Monday, October 27, 2014

10 Tomboy Clothing Companies You Didn't Know Existed

"Unfeminine clothing is hard to find, I'm here to help." That's been my motto since I began this blog. I wanted to put together a list of some of the coolest places to find masculine styles for women's bodies. Feel free to comment any brands you want added to the list! I ranked each brand with an average price out of 5 dollar signs to help those with restricted budgets. The more dollar signs you see, the higher average price of the items that particular company sells. Please comment any of your favorite brands I missed!

Butch Basix- Based out of Emeryville, California, Butch Basix is queer owned and operated. They offer all types of extra style and every day items you didn't know you needed. Some products offered include: ties, rings, bottle openers, skin care products, and pet accessories. My favorite thing is that they sell matching bow ties for you and your dog.
Price: $$

CharlieBoy- This Australia based company is redefining the way people see gender in clothing. The clothes designed by CharlieBoy are made in limited quantity making each product very unique. Their website quotes "CharlieBoy is about freedom to express yourself through the way you dress and leave behind the rule-bound world of gender codes." They offer mostly shirts, both short and long-sleeved.
Price: $$$$

Hautebutch- A company founded by a butch woman that focuses on serving the butch community. Hautebutch provides cutting-edge androgynous looks and sizzling style that empower women that prefer a fitted, menswear inspired look. They currently have a kick-starter campaign to design their next line of fashion. Of all the queer fashion companies out in the market today, HauteButch offers the largest variety of products. 
Price: $$

The Rebel Jacket- Navy

Kipper Clothiers- Based out of San Francisco, Kipper Clothiers is committed to the production of high-quality, well-fitting custom suits and shirts with a masculine silhouette. They mostly serve the Bay area, but offer some products and accessories online. They go through an extensive process to make sure you get the suit that best suits your body type and personal preferences. 
Price: $$$$

njulezz- This company, based in Germany, specializes in making clothes fit for queer women. All of their garments are hand finished to ensure a perfect fit.  Self-described as "fashion without strings," you are bound to love the clothes njulezz offers. They now have world-wide shipping and a great selection of tops, bottoms, and accessories. 

Original Tomboy- Original Tomboy is the vision and creation of designer Alicia Hardesty (Project Runway season 10), who draws on her Kentucky roots to design unisex clothing. The selection is limited within a few collections, but the items are very unique. The style of clothing Alicia designs reminds me of modern day hippies crossed with a southern twang that is very gender neutral. 
Price: $$$


Scout's Honor- Described as "clothing for the modern tomboy," this San Fransico company aims to help individuals express themselves through the clothing they wear. The online selection is currently limited to a few shirts and a tomboy scarf, but more items are expected soon. The shirts are made for a womanly figure without darts in the chest to make a flatter look. 
Price: $$$

TomboyX- TomboyX is a lifestyle brand that creates, curates and cultivates clothing and accessories for the tomboy with a mature, classic style. The company was founded after a friend of the owner had trouble finding a dress shirt to wear to a wedding. Their mission is to tap into the generally ignored market of tomboy and queer women shoppers who are looking for classy clothes. TomboyX offers a wide variety of shirts, sweaters, accessories, and more! They even offer plus sizes in a wide variety of products. 
Price: $$$

VEER NYC- By androgynous women for androgynous women, VEER NYC is an online retailer that curates gender-neutral clothing collections. Their clothes tend to have a more urban design to them. The style is more chic than some other androgynous clothing retailers mentioned in this post.
Price: $$$$


Did I miss one of your favorite brands? Comment them below or tweet me @askatomboy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Four Fall Fashions

The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping. It can only mean one thing, fall is here! It is my favorite season of the year for activities and fashion. There are so many cute style options for this time of year and I am here to point out my favorites. 

4. The Friday Night Party Goer 
When I think of an outfit to wear hitting the bars or a friend's house party, I think preppy. Not your typical frat bro preppy, but a clean slick look. My personal favorite is wearing a pair of dark washed jeans and a nice button down shirt. I often find that men's dress shirts fit my chest weird and make the shirt bunch up in an unflattering way. There is a queer clothing site called Androgyny that makes the perfect casual dress shirts. They are described as a revolutionary brand designing clothing for androgynous women and trans* identified individuals, who have fit and style preferences that are rarely met by mainstream brands.
Brilliant Lavender Oxford Button-down 

The key to their signature shirt is that it has (1) a “boob” button to minimize gaping, (2) no darts, (3) a full cut to accommodate, but not accentuate, curves.

Limited Edition: Anchors Away

3. The Night-In With Friends
On those nights you just want to curl up and binge watch an entire series on Netflix, you want to be comfortable. Comfortability doesn't have to mean throwing all fashion knowledge out the window. I love shopping at PacSun for more casual fashions. My new favorite trend is a type of sweat pant called a jogger. Joggers typically have a large elastic band around the ankle and sag a bit in the waist area.  What is a pair of comfy sweats without a crew neck?! The crew-neck or as I like to call it, the noodie (no hood hoodie) has made a comeback, and I couldn't be more thrilled. I love the older vintage looking sports team ones, but any will do. Make sure you add your favorite beanie to complete this night-in look!

Been Trill Joggers: $59.95
Riot Society: $44.95

2. The Saturday Morning Coffee Run 
In the past couple of decades, there has been a style movement called "grunge" that has faded in and out. I am not referring to wearing an old trash bag or the nastiest worn jeans you own. I am talking about the style that came out of the change in rock music movement. The grunge style often consists of many unconnected layers of typically cheap clothing such as thrifted items. It's kind of like throwing on your old favorite pair of jeans and tee shirt, but then adding a vest, flannel and old boots. Grunge lets you be unique, without forcing you to buy an entire new outfit. I typically wear an old pair of black jeans with an vintage shirt. I, then tie a flannel around my waist and throw on a bulky pair of boots. This article gives you step by step instructions on how to dress grunge.

