You’ve heard of “street-style” blogs, right? Like Ottawa Street Style where they go around photographing regular people on the street who are stylin’ a cute or funky or “interesting” look. I like to look at sites like this because I am a fashion maven like to see what people are wearing and more importantly how they’re wearing stuff.
So, I was kind of excited to run across a blog called The Man Repeller , which is nice and rude and highlights so-called “man-repellent” looks both on the street and on celebrities and claims that “getting photographed by a street style photographer is code that your outfit is man repelling.”
Really, the outfits this blogger is showcasing are just plain repellent, never mind “man repellent”. I’m pretty sure most women wouldn’t want to wear them. Also, I think most women know that it’s always a mistake to wear something primarily because you think it will drive men crazy with lust. Because most of the time that means you’re wearing something really uncomfortable – clothes that are too tight or have parts of you falling out of them; shoes that are too spiky and make you fall down; underwear that’s scratchy and burrows itself into places from which it is difficult to retrieve in mixed company.
Also, men or women trying to look sexy usually just end up looking ridiculous. Because I think most of what’s sexy about a woman (or a man) isn’t about the clothes. It’s attitude. They have to look comfortable in their own skin; which means they have to be comfortable in their own skin. And in order to be comfortable in your own skin you have to be comfortable with your body and you have to feel good inside – strong, healthy and positive.
Then, whatever you’re wearing will look good. And you won’t be desperately trying to disguise yourself with flamboyant finery.
Personally, I think the single most attractive item of clothing mankind ever invented was the blue jean — invented in 1873 in America by German immigrants Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss. There aren’t many people who don’t look their best in a pair of good, well-fitting, comfortable jeans.
Sure, men can look great in a tuxedo and women can look spectacular in a beautiful evening gown.
And a man or woman in a business suit can look very fetching.
But in my books, nothing beats a plain, soft pair of jeans with a casual shirt.
But since this post started off talking about street style and what is definitely not sexy, here is my list of 7 Top looks for grown-ups that I find unsexy: (Note, I said “grown-ups”. I don’t even want to get into some of the crazy ugly stuff the young folk are wearing)
- Short-sleeved button down shirts – especially when worn with a tie.
- Shorts. (I’m not saying they shouldn’t be worn, just that grown men don’t look sexy in shorts)
- Ball caps/trucker hats (unless you’re playing ball/trucking)
- Sweatpants, especially without underwear
- An undershirt without a real shirt overtop
- Sweater vests
- Fanny packs
- Yoga pants (unless you’re doing yoga)
- Poncho shawls or ponchos in any format
- Running shoes (unless you’re running)
- Sweaters with holiday motifs
- Capri pants
- Anything fleece (I know it’s warm and made from pop-bottles, but it’s really not flattering in any way)
- Fanny packs
*** A word about fanny packs: There is no legitimate reason to ever wear a fanny pack. Tourists think they’re clever by concealing their money, travel documents and camera in this pouch and wearing it close to their bodies where no one would dare rob them. In fact, wearing a fanny pack is like wearing a neon t-shirt that screams “I am a naive tourist and therefore easy pickins.”
Also, try not to refer to your fanny pack as a fanny pack in English-speaking countries other than the US and Canada. In North America, fanny means “bum”. In other English-speaking countries fanny means “vulva.”
Also, if you’re in the US and you see someone wearing a fanny pack, do not laugh at them. They might be wearing a specially manufactured “conceal carry” pouch designed to look like an ordinary fanny pack.