|Paul Smith autumn/winter 2012. Photo: Marie Claire|
Let's talk about layering up, tomboy style. Or how I like to dress in winter. Paul Smith is a master of the menswear/womenswear alliance, I would sell my pension plan (if I had one) for this neat tuxedo jacket and tobacco-coloured pants. Previous posts on mannish dressing have elicited a couple of pertinent comments: namely, how to wear the look if you're not six-foot-tall and model-sized (see Paul Smith jacket above) and how to do masculine dressing without looking too pared-down and, er, masculine.
Here are my thoughts on the matter:
1. Sounds a bit obvious, but that's never bothered me before: a pair of simple heels and a Michelle Obama-inspired contrasting leather belt are the easy way to add a more feminine slant to Tomboy Style clothing. The picture below is from Pure Collection - check out their site for simple basics at reasonable prices.
2. One of my favourite Advanced Style ladies Alice Carey does masculine dressing brilliantly. Her vibrant hair and sparkling accessories always looks fabulous against a backdrop of traditional tweeds and tailoring.
Ms Carey also knows what suits her body shape. No boyfriend blazers or wide leg trousers to swamp her petite frame. She sticks to shorter jackets and erm, plus fours. Not everyone's cup of tea, but it's Carey's signature style and she's sticking with it.
3. Make like Farida Khelfa and opt for a slick of scarlet lipstick and a feminine blouse.
4. I was hovering around the Haider Ackerman rail at Liberty the other day admiring the wonderful fabrics and exquisite cuts, oh alright...and daydreaming a bit about Tilda Swinton, when it dawned on me that classic menswear shapes in vibrant colours are an excellent way to get the androgynous vibe without looking like a transvestite.
Do you have any Tomboy Style tips you'd like to share?