Photo of Ava Gardner in Hollywood by Allan Grant, 1948.
French beret ($8); Persol optical frames ($176); silk Sophie blouse ($88); Dizzy Gillespie And His Big Band (Live) ($14 for CD).
Photo of Susan Blundell about to go riding around her family farm in Kenya by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1953.
Photo of Lilly and Peter Pulitzer in 1963 scanned from Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining.
"As her schoolmates were making their debuts, Lilly was riding a donkey through the hills of Kentucky, working for the Frontier Nurses Service." —Jay Mulvaney
Photo of Op Artist Bridget Riley in the mid 1960s by John Goldblatt.
"Riley had great freedom as a child and spent a lot of her time playing on the cliffs and beaches near Padstow where she lived. She spent hours watching the changing light, colour and cloud formations and stored away what she saw in memory. She has later said that these early memories have had a big impact on her visual awareness throughout her life." —Op-Art.co.uk
Photo of Beverly Johnson, the first woman to climb the face of Yosemite's 3,000-foot El Capitan, by Sibylle Hetchel, 1978 via Rock Rip Roll.
"Rocks make no compromise one's sex. Rock climbing is not like some sports, where it is made easier for women; or sports like, say, softball, which is only baseball for soft people. On a rock, everything is equal." -Beverly Johnson
Photo of Wendy Mullin by Melissa Hom.
I have to start out by saying that Wendy Mullin is a bad ass. She freelance designed for Kim Gordon’s X-Girl collection, which was quite possibly the moment in 1990s tomboy fashion. In 1995 she began wholesaling her own collections after starting out selling handmade guitar straps and clothing in the back of record stores in Chicago (how hardcore is that!?). As if that wasn't enough, she was a founding designer in the Steven Alan showroom. For well over a decade now, she has been turning out season after season of Built by Wendy collections, each one topping the next. Her line has retained a serious cult following—and might I add—only the coolest of celebrity clients.
Images from Built By Wendy's Spring 2011 look book.
If not in New York, I would live in...the Côte d'Azur.
My dream holiday would be to...go on a safari.
My current obsessions are...Phyllis Galembo photographs, eating the chicken parm roll at Torrisi, listening to Toots and the Maytals, wearing vintage Le Coq Sportif and shopping at Aero.
I channel my childhood self when I...eat grilled cheese and tomato soup.
The fictional character I most relate to is...Pippi Longstocking.
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...go sailing.
My favorite quality in a man is...humor.
My favorite quality in a woman is...straightforwardness.
My cocktail of choice is...a Dark and Stormy.
My guilty pleasure is...watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (so trashy sorry!).
My friends and I like to...play poker.
If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...the 1770s, I'm really into American History right now.
As a teenager I was totally into...hardcore music.
I tend to splurge on...house rentals and vintage japanese indigo textiles.
I like what I like no matter if it's high brow or low brow...and that is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
Film stills of Maria Schneider and Jack Nicholson in The Passenger (1975) via screenshot.
Maria Scheider, who sadly passed away in February, was such an effortless beauty; although I assume she probably had makeup on for this movie, it doesn't show—and that Hawaiian shirt—well I've got nothing but praise for that. —LGM
Photos of Gabrielle Hamilton, chef at Prune, via Eater NY and by Melissa Hamilton.
"I was flat-chested in my t-shirt, in boys shoes, such a tomboy that I was always given the key to the men's room when I asked at gas stations or restaurants to use the bathroom, and not quite nine years old." —Gabrielle Hamilton in an excerpt from her book Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Thank you Heather.
Photo of model Alexia Rasmussen by Baron Wells.
I first posted from the series last August, but had to revisit it as every photo in the mix is so perfect that selecting out a single image is an incredibly taxing exercise in restraint. This shot is a reminder that even as it pours in Los Angeles, Spring has arrived. —LGM
Photos by Emiliano Granado, found via That Kind of Woman.
