Hate the Player, Love the Fit Game: John Lennon

Hello, I hate John Lennon! If you don’t yet, this episode of the excellent podcast You’re Wrong About on Yoko Ono does a good job of covering the quick and dirty facts if you don’t want to glorify his name by typing it into Google. He…

The *Official* New Nonbinary Uniform Under $300

In case you are new around here or have recently Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-ed yourself and have no memories of HR, I’m non-binary and use they/them pronouns. Of course there is no one way to “dress nonbinary” and the title of this post is……

Masc On: Last Legs of SSENSE Sale, $150 or Less

By popular demand that’s haunted me since the More Masc Merch Mandate was released, here is another post specifically for the masculinely-inclined among you, no matter what gender you may happen to be! This time, I trawled the dregs of the SSENSE sale, which is not…

Designer Off Duty #3: Bailey Goldberg

Catch the first two in this series on what brilliant designers wear themselves here with Ella Emhoff and here with Anamaria Morris! Bailey Goldberg is one of the few “internet friends” I’ve made since ditching Tumblr in the mid-2010s. We’ve never met in the flesh, despite…

Taking My Own Advice

I try not to just wear the same 5 items on rotation every week, tempting though it may be for my terminally exhausted and terminally uncomfortable self. I write a fashion blog, for god sakes (you’re reading it right now, in fact) and I strive to…

Dressing to Disarm my Demons

Today’s post might be the last of 2022, and with it, I am attempting to exorcise five demons that hounded me in the past year. I don’t write extensively about my personal problems on this blog, which is, after all, a fashion blog, but one of…

The Daisies Dimension of New Year’s Eve

I haven’t been to a New Year’s Eve party in the better part of a decade, but if I were going to one, I’d sure as hell want to dress as one of the two characters, both named Marie, who feature in the 1966 film Daisies…

My Style Heroes: Vivian Li

Vivian Li and I have been following each other on Instagram for years, in which time I’ve seen her set her sights on, and achieve, a goal: to become a content creator and augment the hours she spends in lab, studying for her PhD in neuroscience,…

HR’s Got You: Curated Casuals, Woodworking Weeaboos, and In-law Intervention

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but here are seven looks based on five of your (my dear readers’) requests for ultra-specific situations to get dressed for: heavily curated insouciance, a pretentious woodworking/studying duality, severity at a start-up party, braving The Bins,…

What What I Want Says About Me

Now that Cyber Week has left me a husk of my former self, I am back to lusting over items that I can’t justify purchasing in a glassy-eyed fugue state of sale-induced mania. This has left me thinking more about what the items that I can’t…

Anime Fits to Fit Under Your Winter Coat

Hello! To be honest, I spent too long putting together the following grab bag of anime-character-inspired outfits perfect for wearing under a winter coat to want to write much for the intro. It was fun, though! You’ll like this even if you don’t give a crap…

My Style Heroes: Sara Camposarcone

Helloooooo! Today, I have an extra-special post for you, featuring Sara Camposarcone, “sustainable maximalist” powerhouse who you have probably seen plastered across TikTok, just hit 100k followers on Instagram, has been written up in publications I am not even legally allowed to type the NAMES of…

Under-$100 SSENSE Sale Grab Bag Bonanza

This is exactly what it says on the tin. An edit of 50 items in the SSENSE public sale you can grab for under $100 as of today, 11/27, if you are also in hundreds of thousands of debt to the government and Biden kicking the…

The Best Things in Life Are on Sale Now

Heeeeellllo! For a much more professional-grade and editorially sound BFCM (that’s Black Friday through Cyber Monday, an acronym I will only admit here that I did not know until about 2 weeks ago) round-up of sales, mosey on over to Magasin, which I write for but…

How to Dress Like a Wong Kar-wai Character, V2

In the past year plus that this blog has lived at this URL in this iteration, its most viewed post by far has been one of its first: How to Dress Like a Wong Kar-wai Character. To capitalize off the apparent popularity of that post expand…

