Lizzie Garrett Mettler is a lifestyle journalist and the founder and editor of Tomboy Style, a photo-driven daily blog dedicated to exploring and defining the tomboy. It serves as a digital inspiration board for the forthcoming book being published in the Spring of 2012 by Rizzoli.
I often put together “uniforms” on Tomboy Style, where I try to exactly match a photograph with items available for purchase. It was so fun (and easy!) to embark on the challenge solely within what’s available on Etsy. Here are three iconic tomboy photos from three different worlds: punk rocker Patti Smith, original Zephyr Skate Team member Peggy Oki, and a fly-fisherwoman hunting for trout on the Snake River. Enjoy!
In my book, Patti Smith is the apex of cool. She usually kept her style simple and classic, so I love this photo of her going off-script by incorporating a military-chic look. This hat is definitely a statement piece, but could easily be re-purposed as an objet d’art on a stack of books or used for a costume. I love buying old LPs, even if they’re scratched; they’re worth it for the album art alone — something we don’t see much of anymore.
Vans were literally part of the Z-Boy skate uniform. The “Authentics” are unchanged since their debut in 1966, and the Venice Beach boardwalk, thankfully, seems to be immune from change. All the freaks and crazy street performers, vendors and raggedy surfers and skaters are still there in full-force.
A red and black checked flannel shirt is an outdoor icon in itself. These boots can be worn fishing or commuting to work on a rainy day. (If they’re not available by the time this post goes up, you can bet they’re in my shopping cart!) This belt combines two of my favorite things: worn leather and pheasant feathers.
Who’s your favorite tomboy style icon?