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Silk parachute pants. A gold lamé jumpsuit. Ankle boots with fringe. Were these fashion-forward items sending men running in the opposite direction? Maybe, but Leandra Medine never cared.
Slipping into drop-crotch shorts and a boxed sequin blazer in the dressing room of Topshop in downtown Manhattan, a brokenhearted Leandra had an epiphany. Looking in the mirror, she suddenly realized she didn't have a boyfriend because of the way she dressed. And the more she thought about it, the more she realized that such outfits said a lot about her life-romantic and otherwise.
Now, in her first book, the acclaimed blogger and fashion darling recounts her most significant memories through the lens of her sartorial choices. With her signature sass, blunt honesty, and some personal photos, Leandra shares details of the night she lost her virginity right down to the pair of white tube socks she forgot to take off, as well as when and why she realized her grandma's vintage Hermès ostrich skin clutch could hold much more than just keys and a cell phone. Through it all, she proves you don't need to compromise even your most repellent qualities to find your way into that big white dress (and an organza moto jacket). See? You can have your yeti and wear it, too.
Showcasing the singular voice that has won Leandra millions of fans, this book is a collection of awkwardly funny experiences, a sweet love story, and above all, a reminder to celebrate and embrace a world made for women, by women.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Leandra Medine founded and writes The Man Repeller, a humorous website about serious fashion. It was listed as one of Time magazine's 25 Best Blogs of 2012 and she was recognized as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in the field of Art and Style. She lives in downtown New York City with her husband and a topless stuffed doll that looks like Marc Jacobs. Visit her at www.manrepeller.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Man Repeller is a great book. It is a collection of stories from the life of famed blogger Leander Medine. She writes with sass and humor and it is a very enjoyable book.
The Man Repeller was probably the first hugely popular fashion blog. I was an intermittent reader at best because, even though her aesthetic didn't appeal to me, the concept of embracing your personal style even if it repels men was kind of funny. This is not a style guide, but rather a fashion biography of sorts where Medine uses articles of clothing as chapter titles and jumping off points to tell the high points (mainly surrounding love) of her life thus far. Her sometimes wacky "I Love Lucy" style anecdotes that take her from her first crush in elementary school to joining the adult job market are at once endearing and annoying in a Carrie Bradshaw kind of way. Medine's clear devotion to fashion are what kept me reading long after I decided that I couldn't relate to her at all.
Great, funny read! Perfect book to take on a beach vacation (and she'll make you feel better about your shopping habits!).
I gotta say that I first heard about ManRepeller on Instagram and the impression that I got of Leandra was nothing I thought she would be after reading this book. Man Repeller but definitely a girly girl and super funny! Awesome book.
If you like the blog, you'll love the book.