How to Do Tomboy-Chic Right

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There are many perks to dressing like a tomboy — it’s comfortable, easy, and totally OK if you look a little disheveled. For a woman, pulling off the boys’ looks is a breeze with a few tweaks on traditional shapes and wardrobe basics. The key to not looking like “just another one of the guys” is to throw in a hint of femininity, whether it’s via a statement-making accessory, a cutout here and there, or some softer fabrics. Find inspiration from these on-point street style examples below, and discover that the boy-meets-girl look is anything but boring.

Swap out sneakers for loafers

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If you’re trying to add a touch of class to any outfit, polished loafers are a good start. Blogger Aida of Dulceida wears her smoking slipper-style loafers with a puffy bomber jacket, frayed denim, and a plaid button-down tied around her waist. It’s the perfect mix of grunge and sleek.

Show a pop of skin

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If you’re more prone to menswear shapes, like boyfriend jeans and structured blazers, try adding a femme edge with a cropped tank. Pick the right cropped silhouette to allow for just the right amount of midriff to show so that those baggy jeans won’t be able to hide all your curves. Platform sneakers and a wide-brim hat are totally adorable additions to this look.

Put a feminine spin on button-downs

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A crisp button-down is the most classic menswear piece. That doesn’t mean the ladies can’t rock them with just as much confidence. Collared shirtdresses, bolo tie ribbon details, and patterned button-downs are a few ways women have taken over the office-ready top. Let the collar peek out from a knit sweater, like blogger Samira of Samieze did, or pair an oversized oxford with tailored trousers.

Leather jackets aren’t just for the boys

how to wear tomboy styleThe Fashion Cuisine

The most basic staple for both men and women? A tried-and-true leather jacket. For the tomboy in us, contrasting leather against softer fabrics like lace and silk is a quick way to make your look interesting. Or, if black leather is too edgy for you, try a moto jacket in a pastel hue, like blogger Natalie wears above.

Joggers are your friend

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Joggers are the best thing we can take away from the athleisure trend of late. The silhouette is similar to that of sweat pants, but the material can range anywhere from leather to wool. That makes them perfect for the workday or weekend. Blogger Lina of Love Between the Racks styles her cuffed pair with a pair of crisp white sneakers and a flowy blouse. Minimal yet oh-so-chic.


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When the rest of your outfit is keeping it simple, it’s the best time for you to go wild and accessorize! Blogger Lisa of Just Another wears polished oxfords, skinny black trousers, a draped blazer, and a backpack rife with fringe details. Not only is the accessory functional, but it’s an effortless addition to the tomboy-chic look.

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