How to Dress Inspired by FRUiTS Magazine

I’m feeling very terse today (not in a bad way, just thinking in objects that are not words), so I will mostly be writing in bullet points about how to take inspiration from the seminal 1997-2017 (RIP) Japanese style magazine, FRUiTS. Read till the end for…

Badly Bilingual Gift Guide

Today, I’m writing one of the soon-to-be-abundant gift guides for 2022’s holiday season. I’m not going to try to advise on what to get a live-in partner or a relative you talk to every day or your best friend since childhood because I believe that those…

Manifesting the Perfect Sale Season

Hello! Firstly, if you haven’t already heard the news, you can now find my sartorial babble not only here and on the HR Patreon, but also over at Magasin, where I’m working as editorial assistant and junior writer for the talented and unimpeachably stylish Laura Reilly.…

Let’s All Dress Like Lain

If you haven’t seen Serial Experiments Lain (1998), you can skip the screenshots and paragraphs below the first photos and above the first headline and just know that the essence of dressing in the show is of an abjectly unromantic iteration of 90s fashion that gets…

Sneak Attack

Remember when I was fixated on Björk the other week? Well, those Instapump Furies never left my mind, I was literally thinking about them every night to lull myself to sleep, so I ordered them. Who knows if they’ll ever make it to Argentina. Anyway, this…

Stressed, Depressed (literally), But Well Dressed (figuratively)

Depression and fashion do not tend to go hand in hand. Remember this Br*ndy M*lville banger? The disproportionate outrage this tee fueled in me when I was a freshly diagnosed teen has been usurped by the resigned knowledge that if I ever see the original shirt…

My Style Heroes: Round Björk

I’ve been going through another Björk phase lately after 7 years astray. This time around, I’ve been paying more attention to her biggest misses (can we please collectively pretend Volta and the line about the “suicide bomber made to look pregnant” was a fever dream?) but…

Looking Like a Yankee: Buenos Aires Style 1/?

This is the first of any posts I choose to make about my impressions of Buenos Aires’ (more accurately, CABA’s) style scene as someone who lived in New York City for seven years prior to moving here three weeks ago. My perspective is relatively uninformed (I…

My Skullcap Fixation: Tragic or Visionary?

The title of this post is clickbait in that I am pretty sure my skullcap fixation is visionary and if you think it’s tragic, that’s your damage. But I am no more a portion of god than any of you skullcap haters out there, so I…

Fall Outfit Concept: Steal From Children

Hi! Most kids dress better than I do, including Child Me! Today, I’m sharing some concepts to fall back on this fall (or spring, if you’re in the same hemisphere as I am at the moment), inspired by kids’ fits (mostly mine) (I feel weird about…

Buenos Aires Fashion: First Impressions

As everyone is tired of hearing, I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina this week, and since moving have been exhausted, still in pain from my sardine can of a flight, and very confused as to what the Argentine fashion scene looks like. One reason it’s harder…

Designer Off Duty #2: Anamaria Morris

If you have an Instagram account, you’ve almost certainly seen the work of Anamaria Morris, an artist/sculptor/visionary who creates pieces in polymer clay that have been written up in Architectural Digest, sold at Sandy Liang’s storefront, and lauded across every corner of home decor social media…

More Masc Merch Mandate

This blog is gonna get shut down for using too many bad alliterative/punny titles. But before it does! Requested by many, including my own neurons, here is a good ol-fashioned Depop haul of more masculine-coded clothes, as I have been really givin’ it to the dress-wearers…

Fall Film Fashion Follies #2: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) is an incredible film for late summer/early fall fashion guidance, because 80% of the film entails characters traipsing around in virginal, summery dresses and the other 20% involves accessorizing with autumnal shawls and capes. I might not be selling…

Fall Film Fashion Follies #1: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Hairspray

