A recent piece in the The New York Observer on makeup-eschewing, sneaker-loving, pant-only wearing "urbane tomboys" - whose practical, anti-girlie wardrobe of well-tailored jeans and tees is borrowed from the boys - shows how deeply fashion and feminism are intertwined.
The dangers of labeling a "new" style of dress were evident in the heated debate in the Comments section, which ranged from frustration ("The idea that women who don't necessarily wear make up and heels all the time somehow need a label is indeed frustrating. It seems that men can exist on any point in the spectrum, whereas women are relegated to being either girly-girls or tomboys (urbane or otherwise). The fact that an article like this even exists really says a lot.") to relief ("There are lots of women, myself included, who would rather wear a hip long sleeve T and a cool pair of designer jeans out for drinks than a dress or some frilly top. I've tried, I can't...My guy friends have told me to wear skirts more, or show more skin, but I don't feel comfortable, and frankly, I do just fine with men the way I am. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone!").
Whether or not you agree with the premise of the article, there's simply no arguing with casually comfy chic. Here is where to get the goods:
- American Apparel sheer rib hoodie
- Ksubi worn gray skinnies
- stripey Topshop cardi
- Converse Jack Purcells in Mustard Seed
- John Varvatos aviators
- Y3 leather messenger
- Hanna Kim (hannakim/tumblr.com)
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