Faux of July

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.

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  • Eileen

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

  • 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!


  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Huyen

    genius outfit.

  • maud.schellekens

    Always love the way you write!

    XOXO Maud





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  • Somebody from Somewhere

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


  • Look Sharp Sconnie

    baby you’re a fireworkkk

  • 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! ๐Ÿ™
    Maybe I should introduce this in Antwerp. I’ll think about it. #worldwidefreelibraryfosho

    ps: That suit is ace.

  • Elisa Taviti

    Amazing shoes! *_*

    My Fantabulous World

  • Jennifer

    This is kind of amazing

    xo Jennifer


  • Jules Fashion Week
  • but if you needed an excuse, Flag Day is coming up

  • 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!

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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!

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  • rhodawong
  • 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.

  • 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. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 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/


  • Belรฉn Cavas Hernรกndez

    You are a star!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ love your fantastic โ™ฅsandalsโ™ฅ


  • nia haf

    Head to toe PERFECTION


  • 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 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 ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Those shoes!!

    Lots of love,

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