• Tomboy Style

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    More often than not, I have found myself drawn to a woman's sense of style only to find out later that she was a tomboy in her youth. I like to think that it’s a testament to my affinity for menswear or the androgynous northeastern preppy aesthetic—maybe it's completely unrelated. I suspect it's not. There's actually a really good style blog on the subject: Tomboy Style. What Lizzie Garrett Mettler, its author, proposes is that a tomboy is more than just a girl raiding her father's musky closet...it's an attitude. While she has only been publishing her musings on tomboy style for two years, last Thursday she was signing copies of her new book on the very subject at the Rugby shop on University. It's a testament to her acumen on the matter, after all, it takes one to know one. Mettler (gladly) spent her youth in a blazer at Brooks School in North Andover, MA, became fast friends with a polished New Yorker by the name of Kingsley Woolworth, and played varsity field hockey.

    In Tomboy Style, Mettler's witty and inviting method of storytelling leave no tomboy archetype unturned: the rebel, the sophisticate, the jock, the prep, the adventuress, the girl next door, and the naturalist are all illustrated by a bevy of historic and current images of (mostly iconic) women. The black and white photograph of a young androgynous Tilda Swinton between two horses is worth the price of admission ($32.50) alone. But don't just thumb through the pictures. There's a moment where Mettler, in describing "the naturalist," captures the purest essence of what I really appreciate in a woman...

    “She is minimal, she is free, she is natural. Her skin is sun-kissed, her spirit is untamed, her beauty is as old as the Earth.”

    Jun 19, 2012 | Permalink (3) Total Comments

    Elizabeth left a comment on 7/16/2012 at 11:20 AM:

    I need this book. Thanks for the heads-up!

    delia left a comment on 7/16/2012 at 10:09 AM:

    Always have been and always will be a tomboy :) Way to go Mettler!

    AGW left a comment on 7/2/2012 at 10:50 PM:

    Love it! Growing up a tomboy, I continued sporting events until eventually make it to 2004 Olympic Trials. I dearly LOVE wearing my US nationals costs complete with patches from the year and “Champion”, if I had a good day!
    As a kid going through my grandfather’s closet, I found his red and white high school varsity sweater.  I’ve loved the look ever since.
    Yeah, I rock white Frye bucks, red pants, wayfarers and a monogrammed Brooks Brothers OCBD. And, for one, I think it’s just as cool and attractive as a girl in an ill fitting skirt and tank.
    Buying a copy of this book tonight!
    Thanks for another fab read, FEC!