Lately, I've been really inspired to get in touch with my own sense of style. Looking at fashion's top muses, and some women who inspire me, I've noticed that they all have something really similar in common: they all wear men's clothing. Now, I don't mean head-to-toe menswear (although, that happens to), but, I mean, pairing really feminine things, like a pencil skirt, with a big, boxy tuxedo shirt. I've been hearing a lot of interviews, where people are describing themselves as tomboys in girls clothing, and then it hit me, so am I.
For as long as I can remember, I've always been more interested in menswear, than clothes designed for women. Not saying I won't rock a dress, but, I've always rocked a dress, and put pants under it (way before Man Repeller did it), or paired it with a track jacket, or an oversized blazer, or something, that made it me.
I grew up in the 90s, when menswear on women was huge. You were either clad in babydoll dresses, or Clueless inspired pleated skirts, or you were wearing huge plaid shirts, big tshirts, baggy jeans; or you were like Gwen Stefani, and the girls from TLC, and you manage to pull of underwear as outerwear, with sports bras on top, and baggy jeans on the bottom— for me, that was the ultimate (but, I was a tad too young to pull it off at the time). The 90s, for all its fashion misses, was actually a great time to be a girl, you could experiment with any look, and it was okay. I've been on a big 90s kick lately, watching movies, and listening to music from that era, and remembering how easy it was to get dressed in those days.
So, that's where I am today, learning to mesh together the past, and present Me, the 90s kid, and the woman I've always wanted to be. Somewhere in between sexy, and tomboy is where I belong.
Top: Barney's NY Men's Tuxedo Shirt (Thrifted) // Skirt: Cotton On // Shoes: Forever 21 // Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target // Bracelets: Thrifted, Forever 21 // Necklaces: Etsy // Sunnies: RayBan Clubmaster // Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo
Photos & Editing: Tasha James