We all know there is no ‘right way’ to dress as a woman. Women’s fashion is a constantly evolving animal (thankfully) that lets us girls play around, try out new things, express ourselves and be who we want to be. So if you’re one of those girls who isn’t into florals and ‘fit and flares’, or if you’re simply looking to switch things up this season, then this one’s for you!
Tomboy Chic is all about confidently rocking menswear-inspired pieces then adding in a few fabulous ‘girly’ touches to glam it up a bit. There really aren’t a ton of hard and fast rules, other than to wear something that makes you feel great but here a few tips to make it a little easier:
1. Pair something loose fitting (like an oversized sweater) with something more fitted (like skinnies) to avoid looking overly sloppy.
2. Add meaningful and minimalistic accessories, don’t just accessorize for the sake of accessorizing. Oversized watches, simple studs, structured shoulder bags and clutches are all good. Dangly earrings, headbands not as good.
3. Your iron is your friend.
4. Try not to look too ‘done up’. Effortless is the name of the game.
5. Dress to please yourself – you’re the only one who really matters. If you like it and you feel fierce in it, then wear it.
And remember, you don’t actually have to be a tomboy to dress like one.
Perfect For: An Evening Event
This impeccably tailored wool and cashmere coat might look like it's meant for him but it's all you baby. It's oversized yet still fitted and looks just as fab paired with trousers as it does with runners and denim.
Babaton Stedman Coat available at Aritiza $298*; Vero Moda Pleated Blouse available at Hudson's Bay $45*; Paper-Bag Waist Pants available at RW&CO. $89.90*; Anne Klein Shoulder Bag available at Hudson's Bay $180*; Gold Choker available at H&M $14.99*; Nine West Oxfords available at Town Shoes $140*.
Perfect For: Sourcing Out Event Supplies
A maxi cardi is the perfect errand-running overpiece on those days where you're running from a heated car to heated shops and don't necessarily want to be weighed down by a full-on coat. It's still cozy and warm but not so warm that you'll overheat.
Shaker Maxi Cardigan available at Gap, $128*; Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Boyfriend Shirt available at Hudson's Bay $79.50*; Frayed Hem Jeans available at Gap $79.99*; Fred Perry High Top Runners available at Town Shoes $130*; 2 Stone Ring available at H&M $6.99*; Ace of Something Oslo Flat Brim Fedora available at Privilege Clothing $98*.
Perfect For: Drinks with the Girls
Nothing says tomboy chic like pairing something super girly (like a silver dress) with an oversized sweater and combat boots. Plus, it's a great way to get a little extra mileage out of last summer's slip dresses.
Cropped Sweater available at H&M $49.99*; Lush Metallic Silver Dress available at Below the Belt $54*; Steve Madden Combat Boots available at Town Shoes $150*; Herschel Supply Co. Metallic Pouch available at Below the Belt $35*; PiperWest Rose Gold Watch available at Privilege Clothing $249*.
*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.