The best of the best. Readers and the industry alike have named the fashion blog Man Repeller as a must read. Leandra Medine, miss Man Repeller herself, won Bloglovin's Best Blogger of 2012 award and if you haven't kept up on her outfit updates you have some serious reading to do. First comes first. What exactly is a Man Repeller? Well ladies, you have to understand -- it's not a bad thing. It's everything we love that men just don't understand. But let's get the answer straight from the horse's mouth: "outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs." Keep in mind, it can also be used as a verb; ex. "I am Man Repelling hard today with this bejeweled turban." It happens. We can't wear a Bebe bandaid dress everyday day of the week. And every fashion girl knows the type of reaction that killer shoulder pads or sky high chunky platforms can elicit from the simple minds of straight men. It ranges from a bewildered, "I just don't get it," to an exasperated "is it really necessary?!" But the answer is yes. Yes, it is very necessary. Fashion lovers know that there is nothing more rewarding than showcasing a new trend on the street in an outfit of your very own creation. And that's what Man Repelling is all about. [caption id="attachment_7386" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Valentine's Day"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7388" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Man Repelling at Fashion Week"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7389" align="aligncenter" width="630" caption="A few of her favorite things"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7390" align="aligncenter" width="1440" caption="To die for."][/caption] Leandra Medine was really the first to concisely bring this idea to the public. She gave it a name. Leandra grew up in NYC and currently lives with her parents on the Upper East Side. She recently graduated from the New School with a degree in Journalism -- and before even donning that cap and gown, she had already been published for the major glossies including Lucky, Harper's Bazaar and the NY Post. Leandra certainly has a natural knack. Her blog is irresistibly charming -- honest, real and hilarious. In the impossibly long list of fashion blogs on the scene today, Man Repeller is one of the few blogs where the writing almost outshines the pretty pictures. You just want to be her best friend so the two of you can go grab martinis and talk Alexander Wang, Opening Ceremony and lots of shit. Hilarious shit. And of course, BFF privileges include closet access -- and there's no one in NYC whose closet we'd rather raid. (Leandra, if you need a new bffer, we're here for you girl.) [caption id="attachment_7380" align="aligncenter" width="523" caption="Hate her for her shoe collection, she'll understand"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7381" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Indian Summer"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7382" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Statement Pieces"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7383" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Black tie "arm party""][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7384" align="aligncenter" width="612" caption="Calypso "arm party""][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7385" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Walking & Tweeting; say what's up @manrepeller"][/caption] Her blog is a tale of her fashion obsessions -- Proenza Schouler, mouthwatering vintage (you'll wish you could adopt her grandmother just to be the recipient of endlessly amazing hand-me-downs) and shoes, shoes and a couple more shoes. She explains to The Coveteur that she considers herself more of a "shoe collector" than wearer, and the display of footwear in her closet is positively breathtaking. She coined not only the term "Man Repeller" but has also copyrighted the term "Arm Party." She is gifted when it comes to layered bracelets, and the parties on her arms are always ragers. Her outfit posts are downright inspirational, and her Fashion Week coverage is totally entertaining -- even if you aren't a fashion freak. But aside from all the gorgeousness that she drapes herself in on the daily, she's really spearheaded a movement within fashion that speaks to elements of feminism and self-empowerment. Her mother tells the New York Times, "“I think she tapped into something here,” said the blogger’s mother, who was leaving for a yoga class. “She is relating fashion to feminism. She is saying women dress for themselves.”" Fashion and feminism are two concepts that are related not nearly enough. This industry that runs off the work of many high powered women is far too frequently separated from female empowerment. And that's what's so killer about Man Repeller -- it removes the "male gaze" from the equation and let's us be little girls playing dress up again, except this time around we're awesome powerful women.