Office Apropos?

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by Leandra Medine
August 9, 2013
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In case you happened to be wondering what we wore to work every day this week.

 

Does our telling you that you’re about to indulge a week’s worth of outfits care of Charlotte and myself entice you half as much as say, a gluten free, vegan cranberry orange muffin could? We thought so. And while we can’t really be sure you care at all that sometimes we dress down and sometimes we dress lower than down, we’re going to forgo the insecurity, head out on a limb and share the sartorial chronicles of the last five days. Tell us what you think. The future of this makeshift series (which has been admittedly adapted from one Vogue column that we really enjoy) is in your hands, people. Go on.

Monday

On Leandra: Is it just me or have summer Mondays become insanely regressive? I have found that at every weekend’s end, my brain is moving five gears slower than it was the previous Thursday. It takes approximately two days to get back in my groove and then, well, what do you know, it’s the weekend again. I’m not complaining but I am suggesting that we start our weeks in dresses we probably wouldn’t wear to work under regular circumstances. It’s blah-proof and reflects a better version of ourselves. This one is Dries van Noten. The necklace is Dannijo and the shoes are Ancient Greek Sandals.

On Charlotte: In the same vein as Leandra, I attempt to wear something blah-proof to cushion the blow that it’s just another manic monday (cue The Bangles). It was sweltering so I surrendered to light cotton and virtually no pants. I presume the last time I sported bloomers was when I got really into character during my 5th grade project on colonial weavers, but when I saw this set at a new vintage shop called Collections, which popped up in my hood, I was transported. I opted for face-engulfing Karen Walker sunglasses and hijacked these 90′s white platforms from my roommate, who’d scored them for 6 bucks at a garage sale. I am tempted to order similar ones I saw on Style Nanda. Fail.

Tuesday

On Leandra: Rare it is that I will wear heels during daylight (I like to walk) but sometimes I just crave the height. Even if it is a couple inches. On this particular day I thought why not get freaky with my fupa and a pair of short cork heels? The blouse is Isabel Marant and the vagina parachute is from Maje.

On Charlotte: After exuding a lot of energy on Monday, I tend to employ the mantra “rather be comfortable” while getting dressed for Tuesday. The Rag & Bone jeans have a decent amount of stretch and what can beat the comfort of shell top Adidas? I swapped a dress with my best friend to accrue this vintage tee. It’s Buckwheat, and he is surfing – is there anything more confounding? The necklace is Dannijo and the glasses are Ray Ban.

Wednesday

On Leandra: An easy way to medicate the mid-week slump is with a pair of fancy pants. In fact, if you can champion the shoe game while tassels protrude from your legs, you probably won’t even need our afternoon pick-me-ups. The shirt is from the Land’s End boys catalogue (it’s a size 14 boys). The pants are Isabel Marant and the shoes are Dries van Noten. I found them at a Barney’s Warehouse Sale two summers ago for $125 which was an especially refreshing mark down given their original $1295 tag.

On Charlotte:  Loose fitting articles of clothing become my best friends come summer time. The Marc by Marc Jacobs shorts are delightfully airy and the breezy shirt by the same pajama clad designer provides a similar airiness. Since Wednesdays leave me in a funk, feeling ugly like a certain Ryan Gosling, I added a bit of extra height to keep from slumping. While I bought these shoes at a bizarre garage sale for $5 (I also found a Lizzie McGuire shirt there for $1), they heavily resemble these Kork Ease.

Thursday

On Leandra: I got my period. You know I love wearing white when I have my period. It was hot, I love shorts, and decided pairing a red plaid shirt around my waist was a really happy compromise should my ovaries have decided to revolt against me – which, in case you’re wondering, they didn’t. (That is, until later that night. I don’t want to get too vulgar, but – who am I kidding – my bed looked like a crime scene yesterday). The tank top and plaid shirt are both from Club Monaco, the shorts are J Brand, the clutch is Tonya Hawkes and ballet flats are Chanel. Wah, wah, wah.

On Charlotte:  Wondering why I’m clad in this two piece that makes me practically naked? It’s all for Mrs. Carter. The Queen’s concert called for the more weekend appropriate iteration of Monday’s ensemble (the checkered two piece). As much as I contemplated a freakum dress and monstrous sky high heels, I figured sneakers provided the necessary comfort for the kind of dancing that would ensue. I got this two piece at the Reformation. The shades are Ray Ban and the jacket was a 5 euro vintage score from my semester abroad in Paris.

Friday

On Leandra: My internal alarm clock chants R.Kelly’s Ignition every Friday morning which should make fairly obvious why unironic summer sequins are never a bad idea in tandem with that. I’d be lying if I told you this skirt isn’t heavy as shit but frankly, it’s an easy concession to make when considering how adeptly I resemble a fish! What’s more? I’m pretty sure these scales would render me a kosher one. I recently bought this skirt on sale at All Saints. The t-shirt is by Rxmance. I was supposed to be getting a birthday gift for my brother at Odin but instead bought myself an “It’s Sunday!” gift. (Babar tee included). The sneakers are, shocker, Golden Goose. Now, let’s get loose! Shall we?

