MAN REPELLER: THE HENLEY HOW-TO
Using one of this season’s must-haves, Leandra Medine aka the Man Repeller, shows how to go from ’Man Getter’ to ’Man Repeller.’ Why? It’s about happiness.
Last September, New York brand Altuzarra showed henley-style long- sleeve t-shirts paired with several of his metallic lamé skirts, in addition to the blue and red stripes set on ivory skirts with high slits which have become so popular, the print is almost emblematic of his brand. The girls looked spectacular and elicited that sense of, "I could do that" for onlookers. Typically, this feeling is one that only comes when something is really good.
And how lucky we are that this time around, the trend in question is fairly ubiquitous. I'd imagine that you have at least one henley in your closet – be it from your Abercrombie & Fitch heyday or simply by virtue of having located a really soft one once upon a sample sale. No one has quite mastered the appropriate henley like H&M, though, who for summer is offering heather grey and white scoop neck versions that come replete with crotch snaps. Crotch snaps!
When I first tried the shirt on, I'll admit I felt a bit like a ’man getter.’ In playing up to the role of the stereotype, I paired the tee with high-waisted, simple white denim cut-offs and a pair of black patent leather ballet flats. This, of course, was only to demonstrate the shirt's extensive capabilities because as you'll notice, it was only a matter of layers before I traded in the cut-offs for a pair of voluminous ivory culottes and a linen jacket. I replaced the ballet flats with gladiator heels and added a choker.
Ultimately, you see, man repellers are always the happiest.
Which look do you prefer?