I made the below collage without really knowing what it meant. All I knew was that this was the “vibe I was feeling” for late summer/early fall 2022. The mood coagulated naturally around 4 films I love: The Color of Pomegranates, John Waters’ Hairspray, Valerie and…

Playing Dress Up and Down: One Dress, Five Fits

For the first six months or so of being out as non-binary, I did not wear dresses or skirts. My body is still very “feminine” in presentation (I cut my hair initially but then became obsessed with the idea of growing it out in the very…

How to Wear the “Unwearable” T-Shirts Rotting in Your Closet

I am a T-Shirt fiend. I am compelled at bands’ merch tables, vintage stores, manga shops, beachside souvenir shacks–it’s a problem, especially because the typical basic or merch-y tee seemingly has NO styling potential. If you Google “how to wear a graphic tee” you will be…

On Living and Dying in Clothing: A Studio Visit With Wenjüe Lu

Today’s post is a little different than usual! It’s a long essay/review of a visit to Wenjüe Lu’s studio and their past few years of work I got to play with at their generous invitation (I was not paid for this review). Scroll to the end…

Depop Deals vs Deals With the Devil

Like many other clothes-obsessed, half-braindead, debt-riddled NEETS incapable of coming to terms with their own mortality, I spend quite a bit of time scrolling resale sites and apps, most notably Depop. I have found that there are two sides to this app: one innocent, amiable, a…

Designer Off Duty #1: Ella Emhoff

Hi! I’m starting a new series (the mantra of this blog lol) that features clothing designers/creators but focuses on what they wear in their day-to-days while we’re all busy wearing their handiwork. A peek-behind-the-curtain vibe: what inspires and excites those who inspire and excite us? One…

Small Suitcase Style Stretch

This week, I’ve been in California visiting my family before I ship off to Argentina for a year, and all I could afford to bring on the plane (on the way back, I’m taking one of my mom’s suitcases I’ll be borrowing for the year, and…

Manic Midnight Sock/Tight Mayhem

I made most of this post last night, jet-lagged in a fugue state, but fell asleep before posting. Enjoy! I can’t sleep and can’t stop fixating on socks and tights. Here is a selection of the most compelling, in no particular order, though divided into $20…

My Style Heroes: Round 3

Today, I’m writing to you (especially my biggest fan, my grandma) about my latest style hero and career inspiration, Chloë Felopulos! She is a working stylist, and when I saw this post of hers on my explore page, I was immediately taken aback. Looking through the…

Step Up Your Sports Game Sporting Game

Up until a few years ago, I loathed sports, mostly on the basis of what I still believe is a valid fury that athletes (like actors and influencers) get paid egregious sums of money to entertain while people whose jobs are just as essential but not…

This One’s For The “~Boys**~”

Ahoy! Goddamn it, Greta G*rwig really ruined that greeting for all of us, huh? Well, I typed it before I realized its decade-old connotation (yep, it’s been That long) so I’m sticking with it because for me, writing these posts is like hopping on a roller…

Wishlist: Summer 2022

Yo! Here’s a list of clothes, accessories, and misc. items that I have not been able to get out of my brain for the past month or so. Please share your wishlists with me @humanrepeller on instagram or in the comments below, or become a patron…

Weddings: Chaos Agent Style

We are well into wedding season, I guess! Weddings are so weird but I am a huge fan of their awkwardly saccharine, potentially hilarious, always ripe for sartorial drama nature. I’m keeping the written components of this post brief, as I want to get it out…

Cheap, Easy Ways to Change Your Life (NOT CLICKBAIT)

I have a big post in the works, have for a few weeks, but in the meantime, I wanted to share these CHEAP EASY WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE WITH ACCESSORIES NOT CLICKBAIT. Ok your life might not change but these are genuinely cheap (i.e. under…

Back to “Basics”