On Charlotte:  Friday I felt monochromatic. This subtle nod to Blue Ivy was somewhat accidental. I didn’t mean to wear so many hues of blue but it happened and I feel alright about it. Every summer I buy a new pair of white hightop Converse, overwear them and inevitably have to dispose of them come fall–holes in the bottom of a sneaker are no fun in the rain. The skort is Zara, though not this ubiquitous one. The shirt is from the Gap and the jacket is Levi’s kids. I really like to bring out my inner youth on Fridays.

REPLIES
  • CarolinaG

    Love your blog!

    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

  • CarolinaG
  • EK

    sorry, but what is blah proof?

  • Abigail Motley

    Charlotte, you are so pretty! You should show your face more often.

    • Abigail Motley

      Haha… I like how that guy was looking at you like “wtf are you doing” in slide 2.

      • http://www.EatStylePlay.com/ Eat.Style.Play

        haha that’s my favorite part!

        • zoe_whip

          I dig his shirt too.

  • Yates

    I love this post! So inspiring, even for those of us who are forced into business formal costumes during the week. Leandra, who are those gold necklaces you are wearing in Friday’s outfit?

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  • Katie

    I love this post Team MR! Please keep it up! :)

  • Jennie

    Leandra is a gorgeous Janeane Garofalo. The wit, the charm, the dark hair — not to say Janeane isn’t pretty, but she couldn’t pull off the “vagina parachute.”

  • http://jessjoycej.wordpress.com/ Jessica Joyce

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. It’s so much fun to see how FAST the week passes, as much as I hate when that happens. I don’t think it even matters anymore whether an outfit is “office apropos” anymore…I mean that in the best way.
    Your Friend, Jess

  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    Funny, the first thing that occurred to my Friday mind when watching the pics was “WOW – great shoes! Both of them!” No idea how this sudden shoe love came to be, but I took some time to comment and I still think I’ve seen some great shoes today. Here. :-)

  • http://smithandbergen.tumblr.com/ Kate

    I love Man Repeller and Co.!

    Because I work at a relatively low-key and casual place (BAM!),I can definitely adopt some of your outfit suggestions into my weekly rotation. Thanks ladies!

  • Amatoria Clothing

    Love it all, ladies. ALSO…. I need help. I enjoy when you write about packing smart for vacations. HOWEVER, this is still a problem for me. I am one of those people who canNOT plan out my outfit the night before. When morning comes, I never feel in the right mood to wear that anymore. This makes it especially difficult for long trips (I am going to Ecuador for 2 weeks).
    Every time I pack for a trip, I create these little outfits that seem great. Then I get there, and the weather or the situation or my mood is totally different than what I had envision. This leads me to wear things I later regret and pouting. For this specific trip, I will be at the beach, in the snow-capped mountains and everything in between. I would prefer not to have to haul my entire wardrobe to the southern hemisphere. Thoughts????

  • Amatoria Clothing

    Love it all, ladies. ALSO…. I need help. I enjoy when you write about packing smart for vacations. HOWEVER, this is still a problem for me. I am one of those people who canNOT plan out my outfit the night before. When morning comes, I never feel in the right mood to wear that anymore. This makes it especially difficult for long trips (I am going to Ecuador for 2 weeks).
    Every time I pack for a trip, I create these little outfits that seem great. Then I get there, and the weather or the situation or my mood is totally different than what I had envisionned. This leads me to wear things I later regret and pout. For this specific trip, I will be at the beach, in the snow-capped mountains and everything in between. I would prefer not to have to haul my entire wardrobe to the southern hemisphere. Thoughts????

  • Jenn

    Love this post! Leandra’s first outfit is perfection!! Love both of your looks on Wednesday too! Next time though, could you add your bags? I know Leandra was toting one on Thursday, but for us bag lovers, we want more bags!

  • ASH

    Are Chanel flats comfortable? For a couple of years now I have been on the never ending/impossible/enervating/exhausting mission of finding the perfect pair of flats. (Like most women out there)

    • Leandra Medine

      They take the endurance of two blisterful wears but then they’re perfect.

  • Alicia

    This post was awesome! Love the looks. Digging the old school Adidas. I completely forgot I owned a pair of those until I saw Charlotte’s!

  • lori

    friday outfit on MR is totally alexa chung outfit!

  • Ashley Starr

    I’m in love with every look. You still look fab even on the monthly volcano. Does Charlotte have her own blog? She’s wonderful as well!

