It’s not something most girls think about, but almost anyone is able to pull off the tomboy look if you really want to. It’s a great alternative to the overly feminine approach to fashion and blatantly steals from the male styles to make it available for women to dress a little more neutral. It’s generally seen as the ‘in’ fashion of the day, as the hip hop dance routines in modern pop culture seems to be the foremost style celebrity singers are choosing to wear. It’s also great to show another shade of your personality, and proove that you’re brave enough to venture into another kind of fashion category. On the sly, it’s quite frankly, a great excuse to dress casually and not make a lot of effort, but still, project a knowledge of what’s the coolest and trendiest items on the market to wear. Of course, this style does have masculine elements to it, but that’s the whole point because it’s like a direct rejection of the dainty dress and high heels for something a little more sporty.
The tomboy culture really shot to fame when it was part and parcel of the rave culture, especially in the 90s. No longer did some women want to be seen in floral prints and thin stem high heels, with lots of makeup on. It soon found itself a home in music as artists like Fergie and Gwen Stefani adopted the image for themselves. The camo jacket becomes a staple in the movement, and still to this day, looks fantastic in an urban setting. You can also wear a camouflage cap with your pony tail, slipping out the end of the cap. Equally, you can wear a denim jacket, with patterns of white ink sprayed all over the front and back. You can also have the style of the jacket, ripped, torn and or shredded. These jackets have a subtle but evident, attitude to them and can shrug off the feminine elements without going too far.
Part of being a tomboy is to make a statement that you’re not trying to look pretty, and you don’t fuss over your figure and the shape of your limbs. Straight jeans with a two tone go well with this style because unlike skinny jeans, they’re not meant to hug your hips and thighs. They’re made to be functional so that you can run in them too. Especially if you have a composite material that’s synthetic but might also have a bit of cotton in it so that it can stretch. The colour of this item could be grey, black, or a blue. However, you could also opt for a beige or khaki green if you want to venture out of the norm and try a little updating to the look. Straight jeans won’t be snug around the ankle area either so that you can wear boots or sneakers with them.
Like every style, the tomboy look has evolved, and some might say, has become a part of the streetwear style. Made popular by students and urban music artists, streetwear incorporates a mix of clothes like hoodies, bomber jackets, ripped jeans, together with sportswear like sweatshirts, running bottoms and sneakers. However, just like the camo jacket, you could also wear desert boots that punch out a little more, with their heavy-stock designs. They have a masculine look because the section of the achilles heel is taller than most women’s shoes. You could also visit website to explore flat sneakers like Vans and Converse styles. You could also explore the urban Nike range that possesses elements of the running shoe but have been designed to wear as part of your daily outfit.
Graphic design t-shirts
Here’s where you can make the ultimate statement as a tomboy; the graphic on your t-shirt. You could go for the classic white t-shirt with the splattered of black paint with bands like KISS, The Who or The Rolling Stones. But, the truth is, you can have whatever design you want, so feel free to print something off that fits your personality and style, and have it custom made at a t-shirt printing business. The question is, can any colour work? Perhaps not. Oranges, yellows and greens, don’t really fit the neutral style of what the tomboy look is about. Blues, greys, whites, black, and duller colours work better as they have more of a masculine quality to them.
If you don’t want to dress in the same old fashion of the dainty feminine chick, the tomboy is a great swap so you can take on the urban look, but still be grounded in the history of the culture. You’re also backed up by many pop stars who regularly take up this style in music videos, so take the leap and explore the style a bit more.
I’m excited about tights weather, aren’t you? As we come to the colder months I get to start digging out my tights collection while those of you in the northern hemisphere are buying new spring clothing… I think I might have the better end there!
I was a little sad this morning though, so many of last year’s tights have holes in them, or just aren’t in great condition… I put it to twitter whether it would be a good idea to ask for paypal donations for my tights fund (I’m still open to it, though it may attract a new kind of reader if I promise to post pics of them in action in return) but it didn’t seem popular. Seems I might have to just budget to have a little set aside for tights (unless Myer or Westfield wants to have a tights blog ambassador for Winter 2011? :p)
So, suggestions of course are welcome, both for ways to save money (such as cutting back on takeaway coffees) or to get Levante to make me their blog-girl ;)
*adds a few pairs to her Amazon Wishlist for good measure*