- Published:20th February 2017
I like being a woman, even in a man's world. After all, men can't wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.
Something that really interests me about clothing is how it can make you feel and what message you convey by what you wear- even if fashion is of no interest to you there is still a reason why you choose to wear something, it is still a statement. At Alice’s Pig we are on the surface a feminine and pretty vintage style fashion brand but as a designer here I definitely feel that we possess the powerful and sparky spirit which if I understand correctly is what Tom boy’s are described as.
Dressing up is a bore. At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex, and at a certain age, I did that. But I'm past that age.
The term ‘Tomboy’ was un-surprisingly originally used to describe boisterous and badly behaved little boys. However, by the 1590’s it was used like how we know the term today, a rather loud wild and active little girl dressed in trousers and enjoying typically male activities.
Tomboy-ism is an interesting concept now due to the progression and acceptance people are trying to move closer to. Will Tomboys soon be a thing of the past? A dated word which is insignificant because Tomboys won’t exist, they will just be normal girls wearing clothes they like and acting how they feel? Or do we need the label? Does this stereotype give girls an empowerment and useful label that they can relate and identify with to understand themselves and explain themselves better?
According to Vogue, Tomboy style was THE model look for 2015 (yes that was two years ago but is still pretty on trend) … I suppose with ‘gender fluidity’ becoming a well-known phrase and fashion always having to stay on top of the latest buzz word Tomboy-ism has been accepted as cool.
While on the one hand that is great, girls can dress how they want, just because they are a woman doesn’t mean they can’t wear a buttoned-up shirt with baggy jeans and van’s but I can’t help but wonder if it trivialises some of the women who identify on a deeper level as a Tomboy and to them it isn’t just another fashion statement fad.
I think the main message from this is to just to be yourself (cheesy I know), wear what you like not what other people like. These are the people that stop you in your tracks and have that true effortless style and not a prescribed outfit found in a magazine spread!
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