Leandra Medine

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Hear, hear for parents who think for themselves and encourage their kids to do the same. Leandra’s mom comes from a tight-knit Persian community that doesn’t marry out, yet she did anyway to Leandra’s father, who’s Turkish. It isn’t easy to come from a culture of arranged marriages and break away, just as it isn’t easy in this culture to not dress for men like Leandra does, in a time when images of Kim Kardashian’s insipid, skin-revealing minidresses are pervasive. Leandra says jokingly that her mom was the model man repeller, especially in her suede multicolored pants, but that she ultimately failed because she’s married. When choosing between a man and her love for turbans and wearing eighty-five layers at a time, Leandra is going to chose her sartorial passions. On the upside, she will find the right guy, probably one like her dad, who is the reason for Leandra’s bow tie fetish and is always wearing bright everything. Women, Leandra points out, would not be repelled, but would more likely appreciate an expressively well-dressed man. Read More

Ruining the flirtiness of a chiffon pleated skirt with studded Converses and a tuxedo jacket, complementing a “man-getter” evening gown with an army jacket and a fur vest or wearing body-revealing red skinny jeans with a leather shirt over a button-down shirt and under a chambray shirt are among Leandra’s tricks for repelling that guy that objectifies women: “My blog is a process of elimination. It helps you weed out the bad ones.” Leandra comes from “a rare breed” of authentic dressers, including her Turkish grandmother, whose closet is Leandra’s favorite vintage shop. Two of her favorite heirlooms from her grandmother are an ostrich skin Hermes clutch and green vintage Chanel bag that Leandra will be passing down to her own children and will not be wearing with a plain t-shirt dress, at least not without her brother’s cardigan or maybe her most prized mustache necklace, which she wears on her face.

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  • http://www.lintonfromlondon.com Hadassah Martes (Linton from London)

    Awesome video! I wish my grandma had such amazing style.

  • http://www.fashionlesosns.co Fashionlessons

    WeareLEANDRALOVERS!SUchamazingiseas,inspiraitonandstyle!

  • MariaJose(Portugal)

    Leandra is a beautiful, articulated young woman, and one of
    the only bloggers writing about fashion that is not only funny
    and witty, but shows a perfect mastery of the English language,which is unfortunately not usual with “fashion bloggers”.

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  • http://loveloveletter.wordpress.com Aurora

    This was actually really wonderful. I had read Man Repeller and almost thought it was too much, too tongue-in-cheek, but Leandra is so well-spoken and genuine here. Opinions do change!

  • http://www.laronje.com laron

    very confident woman, i wish i was too

  • PhotoGirl

    Love Leandra and her blog. Her originality is just fabulous. Love that she marches to the beat of her very own stylish drum.
    That said, I do have to ask why you chose to bash Kim Kardashian in your piece on Leandra. I’m certainly not Ms. Kardashian’s biggest fan, but I am a proponent of the idea that we don’t need to slam one woman in order to praise another. Thankfully, we live in a world in which there’s room for everyone’s style.

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  • Bishop

    As a man I feel that all womens styles are theirs and I will never have any sort of influence on that. I personally thought you still look drop dead gorgeous. The only true man repeller is a butch lesbian who dresses in mens oxfords and slacks.

  • Stylista

    style crush on Leandra! I need that Camilla and Marc “vagina” dress!!!

  • LeeLee

    Love her.