I’VE never been a girly girl, I don’t like pink and it’s a mystery to me why everyone keeps going on about mermaids: I love cars, beer and music. Of course I love fashion but I love style more and I think tomboy comes under the latter. Back in the day I used to work in a surf and skate shop which is where I began visual merchandising (my previous career), that was a big influence on my style. Hanging around with skaters and surfers tends to rub off on you. We used to skate round the store on longboards to pass the time and if I ever had to work weekends the store manager was required to bribe me with peanut M&Ms. Good times. Way before that I used to holiday in Newquay with my friends and spent ages in the surf shops – so it’s always been a draw.
The urban dictionary defines a tomboy as: A girl who dresses and sometimes behaves the way boys are expected to, often into more masculine things like “stronger” sports, computers, or cars. Stereotypically wears jeans, baseball caps, and denim vests/jackets. Often brought up with a lot of brothers or a child of a single father. I suppose that’s about right, I have previously tried to be more feminine in my appearance but it never quite looked right, I’d usually end up putting biker boots with a dress to make it more me and I suppose that’s how individual style evolves. That’s not to say us tomboys don’t know how to dress up when it’s absolutely necessary, it just tends to look a bit more androgynous.
As times goes on your visual representation tends to give way to life, for some that means too many baggy things and a general lack of interest in your appearance (big mistake) for others it actually means your true style comes through or comes back. You naturally grab whatever you feel comfortable in, your hair does whatever you have time for it to do and the same goes for make-up. The result for me is a tomboy rock chick type of thing. That’s where I started and that’s where I’ve ended up, I can’t say I’m happy with some of the visual nightmares I’ve worn in between but I’m happy with the end result. To conclude, whether I’m super casual in trainers or I’ve made a tad more of an effort and thrown a dress my style remains individual and comfortable.
Photographs by me.