Bought from The Boys Department

The season’s staple spoils come straight from the weener depot.


A conversation that keeps arising among my fashion friends is how easy getting dressed will be this season. I can’t say I disagree.

We’re at the beginning of a renaissance driven by minimalism. The cues are streamlined which means obtaining our own, respective brands of “chic” should render slightly easier. When it takes such subtle styling (figure a simple pair of jeans, a sweater, or maybe a men’s blouse half tucked and some boots or conversely pumps) to make yourself appear put together, how can you possibly go wrong?

I suppose by getting caught up in precisely what you’re planning to wear and who is going to tell the tale of why you’re wearing it.

I’m a firm believer that in taking a trend to its source — or close to it at very least — you’ll probably never fuck it up. And though running into a couple snafus on your road to fashion-fostered liberte, egalite and fraternite isn’t so much bad as it funny, you can consider the impending tip one for the times you’re sure you want to get it right.

Which brings me to the next point. We’ve been working to look like little boys or far older men for how many seasons now? With the help of, say, Stella McCartney and Chloé, often we get it right but instead of continuing to invest in that boyfriend fit sweater or blazer from [insert exotic designer name here], why not take the trend to its source and try your luck at, say, Uniqlo. When I walked into the Soho behemoth of a shop a couple weeks ago, I was met by a colorful wall cloaked in cashmere crew necks spanning the entire rainbow-and-so-forth, individually clocking in at $89.90. My instinct was to go for the yellow, which I did, but figured when considering the no-brainer approach to “getting it right,” grey would be useful, too.


Here now you’ll find the sweater in question styled with a pair of Asos jeans and a plain black belt that inexplicably makes me feel Scandinavian. The pumps are Manolo Blahnik and the sunglasses are Oliver Peoples.

I don’t know, though, do you think I’ve mastered a version of the perfect outfit just yet or should you/we be anticipating a little more…panache?

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  • Lo

    So ready for sweater season, but it’s still 80 degrees where I go to school!

  • Lilli

    i thoroughly enjoy you

    • Leandra Medine

      is it because i call mens stores weener depots?

      • Ludapris

        Precisely! Penis Envy…

      • Lilli

        the only reason

  • Preach, sister.
    I’m feeling that renaissance more than it should be allowed.

    As for your boyish, scandinavian chic ensembles – keep ’em comin’. x

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  • Anonymous

    Where is your necklace from???!!!

  • Great idea, and one that I think a lot of people who are on a budget can handle! Grey sweatshirts are pretty standard for everyone, so who cares if it came from the boys department? The reality is that no one will know, or care…so go for it!

  • Jimena

    where’s the goooorgeous necklace from Leandra?

  • I actually think this look would be just perfect for fall. Lately I have been really refreshed by not getting mixed up in brands. In a weird state (given my extensive obsession/ knowledge/ love of all things fashion) where I don’t really dream about designer things as much– more just the simpler, non-branded (cheaper) equivalent. Anti-fashion, fashion. Also, I have to ask: does Naomi no longer snap, snap, snap photos for TMR? X

  • Thamsa

    I have some great fall pieces from the J Crew boys Crewcuts collection lol. I love that they mirror the men’s collections so well, that way I don’t feel so juvenile 😛

  • Oh, more of this, please … I feel so lucky cause I am not alone in my … sartorial behavior 🙂

    Also, it all looks great on you, obv.

    Women for Weener Wear! 🙂

    I bought something similar and I love it, too.

  • Madame Ostrich

    Those jeans are boss! I completely dig them, as well as the return to ’90s style minimalism. A very refreshing turn from the more-is-more mentality of the early 00’s.


  • Patricia Conde

    We all love The Man Repeller or Weener Repeller?

  • Lina

    I don’t know how you do it and make it look so good, when I wear mens clothes I just look fat.

    • Lois

      Because Leandra is petite and young. The attitude doesn’t hurt either.

