WHY DON’T YOU?

November 13, 2012

Wear a bra over your t-shirt?

I am infatuated with mastering the art of joie de vivre. The kind that consumes your every motion, filters your vision, infiltrates the inner workings of how your mind functions–but how does one achieve such successful standards of living?

I don’t know. I believe if I did I might find myself more frequently beach side with copious pina coladas at arm’s length.

Maybe though, using fashion and clothes as a vehicle, in conjunction with the guidelines of Diana Vreeland’s popular deceased Harper’s Bazaar column, “Why Don’t You” may help begin the process. Why wouldn’t you? Yes, in keeping with a self-inflicted oath I bestowed upon myself shortly after seeing Vreeland’s documentary, here’s the first of several installments titled Why Don’t You.

In series one, brought to you by the good folks at Calvin Klein–who seemingly have no problem watching me massacre their wholesome under-goods, Why Don’t You: wear a bra over your t-shirt (it’s more comfortable anyway) and emulate the Victoria Secret Fashion Show models, articulating your own brand of sexy.

Those are wings, you see, they’re just made of horsehair.

Because the topic of 6 foot forever tall models – grotesquely beautiful models – moseying down a runway will not grow tired of stealing media attention. The inundation of photos in Instagram feeds will indubitably induce feelings of inadequacy and that is just silly. We’re angels too, you know. Why not exploit that in the most personalized capacity possible?

Give yourself fupa, we’ve got one life to live.

In this post, I’m wearing Calvin Klein pants, men’s t-shirt and layered (yes, layered,) bras from the e-storeJunya Watanabe jacket and Golden Goose sneakers.

I’ve got no secret and know very few Victorias but that is fine and well.

Photos by Aram Bedrossian. I cut my own hair yesterday. It’s not good, but it’s not bad either. Shop your own innerwear as outerwear here.

  • Quynh

    I dare you to wear that bra over t-shirt without the jacket to dinner. And I’m not talking about McDonald’s either. Then you’ll be my hero.

  • Natali

    That jacket is just beyond amazing!!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • vain319

    I love it!! and I think you did a great job with the hair!
    vain319.tumblr.com

  • Sarah Kyle

    Hahahahaha I love this!

    http://www.ladygolightly.blogspot.com

  • Petra Victoria

    HILARIOUS!
    and the jacket is amazing :)

  • monkeyshines
  • http://twitter.com/WorkOfStyle Pauline

    If you only knew how many times I actually wanted to do this haha

  • lavieenliz

    I am so down!!! lmao

    http://lavieenliz.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.j.haile Sara Haile

    “Give yourself fupa, we’ve got one life to live.”

    …my thoughts, exactly.

  • Claire Wei

    this is just like Regina’s cut-out boob shirt in Mean Girls. But more Man-repelling, of course.

  • Line / Lines Aarhus

    Your hair looks great – no doubt about that! And the jacket is genius!!!

    linesaarhus.bloggersdelight.dk

  • Carola Disiot

    ahahah love this capture! are genial!

    http://www.pursesinthekitchen.com/

  • http://www.fashiondenis.com/ Denisa

    You look so nice. Perfect hair. Have a nice day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  • An Act of Style

    Love this look! <3<3<3

    //Juni

    actofstyle.com

  • The Urban Promeneur

    This makes male affinity for imagination of women’s underwear definitely easier and gives the whole thing an active character. Maybe not so man repelling at all.

    http://www.THEURBANPROMENEUR.blogspot.com

  • Deanna

    Dying!

  • maria barrajon

    Hahahaha love it! But not for me!

    MIAMI in http://cravingforbarneys.com

  • isabelle
  • Effead.dress

    love playing with clothes… and i love things that bring me back to imaginary already seen!
    it reminds me margiela… <3

  • Somebody from Somewhere

    looks so playful! love it!

    http://somebodyfromsomewhere.blogspot.com/

  • http://dipitblack.com/ Dip It Black

    Love Diana!
    Great post!

    X
    http://dipitblack.com

  • ecats

    Hilarious and well said!

  • Chelsie | Chelsie, Darling

    aaaaaaand the vagina jacket is back! < LOVE!

    chelsie | mossypants.com

  • AnnaSafronova

    well it’s great playing with clothes. but if you wear a bra over a t-shirt it should be a special bra that you use only for such way of wearing, and then it’s all good

    http://www.styleoutlook.blogspot.ru/

  • http://twitter.com/CaptiveLouise Captive Louise

    Yes!! Last time I decided to live my life like that, I was a teenager and got an actual, physical award for being the school’s biggest freak. Haters gonna hate, don’t let’em clip yo wings! http://captivelouise.wordpress.com/

  • Betty

    This is my absolute fav love it

  • XeanaFashion

    Great jacket!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  • knockingonfashionsdoor

    Wait for the new colaboration between MMM and H&M, it will surprise you!! (related with something you show in this post ;D).

