Each person has a particular style.
Some love minimalist design and wear monochromatic everything.
Some women are disciples of bohemian fashion complete with wavy hair, colourful prints and excessive layers of arm bangles.
Some enjoy sexing up their fashion with a smear of red lipstick, fake lashes and figure-hugging outfits.
As for me? My style has undergone many transformations and I’ve tried every style there is. It may not be obvious today, but growing up I was a classic ‘tomboy.’
A daddy’s girl, I still have a soft spot for contact sports (I played football/soccer as a mid-fielder), prefer to discuss business and politics than gossip and to this very day, one of my favourite movies is ‘Stand By Me‘ (camping with my mates and telling stories, yes please!).
Whilst I’ve experimented with many different looks, my favourite is the one I’m currently in right now. I call this period ‘eco stylishness.’
Even tomboys love fashion
I wasn’t always a glam greenie.
Looking through photo evidence of my fashion history, my penchant for anything boyish is easy to identify.
First there’s the class photo in Prep wearing a typical school dress. What’s not so typical is while the other girls in the front row with me are showing off frilly socks and patent leather shoes, I’m wearing my Adidas velcro sneakers. Classic.
Later in typical 90s fashion and influenced by my rap idols Salt ‘n’ Pepa, TLC and 2Pac, I wore baggy pants, huge jumpers and I kept my hair length short in a concave style. Although I had boy crushes, I was too busy perfecting my wit, writing short stories and memorising rap lyrics.
Towards late high school inspired by Kelly Slater (I loved him) I started flicking through surf girl mags and purchased lots of Rip Curl and Quicksilver apparel. I remember trying to persuade my mum to let me own more than one bikini even though back then I rarely saw the beach. I failed.
Then in my early twenties – sick of the time wasted styling my hair and rebelling against the typical idea of ‘female beauty’ – I cropped all my hair and went androgynous. I started wearing lots of black, white and grey and my tops were all round neck or v-neck. My mum especially freaked out because I went really boy short – as in one step up from a shaved head. I thought I looked good (and still do).
Then I became an eco fashionista
Of course I love being a woman (most of the time) and while I don’t refer to myself as a tomboy (much), you can still see the boyish leanings in my personality (unapologetically confrontational at times) as well as in my outfit ensembles.
This recent style shoot is a perfect example. I’m wearing a 12 year old pair of Wranglers that I’ve had for so long they’ve turned into a cool pair of distressed jeans, Synergy Organic Clothing Valley Tank, Asics sneakers nearing a decade old and my favourite pair of Oroton sunglasses. Plus look at that I-despise-modelling face! No doubt I’m still a tomboy at heart…
I want to know how your style has evolved. Do you dress differently to how you used to and if so, is there a reason for this? Share your story by leaving a comment below.
Disclosure: Eco Warrior Princess is a brand ambassador for Synergy Organic Clothing and the top was gifted as part of this relationship. Eco Warrior Princess only support brands and businesses that meet our high ethical standards. For more information, click here.