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3 Outfit Ideas for a 4th of July BBQ

Whether beachside, grass side or under the stars, I’ve got you covered (and plan to add this to my business card)

06.29.17

I fucking love summer. I love it so much that two weeks ago, I started setting an alarm for 7:15 a.m. when I know the sun is going to be out so that I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to walk through Nolita before 8 a.m., when the weather is still so fresh it smells like a newborn and the streets are so quiet and unassuming, innocent in a way they never feel when it’s cold. Sometimes I take a deep breath and close my eyes and wonder if I squeeze my lids tight enough, whether time will stop moving. I know it won’t, but I don’t care. I fucking love summer. I love it so much.

And there is no holiday that I look forward to more emphatically than the 4th of July. It’s like Christmas without the presents (-1) or the depressing doldrums that follow (+2) in that in both instances, we’re celebrating persecution that led to birth. Bet you never saw that coming from an outfit idea story, huh? I’m almost sure I only wrote it to see whether our Editorial Director, Leslie, would cut it or leave it in. If you can see this, surprise! She let me have at it. If you don’t, well this is all null. But I’m digressing! The point is that I fucking love summer. I love it so much.

I don’t know what you have planned for the long weekend, but I do hope that you get a chance to join your people outdoors — anywhere! — for a BBQ. If you don’t, that’s totally fine, I’m still going to run ahead with these outfit ideas in anticipation that you could use them at some point. If I’m wrong, that’s probably because I’m ridiculous and choose no pants over pants 10/10 times. Unrealistic, I know, but the FUPA wants what it wants.

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  • gracesface

    Looooove the caftan. Starting to dislike summer after 4.5 years in Texas, tbh.

  • jiaqi

    love the caftan look!

  • Imaiya Ravichandran

    i, too, love summer. sometimes i find myself overheating and sweating profusely and breaking out, which makes me question my love for the season. but then i just think about of how miserable and depressing winter is, and my love returns tenfold.

  • me

    Pic #9 – in a dress with legs crossed like a dude – made me smile bigly.

    Any post that features Leandra – her writing and/or pics – is always a winner in my book.

    Pls post more often, sis !!

    • Kirby

      Agree! I miss seeing her/reading her pieces more often

      • Leandra Medine

        Hi ppl! While I will likely NOT go back to publishing at the more frequent cadence that I used to, I ammmmmm working on figuring out a happy medium that allows me to keep producing AND to grow up (I think I’m knee deep in my Saturn return and that I have no idea who I am, which is making me question everything from the toothpaste I use in the morning to the purpose of my place and writing on earth)

        Long winded and extremely Leandra/TMI way to say I miss you too, I’m not going away and that I appreciate these comments

        • me

          *weeps softly into my iced coffee*

          Sis, I’m (selfishly) sorry to hear u won’t be posting as much.

          But please know your writing/musings mean a Lot.

          Finding kindred spirits – who have something meaningful (and entertaining) to say – isn’t at all easy , especially during these crazy-ass days.

          Take good care.

        • Suzan

          The first paragraph of this story had me tearing up because I could smell it through my screen and I’m feeling a bit fragile and lost recently (due to not being sure where I’m heading in life).
          Then this comment actually had the tears rolling down my face.

          Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate ManRepeller and what you do. I stopped following other fashionblogs because they make me feel so unaccomplished, which isn’t helping. And the vulnerability here on MR and of you is – in a way that it makes me feel less alone in my feelings and confusement.
          Take your time. Wishing you strength and love! X

        • Felt the strong urge to mention that the transparency and presence of you and everyone else on Team MR is one of the things that keeps me visiting this site on a daily basis. Things like this comment reply just make everything else feel more authentic.

  • Charlotte

    The wedges! The purple pants! So good!

  • tulip salinger

    the bathing suit bottoms with the top is genius and you look super pretty in the dress and your crab wedges are adorable, I love the shape of them!

  • Néo Bourgeois — Montecito

    Love her jowls, I can imagine her really enjoying sweets.

    • Leandra Medine

      Oooois that a thing? People with jowls have greater sweet tooths?

      • Néo Bourgeois — Montecito

        More capacity for sweets intake. I’d like to feed her marshmallows:) Even grapes.

  • Alyssa Renteria

    I missed these personal style articles !! Glad they back 💚💚

  • Falcon Cara

    I love everything about these looks!

  • Natali

    Your 3rd outfit is everything!! I’m so impressed!

    https://lartoffashion.com/perfect-shoes-for-summer/

  • lateshift

    words I never thought I would type, ever, but am sincerely typing right now: that is a fabulous, flattering, hella elegant CAFTAN (!), and I covet it immensely 👏

  • You will forever be the queen of outfits I can’t decide which one I want to steal first!!! Also LOVE the backdrops in this story

  • Eleanor

    New MR shoes!!! ??

  • SOO DHOWOW

    SHUT UP with those clear wedges Leandra. Like literally, STOP.

  • Cecilia

    It’s really hard not to miss your outfits and even more so your writing, but whatever’s good for you is gotta be good for us – your fans – too. Enjoy the hell out of this summer.