The Man Repeller
Leandra Medine created her blog, Man Repeller (manrepeller.com) in 2010. The purpose of the blog is not to actively drive men away, but to embrace one’s own style whole-heartedly, no matter how eccentric it may be. According to Medine, a “man repeller” is “she who outfits herself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls, shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry, and clogs.” The blog has expanded since 2010, now employing multiple writers, as well as photographers and illustrators. A majority of fashion blogs center around posting daily pictures of the blogger’s own life and style, usually accompanied by a short blurb explaining the thought process behind the outfit, but The Man Repeller publishes legitimate articles, each with a set of photos– many of which do not even center around Medine herself. Medine and her man repelling team of writers approach fashion humorously, debating the fashion in Game of Thrones, whether stripes should be considered a neutral runway nudity, and “Instagram fitness cults,” as well as providing countless instances of style advice and runway reviews. Though she jokes about fashion, it is clearly something that she is very passionate about. The Man Repeller’s greatest feat is not that its humorous take on things makes fashion seem much more accessible (though it does do that), but the way Medine’s passion becomes so subtly contagious, one can’t help but enthusiastically take up the title of Man Repeller for herself.
Lougè Delcy is the creator of the men’s fashion blog Dapper Lou (dapperlou.com), introduced in 2009. Delcy is a self-taught photographer whose work looks like it belongs in the pages of a fashion editorial. Photography isn’t all he is good for, either— most of the looks featured on the blog are styled by Delcy himself. Additionally, he primarily uses models of color to showcase his work— an important distinction in an industry increasingly facing criticism over racism in models. However, beyond the photography, the styling, and the models, there is something that sets Dapper Lou even farther apart from other fashion blogs: the layout. Fashion is such an aesthetic industry— each designer strives to create a show that is as artistically unique and memorable as the line of clothes being sent down the runway. But when it comes to relaying that style to the general masses via the Internet, many bloggers fail to take the same considerations. They end up as the same feed of photos and text displayed on the center of an otherwise white screen, repeated endlessly no matter which domain name one visits. This is not the case with Dapper Lou, who, instead of succumbing to the white space, employs it masterfully. The way the content is presented is of much more importance than we often realize, but visiting Dapper Lou makes us realize just what we were missing.
Into the Gloss
Into the Gloss (intothegloss.com) began when creator Emily Weiss noticed a disturbing lack of beauty inspiration on the Internet. Determined to fill that void, she started a blog. She interviewed women in the fashion world about good makeup tips and tricks, and she relayed that information to her followers. Interviews remain a major part of the blog, featuring talks with the likes of Monique Lhuillier, Neelam Gill, and Khloé Kardashian. Another prominent section of the blog is a Q&A page, where the writers directly address a problem (think dry skin, scented lotions, and summer lip colors) and ask for the readers’ advice, creating a space for people all over the world to contribute their thoughts and pass on their tricks. The whole blog feels very inclusive and welcoming, especially for those of us who still like receiving fun makeup ideas long after our Teen Vogue and Seventeen subscriptions have been canceled.
Searching for Style
Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, the driving force behind Searching for Style (searchingforstyle.com), is fiercely passionate and not afraid to make her opinions known. Her approach is very straightforward and unabashed, which can be a bit jarring after reading more diplomatically phrased articles elsewhere on the Internet. Isenberg is unafraid to mince words when it comes to what she finds displeasing, but she articulates her reasons quite well, so although I personally disagree with about 50% of her writings, I am still easily able to understand her viewpoint. The content of the blog seems to focus primarily on reviews of fashion shows and the like, though she does make the occasional commentary on other issues in the industry. Her views can be a bit alienating at times, but Isenberg’s upfront attitude is refreshingly unique.