How NOT to Get a Man for Valentine's Day: The Fine Art of Man Repelling

One of my favorite fashion blogs of all time is Man Repeller, created by incomparable style icon Leandra Medine. True to her blog's name, Leandra's (I'm gonna call her Leandra like we're BFFs cause we should be) modus operandi is dressing in high fashion that's styled in creative ways. As she defines it:

man·re·pell·er  [mahn-ree-peller]
noun
she who outfits herself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls, shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.

But look beyond her potentially off-putting sartorial tendencies (and heteronormative definition) and you see an inspiring fashion philosophy: By "man repelling," you're dressing for no one but yourself. You're wearing exactly what you want to wear, no matter how strange it might be. So in honor of Valentine's Day and in opposition to all the guides on how to dress for your dates, I present to you 3 days of dressing inspired by the Man Repeller herself. Because dressing in a way that makes you happy, regardless of the side eye you might receive is something we should all take to heart.

Exhibit A:

I'm wearing: Thrifted turtleneck, oxford shirt from  Uniqlo , Banana Republic skirt from a clothing swap, pleather pants from  H&M , Dolce Vita shoes.

I'm wearing: Thrifted turtleneck, oxford shirt from Uniqlo, Banana Republic skirt from a clothing swap, pleather pants from H&M, Dolce Vita shoes.

Leandra is a big fan of button-downs over turtlenecks (they're back now, ya know) so that's where I started. For maximum man repelling, I threw a skirt on over my pants. Because a shirt and pants aren't enough. Wear all the things. All at the same time. I got a few weird looks at work for this one, which filled me with glee.

Exhibit B:

Looks like a skirt. JK, I'm shorts!  I'm wearing: Thrifted vintage culottes, thrifted vintage blouse, sweater tights from H&M, thrifted vintage leather belt, sandals from Target.

Looks like a skirt. JK, I'm shorts!

I'm wearing: Thrifted vintage culottes, thrifted vintage blouse, sweater tights from H&M, thrifted vintage leather belt, sandals from Target.

I've been rocking these vintage Troop Beverly Hills-style polyester culottes for a couple years since unearthing them in a thrift store. And then, lo and behold! culottes were back in style. All I have to say is… I told you so! I TOLD YOU THEY WERE COOL! Anyway, Leandra is a big fan of the culottes too. I paired them with a ruffled high-neck blouse and tights with sandals. Both the shirt and culottes are polyester. Because nothing says "sexy" like the sweat-inducing confines of polyester.

Exhibit C:

These pants have both a tuxedo stripe AND a drawstring. I dunno. I'm wearing: pants from  Avalon Exchange  in Lakewood, thrifted blazer, Breton striped shirt from H&M, Dolce Vita shoes, necklace from a clothing swap, earrings from Target.

These pants have both a tuxedo stripe AND a drawstring. I dunno. I'm wearing: pants from Avalon Exchange in Lakewood, thrifted blazer, Breton striped shirt from H&M, Dolce Vita shoes, necklace from a clothing swap, earrings from Target.

I shamelessly stole everything about this outfit from Man Repeller, but can no longer find the post. Arrg... Anyway, I love the printed silky pants trend (so comfy), but fear it's on its way out now. I'm gonna milk it for all it's worth with these though, despite my husband calling them "Hammer pants" and mocking me with the MC Hammer dance. Paired with my faithful Breton stripe shirt (also seen here), this isn't expert-level print mixing, but evokes Medine while still being office appropriate.

Now, go! Man repel your little hearts out. But most importantly, dress for yourself.