Today, I humbly offer you some outfits based on film characters’ looks that I think are straightforward, simple in conceit, and iconic. The Before trilogy’s Celine with her inimitably insouciant slip dress – T shirt combo, Cay from Desert Hearts in a monochrome, fringy fit punctuated…

Dark Night of the Soul

My Dark Nights of the Soul usually involve a substance-related disaster – taking too little or too much of a substance (anything from coffee to alcohol to my ADHD meds), taking something too late in the day, or a switch in meds that’s not going well.…

If You Must Fest

The extremely fashionable and kind Saige Power recently sent me a DM requesting HR’s intervention. They wrote: “I’m going to a music festival this summer and want to feel chic and hot and comfortable and gender confirmed (a mix of masc and femme). Also I’m travelling…

Drip Duets: Couple’s Style

In a twist that absolutely NO ONE saw coming, an avowed Repeller maaaaay have attracted someone with whom they have entered the couple-form. Luckily, this person already cares about fashion and dresses well (showing them HR on our first date was a risky move, but it…

No Good Reason

As you may or may not know, depending on how many months you’ve dutifully tuned in to this blog (thank you for sticking around, by the way, after the past few weeks of me not posting–life has been happening to me, you could say, and I’m…

Quarter-life Crisis Trend Report

Last night, I ate weed gummies and proceeded to have a two hour long deepthink about the way my style both reflects and rejects many trends and what these interactions might mean. In this post, I’ll use a handful of trends from the past year/in forecasts…

How to Dress Like Kim Kitsuragi

I wrote this post months ago, in the thick of my first wave of Disco Elysium hyperfixation (if you haven’t played it yet… imagine me saying the most compelling thing possible to you, personally, to get you to play it. You will not regret it). I…

Repeller, Repulsed

Sometimes, negativity can be generative. Reacting to a garment with repulsion or skepticism can tell someone a lot about their aesthetic values and how they are situated in relation to the fashion zeitgeist, suggesting ways forward from wherever we are now. The following are a selection…

It Will Come

Yo! HR reporting from the end of a thread I am barely hanging onto! Everything is hell as always, so I’m gonna write about what to wear this spring! Very important, hard-hitting reportage being undertaken over here! Also it’s my birthday today, March 9. It is…

Heartbreak Hell

You ever been heartbroken? Hah, me neither. Lol I’m a Pisces, I factor heartbreak into my biannual schedule. Anyway Short little dispatch from Heartbreak Hotel today. Here are some clothes to wear to conceal, reveal, and deeply *feel* your poor little aortas’ pain. Maybe you’ll even…

I Yam What I Wear

I have been in a Robert Altman phase recently, and last week finally watched Popeye (1980). I’m always thrilled to see Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall in virtually any capacity, but what immediately captivated me about the film were the costumes, which from minute one lent…

My Style Heroes: Round 2

I continue to survive, somehow, and thus continue to be inspired and invigorated by other people’s wardrobes! Here are a few I invite you to obsess over with me. When I hear someone has copped a piece I post it fills me with enough joy to…

It’s Time For Dramatics

Last weekend my friend Max was lovely enough to get tickets to La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera. For those of you who are not yet Cher-pilled enough to understand the significance of this, it’s the same show and location to which Nicolas Cage brings her…

SAD Styling

I have been sleeping 13 hours a night, signifying the presence of the irrepressible SAD in my brain-space. I take prescription-strength vitamin D, sit in front of a UV lamp for hours, try not to isolate myself from my loved ones, and yet, from December through…

What Is Your 2022 Style M.O.?

