Have you heard of the Man Repeller Writers Club? Every month we pose a story idea, you write about it and then send it to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “MR Writers Club.” We go through all submissions and post the winner on the first Saturday of every month. Ready? Let’s go.
When Man Repeller launched, it spoke to a very particular kind of style — Man Repeller style. But something that has been coming up a lot lately is this curious literalization of what it means to dress like a man repeller. Over the summer, we updated our mission statement and made our overarching purpose clearer, but we have yet to touch upon what these changes mean in the grander context of our respective relationships with fashion.
Overalls, clogs, jumpsuits, harem pants — yes, by the incipient “rules” of man repelling, these fit the bill. But we’re also much more! At the crux of our style ethos is the notion that a woman should wear whatever the hell she wants simply because she wants to. If that means a black minidress, go for it. If it’s something louder, that’s cool too. Regardless of what you put on your person, one fact remains: you are absolutely invited to play ping pong with us.
In a time where we are constantly being fed narratives about changing in order to become better, it’s also okay to stop thinking about improvement and to be proud of who we are right now. Why not stop in our tracks and bask in the present? Fashion certainly plays a role in this conversation — it’s the most literal and physical way to make a change towards personal betterment (stop shopping, start shopping, stop wearing, start wearing), so let’s start here.
To inaugurate January, which, spoiler alert, will be themed “Ch-ch-changes,” we’re turning to you to define your personal style however you see fit. Photo essay, words essay, poem, haiku, contingent on Man Repeller or not, we just want to hear about how you metabolize your relationship with your clothes. What they really mean to and about you. Do you have a personal style resolution? Are there particular things about your wardrobe that you fucking love? We want to read (hear? see?) it all.
Tell us in 500 words or less and send it to email@example.com by 12 P.M. EST on January 31st.
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