Pop Fashion

Here is a look through what five ubiquitous fashion items could have looked like had they been severely affected by pop culture.


Why has it taken so long to think of this?

A long e-mail chain started by Man Repeller’s own Carlye, ignited by Emily Nussbaum’s critique on the evolution of Sex and The City for the New Yorker, titled, “Difficult Women: How Sex and The City lost its good name” eschewed the article in question (which is really, really worth a read) and raised an interesting point. “Why hasn’t Charlotte Olympia created one of their ubiquitous clutches with a post-it insert that reads, “I’m sorry, I can’t, Don’t hate me–“.

Is not that post-it the precise pillar for which female friend, broken heart reconciliation is built on? If I had a sticky pad for every time I tried to console a woman, (or more frequently myself) with the phrase, “it could have been worse, at least he didn’t make like Berger and break up with you on a post-it,” I’d probably be liable to buy the damn brand. After concluding that a post-it clutch would actually fare much better in the Olympia Le-Tan format, the e-mail chain continued recollecting popular verses from the most omnipresent movies and TV shows to have affected our young adult lives, trying to distill them in the equally omnipresent fashion commodities to have affected our bank accounts.

“What about Jesse Spano’s (Saved by The Bell) brief pill-popping snafu?” I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so scared! — Of course these would look perfect on Jennifer Fisher’s preexisting pill necklaces (they typically read “crazy” and “chill” in their current iterations). You’d have to wear three together, scribed in order, “Excited”, “Excited”, “Scared.”

And because you know it is never a women-affected-by-pop-culture story without at least some mention of Clueless, maybe when every brand was doing clogs, one such label could have thought to offer a pair in purple suede with the words “Broken In” engraved in the heels. Doesn’t Cher Horowitz deserve that kind of adulation? Breaking in clogs is like, a huge coup.

Then there is Mean Girls. Sure we could have proposed a pink sweatshirt that reads “Wednesday,” or the ugliest effing skirt you have ever seen, but where’s the creativity in that? If we remember correctly, Glen Coco’s receipt of not one, not two, not even three but four candy cane grams was an enormous accomplishment — practically the equivalent of holding a world record in an Olympic sport (ballroom dancing). Perhaps spraying ourselves with Glen Coco Chanel’s No. 4 might attract that same level of engagement for us in future years. You never know.

Finally, and leaving us at the most recent pop culture phenomenon to influence the public discourse, we’re not quite sure how Assouline has yet to publish a Spirit Crack Guide. While the book will not include naked photos of Shoshanna running through Bushwick, we reckon several of Jessa’s most cogent attestations can make it a best seller.

Catch our drift? How would you like to see your favorite movies and TV shows interpreted in tangible fashion objects?

For more reads on the marriage of pop culture and fashion, check out our ‘Life of a Trend’ story, and our cheeky fashion puns

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  • Mimi

    I really wanna see that post-it on something, but not a clutch… more like a necklace, or a t-shirt breast pocket, or the cover of a journal, or as the title line on an actual stack of Post-Its!

    • andrieya

      T-shirt breast pocket = Post-Tits!

      • Betsey


      • give this woman a cookie

  • CarolinaG

    Love your blog!!!

    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:


  • Jena

    you’re a fucking genius. that is all.

  • Camilla Ackley

    Well with regards to mean girls, those ‘You can’t sit with us’ tees are catching like wildfire. I guess I see your point, but it feels a bit like mockery when all of a sudden TV shows become too idolized and relived through cheesy fashion interpretations. It almost seems like a dress-up.

    x Camilla

  • dd

    wow, great round up!


  • Becca Barton

    Wait, where is Justin-Bobby? What about Justin-Bobbi Brown, Bobbi Brown’s much-awaited foray into the world of haircare products? Naturally it would be a hairspray that successfully achieves that elusive perfect blend of homeless and effortless.

    • Charlotte

      ha! Justin Bobby actually has a hair salon called “Brush Your Hair” he opened in southern CA…. So I think your prediction may actually be a reality in the near future.

      • Becca Barton

        This is too much.

