Have you ever read The Man Repeller? It’s a super witty and totally enjoyable blog written and starring the fashionably daring Leandra Medine. In her words, a Man Repeller is defined as “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.” Hilariously true!
Her philosophy is that good fashion is about pleasing women, not men. Do you agree? How many of you dress to impress the other moms at school or your female co-workers, happiest when you’re on-trend and rockin’ it straight out of the pages of Vogue…despite the odd glances you may get from men?
I definitely dress differently depending on the setting or the crowd around me; certain outfits perfectly stylish for church or parent meetings probably won’t make it on my packing list for Alt Summit! There’s something so lovely and freeing about being around other creatives — the majority of them inspiring women! — that it makes me want to take bold, fun risks with my wardrobe. But there’s also nothing quite like an appreciative smile from Ben Blair when I walk into a room wearing yoga pants and zero make-up, either!
How about you? For whom do you dress?
P.S. — Speaking of dressing boldly at conferences, here’s me in an orange dress + feathers + beehive.