Faux of July

June 3, 2013

Who says stars and stripes are only applicable when considering American patriotism?

Two important things are happening here. The first and less important looks as follows: I am submitting that I will not let the stereotypical outfitting guidelines of the days leading up to and landing on Fourth of July deter my early June. The fundamental problem with holiday-specific thematic dressing is that it obliterates combinations of the color and pattern variety for, let’s say, the additional 360 unrelated days of the year.

That is a denim suit and those pants are so obtrusively high waist, it would practically be a crime to wait another month to ensure that my perman-friend never look at my ass with the same lustful candor in his gaze again. Naturally, when one wears a denim suit featuring tiny white stars stationed all across it and (sheepishly) owns a pair of red and white striped booties, it would register ludicrous to consider any other blazon of footwear option.

As you can see, I am wearing my BalenciHAHAHAHJAHAHA knuckle dusters, which are a perfect accoutrement to compliment the Nancy Drew cover cloaking the lower half of my face.

But why Nancy Drew, right?

Wrong. That is a terrible question. Girls who solve mysteries always have a place on Man Repeller. The question you should be asking is: Hey, where did you get that book?

The answer? There is this charming, tiny, makeshift metal box on 1st Street between Bowery and Second, strapped to a pole, subsisting in a little graffiti-infested caveat called Extra Place. Under the box, a white note reads “Free Public Library.” The supposition is that you will take a book from the small box, let it bequeath you new knowledge and pay back humanity (or more specifically, the book’s previous owner) by replacing his/her book with another. The last I checked, there was no Shel Silverstein in there but don’t you worry, I put an end to that quagmire last week.

I really like the idea of a no hassle, non-traditional, easy as pie (and likely sweeter too), every day library, maintained by neighborhood denizens sharing the literary treasure of their mental objects and curious to learn a little bit about their neighbors. You can, of course, rest assured that come September 10th, there will be far too many copies of a familiar-looking book of essays, covered in flare leg overalls, permeating that box.

Now I just wish it had been a star spangled suit.

Karen Walker suit, Helmut Lang bra, Illesteva sunglasses, Gilded Lace choker, Christian Louboutin bootayzZzZzzZzzs.

  • Eileen

    That little public library looks like such a good idea! & your outfit is amazing

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    Those shoes and thank you for reminding me of the times I used to check out Nancy Drew books from the library.


  • Nico

    What great idea the free books box!!


  • TeuntjeVDW

    This is so niiice! xx.

  • Pip

    This is such a cute idea and your outfit is killer woman! Nice way to wear the cropped trend too! Love it! xx Pip

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  • Natali

    Amazing shoes and blazer!


  • Tabet

    amazing pants.


  • monkeyshines

    adorable boyish suit!


  • http://www.farandwildjewelry.com/ abigail lind

    if i were to wear pants so high waisted it would be nancy drew and the secret of the star spangled fupa for sure. or are fupas more hardy boys territory? i can never keep it straight.


  • Virginia Ibarra

    I found books with little stamps on them in LA before, it’s such a good idea to find a book, read it l, then lay it down for the next person to read. Love love love!

  • disqus_Q2oE0p4dBH

    you’re amazing. I love your confidence I really do :)


  • Huyen

    genius outfit.

  • maud.schellekens

    Always love the way you write!

    XOXO Maud





  • Oliver Lips
  • Somebody from Somewhere

    Can’s decide what is cuter – the suit or the shoes!!


  • Look Sharp Sconnie

    baby you’re a fireworkkk

  • http://www.creativityandchocolate.com/ Eva

    A great idea and what an amazing looks! Need those pants now! xx



  • Shammara Lawrence

    Besides your kick ass style, your writing style is amazing.

  • T. S. Swedish

    I love Nancy Drew! I read almost all of her books as a youngster fully developing my obsession with mysteries (which Sherlock Holmes started). I have magnates of her book covers all over my fridge.


