How To Dress Like A Chic Tomboy

by Zara Barrie

I love fashion. I love style blogs. I love fashion magazines. I love it all. Cover my body in fashion, fashion, fashion all night long, baby.

But fellow girl creatures, I must confess: As of late, I've been really bored with the style mags and the style blogs. It just feels like another day, another statement necklace, you know?

Mini dresses, crop tops, high-waisted skirts, ankle boots, mirrored sunglasses, pastel-colored clutches galore! I feel like jaded Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" when she famously purred "Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking." 

Look, I'm not not knocking anyone's style. The beautiful thing about FASHION is that there is a f*cking awesome look out there for everyone. You want to wear fringe in the dead of winter? Do it, girl. You want to rock black on black in the summer? Do it, girl. Fashion gives you permission for you to do gorgeous you, and don't let any basic bitch tell you otherwise.

I'm all about the fabulous femmy fashion, however, I think "tomboy style" is sorely under-represented in the style blogosphere. Some chicks just aren't comfortable in a pastel, floral onesie, and that's totally OK. Some chicks prefer to rock a badass black blazer over a prim, peach, princess coat.

And if you happen to be one of those chicks, well then you, babe, you're my kind of chick.

A girl who dresses like a tomboy is a fierce force of nature. She's saying "screw you" to the dated rules of how a woman "should" dress, because she inherently understands there is no right way to be a woman.

A tomboy exudes a very confident, powerful energy so intoxicating that it's palpable. When a babe clad in leather and distressed denim struts into a room of frilly mini dresses and little diamond studs, everyone stops what the hell he or she is doing and collectively wonders: Who. Is. This. Girl?

Fashion is all about expressing yourself to the world. As Rachel Zoe said, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak."

A girl who chooses to embrace tomboy style is saying she doesn't care if you think she's "cute." She's saying she doesn't care if you find her "intimidating." She's saying she doesn't care if you think she's not "feminine" enough (although if your definition of femininity is that narrow, I'm sad for you, buddy).

She's simply going as herself. There is nothing in the world sexier than going as yourself.

"Oh, don't do that whole tomboy thing. Go for something more chic," I overheard a mother tell her daughter in Bloomingdale's last Sunday.

Ha. As if the two are mutually exclusive?

Tomboy style isn't about sporting beat-up board shorts and fan-girl jerseys. In fact, tomboy style is some of the chicest sh*t the fashion world has ever borne witness to.

You just have to know how to do it, that's all. And this, sweet kittens, is where I come in.

Chic tomboy at work


Nothing is more more powerful than a woman adorned in a black blazer.

However, you're young and gorgeous, so you can afford to make it a bit more casual. Throw on a loose-fitted button-down and your favorite skinnies. Finish off the look with a man's watch (No one f*cks with a girl in a man's watch.) and some flat boots (because after all, you're there to WORK, not to strut).

Chic it up with a muted red lip. It's not an overtly girly color like bright red, but it still exudes the power of red. And we always want to exude power in the work place.

Chic tomboy on a sexy Friday date

OK, girl, so the dismal workweek has finally come to a screeching halt? What way to add some thrills and chills to your life than to spend the night out with a sexy date? Chances are, it's been a stale week, and you're ready for some fiery romance.

So how does the chic tomboy make herself as hot as the fiery pits of hell on a date? Stretchy leather pants and a sheer T-shirt, of course. Note: the T-shirt doesn't have to be Chanel, but I adore the juxtaposition of a casual tee with an unapologetic designer emblem. You can get these shirts as cheap knockoffs online -- but, shhhh, you didn't hear that from me.

2016 is the year of sheer, so be bold about it, and pair it with a strappy black Calvin Klein sports bra that will peer through. Avoid lacy Victoria's Secret-type bras because they will take away from your tomboy edge.

Oh, and get a pair of those sexy Calvin Klein briefs to match your bra. Because everyone (boys, girls -- tomboy looks attract all genders) will want to get between you and your Calvins when you're wearing that outfit, girl.

Chic tomboy on a chic Saturday night

All right, all right. So you killed it on date night. Maybe you got laid? Maybe you didn't. Doesn't matter because TODAY is Saturday, and Saturday is the night to have a chic night on the town with your partners in crime.

It's the casual weekend, yet you might be going somewhere a little on the ~swank~ side. Plus Saturday, after all, is the night to be seen by the masses. Don't waste a Saturday in basic bitch garble.

This look is all about mixing your unapologetically distressed boyfriend jeans with unexpectedly chic heels and a classic button-down (untucked, of course). Top it off with your faithful leather jacket and a fire engine red clutch to match your fire engine red soul.

If you can't walk in the pumps, go for a flat-buckled boot. You can never go wrong in a flat-buckled boot.

Chic tomboy on Sunday funday

It's the last day of the weekend, so let's get as awesomely casual and as deliriously FUN as humanly possible. Because come Monday, it's back to the blazer, honey.

Wear your lightest jeans because the lighter the color, the more casual the aesthetic. However, darken it up (because you know us tomboy entities are magnetically drawn to the dark side) with a black shirt and a loose flannel recklessly thrown over the top. It's very "throw-away chic."

Jazz it up by adding a pop of hot pink color to your lips and a metallic backpack. Adorn your feet in platform sneakers (a tomboy chic staple), a fedora to cover your mass of unwashed hair -- and, of course, tinted blue aviators to hide your sore, hungover eyes.

So ladies, there it is. Tomboy chic at its finest. If you can get some inspo from this, amazing. If you can't, that's OK, too. After all the coolest thing about you, tomboy girl, is your relentless defiance.