What Are You Doing This Weekend? Here Are 3 Outfit Ideas

I’ve recently been bullied into believing that the best and only way to unwind and relax is to meditate. Chances are, the bullies aren’t wrong, but I’ve forgone their definitions of meditation — that is, twenty minutes alone in a room with my eyes closed and a mantra running through my mind, or so many deep breaths I find myself quite literally out of breath, or impossible-to-achieve stillness — in favor of my own. My meditation looks as follows.

Open iPhone notes.

Click into the one called Outfits.

Start making up looks.

Really! That’s it! I do it for like, 15 minutes every time I’m overwhelmed and when I’m done, I am not just at ease but have a bank of shit to wear. (Although sometimes these outfits are constructed with garments I don’t own, which is curious, yes, but fantastical in its own way). I’ve been doing this for many moons, it has always worked, I’ve always called it compulsion but now I know: maybe, this is how I meditate.

As it is still very much Let Loose and Relax month, I now bring you a combo platter that satisfies a hankering to wear clothes but strip down the anxiety, if you know what I’m talking, about in a triplet of outfits to wear whenever, wherever, whatever you’re doing this weekend.

So! If You’re Going to a Pool Party (or want to feel like you’re going to a pool party), Try:


Araks bathing suit bottom, Staud top and knit bag, Aurélie Bidermann bracelets and necklace, Gucci sunglasses, Chanel sandals

A high waist bikini bottom that likely won’t be mistaken for shorts, but if thinking it will be gets you out to door, go with it. I paired the bottom with a cropped and striped button down. You can also try tucking in a longer one, or tying yours where it meets the top of your briefs. Dramatic shoes, dramatic accessories and a dramatic head of hair will add, you know, drama.

If You’re Going Nowhere but Want to Feel Like You’re Headed Somewhere, Try:


Staud t-shirt, Missoni chain bra — similar crochet style here, Aurélie Bidermann necklace, Rosie Assoulin pants

A t-shirt with a bikini top over it. If that doesn’t work for you, how about taking a long necklace and wearing it across your t-shirt like you’re Rambo, only bullets aren’t your currency– turquoise is. Make love not war, you know?

And If You Just Want to Make Like Carrie and Run Across Sidewalks, How About:


Dolce & Gabbana tank, Missoni shorts, Fendi bag, Manolo Blahnik sandals (all acquired at fierce, sale-propelled discount!)

The tightest tank you own with shorts that look a tiny bit like the big ass tight-y white-ys that Carrie used to borrow from Aidan. Throw in a pair of dainty sandals for good measure (fun alert! I got these, unworn and by Manolo Blahnik, on The Real Real for under $100) and some version of a bag with a short arm strap.

Remember, you don’t actually have to be going anywhere. Just breathe into your lewk; call it a guided meditation if you’d like, but most importantly:





Or don’t if you’re too stressed out. This is a no-pressure zone.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.


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  • The last look is VERY Bradshaw. The second look made me think “Badda Bing Badda Boom!” First look = Classic Leandra

    Omg I LOVE the idea of guided meditation ootd edition. “You are walking to your closet, you open the doors, there are so many options! Colors, textures! Feel the different fabrics. What do you reach for? A pair of wide leg trousers and a bikini top!…” Etc etc

    Also, I just got snapchat like yesterday and Y’all’s last snap of the dog who hates walks has me crying/loling on the train. Now I’m going to go watch it 100 more times….

    • EMS

      On the topic of OOTD guided meditation, my favorite episodes of Monocycle have been the ones in which Leandra muses on the topic of getting dressed and imagines outfits in detail. Listening to those episodes makes me feel both calm and excited, which makes so much sense to me now that I’ve read about your iPhone notes meditation routine! I have a similar practice, but it usually stays in my mind and the topic is often cooking. Now that I think of it, though, I do enjoy the promise of hand writing a grocery list.

      • Jessicaaaa

        omg yes, this: “calm and excited”
        That is so spot on, I love this idea of outfit planning as meditation. Better than meditation. Soothing and calming but also, yes, gives you something fun and exciting to look forward to. “Ahhhh… I am going to look fly tomorrow*

  • Ashley

    Things that are everything: your hair, those orange pants, scoring a sick deal on shoes. I’d love to hear more about how you shop!

    • EMS

      I second the desire to read MR shopping diaries!

  • In love with the last outfit! Those shorts <3


  • Aydan

    The first one makes me want to take off my pants and engage in no-pants Thursday!

  • Tess

    Outfit 1 Leandra looks like the Crazy (but both benevolent and benign) Old Grandma who wanders around the neighborhood, and everyone wonders if maybe they should do something, but ultimately decides she’s fine, just doin’ her own thing. (Minus like 50 years, of course!)

    • Natty

      that Staud top is unreal, I have it in my cart right now

  • Outfit 3: V. Carrie Bradshaw 🙂 So simple, but so impactful. Unfortunately, one of my roommates in college (and best friends) had a rule about wearing heels with shorts, so now I have a rule about wearing heels with shorts. Thankfully, I’ve been slowly un-teaching myself some of these insane rules that have no business in my life, so thank you, Leandra, for encouraging me to really commit.


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  • Kay

    This shoot should be called LEGS!! Actually wondered if photoshop could be involved, leandras legs go for days!! I might be sold on diaper style shorts now.

    • Leandra Medine

      No photoshop! But I *do* do 10 reverse lunges on each leg every day.

  • Jolie

    I have an ongoing iPhone note about outfits too!! Leandra, does yours include pictures or do you just write down pieces that would go together well?

    Also…I just bought a beige vintage 70’s matching set that reminds me a lot of outfit #3 so I know what I’m wearing this weekend!

  • smillipede

    look 3 = extremely carrie

  • Look #3 is my favorite and those orange pants are killer too!


  • dk

    That slide #13 is like out of a SATC episode 🙂

    • dk

      ha! I commented before reading. I did think “CARRIEEE!” just by clicking through the slides

  • Jhon Smith

    This is a amazing T-shirt

  • Stephanie

    Love the second and third look! But the first LOL! I’ll try someday, it’s such a crazy and funny outfit! <3


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