Week of requests: The key ingredients of tomboy style




“More tomboy please!” writes a commenter named Lisa, rather succinctly, and the pleasure is all mine: this is how I dress most days, and especially now that the whole world has gone casual. I’d say a striped tee is a perfect starting point, and this one from Kule is pretty ideal. Here’s another one I like that’s cheaper.

And here’s a good long-sleeved striped tee from Saint James that comes in several good colorways.

You can’t beat a classic white button down, and this one is nice and lightweight.

I’m a big fan of the popover: it’s just a touch more feminine than a button-down, when you’re in the mood for that.  I like this one too. Alex Mill in general really nails this look.

I really like their utility jumpsuit too, in this good slate-y gray.

A pair of jeans that isn’t too tight, but also isn’t so loose that it’s sloppy is a good way to go. I like this straight-legged pair from Madewell.

My favorite chinos are all from Nili Lotan (I especially like their Tel Aviv pant) but right now this excellent pair from Vince is marked down.

For some reason, I have convinced myself that hoodies are sexy, which may or may not be true. But they are the ultimate in easy tomboy style, and so good for layering. This cashmere specimen is a good weight for the weather we’re having right now in New York.

A navy blazer is just a little more gamine and French than a black one, and is also a super-easy way to incorporate at least a little color into your outfit.

And of course, a good chore jacket is a really simple way to channel tomboy style. I think the dusty rose hue of this one is kind of nicely unexpected.

As far as handbags go, the simpler the better. I like Clare V’s Sac Bretelle because it is perfectly unadorned and fits more than it looks like it will.

I like a flat mule for kicking around, and this one is currently marked down.

Of course, any good tomboy has at least one pair of well-worn sneakers, and I like these from Puma because of the nice big platform.

If you really want to do the look in a head-to-toe way—like, literally—you might want to consider a fisherman cap, which looks cute on pretty much everyone.

And finally: a delicate necklace adds just a touch of femininity. I lust for this antler pendant from James Colarusso.

Brand I like: AYR


This New York-based company (the name stands for All Year Round) was started by three friends in 2014, and has grown a loyal following for their clean, updated, highly wearable classics. I like how versatile their pieces are, and the fact that they offer many of them in extended sizes. I also like the fact that they bring back popular shapes season after season, with different fabrics and prints, like their popular Por Favor top.

This elegant robe coat is a great shade of camel. If you’re the type of person who can get away with belting a coat, this would be a great candidate for that.

I usually don’t like when shirts have a pajama-ish look, but this one is an exception, I think because the pajama-ish details are nicely subtle.

Just a really good striped button-down in Irish linen.

And this Breton-striped number is a pretty perfect spring sweater: lightweight and so sportif.

Another thing I usually don’t like: tees with high necklines. But this one just strikes me as really chic in a tomboyish way.

AYR offers a lot of denim, and this pair of jeans has exactly the look I’ve been searching for lately: straight-legged and not overly distressed.

This may just be the most feminine shirtdress I’ve ever seen. I like how it isn’t quite sleeveless too.

An oversized denim jacket that’d be perfect for layering.

And finally: I want want want this super-cool utility jumpsuit with its excellently frayed hem.


So much good camo out there right now


Like the clog and the moto jacket, camo didn’t start out as a classic, but it has kind of evolved into one (which is sort of how anything becomes a classic in the first place, right?) But there seems to be a surplus of it right about now, for some reason, and that pleases me. I especially like how it looks with a little hit of bright color, like the yellow piping on this Nili Lotan jacket, which sadly exceeds the GOACA price limit, but was too good not to include.

And speaking of yellow, this jacket is pretty much aces, and loud in the best possible way.

These joggers look deeply comfortable, and stylishly slouchy.

White + Warren’s cashmere travel wrap is oversized and super-cozy, and I really like the barely-there print.

A cute button-down with an appealingly faded-out print.

I am thinking of going for this well-priced dress—I could see kicking around in it on summer weekends.

A snappy little utility jacket with a slightly cropped fit.

I live in these sweatpants—I have them in the black—and am so tempted by this version.

This looks like a Barbour jacket—very classic—but the print makes it modern.

I love a good linen tee—they just drape more nicely—and this is a really good one.

Such an adorable sports bra, and I dig the hits of pink.

The rainbow stripes on these leggings are such a fun touch.

Slip-on sneakers that just look easy and cool.

This silk-satin cami would look fantastic peeking out from under a sweater or blazer; you can also go for the matching track pants.

Just a good, roomy sweatshirt.

More Nili Lotan: these French military pants would be really perfect for spring.

I like that this shirt jacket has a nice, body-skimming cut.

And why not some camo Chuck Taylors? Note the ring at the heel, which may not be for everybody, but which I like.

Camo chinos would look great with a white button-down and bright belt.


It’s just about the rainy season, and you could do worse than this compact umbrella.

I’d layer this crewneck tee under a utility jumpsuit.




Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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