fashion friday: i hereby do solemnly embrace man-repelling.

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

     I don’t know why I was the last person to wake up to Man Repelling, but I was, and now I solemnly and lovingly embrace it. My favorite outfits are man-repellent.  I feel like I did when I first learned the German word fremdschämen (to feel vicariously embarrassed for other people): Liberated and finally able to express a state I’m constantly in, in a succinct manner. I now have a word to describe my personal style.
From the O.G. Man Repeller, the definition:

man·re·pell·er1  [mahn-ree-peller]

–noun
outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. This includes but is not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see:human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.
–verb (used without object),-pell·ing, -pell·ed.
to commit the act of repelling men:
Girl 1: What are you wearing tonight?
Girl 2: My sweet lime green drop crotch utility pants
Girl 1: Oh, so we’re man repelling tonight?
*DISCLAIMER: the above conversation took place in this room 5 minutes ago.
  
     Bright orange lipstick? They hate it! High-waisted pants? Unattractive. Huge glasses? Nope. A giant sparkly collar necklace? Überhaupt NICHT.
     I guess we could also explain it as a venn diagram, and the circle which contains Man-Repellent clothing almost completely contains MOM-Repellant clothing (a lot of décolletage would be one thing Moms hate and Mans love). Moms hate it when you try and be too fashionable in front of their friends. “Beta, why don’t you wear that nice navy turtleneck?” Mans hate it when you try and be too fashionable in front of their moms. “Hmm. That might be a little much.” Even in high school I once wore glitter jeans from Arden B (remember that store? ok, not the greatest sartorial choice I’ve ever made) and I had to hear about it for days from all the MANS (well, boys).
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
     I have a word for my clothing style. It’s called man-repellant. And I embrace it. Thank you Man Repeller, THANK YOU. 
 
 
{photos by Lisa P.}
P.S. My new shoes are by Amanda Laird Cherry. My belt’s from last week

6 thoughts on “fashion friday: i hereby do solemnly embrace man-repelling.

  1. this is a great post! i love the venn diagram. i just bought a gorgeous rachel roy denim jump suit and saddle shoes. mmmhmmmm.

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