Classic man-repeller fashion trends that celebs love

It’s not all about red carpet-worthy gowns and red-hot glamour. When celebrities go off-duty, these man-repeller-worthy trends are what they kick back in. Fashion-forward or plain eww? You decide. 

Lumberjack shirts: Ong Ai Leng
Lumberjack shirts: Ong Ai Leng
10 Mar 2016

Lumberjack shirts: Ong Ai Leng

Grunge went out in the Nineties, and re-emerged on the runways briefly last year. We’d never willingly pick up a distressed, men’s plaid shirt, even if Ong Ai Leng makes it look super comfy.

Instagram: @aaaaaileng

Wide-legged pants: Belinda Lee
Wide-legged pants: Belinda Lee
10 Mar 2016

Wide-legged pants: Belinda Lee

It’s all about the wide-legged trousers this year, but would we ditch our skinny jeans for these shapeless, unflattering silhouette? Nah. 

Instagram: @leebelinda

Granny glasses: Fann Wong
Granny glasses: Fann Wong
10 Mar 2016

Granny glasses: Fann Wong

Gone are the days when these Harry Potter-esque glasses were restricted to nerds and geeks. Man-Repeller founder Leandra Medine has legitimised them as a serious fashion statement (see Gucci for proof), that even Fann Wong has caught on to them. 

Instagram: @fannaiaiwong

Purposely ugly outfits: Fernanda Ly
Purposely ugly outfits: Fernanda Ly
10 Mar 2016

Purposely ugly outfits: Fernanda Ly

Pink-haired Aussie model du jour Fernanda Ly proves that supermodels can look unattractive, given the appropriate clothing choices.

 Instagram: @warukatta

Leather jeans: Hong Ling
Leather jeans: Hong Ling
10 Mar 2016

Leather jeans: Hong Ling

Skin-tight leather trousers can swing both ways – either rock-star cool or downright skanky. As Hong Ling shows, sometimes it’s all about wearing them with the right attitude. 

Instagram: @honglingg_

Overalls: Jayley Woo
Overalls: Jayley Woo
10 Mar 2016

Overalls: Jayley Woo

As Jayley Woo shows, overalls can be worn by people other than workmen, house painters and toddlers. The question is though – should they?

Instagram: @jiaqiwoo

Green hair: Jolin Tsai
Green hair: Jolin Tsai
10 Mar 2016

Green hair: Jolin Tsai

Technicolour green hair is a turn-off – most of the time. Unless you’re Jolin Tsai. The pairing of that red-hot pout and mermaid-like tresses somehow make her look edgy and seriously sexy.

Instagram: @jolin_cai

Leather shirts: Sharon Au
Leather shirts: Sharon Au
10 Mar 2016

Leather shirts: Sharon Au

It might be Hermes, but there's something about a black leather shirt that is just that bit "beng-ish. 

Instagram: @sharonau13

Chunky footwear: Sheila Sim
Chunky footwear: Sheila Sim
10 Mar 2016

Chunky footwear: Sheila Sim

Clunky and possibly life-threatening when worn on uneven ground, platform shoes are definitely a staple in the Man Repeller’s fashion lexicon. Although they still remind us of the Spice Girls and can make feet appear like Ronald McDonald’s, the ability to appear taller without killing your feet makes them pretty tempting.

Instagram: @sheila_sim

Pajamas: Ju Xiao Wen
Pajamas: Ju Xiao Wen
10 Mar 2016

Pajamas: Ju Xiao Wen

Maybe she's just fashion-forward, but the Chinese model has taken the innerwear-as-outerwear trend a tad too far by actually attempting to pass off her gold, silk PJs as an outfit - tasselled rope belt and all.

Instagram: @jujujuxiaowen

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