Tomboy Style

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Bianca and Jade Jagger, 1970s.

While we all appreciate the glamour of sequins, feathers, resplendent colors and rich fabrics that we usually associate with vintage clothing, most of us spend our days in fatigues that are much more casual. On the flip side to the glam girl is the tomboy, the girl who takes a nod from the relaxed ease of menswear when dressing. The word “tomboy” first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1592 and originally had a bit of a derogatory connotation. Codes of feminine dress were much more rigid centuries ago and of course a woman dressing in a remotely masculine way was almost obscene. In our modern world, dress codes are of course far less rigid and a woman in a pair of slacks doesn’t hold the same disdain it once did. In reality, all of us have a little bit of tomboy in us (you can’t deny the ease of a pair of jeans and a casual blazer). Luckily for us, there are plenty of icons from decades past who sported a more tomboyish, relaxed style to be inspired by.

(L) Anjelica amd John Huston, Ireland, 1967. (R) Anjelica Huston In Vogue Italia by Herb Ritts, March 1991.


(L) Betty Catroux and Yves Saint Laurent, 1970s. (R) Jodie Foster in Paris Photo by Christian Simonpietri, 1977.


(L) Charlotte and Serge Gainsbourg, 1984. (R) Chloe Sevigny, 2003.


(L) Lauren Bacall, 1940s. (R) Debbie Harry, 1978.


Rita Hayworth, 1941.


(L) Marlene Dietrich, 1930s. (R) Sigourney Weaver, 1980s.


(L) Lauren Hutton, 1970s. (R) Patti Smith, 1980s.


(L) Madonna, Papa Don't Preach, 1986. (R) Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell in "Style Gangsters" by Peter Lindbergh, Vogue Italia, February 1991.


(L) Milla Jovovich in "La Modella Mafia" by Bob Richardson, Vogue Italia, November 1997. (R) Yves Saint Laurent, 1987.

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