5 Notorious Man-Repelling Looks, And Exactly How to Pull Them Off


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When hilarious fashion blogger Leandra Medine (a.k.a. Man Repeller) cleverly coined the genius term 'man repeller' back in 2010, who knew a mere three years later she'd have spurred such a strong sartorial movement that would culminate in the upcoming release of a sure-to-be-a-bestseller, Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. ($15).  

In honor of Medine's resolute commitment to pushing the style envelope, we've rounded up five notorious man-repelling trends, as well as two ways to make them work for you (as seen on some of our favorite celebrities).

1) EXTREME CUTOUTS: Instead of flashing far too much flesh with architectural windowpane detailing like Lily Collins... 

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...try showing off your toned midriff with a slight sliver of skin underneath your bust or on the sides, like Lizzy Caplan and Louise Roe, respectively. It's a far more prim approach to the peekaboo trend.

2) PRINTED SUITS: Instead of sporting a loose, light-colored matchy-matchy suit like Rihanna...


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...try a dark, fitted two-piece with a brightly colored print, like Nina Dobrev and Holland Roden. It's eyecatching and slimming.

3) SEQUINS: Instead of trying to make such an intense style statement in an oversize silver sparkly onesie with bell sleeves like Maggie Q...


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...try slipping into something a little more figure-flattering like Christa B. Allen and Selena Gomez. Repeat after us: Sequined frocks should be cut close in feminine shapes.

4) ZEBRA PRINT: Instead of stepping out in a second-skin zebra print gown in a quite revealing cut like Golnesa Gharachedaghi...


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...try rocking this particular animal print in a smaller pattern and subdued shade like Tara Lipinski, or with a flirty, flowy shape like Niki McElroy. Zebra print is bold enough in itself.

5) HAREM PANTS: Instead of palling around town in incredibly droopy trousers like Parker Posey...


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...try strutting your stuff in a slightly blousy black pair like Isabel Cornish and Stacy Keibler. They're comfortable and elegant when they aren't bulbous and diaper-like.
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