Summer Reading: Tome Explores Tomboy Style
Why every girl is a little bit tomboy, explained in an elegantly dictated and illustrated tome.
May 02, 2012
In her new book, LA-based journalist Lizzie Garrett Mettler sets out to prove the term “stylish tomboy” is no oxymoron. Stemming from her popular blog, TomboyStyle, Mettler’s Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion is a beautifully captured visual history chronicling 80 years of women who walked the line of masculine and feminine. With its look back at style icons like Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, and Ali MacGraw, one can see the evolution of menswear-chic and the influence it has on today’s style.
As Mettler defines it, to be a tomboy is to “blend a rugged sensibility with classic, understated elegance.” This sentiment can translate into a variety of styles, which Mettler profiles with her seven tomboy archetypes—the jock, the prep, the rebel, the sophisticate, the naturalist, the adventuress, and the girl next door. Each category features a corresponding personality (Carolyn Bessette Kennedy exemplifies classic "sophisticate"); find out which one you are with this lovely summer read ($32.50). rizzoliusa.com
LAC celebrates the women of its May/June 2013 issue at Palihouse in West Hollywood.