  • http://twitter.com/elenavasilieva Elena Vasilieva

    love that bra on top of a t-shirt number. kudos

    http://www.vasilievablog.com

  • vittoria gallacci

    LOVE the jacket Leandra!!

    Vittoria

    http://vittoriafiveinthemorning.blogspot.it/

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni
  • A Couple’s Gallery

    Haha “I’ve got no secret and know very few Victorias…”. Just awesome!

    http://acouplesgallery.blogspot.de/

  • Amalie Espeland

    you have inspired me!!! i won’t wear a bra on top of my tshirt for high school survival reasons, but i will take the sentence WHY DONT YOU into consideration. it’s so true! It’s almost as saying YOLO. Yes, i did just compare Diana Vreeland’s with the exagerated modern youth motto, origninally from drake’s lyrics, HOWEVER… it’s positive. Why dwell on small things when we only live once? MAKE THE MOST OUT OF IT :)
    YAYY LIFE.
    xxxxxx

  • http://twitter.com/SophieLewis423 Sophie Lewis

    Such an inspiring post. I love your message that we are all angels and not only the vs models are beautiful. My english teacher always uses the saying joie de vivre and I love your incorporation of it here. Not sure if I can pull off the look (they might kick me out of high school) but I love it on you!! Also, props on cutting your own hair:)

    http://scattergirll.blospot.com

  • Belén Cavas Hernández
  • Mouthful of Style

    This is so great! “Why don’t you…” also resonated with me after watching the film and I have done 1 crazy thing a week since (including starting my blog haha).

    Style insights and fashion business learnings: http://www.mouthfulofstyle.blogspot.com

  • Leslie

    omg.. I HEARD YOU WERE IN MINNEAPOLIS TODAY!!?!?!?!?!?! YOLO!?!?!
    if you see a girl at the u of m tomorrow with a bra on over her tshirt, it’s me!!!!!!
    okay..#stalker

  • Aya

    Where are the bracelets from?

  • Nadia TheTrolleyDolly

    “grotesquely beautiful models” and “I’ve got no secret and know very few Victorias but that is fine and well”. Just two reasons why I read your blog religiously every day. You are a hilarious, inspiring example of how we can all live better… no Diana Vreeland required. xxx

  • LooIreland

    Have you ever started to watch a tv series, get hooked on the very first episode, spend the remainder of that day watching the light change from the same spot on the couch until you’ve caught up to the rest of society? Well that is what has happened to me today with this blog. And I’m at work. And I can see this becoming a habit.I cant wait to get home, hop into something utterly repelling and hit the local fish taco joint. I love this place.

  • Jenny

    This is a great outfit! Have you tried searching for clothes on Who Brain yet?
    http://www.whobrain.com/

  • Thorunn

    I love your message here in this post Leandra!

    http://www.double-pizzazz.com

  • sleenr

    Hey Manrepeller..I dont quite have the balls to wear a bra on the outside of my shirt, but damnit, you inspired me to dust off my leopard print blouse and hot pink skinny slacks today. After reading your blog,I opened up my closet and started to see all the clothes I bought, because I LOVED them, and found them to be so fun and because they were fierce as hell, but when home, I always chose the safe route. Always black..with a “pop of color”..Not anymore! Thanks to you Manrepeller, I am now wearing the clothes I LOVE, that have hung in my closet for what seems like forever, always waiting for a sparkly night out. (I’m a new mom, so don’t get out much anymore). Tomorrow, for work, I cannot decide between my highwaisted bellbottom jeans and aforementioned leopard blouse, or my sexy new ankle booties, my hot plaid pants matched with one of my various ever-so-repelling tops. And while I’m at it, I’ll just add, that you have inspired me to just “go for it”. I was shopping recently, and after reading your blog, I have become really aware of how many items I have talked myself OUT of buying, as I was too afraid of looking “over the top” or garish, or, pretty much, I would just hear my Waspy mothers voice in my head…So, thanks Manrepeller. I’m now rocking the cool shit I own, buying what inspires me,and stopped giving a fuck what ppl think of me. I’m gonna wear what IIII like, and not care what people think. Isn’t that what fashion is all about?? Ta da!!!!

