If you haven’t heard of “Man Repelling,” you’ve surely seen it. A term coined by the brilliant Leandra Medine (the Man Repeller, herself), it refers to runway and real-life women’s clothing that fashion lovers see as AH-MAY-ZING yet the average guy finds hideously revolting. See official definition:
outfitting oneself 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 (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs. (manrepeller.com)
While I am but a meager apprentice of Mrs. Medine’s (yup, she’s married), I’m not unaware of the fact that some of my clothing choices are less than attractive in the conventional sense. And I’m ok with that. As I’ve said before, fashion is about self-expression—telling the world about yourself without saying a word. If I’m dressing for someone other than myself, it’s for other women who appreciate great style. Once in a blue moon I’ll throw on a little something that the hubby will undoubtedly like, but even he appreciates my repelling looks. I think when you free yourself from the burden of impressing the opposite sex with “sexy” clothing, you can uncover your true sense of style and revel in the joy of fashion for fashion’s sake.
This full-length jumpsuit (an example in the above definition) instantly makes me feel like an A+ student at the Institute of Man Repelling (that should totally be a real school), and I love it. First of all, it’s fluorescent purple (or electric blue if one of us is colorblind). Second, it’s high-waisted with pleats (gasp!) and a wider-than-wide leg. As if that weren’t enough, I decided to throw my bright red wedges into the mix to really up the color ante.
What are your thoughts on Man Repelling? Tell me in the comments section!
Jumpsuit: BCBGMAXAZRIA. Shoes: Dolce Vita. Clutch: Max Azria.