  • http://www.wardsnow.tumblr.com/ Stephanie Ward

    Monday & Thursday’s outfits have piqued my interest on your stance (stance? procedure?) on bra vs no bra for summery/loosey outfits.

    • http://themannequintheory.blogspot.com/ Marin

      Dude, I wanna know, too! I love the simplicity of the braless look, but I’m too scared to try it. Not sure if it’s considered raunchy or not…

  • ASULikeIt

    I have a Case of the Mondays, and the only prescription is a blah-proof look from Leandra and Charlotte. Love all these looks, especially Leandra’s Thursday flannel. It’s basically my uniform 24/7.

  • Nina Morena

    cool post! my favorites are the Thursday and Friday outfits. you both have great style :)

    http://ninamorenaxo.blogspot.com/

  • =^..^=

    This is SO much better than the NYT feature “What I Wore” …. famous ppl describing what they wore for a week, but there’s NO/NO pictures of their outfits.

    How lame is that ?!

    TMR – 1 NYT – 0

  • Cass

    I wore your Thursday outfit to #lolla last weekend (that word just automatically has a hashtag in front of it in my mind, nothing i can do about it). Sans period though and sub white Supergas for the Chanel flats… Not surprisingly, my manfriend took one look and said something like… “really with the flannel again?” yes sir, and its not flannel.

    Fun post!

  • Anita

    Couldn’t care less about what Charlotte is wearing. We want LEANDRA!

    • Leandra Medine

      Charlotte offers an amazing and profoundly different take on man repelling style (mostly vintage derivative) that I would not want to keep from posting. Her shopping stories are hilarious and the outfits are ace

    • http://thenasnowpub.com/ Sarah Sá Couto

      It’s about Man Repelling, not Leandra-ing.

  • Selena Aponte

    I wish I could’ve been at that Barney’s Warehouse sale when you found those Dries, I swear I literally would’ve fought you for them x

  • Nico

    Love some of these looks, hate others…sorry!

    http://lowbudget-lowcost.blogspot.it/2013/08/daily-looks12.html

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

    I’ve been contemplating getting those Adidas (‘superstar,’ I believe) shoes, and now seeing how Charlotte really rocks them, I’m totally more in the zone of doing so. There is something really cool to me about sneakers that I previously thought were “not my type,” to say the least. Especially when worn with skirts and dresses, as Charlotte did towards the end of the week.

  • Anta Paleoyianni

    soo inspirational as always!:-)
    http://antapal.blogspot.gr

  • Isobel Lyon

    this is amazing… please do this more often!!!

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

    I like this new series! None of this would be office-doable for me, but it’s fun to live vicariously through you ladies who get to wear bloomers and sequin skirts to work. :-)

  • Alyssaspeaks

    In love with Wednesday’s outfit – Leandra you look soooo confident in that! And those shoes. TO. DIE. FOR.

  • arin antoine

    @leandramedine:disqus on Wednesday, you taunt me with your bewitching Dries Van Noten’s!!!! I have been in love ever since I read your “narrative” a few years back, where you met Alexa Chung in canine form and wore only panties under a sheer tent dress. Remeber???? I do. And I still pray that some kind heart will sell those heels on ebay. In a size 40. preferably.

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

    Plaid shirt around the waist when you’re on your period. GOod move. Adore that outfit!

    https://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • Emma

    LOVE this post just as much as I love the Vogue column. Please make it a regular!

  • B.

    “Rare it is that I wear heels during daylight (I like to walk)” haha how amazing is this? And how true? I have a commute shoe and an office shoe for those days when I’m craving the height or the outfit simply calls for it. And I’m ok with them because I dont walk much at work, and when I do, I try to keep the increments short. HA

    xB
    brittiish.blogspot.com

  • Belinova

    ONE OF THE BEST POSTS OF THE LOT! *twothumbsandatoeup*

  • Sam

    I love this! You guys should totally post these more!

  • dd

    Can you guys post these every week??? Thanks, bye.

  • Grace Richmond

    love this post…who takes your pictures? check out my blog thefearfulandfearless.com

  • Archie

    I very much enjoyed this post and the contrast that was shown through the different styles of dressing. I am very excited at how The Man Repeller has been spreading its wings and developing into something more than a blog about outfits made especially for the blog. A breath of fresh air.

  • Jen

    10 outfits in one post?!? Dream come true. Would love more posts like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Quynh

    GIMME THAT BUCKWHEAT TSHIRT!!!!!!!

  • Anika Cornish

    I love this feature! I like creeping on what people wear so keep it up.

  • Rebecca

    I think it’s time I scower the vintage area in my borough and find a pink gingham playsuit!

    http://www.yess-please.blogspot.co.uk

  • Style Revival

    Really interesting and inspiring… Yes please to a regular feature!

  • Baby Face

    Somehow I missed this wonderful piece. The Adidas are deeply profound!!!! I must have them. Leandra is incredible in everything under the sun.

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