.

  • when we wander

    Wait, this outfit is so great. It’s a smorgasbord of awesome prints and accessories. Love the colorful collar necklace in particular and I need a clutch with a leash in a bad way!

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  • Bubbi

    Love your look, love the
    sweater !!!

  • Sketch42

    LEGS! Ok, really gorgeous photos. You really are awesome at showing us how its done: cool and girly, summer and fall. All melded in perfectly. To that effect: My big ugly T-shirt DIY is up today, and I think your readers would like it, so Im gonna be spammy and post a link. But also, Leandra, think of the shirts we can make-the subtle jokes, the meta-puns! I have a list a mile long of t-shirts I need to make now!

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  • Johnnybell

    Your style is impeccable! My style icon!

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  • Maria

    such a great combo!

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  • malak

    i really love your style!!

  • Jennifer

    I just love your style! I can’t wait to see more!

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  • Madeline

    I am in love with this outfit. I love the mix of prints and textures. Nothing like pairing a cropped sweatshirt and a chiffon skirt!

    – M xo

  • L

    Finally something that reminds me of Man Repeller used to be

  • deananana

    That sweatshirt is a major fashion victim item. if it didn’t have APC all over it there’s no way anyone would like twice at it. I like the sweatshirt/feminine skirt combo a lot though. I do it a bunch.

    Also: did you get your eyebrows done or something? You look good.

  • Jully Erikson

    Love your style! sweatshirts is a major victim item, Great idea! I know exactly what you mean about the sweatshirts that look a little too well loved this is a way to give them a second life.

  • Amy Arisse

    I love your style, I love your posts, I love your blog!

    xx Amy.

  • Anna Sabino

    Love the styling, such a great mix of classy, urban and elegant and it all goes makes it very interesting! Loving your styling as always.


  • Rachel

    Love this post! This is exactly how I’m feeling in California, we don’t know if its cool enough to wear pants or just stick to our shorter items. And if we wear a shorter item is it okay to still wear a scarf? That has been my biggest dilemma as summer ends and fall arrives.

  • debi c

    i love the way you write and stle yourself…i am wondering where the location is though..the background looks beautiful!

  • Mona Sharaf

    I have no idea why this works but it just does. Looks like you aren’t trying to hard but at the same time are totally nailing it. Combination of sexy and casual. This certainly is not a man repeller!

  • R M

    Very pretty, I love her little bag!

  • ashley

    this outfit makes you look like a sexy child

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  • Ari Miller

    I really like the outfit. If you had shown me all the pices seperately, I would have been confused, but they actually look really good together! I love it!

  • Constance

    As always your outfit is just a dream!

  • Marta Pozzan

    Love the mix and the Reece Hudson bag is soooo cute, I’m about to post it too on my blog!

  • Kimmie

    IDK how, but this look works. might have to test something similar out!

  • Karen Yuan

    It’s outfits like this that makes me want to crawl into your head and follow the thought process. Nailing it as always

    x karen

  • Lisa Van Hoecke

    Love this look! I would pair it with flats though.

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  • krisbliss

    I love the combo of the sweatshirt + skirt. It’s working girl! And love the statement necklace!

  • Cynthia Robinson

    dem SHOES girl !

  • Natalie Johnston

    THOSE SHOES. i mean obviously the whole ensemble, but charlotte really outdid herself this time

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