Snagging tomboy style is getting a whole lot easier
Women and trans men with sartorial taste that leans toward the masculine, know how much creativity it takes to dress in clothes that actually fit—from shopping in boys’ departments to hauling menswear items to the tailor. But with rising awareness of trans issues, not to mention the inherent problems with long-standing gendered style rules, that’s starting to change. Thanks to new binary-bucking brands, folks with a biologically female body can stop settling for ill-fitting suits, shoes, and even undies, and comfortably dress to their tomboy heart’s delight.
Tackling footwear is Tomboy Toes, which offers classic men’s shoe styles (oxford and derby, for example) in smaller sizes. Oh, and did we mention they’re vegan? Founder Lauren Craig (whose desired aesthetic is “secret service agent”) began the e-commerce line, she says, “to help people build wardrobes that make them feel confident, attractive, and like their true selves.” Wildfang is a one-stop shop for cool, contemporary shirts, suits, accessories, and more. The online store curates a collection of brands that caters to the modern tomboy and trans man (RVCA, Obey, and Redwing are among the more gender-flexible lines), and offers its own line of T-shirts and merch emblazoned with slogans like “Wild Feminist” and “Come As You Are.” Wildfang also collaborates with designers to create custom collections of fashion-forward suits and tailored button-downs that are “all about breaking rules that are meant to be broken, including the traditional rules of gendered fashion,” according to Creative Director Taralyn Thuot. Underneath it all, there’s TomboyX, which fills the masculine underwear gap. Co-founded by Naomi Gonzalez and CEO Fran Dunaway, the line—which also offers T-shirts, hats, and wallets—recently made a big leap into loungewear by introducing briefs, boxer briefs, and sports bras. “We may not be for everyone,” Dunaway says, “but we do want to be for anyone.”
By Ashley Tibbits
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