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  • SylviaLiao

    Hi, my name is Sylvia Liao. I am the girl interested in fashion since when I was 2. I always want it to work in the fashion industry. You are my idol, I have been reading your blog for 2 years. Now I want to start my fashion blog right away. But I have a question, through all the pictures your took from the people in the street, do always asked them for a photographic waiver sign?

  • Caroline

    That’s why I want to live in nyc.. I want a free library as well! :(
    Maybe I should introduce this in Antwerp. I’ll think about it. #worldwidefreelibraryfosho

    ps: That suit is ace.

  • Elisa Taviti

    Amazing shoes! *_*

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  • Jennifer

    This is kind of amazing

    xo Jennifer


  • Jules Fashion Week
  • http://onislandoffisland.tumblr.com/ alexandra

    but if you needed an excuse, Flag Day is coming up

  • http://www.quirkitout.blogspot.com/ Putri Soe

    Hahahha the pants and the shoes… two awesome.


  • Helly C

    Fabulous outfit! You have such an amazing style!


  • antapal.blogspot.gr

    Always such an inspiration!

  • http://thecreativebent.com/ Swati of TheCreativeBent

    You know I always love to browse through your slideshow… but is it build to be not user-friendly on purpose ? Am I asking the wrong question here…? But wouldn’t it help to at least enable the keyboard arrow controls on your website’s slideshow ? Please….please !!

    Big Fan by the way :)

    And breaking patriotic color codes in everyday dressing is a tough nut to crack (for any country’s nationals I guess since I related to you even sitting in India) but you nailed it !!

    Swati @ The Creative Bent

    • Leandra Medine

      If you click directly on the photos they progress but point taken. Will work on fixing!!

      • Lauren

        Do you think you could also maybe engineer it so that the pictures don’t change size from landscape/portrait? It’s a shame when you have to scroll up/down to see each part of the picture instead of the entirety of your wonderful self all at once! x

  • jaclyn

    well hello stardom fashionista! I’m head over heels in love with this beautiful suit!! Jean STAR suit… why has… idk! but again beautiful!

    check my blog:http://stylevolver.blogspot.com

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  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    I’ve seen quite a few of those pop-up libraries lately, and they’re a great idea! Don’t they sort of give a reinstated faith in the goodness of humanity, along with spurring the warming of a heart? As for the outfit, I say that anything — such as a pop-up library — calls for the use of patriotic colors! I mean, it’s something to be proud of. Surely not all countries have the liberty of doing so, what with suffocation of democracy, voicing opinion, or just the plain freedom of uncensored reading.

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    haha totally wanted to be Nancy Drew when I was a little kid.

    Very cute outfit. Kind of reminds me of those parade performers but somehow you made it stylish. :)


  • erica jensen

    You are just so great. I love your style & these heels are freaking amazing!


  • V from The Drastically Blog

    Thank you Leandra for posting this! I was going to do a post on crazy creative Americana clothing for a while, and thanks to you decided this was the moment! Tonight! There are even similar shoes! The post is up now. I give the girl major props.

  • Anna

    Like the way you put in a traditional looking stuff a new meaning. Also all those small library ideas are great/


  • Belén Cavas Hernández

    You are a star!!! ;) love your fantastic ♥sandals♥


  • nia haf

    Head to toe PERFECTION


  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    I read SO MANY Nancy Drew books when I was a kid! Probably also wore denim with stars on it…but that’s neither here nor there. ;-)

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    This is actually a really good idea! Love the star denim and the heels!

  • Kitschissime

    I love it ! The perfect way to wear the american flag ! :-)

  • http://wayfaringgypsy.wordpress.com/ wayfaryinggypsy

    This outfit makes me feel feelings.

  • gaylezc

    I so love this, need those heels pronto!


  • Grace

    Tried to buy this in New Zealand, where Karen Walker’s from, but they were sold out of my size. So I got it at http://InvertedEdge.com and they also still have the cute spaceship tee.


    Love the suit :)

  • http://www.freakdelafashion.com/ April Fashionreports

    Those shoes!!

    Lots of love,

    April Fashionreports