    • Leandra Medine

      You are awesome.

      • Dervla Louli

        Your blog has had the exact same result on me, after reading a few posts I kinda turned into a walking kaleidoscope. Love it!

  • http://twitter.com/MoiContreLaVie Caity

    I think you should put on a runway show! :)

  • Amber

    “We’re angles too you know”. I love it. And this post. And dare I say it – your bra(s)

  • Brooke Allen

    bhahah once again, this is why i love you
    brooke @ what2wear

  • http://twitter.com/lindsayfilo lindsay filomena

    Push their faults, make it the most beautiful thing about them. Diana would say. She’d love your fupa, i’m sure. :)

  • style-squared by z&m

    a little too crazy for me, but i do love the jacket!!!

    xx

    http://style-squared.blogspot.ca/2012/11/white-turban.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaela.alessandra Michaela Alessandra

    I was just thinking about why must I wear a bra… thats for another day but this I LOVE! and when my mom tells me Im crazy ill just laugh at her! NEW TREND ALERT!

  • Nathan Moy

    Fierce!! I have that biker in a cropped version, it’s really PROVOKING :D Btw, I recently did an outfit post featuring a long white coat from
    Alexander Wang (80% off!) which made me sort of look like a pharmacist, I
    didn’t see that coming when I bought it haha, you’ve gotta’ check it
    out ;)

    xx The Provoker
    http://www.the-provoker.com/2012/11/wardrobe-malpractice.html

  • The Panther’s Tophap

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha I love it <3

  • http://pantherstophat.com/ The Panther’s Tophat

    The Panther’s Tophap • a minute ago
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha I love it <3

  • Yvonne
  • patricia Brand
  • Catherine and Greer

    um hell to the YEAH sign me up and lock me in, actually please don’t lock me in I’m claustrophobic another great video bra to the va!

    guilty self-advertisement:: don’t shoot me mum! http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/the-8th-plaid.html check us out… FOR THE CHILDRENS SAKE

  • Catherine and Greer

    um hell to the YEAH sign me up and lock me in, actually please don’t lock me in I’m claustrophobic another great video bra to the va!

    guilty self-advertisement:: don’t shoot me mum! http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/the-8th-plaid.html check us out if you Luv YoUr GRandMa!!! ;)

  • Catherine and Greer

    um hell to the YEAH sign me up and lock me in, actually please don’t lock me in I’m claustrophobic another great video bra to the va!

    guilty self-advertisement:: don’t shoot me mum! http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/the-8th-plaid.html we just want man Repeller to notice us, GUILTY! xx

  • Catherine and Greer

    This is the best response to the Victoria’s Secret show I’ve seen yet! Once again you’ve used humour to make something depressing something enlightening and empowering.

    http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au

  • Chiara

    haha! Fur wings! Love this message of being bold, sexy and confident! Looking forward to more “Why don’t you” in the future!
    http://www.notdaydreams.blogspot.com

  • Fashion Braid

    Awesome, again! I’d never have thought to wear a bra like this! Very brave of you:)

    Love,
    Fashion Braid
    http://fashionbraid.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.anorexicescapades.com/ BougieHippie

    Even though under garments worn out is ridiculous I do like your brand of quirkiness.

  • yvonne ★

    So so so daring!
    That’s how I love your style. :)

    http://velvet-mousse.blogspot.co.at/

  • Edas
  • LauraAndStyle

    This is great! haha

    Check out these quick 30 second outfits of the day, shoe collection and fall lookbook!!

    http://www.youtube.com/LauraAndStyle

    &

    http://www.lauraandstyle.blogspot.com

  • Saliary

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
    Nou! Nou!

  • Jennifer Cunningham

    Plus this eliminates the whole making sure your bra strap isn’t showing dilemma. Perfect!

    Jen

    http://www.prairiegirlinthecity.com

  • http://twitter.com/CassandraMLopez Cassandra Lopez

    Fupa’s are so hot right now. Love.

    http://www.thegrannytreatment.com

  • Guest

    This is too funny! Love the jacket!

    xo
    http://www.monmonologue.com

  • Nelya

    Hmm… I don’t know if I’m brave enough to do this.. xNel
    thegoldenringer.blogspot.com

  • isoara

    I dedicated a website to Miss DV http://www.why-dont-you.com

  • Uncle Remus

    You look like a goddamn jackass

  • Jamie Henderson

    these pants make me so happy