My best friend and I were recently chatting about this and that, and got onto the topic of fashion, including the plights of dressing according to season. I was saying how my favourite time, sartorially speaking, is that period between Autumn and Winter when it’s cold, so you can wear gorgeous coats, scarves and show-stopping boots, but don’t feel like you want to run into Starbucks every hour to drown yourself in a vat of Gingerbread Latte just to keep warm. She added that we definitely have it easier in Winter, as Summer means lots of flesh exposure whether you like it or not. And if you’re one of those effortlessly hot girls who swan around in teeny shorts, this equals lots of eye-candy for the boys.
So that got me thinking; how do you go about looking stylish in the Summer, without attracting unwanted male attention? My thoughts turned to the one and only Leandra Medine, blogger behind a personal favourite of mine, The Man Repeller. If you’re not familiar, I can tell you that her blog centres around an hilarious concept: the art of dressing to repel men.
As Medine defines it:
outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.
Harem pants, clogs and overalls are definitely applicable for Summer attire. And then you have various sub-categories of these including baggy pants in general, perhaps with a paperbag waist, mules and flatform sandals, and dungarees. Sound nasty? Actually, these very ‘fashiony’ items can look super cool, as Medine herself demonstrates. But yes, as stand-alone pieces, they’ll probably do a pretty good job if you’re up for a spot of ‘man-repelling’!
I have to say though, whilst browsing through The Coveteur,
that I half expected Medine’s closet to be a showcase of eclectic ‘fashiony’ garments that men just don’t ‘get’. Actually though, she has a selection of beautiful and very feminine pieces. But of course, I thought- it’s not like this woman’s sole aim in life is to repel men. And after all, she very recently got engaged. A case of ‘do as I say and not as I do’? I think not. Rather, she’s spotted the opportunity to use fashion in its truest form; for its quirky and arty appeal, rather than as a basis for the mating ritual. And hats off to her! She reiterates that women ought to prioritise dressing for themselves.