Except for a short stint in wearing my brother’s hand-me-downs (which ended after I was mistaken for a boy multiple times in the fifth grade), I’ve always tended too prefer a more feminine aesthetic. While I do like a juxtaposition between masculine and feminine, I typically like to have more elements of the latter in my dressing. Lately, I’ve been drawn toward the ease of more straight cuts and traditionally “tomboy” pieces, but I haven’t wanted to abandon the core of my style. Here’s how I’ve balanced out tomboy dressing with my own aesthetic:
- Femme accessorizing | A red lip, styled hair, pearl earrings – these have all been go-to’s for me for years, no matter what I’m wearing. When paired with more androgynous pieces, they add an element of femininity and, for me, familiarity.
- Go sleek | I’d been looking for a pair of all white sneakers for a while, but to no avail. I didn’t like the clunky shapes and hard lines of many options that I saw on the market, feeling like they would make me look stocky and square. I came across these Frye sneakers recently and am so happy with them: the sleeker, and rounded lines make them more soft and subtle, and the low profile make them flattering and leg lengthening. I also love the leather quality.
- Stay polished | While I have admiration for the cool girls who can wear multiple deconstructed pieces and look perfectly put together doing it, I’ve realized that’s not for me (at least right now). In this look, my jeans have a frayed hem, but that’s about the only piece I’m wearing that has a little more edge to it. Everything else can be considered a bit more polished.
Hope you have a great first day of spring! I’ll be unplugging from social media for a few days – see you soon.
Photos by Brian Chan