    • Thamsa

      Sometimes you have to play with proportions, cuts of clothing, try different items! Not everything will suit us, but that’s okay you can just experiment (it’s the fun part about fashion, no?) Confidence also plays a big role 🙂

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  • royalwang

    this is my favorite style so thank you

  • Never bought at Uniqlo, but have been wearing men’s cashmere sweaters for years. I remember buying at Jos. A. Bank (so many colors, too). The quality of cashmere is much higher, so here’s one more reason to love boy’s stuff.

  • truth, when i read why not take the trend to it’s source i was sure the next line would read and pack a dick. not sure if that’s testament to your perversion, mine, or the collective perversion of the TMR community. but a resounding yes to never not dressing with the abandon of manchildhood or the nonchalance of grandfatherly senility.


  • There’s still something to be said about reconfiguring trends, though, right? Nothing ever happens when we don’t push boundaries… That is a bangin’ necklace.

  • you will never go wrong with a men sweater. very parisian chic.

  • Chloe

    Great outfit! I love shopping in the boys section! 🙂

  • brooke @ what2wear

    thank for you this, im actually about to go upstairs and raid the hub’s closet
    brooke @ what2wear,

  • Hey, my sons (24,17) started locking their closets because of my frequent visits…lol. I find many of my boy’s clothes so freaking cute and mainly when you pair them with a girly shoe or a statement necklace like you have today. Awesome outfit, Leandra.

  • B.

    ive been shopping in the mens and boys departments since the first time i saw one (of many) of your button ups came from there! love the freedom we have as repellers!

  • Irene Laura

    love it love it love it

  • Jane

    not from the boys dept. but where is that necklace from?

  • Perry

    Theory: everything looks better with heels. You can’t wear that ensemble with loafers, ballets or Geisha sandals.

  • The boys L.L. Bean section is my favorite place (and probably the only time I ever think, “thank god I fit into the XL”). But still, this is not my favorite man man-repelling look I’ve see on the blog. Maybe I just wanted the yellow sweater too? Moar panache!

  • Mmm~ cashmere crew necks for 89.99? I may just have to pop into Uniqlo to snag one for myself.

    And I’m still expecting some unexpected twist, panache from you for the perfect fall look! I think you’re master of surprising with some unexpected element in a outfit so really excited for the upcoming colder season and your looks!

    P.S. I still love this one tho. 😛

  • effe

    great! but I think that the outfit works just with heels!!!
    The heels give an upgrade to the masculin look

  • claudia

    Love it! The jeans are awesome and look great with the green pumps! Your style is always incredible!

  • Guest

    really cool

  • FarahPink
  • rouxa megala.megethi

    Καλό το παντελόνι!! ρούχα μεγάλα μεγεθη

  • I love the idea of “borrowing” or “stealing” from the boys. it’s such an effortless look and especially the paring of neutral hues it just looks so darn cozy you can’t help wear it. the simple pop of the pumps adds a great deal of interest for only being a teal shoe, and that necklace is gorge.

  • miranda

    love your style

  • Sarah88

    I mean, this truly is the most man-repellent look I’ve seen. They would never understand. I also saw “Mom Jeans” on the link. I don’t need those to happen.

  • Moira Noree

    Where is your necklace from?

    • jlw

      yes, who makes it?

  • Emily Harris

    ha! Well said. How can you fuck it up? Perfect.

  • d

    Very inspired by the post I browed the Uniqlo website and am now the proud owner of two light merino crew neck sweaters (light grey & charcoal) and a charcoal turtleneck all from the men’s section. Cannot wait to put them to good use!

  • Gabi

    Minimalism is definitely the way to go! I feel like we’re all in a place where we are so tired of trying so hard. Things got way too wacky for a second. But I think the best thing I’ve learned from you, my dear Leandra, is how to balance the basic with the quirky, the high with the low, and just how chic a great pair of jeans and a white tee can really be.

  • Elizabeth

    Hmmm.. As much as I love me some $90 cashmere… I’m skeptical. Is it good or scratchy? I hate to say it but all cashmere is definitely not created equal.

  • Jill

    What size did you get in the sweater?

  • Marie Johnson Lewin

    For the love of all things holy, can we please talk about DAT NECKLACE