Lessons in Man Repelling

Photo courtesy of The Man Repeller

It is an uncomfortable fact of fashion, oft-ignored by Chloe and Chanel-clad fashionistas everywhere, that men are regularly puzzled, if not downright repulsed, by our sartorial selections. Gush as we may over each others’ harem pants and Art Deco jewelry, the y-chromosome-bearing segment of the population remains unimpressed with trends that are not mini or body-conscious. And while most of the fashion set pretends not to notice the chilly response most men have to Carrie Bradshaw’s brand of chic, blogger Leandra Medine has gleefully embraces her for-the-girls style. Medine, a New York-based fashion junkie with a penchant for Maison Martin Margiela, proudly proclaims herself (via blog title) the Man Repeller, a label she swears is a good thing. After all, a date lasts a few hours; vintage Dior is forever. The blog, which features photos of Medine in various ‘repelling’ (read: fabulous) outfits, also provides hilarious tongue-in-chic commentary on both men and fashion. Alexander Wang is “birth control”; Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture collection “would make…Rupaul obscenely proud”. The Man Repeller has quickly become my newest obsession, both for Medine’s sarcasm and for her truly fierce fashion. Check out the site and follow Medine’s directive to start repelling!

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

Winter can be a decidedly un-sexy season. Enormous sweaters and Uggs don’t turn many heads and ceaseless sniffles aren’t exactly an aphrodisiac. Pale, bundled and bleary-eyed, we often become apathetic about our appearances when the weather turns cold and ignore our nagging beauty consciousness until March. If you are, understandably, unwilling to sacrifice warmth for high-fashion (temperatures have barely risen above freezing this week!), adorable underthings can be just the cure for December depression brought on by a few too many sweatshirt days. Just the knowledge that you at least look cute under your clothes is certain to perk you right up!

Hanky Panky Holiday Package Thong Set, Shopbop.com, $49

Hanky Panky Holiday Package Thong Set, shopbop.com, $49

If Hanky Panky’s candy colored lace thongs and boy shorts are ubiquitous, it is only because they are so incredibly comfortable, not to mention adorable. This fun holiday set from Shopbop includes three pairs and makes for a great stocking stuffer if you’ve reached your Hanky Panky capacity!

La Fee Verta Silk Romper, Shopbop.com, $100

La Fee Verte Silk Romper, shopbop.com, $100

Rompers aren’t just for going out anymore! This silk option by La Fee Verte is prettier than beat-up boxer shorts and more practical than frilly nightgowns, making it the perfect modern pajama.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Scattered Birds Robe, Shopbop.com, $98

Marc by Marc Jacobs Scattered Birds Robe, shopbop.com, $98

‘Bathrobe’ doesn’t always have to connote pilling terrycloth and housewives in hair curlers. This bird-printed, jersey number from Marc by Marc Jacobs is just as cool as any of MJ’s off-the-rack options.

Fall’s Fiercest Boots

Boots are as quintessentially autumn as apple cider and falling leaves. There is simply no cooler choice in footwear when the weather turns cold, something retailers know all too well – the sheer number of boots in stores this time of year can make it difficult to choose the perfect pair. To help you sort the spectacular from the sub-par, here are some of our picks for the chicest boots this season:

Dear Diary

Not all journals are of the blushing fifth grade variety. These witty, pretty notebooks from J. Crew are all grown up and perfect for anyone who has ever needed a place to doodle, jot down ideas or list, as one journal’s title requests, “Hipsters I Met and Liked”. Best of all, each journal is only $10 so it won’t break the bank when you can’t live without one in every color!