3 Members of Team Man Repeller Undergo “Rogue” Style Makeovers

In partnership with Maison Rogue

When I was a toddler, I had a beloved baby blanket that I carried everywhere — to the park, to playdates, to church, to the dinner table — and I derived a tangible sense of comfort and delight from knowing she was there. Although I don’t have an actual security blanket anymore, I credit my sense of style and the clothes I choose to wear with a very similar comfort-giving power. Few things put me more at ease than an outfit that makes me feel like my best self.

Because of that, perhaps somewhat ironically, few things give me more thrill than venturing outside of my aesthetic safety net. Pushing myself to occasionally chuck all my preconceived notions out the window and lean into something completely different is the yin to my comfy style rut’s yang. I always learn something about my style and about myself whenever I decide to “go rogue.”

That ethos lies at the heart of new-to-the-scene online concept store Maison Rogue, a women’s fashion destination founded by Loren O’Neill and Aphrodite Comodromos. They previously worked in a corporate environment together and often joked about “going rogue” and starting something new — something that would speak directly to women like themselves. Finally, this past January, they decided they wanted to do more than just joke about it, and Maison Rogue was born: a site dedicated to taking risks while still remaining completely yourself, not only aesthetically but also as a whole.

In celebration of this objective, three MR team members challenged themselves to channel “rogue” versions of themselves (with some friendly nudging from yours truly) using pieces from Maison Rogue’s offering. Keep scrolling to find out how it went, but before you do, here’s my last bit of fun news: Maison Rogue is offering Man Repeller readers 25% off all purchases with the code MRxMR from now until June 14th (expiring at 11:59 p.m. EDT)!

Crystal Anderson

Crystal is the Operations Manager at Man Repeller.

How would you describe your everyday style?

My everyday style errs on the side of comfy — tomboy with a decidedly feminine twist. I think I lean into that aesthetic because it’s quirky, fun and allows me to wear sweats and cool sneakers as often as I like.

What “rogue” version of your style did you decide to channel?

I chose to channel a much more traditionally “sexy” version of myself. I find that when I have to wear a dress or something of the “sexier” variety, I tend to stick with very muted tones, which is unusual considering I typically wear every color of the rainbow on any given day. I’ve never gotten dressed for anyone but myself, so even though I was branching out of my comfort zone, I still thought about me when I was contemplating what to wear from Maison Rogue. I ended up picking an MLM Label dress and Priscavera skirt because they were, without a shadow of a doubt, a departure from my usual getups. I purposely selected clothes with bright colors so I couldn’t hide behind muted tones. I also opted for really fun heels, because I typically downplay dresses with ratty sneakers.

How did it feel to push out of your comfort zone?

You know what? It felt really damn good, I have to say. I still felt very much like me. Maybe just me with an extra side of guac? I learned that I can lean into the more feminine side of myself while still holding true to being comfortable.

Do you think you’ll ever dress like this again?

For sure! It may not be my everyday go-to, but I can totally see myself in this outfit. Especially the shoes. Slightly obsessed.

Louisiana Gelpi

Louisiana is the Visual Assistant at Man Repeller.

How would you describe your everyday style?

PANTS/JEANS/SHORTS or anything else that allows me to bend down and pick things up comfortably! I’ve had a traditionally “boyish” sense of style ever since I can remember. As a kid I refused to wear dresses the second I could dress myself. For my confirmation at church, all the girls were supposed to wear dresses, but I didn’t want to wear one so badly that I made my mom ask the priest if I could wear white jeans. He said no, so I settled on a white denim skirt.

I had to wear a pinafore for 10 years of school, so wearing shorts or jeans on the weekend was something different, you know? Now I think I just stick to pants mostly because it’s easy to style them, and because working in photography usually involves moving around and picking stuff up a lot of the time, so it’s the most comfortable option and guarantees I won’t flash anyone by accident (oops).

What “rogue” version of your style did you decide to channel?

Something more traditionally “feminine.” Everyone always asks what I look like in dresses and heels since that’s something they don’t typically see.

How did it feel to push out of your comfort zone?

It felt really fun. I think it helped that I was only venturing into new sartorial territory for a finite amount of time (baby steps!). If I were to go about my normal day in a dress, I might feel a little more self-conscious. Also, when Harling suggested going one step further and pairing the dress with sandals, that was a bit of a curveball because I don’t normally wear sandals, either. The red blouse was my favorite part of the outfit, even though I would have typically paired it with jeans.

Overall, this experience made me realize how much of an impact clothes can have on how I feel. Even though style is technically something I can take on and off, it’s still an extension of my identity and that’s a very powerful thing.

Do you think you’ll ever dress like this again?

Maybe! I think for a very special occasion it would be fun to dress like this again.

Edith Young

Edith is Man Repeller’s photographer and photo editor.

How would you describe your everyday style?

At its best and most refined, my everyday style aspires to be that of an equestrian whose horse of choice is a piñata — basically the visual manifestation of my formative years at boarding school contending with many semesters spent at art school. I like the idea of offsetting graphic T-shirts in a gummy worm palette and unusual pant silhouettes with preppy details like delicate collars and classic loafers. From a realistic standpoint, I shoot every day and need my outfits to support that kind of lifestyle, which involves a fair amount of schlepping and the occasional acrobatics. I end up wearing sneakers 90 percent of the time and gravitate toward overalls for their functional appeal.

What “rogue” version of your style did you decide to channel?

Harling noticed that she had never seen me wear a pair of jeans, which was an apt observation, so we went rogue with head-to-toe denim. The look was entirely out of left field for me to wear and therefore extremely rogue. I’ve loved jeans, so I didn’t have high expectations for how the whole shebang would turn out. For the most part, the general idea of all denim reminded me of several instances where my male friends have shown me childhood photos of them wearing similar denim ensembles. I have never worn any kind of heeled footwear with a pair of jeans either, so that threw me for a loop, too.

How did it feel to push out of your comfort zone? Did you still feel like yourself? What did you learn in the process?

I was pleasantly surprised. There were several nuanced novelties to this outfit — I’ve never worn light-wash jeans or pants that expose a scantily-clad knee before, though both became more appealing after this experiment. The shoes, slinkier than the ones I usually wear, made me feel unusually dressed up, especially considering how casual I consider denim to be. I felt like a walking contradiction and would recommend it to anyone.

Do you think you’ll ever dress like this again?

I’m already browsing Maison Rogue for different ways and combinations to recreate this spectacle. My corduroy heart has been won over by light-wash jeans.

Maison Rogue is offering Man Repeller readers 25% off all purchases with the code MRxMR from now until June 14th (expiring at 11:59 p.m. EDT)!

Photographed by Tory Rust at AMAZE, a collaborative installation by Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large and Sahra Motalebi, presented by Visionaire at Cadillac House.

Harling Ross

Harling is a writer and was most recently the Brand Director at Man Repeller.

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