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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.
"If you can accept the idea of a 23-year-old blogger writing a memoir, then you'll find plenty of life, love, and fashion advice in Medine's candid debut. The budding fashionista provides the backstories to many sartorially questionable ensembles featured on her Man Repeller blog, dishes on her lifelong attraction to oddball outfits, and tells 'the tale of the Repeller who landed a Man' (she recently married her on-again, off-again boyfriend of five years). The skeletons in Medine's closet wear some hilarious get-ups: there's the burgundy tent dress with a Peter Pan collar she wore when she had her first kiss in kindergarten (which gave her chicken pox); the mandatory, ubiquitous black maxi-skirt from her time at a Jewish school; and the outfit she wore the night she lost her virginity. Another incident involves a much-coveted Hermes ostrich-skin clutch belonging to Medine's grandmother, which was horribly defiled after a night of binge drinking in Paris. Then there are the 'violently offensive' gray harem pants that ultimately led to a rekindling of her relationship with the man she would marry, and a pair of shorts that inspired her to create her blog. These essays establish Medine as not just a fashion wunderkind, but a clever and engaging storyteller who's not afraid to laugh at herself. Agent: Michael Klein, Maxx Sports and Entertainment. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"These essays establish Medine as not just a fashion wunderkind, but a clever and engaging storyteller who's not afraid to laugh at herself." --Publisher's Weekly
"...the utterly likable Medine comes across vividly and sincerely in writing what she loves." --Booklist
"In a strong, consistent narrative voice, Medine displays wit, unabashed openness and a knack for weaving seemingly superficial, materialistic details into essays that are rich with sly wisdom and the colorful personalities of family members and friends. Humorous, insightful and sometimes-sparkling essays that will appeal to readers interested in the pure fun of fashion." --Kirkus Reviews
"Not only do I agree with how Leandra dresses, but I also agree with everything she says in these brilliant stories. She's a terrific writer." --Joan Rivers
"Leandra is a sick, twisted fashion addict and guess what? There is no rehab. As this book shows, she is doomed to be stylish and groovy and hilarious for the rest of her life." --Simon Doonan, Barneys New York ambassador and author of The Asylum
"Leandra wears her wit as well as she wears her denim bib overalls. But at being repellent, she is a colossal failure." --Laura Brown, Executive Editor, Harper's BAZAAR
"Through Leandra's growing pains and dating disasters, MAN REPELLER reminds you that your outfit always plays the best supporting role in your life." --Kelly Oxford, New York Times bestselling author of Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar
"A classic love story of a girl and her clothes, Leandra Medine's MAN REPELLER is as funny, smart, and adorable as she is." --Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author
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.