The thing that separates The Man Repeller from other popular fashion blogs is that it’s not just a blog—it’s a lifestyle. Leandra Medine has created a safe haven for a new generation of stylish and independent individuals. What is a Man Repeller? Is that a sexist joke? Is that even real fashion? Is that a new weapon?
All common questions from inquiring minds but the truth is, it’s a 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.” It’s about the clothing that men hate but women love to wear. Overalls. A way of being. An attitude. A style.
Basically a stream of encouragement to whip out your crop tops, mom jeans, men’s office wear, wear socks under your sandals, mix patterns and essentially—to dress for yourself. Women have stopped wearing the things they feel the best in because they have let men have a say in it. Man Repeller is about empowering women to endulge in personal style and take it to the extreme. Fashion week is every day.
Not all women are bound-to-be Man Repellers because Man Repelling is not a unanimous aesthetic that all women are lining up to represent. And not all Man Repellers only own clothing that men can’t stand. There’s a common attitude among us that women should dress not for men, nor even for other women, but for themselves.
American fashion icon Iris Apfel, 93, explains style by stating, “Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude.”
Medine has created an empire of an aspiring stylish breed and been the face of the real difference between fashion and style. Fashion is external, what you buy, what is out there, what’s new—style is internal and eternal. It doesn’t fade, it’s a sense of identity and a daily self-proclaimed masterpiece. Trends are always getting sick and dying off.
At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if your boyfriend doesn’t like your boyfriend jeans. You don’t need a stamp of approval to keep on doing you, girlfriend.