  • sheeristhenewblack

    I would pay for friendship bracelets with the words “I’m not the bad friend, you’re the bad friend”


    • andrieya

      or “I’m the Mary!”

    • Raven Locks


  • Alicia Hall
  • Avery

    Though the movie is not quite fashion-related (though arguably fashion inspiring), I am a personal fan and owner of the Save Ferris shirt


  • SarEve

    Bra that says “You want a Christmas card? You want a Christmas card??”

    • Maria Teresa

      Here’s your Christmas card!

  • Hanne

    i really love that post!

  • I instantly thought about Carrie’s breakup post-it, it’s legendary! This would actually be such a great idea, but the line would be lost for us Frenchies, Sex & The City wasn’t that big in France.

    Mafalda ❤

  • That post-it still gets me! I wonder if post-it notes had a bump in sales after that.

  • Love that this post has a Saved by The Bell reference!


  • i’m still holding out for my alex mackintosh computer.

    abigail lind

  • pinkschmink

    “I love my job, I love my job” from The Devil Wears Prada would be the one for me … That or “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”

    • MSCFBeeches

      I second the “I love my job, I love my job,”…because, well…ya know…

  • Amatoria Clothing

    Bringing it back to yesterday’s post… Umbrella that when you open it reads “30% CHANCE THAT IT’S ALREADY RAINING” – Karen Smith’s Weather Report- Mean Girls


  • Raven Locks

    This is a great idea! Only…it would have to be done very tastefully. The Post-It idea is the best, IMO. I could really see Charlotte Olympia creating a wallet or small clutch with that 🙂


  • Betsey

    I would totally buy that clutch; one for me and one for each girlfriend!

  • Emily Doyle

    I’d really like a “I carried the watermelons” tee or shopper (ref from Dirty Dancing). There could also be a “Nobody puts baby in the corner” clutch with a gold chain strap…. just sayin’

    • Leandra Medine

      Feel like Nobody puts baby in the corner could work really well as royal infant paraphernalia too

      • Emily Doyle


  • leeandra

    Now and Then. A pudding bra: “Jello is too jiggly. Pudding has a heavier, more realistic texture. what flavor is it? it’s vanilla.”

    p.s. love the man repeller (and we almost have the same name!)

  • Samah Mozumder

    I would kill for that post-it clutch

  • Veronica Villalpando

    I’d do…”no no, that wasn’t a question” t-shirt or kate spade-ish tote; or I’d do…”Cindafuckingrella” chunky bracelets; or a “show me the money” wallet in heavy canvas (a-la Jack Spade) for guys…

    I’m dying to figure out how to use “you fucked with the wrong marine” haha.

  • Alexandra

    There should definitely be a crop top with the words “Living it up, wearing a crop top” written across it. In the words of Hannah to Jessa in the season 2 finale of Girls.

  • Birdseye Chronicles

    Love your views and your blog!


  • Tali

    I’m thinking a tee that says “JUSTIN BIEBER’S LOST T-SHIRT”

  • savannah cochrane

    I feel like I have to go and make a Glen Coco Chanel T Shirt now, I wouldn’t feel right without having that in my life.

  • Sheena

    You deserve royalties for this shit x


  • XeanaFashion

    It’s good idea. Only if it will be well interpreted.

    Visit my blog http://www.xeanafashion.com

  • Lynsay

    Glen Coco Chanel’s No.4 is possibly the best thing I have ever read. Could be combined with t-shit paraphernalia of candy cane interlocking Cs.


  • Petra

    What I’ve been dying to know for years is who made that gorgeous gray dress with a hoodie and a bunch of pockets that Carrie wore the night she got arrested for smoking a doobie IE in the post-it episode. If someone knows, they will earn my eternal gratitude.

  • Lucinda

    I would buy the post-it clutch (Le Tan style sans the price tag) and the Glen Coco Chanel in one second flat.

  • mariah serrano

    hey man repeller, i will make this for you. i have a really cool plan. email me where to send it. MISSFASHIONFIN@GMAIL.COM pay me in love and puppies

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  • i do have a “you go glen coco” graphic tee, so i got that going for me