Both of these photos are from Outfit Trends

1. The Fall Into Flannel
When I think fall, I think flannel. Flannel can be worn to class, work, parties, tailgates, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, lunch with friends, and everywhere else. They can be worn buttoned up, around the waist, unbuttoned, and under a sweater. Wow! There are just so many choices when it comes to flannels. I would mention a specific retailer that sells them, but honestly you can purchase them just about anywhere. One will never be enough, so stock up on as many as you can!
Photo by Albania
What is your favorite fall style? Comment below and share this post! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Coming Out

In honor of National Coming Out Day, I would like to share with you my coming out story.

Growing up, I was different from most girls. I spent my days rolling around in the dirt with my brothers. I would much rather have had little boys' pants, and asked for skateboards and toy guns for my birthdays. I had friends who were girls, but never really could connect with them in similar interests. I found myself being the target of slumber party makeovers. As I grew older, I felt as if I needed to conform to those girls to fit in.

I grew up in a very small town in Minnesota. The population was 175 and there were 3 churches surrounding my house. My family actively attended a small Reformed Church with fewer than 100 members. Religion was the foundation of our family and the community I grew up in. Unfortunately, this religion wasn't the open-minded kind. I found myself being preached at about the sins of this world, including homosexuality. I can remember my mother saying that she would be heart-broken and sickened if any of us kids were gay.

Fast-forward to puberty. I started questioning my relationship with a really close best friend of mine. I felt like I liked her as more than a friend and I knew it was wrong. I tried praying every night that it would go away and I could just be happy. All I wanted was to be happy and to make my family happy. I was at war with myself, I wanted to be normal. I remember laying in bed crying and asking God to take away the feelings.

Then, I realized I wasn't going to change. This was who I was and the key to happiness was to embrace this version of myself. I came out to one of my closest friends when I was 13. It felt like an absolute relief. I knew that I had to keep this a secret from my family though. I came out to maybe another 4 or 5 people in the next couple years after that. There was a out lesbian girl in my grade in high school and she was always harassed and bullied. Out of fear, I stayed in the closet until after graduation.

The summer after graduation was liberating for me. I knew that I was going to college in a different state in a matter of months. I decided to come out to my close group of friends one summer night. They reacted much better than I thought and that gave me the confidence to tell some of my other classmates. I was still was too scared to tell any family though. The weeks leading up to college were a battle within myself, I wanted to tell them, but I didn't want to lose their financial and emotional support during this huge transition.

When I got to college, I joined the GSA group on campus and started hearing all these powerful coming out stories. I met people who were in my exact same situation. This led to my coming out to my mom and dad on Thanksgiving evening. They were not surprised or disappointed and were actually thankful that I finally told them. Last year around this time was when I finally had to courage to tell the world a secret that I had been carrying around for nearly 10 years. I received nothing but support from everyone. There were a few church members who expressed concerns, but overall I felt welcomed. I felt like myself.

I want to tell you that you are not alone. There are tons of people who have been in your situation and overcame the obstacles to get to where they are now. I have never been happier in my entire life. I finally feel like I am myself and I have nothing to hide. Since coming out, my style has started to change as I became more comfortable with myself. I am not afraid to be myself. I love who I am and that is never going to change.

Lady Gaga once said "Be yourself, love who you are, because baby, you were born this way!"

Thursday, October 2, 2014

5 Accessories Every Tomboy Needs

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but accessories are a tomboy's best friend. They are an excellent way to jazz up any outfit and often boost your confidence. This is a list of the five must-have add-ons to any outfit.

5. Watches- Not only are these things handy for time-telling, they can also add that extra flare to your style. Watches for the sake of fashion are making a comeback, and lots of cute styles are coming out. Not everyone can afford a Fossil watch, so keep you eyes out for sale and clearance accessories at your favorite stores.

This super cute men's watch is from rue21 and is only $14.99!

4. Bow Ties- Today, I bought my very first bow tie and it was so exhilarating. I can't wait for my first opportunity to show it off! These little wonders can turn any casual outfit into something much more classy. Add a solid colored bow tie to a patterned shirt or vice versa and you're ready for a Saturday night out on the town.  

Photo by Quincy

3. Boxers- So these might not be the accessory that everyone sees, but they can give you the confidence boost you need and make you feel sexy! I personally like boxer-briefs because they fit better with the kind of pants I usually wear. I recently came across a British based web store called Focx that sells boxers made by women, for women. They have world-wide shipping and reasonable prices. Plus their models are very easy on the eyes! If you want cheaper boxers, mall stores like Aeropostale usually run awesome deals on their men's boxers every so often.  I have also found that compression shorts found at stores like Target feel amazing and work well with athletic shorts and tighter pants! 

Focx Underwear

2. Snapbacks- I know some people may feel as if this feeds into some queer stereotype, but I believe snapbacks are such an essential add-on. For those of you that aren't familiar with the term snapback, it's slang for an adjustable flat brim baseball hat.These hats are great for a summer barbecue or a fall college football tailgate. You can find snapbacks at almost any mall store and most department stores. One of my favorite places to shop for new hats is the skate shop store Tilly's. They carry a wide selection of brands and styles. 

Photo by Christie

1. Shoes- Let's be honest, shoes are the greatest accessory to any outfit. With thousands of styles, there is always a pair that fits perfectly with every outfit. Shoes don't have to break your bank either, look for BOGO sales at local department stores. One of my favorite brands for casual footwear is Vans. I find that their shoes hold up to the daily wear and tear that most shoes can't. 

A rainbow of classic vans

Unfeminine styles are hard to find, I'm here to help. 

Comment with your favorite brands of accessories!