Tomboy Style

I'm excited to be joining in the #StyleMeMarch daily fashion challenge today with my take on "A Little Bit Tomboy."

Tomboy style is near and dear to my heart. I was a self-described tomboy for most of my youth. I would loudly profess my hatred of pink to anyone who would listen, and I mocked the prissy girls at my school who would cry when they got grass stains on the knees of their white jeans.

I still liked dressing up and having pretty clothes to wear, but in my day-to-day life, I was a tomboy. And I stayed that way for a long time. Through high school and college, I felt more comfortable in boyish, mod styles, or I would add a punk touch to my skirts and dresses by wearing Doc Martens. Weirdly, it wasn't until I grew my hair out long that I started to feel comfortable wearing "girly" clothes.

To me, tomboy style means simplicity and ease; classic shapes and patterns; nods to menswear; and an overall feeling of comfort and confidence.

I really wanted to wear khakis, loafers and a button-down today, but the weather, and my laundry situation, did not make that possible. So I went with flared cords, a striped top and a very well-worn pair of clogs. I struggled to make this outfit look office-appropriate; adding a wrap sweater felt like a good way to add a professional touch without making it too stuffy. If you want to join in the fun, you can read all about it here, or just search for #StyleMeMarch on Instagram. And if you want some inspiration for today's challenge, you can check out Lizzie Garrett Mettler's great blog, Tomboy Style, which combines classic and contemporary images that evoke "an inherent sense of confidence, rebelliousness, and adventure." (She also has a book.)

Gray wrap sweater: Ann Taylor, clothing swap
Gold bird necklace: Vintage, gift
Red striped peplum top: Vintage, Crimson and Clover
Navy cords: Jordache, gift
Maroon clogs: Dansko, thrifted
Total cost to me: About $28; almost all of that is the top! What can I say, I fell in love with it. 

Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway, featuring this pretty jewelry set. You can see all the details here, or just check out my social media links at the left for more info.


  1. I really like this outfit, especially the top. Tomboy and androgynous style have been foreign to me for most of my life, and it's interesting to start dabbling now.

    1. Thanks! I looooove this top, but it's just a bit shorter than most of my tops and I need to find (or engineer) more high-waisted things to wear with it. I know high waisted pants are in fashion now but I just can't get my head around that style ... maybe with time.


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