Man Repeller sounds like an unusual title for a fashion blog, but then manrepeller.com – and its author Leandra Medine – is an unusual blogger.
The message of her website is part fashion and part female empowerment, taking particular care to link the two topics together.
The name comes from a joke a friend made to her about how her style choices drive men away, and she’s taken that idea and run with it, building a site that talks not only about fashion, but the way fashion can convey an attitude.
She views fashion as a statement of both individuality and defiance. Included in the website’s mission statement is the notion that having an interest in fashion doesn’t minimize the intellect of the fashionista.
In order words, fashion isn’t just the pursuit of the shallow. This is a high brow blog with a retro chic feel, and a visual style that owes a lot to the 60s and 70s.
Oh, and quirky takes on classic looks come as standard. Expect flares and experimental headgear.
Gabi Fresh is a passionate advocate for bigger, beautiful women, and over at gabifresh.com you can hear her shouting that message loud, live and in colour.
For almost the entirety of her ten years on the fashion blogging scene, her message has been about promoting body confidence, and making fashion styles work for you instead of trying to scrape and squeeze yourself into something that doesn’t suit.
Gabi definitely counts as a non-traditionalist. Much of her advice centers around tearing up the existing rules of fashion and rewriting them to apply to you as an individual.
She’s very well respected by her peers – her opinions and insight have been sought by major international names like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Teen Vogue.
The ethos of Gabi’s work is that when buying clothes, women should remember their worth as a person.
Whatever size or shape you are, you’re a customer, and somebody should be trying to appeal to you. Rather than try to confirm to someone else’s unrealistic expectation of your figure, be proud of your own, and dress yourself to suit.
If enough women buy clothes according to that philosophy, the industry will have to change to suit it.