Here I present you with a false tetrachotomy (is that word kosher??) of potential values that could guide your style endeavors in the upcoming year. Do you want to embody Audacity, or manifest Romance, bring some much-needed Levity to your physical presence in the world, or…

Sartorial Neuroses: on “Purity” and “Stolen Valor”

The lovely Marenna Boutilier on Instagram requested I write about “panic over impurity” when it comes to clothing. I recently wrote a post for Thinking Autism about how to dress in such a way that minimizes potential triggers of hypersensitivity or anxiety, two facets of autism…

How to Dress Like a Character from Happy Together

This post is dedicated to my friend Max, who insisted upon me watching Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together even though I resisted for months because I knew it would make me feel very, very sad. We finally watched it and now I am sick and sad because…

My Style Heroes: Round 1

It’s about timed I paid tribute to some of the fashion brains I often pick for inspiration, motivation, and recommendations for garments I suddenly direly need when I see them brilliantly contextualized by a sartorial wiz. Today, I’m looking at the styles of Sara Hiromi, Mordechai…

Outfits for Momentous Occasions

There is often talk about how to dress for a *special occasion,* with the connotation that that occasion is necessarily exciting or fun, a party, a wedding, etc. Here are some outfits for momentous but maybe also a little abject occasions such as Getting Fired, Picking…

Never Let Me Down

I love writing about extravagant fits, dressing perversely, and $450 tulle-sleeved leotards, but my financial reality and the fact that I typically wake up at 7 AM, bleary and filled with unspeakable weltschmerz, means that my day-to-day outfits are usually underwhelming, if not downright flimsy. I…

Holiday Fits From the Unlikeliest of Places

I’m just going to come out and say it bluntly: today I’m recommending you glean inspiration for your holiday looks from the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky. I can’t think of… anything more incongruous than that mildly heinous old man (I am not a Jodorowsky apologist, separating…

Accessories Under $100

Ok most of HR’s posts are list-heavy, but in honor of unhinged consumer szn we are going FULL LISTICLE today with 25ish suggestions for accessories under $100 as requested by Sophie Carlick on the @humanrepeller Instagram (if you follow, you too are eligible to dictate the…

Outfit Antagonism

Don’t you ever just want to pull a reverse Helen of Troy and start a world-bending cataclysm, not with your loveliness, but with sheer sartorial antagonism? I know I do, or I at least want to piss off the person I’m dating viciously or maybe a…

Jewish Drip, or “Yenta-Core”

This post will not be a heavily-researched, historically poignant account of the Jewish history of fashion and design. This is a *fashion blog* and we keep things SHALLOW here, dudes! And we use a truly ungodly amount of parentheticals as you will soon see! I am…

What to Wear on a First Date

I’ll spare you the details of my protracted, Piscean search for “true love” that has taken me through several relationships, heartbreaks, and MANY first dates both abject and awesome. Unless (as happened this week) my first date happens spontaneously and unexpectedly and I don’t have time…

Utility as Virtue: On Clothes That Do Something

I was ten years old when The Mysterious Benedict Society was released and the one thing that sticks with me to this day (besides the titular character having an unbelievably inconvenient, plot-wise, case of narcolepsy) is the fact that one of the protagonists, an overwhelmingly strong…

On “Ugly” Clothing Redux, With Recs

In my last post about “ugly” clothing, I explained the difference in my mind between clothes that are ugly in such a way as to emphasize normative beauty versus clothes that radiate an aura of abject vitality and can be worn by anyone to transcendent effect.…

How to Dress Like a Jujutsu Kaisen Character

Jujutsu Kaisen is my favorite franchise, bar none. If you haven’t watched/read it, please do. I have recommended it to dozens of people and of the many who have consumed either the anime or the manga I have only gotten glowing feedback. The character depth, lore…

How to Dress Like a Wong Kar-wai Character

Big note up front: I am a white person and am not an authority on what is or is not racist against AAPI folks. That being said, this is a guide that avoids cultural appropriation to the best of my ability and focuses on the general…

On “Ugly” Clothing

In the 1995 “crime film” Hackers, one cast member stands out from the goofy-looking ensemble of unabashed computer nerds. Angelina Jolie was about 20 years old and her hair was cut into an elven pixie, choppy fringe on her forehead and long, triangle sideburns. In one scene,…