02 Man Repeller:

Imagine clashing colors, baggy silhouette, and absolutely mismatched patterns in one outfit. Married with a frizzy hair and ACTUAL no make-up look, the woman in front of you is very accurately embodying the boldness itself and possibly channeling Iris Apfel.
The kind of look of Man Repeller is conveyed in dressing sartorially offensive to the member of an opposite sex and it has been slowly but surely sneaking into women’s closets. Only very few would argue that this woman’s outfit choice is influenced by any capacity of a male-gaze.

1. @typicalgirlsmag 2. @pokalam_ 3. @manrepeller 4. @carolinaherrera 5. @rosettagetty

Although the term might come across man hate-y, the real meaning originates from the fact that women are becoming to choose to wear what they find cool rather on the expense of not being considered appealing.
In the past, if you did not choose to wear a pencil skirts, high heels, and your hair done, you were considered a rebel.  
There must be something wrong if your desire wasn’t to wear something “flattering” and to someday attract a husband. Now, with the growing empowerment of women in politics, arts, design and pop culture, the mindset have translated into the way we pick our outfits.

One of the most well suited examples of man repelling is a fashion website that goes by the name of MAN REPELLER. Its founder, Leandra Medine, while frustrated with her own non existing love life complained to a friend about dating multiple men and none of them wanting to take it to the next level. Her friend was quick to point out that the reason might be in the fact what she’s wearing is man repelling.
Leandra - known for her eclectic and eccentric ensembles have realized that this might be the most liberating truth she could ever ask for.  With the knowledge that men do not want her get serious because of the colors, shapes and patterns of her outfits came a powerful choice. “If a guy is only really into your outfit and won't date you because of what you're wearing, they are too driven by the female exterior and don't care about your intellect."


Because, ultimately - an interest in fashion should not depend on whether the person you’re trying to attract likes it. It has to do everything with what you are trying to attract for yourself.
Authenticity, boldness and fully embracing yourself bear a valuable currency in in a society that rewards copy-cats and following trends.  And I’d argue that finding your personal style is a one-way ticket to finding yourself along the way. Because at the end of the day, who are you really dressing for?

Written by Sabina Samek

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