As a nipper, I was never happier than when I was wearing my siblings hand-me-down jumpers and jeans, tearing around the neighbourhood on my bike, climbing trees, falling out of trees, scraping knees, then climbing trees again. I hated wearing dresses and never played with dolls.
I was a tomboy!
And although I do now love wearing dresses, there’s still a small part of me that’s a tomboy at heart.
Of course, as we grow up, we can naturally outgrow a style – our personal style and even life is never static – but I think it’s sad when women think a style of dressing isn’t for them anymore just because they hit a certain number. I’ve never let age stop me from wearing a style I like. You just might have to tweak it slightly.
So here’s an outfit I wore one day over the Christmas break which harks back to my younger, tomboy days. Definitely no more hand-me-down jumpers! Instead, for a grown-up tomboy look I wore:
a classic checked shirt.
a shearling gilet; a faux fur one would work equally well.
a beanie, which I prefer to baseball caps.
leopard print dm’s. You could wear converse high tops, vans etc… but I kinda like the feel the dm’s give. Plus it’s an easy way to bring in a little pattern mixing with the checked shirt!
A statement necklace. I love a bit of bling with a checked shirt – it’s a slice of unexpected glamour that seals the grown-up, tomboy look.
Doesn’t the colour of my jeans just tone beautifully with the table legs, in the glow of the afternoon sun???
Heavens, some unconscious styling to match my surroundings!!!
As I dressed that morning, it also led me to ponder another memory from my youth. Way back in the 60’s and 70’s (oh god, how old do I feel saying that), it was always matching handbags and shoes. If you had black shoes, it was definitely a black handbag. Brown shoes, brown handbag and it was a rare creature that strayed from that. You can see I’ve strayed far from that with my green bag!
I grew up thinking that black and brown shouldn’t really be worn together, which is silly really when you think about it. After all, in nature black and brown happily co-habitate together. Look at the big cat family. You don’t get leopards or cheetahs stalking the Savannah embarrassed to be seen in their black and brown fur, now do you?
So this is where the outfit started; my leopard print Doc Martens. You may have come across them in another recent post when I styled them with my denim skirt and plaid cape.
We were off to spend the morning exploring one of the biggest local markets. Comfortable footwear on cobblestones was the order of the day. From there I just decided to carry on the black and brown theme, adding my black shearling gilet (underneath my down jacket as an extra layer) and the beanie hat.
Back from our shopping spree, minus jacket, we have the black, brown and camel happily co-habitating together.
To have a counterpoint colour to the three neutral colours, I wore my navy checked shirt; otherwise the look could end up being a little bland for my personal colour tastebuds. And because there’s a thin camel line in the print of the shirt, it neatly tones in with the jeans.
The last time I wore this shirt on the blog was back in October in my Biker Boots & Bling post. Back then I highlighted the turquoise in the check, by wearing a turquoise tee under the open shirt and the Majestic Collar Necklace from Yosa.
This time, I swapped the Majestic for the Ditzy Mint necklace, which is still available. Unfortunately, these photos don’t do justice to the soft Minty green colour of the necklace. I originally bought it last Summer to go with a white embroidery anglaise top and navy embroidery skirt, as it looks so good with navy but sadly didn’t get round to photographing it for the blog. One for this coming Summer though!
Lee Checked Shirt (TKMaxx old)
Dorothy Perkins Petite Shearling Gilet A/W sold out now. Here’s a long length one in the sale from Great Plains Long Faux Sheepskin Gilet currently reduced from £110 to a bargain busting £33!
Dorothy Perkins Petite Camel Jeans
Accessorize Brown Beanie (old) Bobble Beanie Hat
Leopard Print Doc Martens (old via ebay) Here’s a pair in Charcoal Grey Leopard Print
or you could go for Leopard Print Flux Trainers currently in the sale.
Having been on my feet all morning, I took advantage to park myself on some steps in the garden, whilst Tall Brown Fox took a few more snaps.
And being the cheeky tomboy that I am at heart, I started to morph into ‘I’m-modeling-for-a-catalogue-mode’.
Catalogue shoot done, I excused myself; off to find a tree to climb. I could no longer resist the urge. I had to release the tomboy back into the wild again!
Plasters were on standby for grazed knees.
Do you have a style you liked as a kid or a teenager that you still like to wear as an adult?
I’d love to hear how you style it now, as opposed to then.
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