"Wear them into to work or out for drinks, rain or shine you'll be stepping off your bicycle looking good and feeling better. Made locally in New York City. Not only does our 4Season fabric shed rain and dirt, dry fast and resist wear and tear, but it also meets the strict bluesign environmental standards." —Outlier
Outlier for Women's Daily Riding Pant ($180).
Photo of model Karolina Kurkova wearing the Barbour International jacket, created originally for the 1936 International Six Day Trials (motorcycling) and worn by Steve McQueen, by REX via The Telegraph.
"When John Barbour founded the company in South Shields in 1894, selling oilskin coats to local dockworkers along with boiler suits and underwear, there wasn't a grouse moor or a Hooray Henry in sight. It was only in 70s that Barbour began to focus on countrywear. The "classics" that the rural crowd like to think are proper Barbours (Bedale, Border and Beaufort) were launched in the early 80s and made fashionable by the Queen and Diana, Princess of Wales. But a Barbour as a stylish piece of streetwear is a new phenomenon; and it's catching on faster than you can say wax thorn-proof dressing." —Anna Tyzack, The Telegraph
Photo of Lou Hoover inspecting one of the "big guns" at a Chinese fort that shelled the community of Tientsin during the Boxer Rebellion, 1900, via The Omaha Project.
"The independent girl is truly of quite modern origin, and usually is a most bewitching little piece of humanity." —Lou Henry Hoover
"Lou grew up something of a tomboy in Waterloo. Her father, Charles Henry, took his daughter on camping trips in the hills—her greatest pleasures in her early teens. Lou became a fine horsewoman; she hunted, and preserved specimens with the skill of a taxidermist; she developed an enthusiasm for rocks, minerals, and mining. She enrolled at Stanford University as the school's only female geology major." —Anne Beiser Allen in an excerpt from An Independent Woman: The Life of Lou Henry Hoover
Japanese movie poster of Annie Hall, 1977, via movie poster shop.
When I first started this blog, Annie Hall was a conceptual jumping off point. In fact, when I discuss Tomboy Style, people often say, "Oh like, Diane Keaton?" Yes. But when taking a closer look I sometimes think Keaton's style is the kind of genius that can't be—or maybe shouldn't be—categorized; it's just her. —LGM
Photo by Chris Shipman.
I have been so grateful to get to know Julia Leach. Not only because we have a mutual love of old Elton John and Beachwood Canyon, but because she is the creative director and founder of Chance, one of the most interesting new brands I've seen in years. After spending over a decade working as the Creative Director of Kate Spade, Julia turned her own vision into a business based on the concept that the striped t-shirt is the paper clip of personal style: Everyone has one in their drawer and its style is simple and timeless. Amen to that. —LGM
If not in New York (or L.A. with her boyfriend) I would live in...California, on the coast, with a few horses in the barn and plenty of room to ride through meadows and along the beach.
My dream holiday would be to...I have so many dream holidays, it's hard to pick one. A road trip from Sicily up the Italian coast across the French Riviera down the coast of Spain through Barcelona to Malaga, ending in Casablanca. A week or two on the Greek island of Patmos. Horseback riding in Chile's Atacama Desert or along the coast of Portugal.
My current obsessions are... Eating minted sugar snap peas with sea salt at The Smile and New Orleans shrimp at the original Blue Ribbon; listening to The Dodos, The Silent Years, Band of Horses, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Califone and 1970's Paul McCartney; wearing 45rpm striped dungarees, Schiesser white ribbed boy shorts, Common Projects sandals and desert boots, fisherman's sweaters, white jeans all year and, well, striped t-shirts.
When I shop in New York I hit up...Top Hat, Project No. 8, VPL and Kiosk in NYC, MC&Co. in Williamsburg, and Saipua in Red Hook.
I channel my childhood self when I...am creating or organizing; there's always been a constant dialogue between left and right brain.
The fictional characters I most relate to are... Claudia (played by Monica Vitti) in L'Avventura, Mary Richards of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the Pussycat from Edward Lear's The Owl and The Pussycat.
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...be around horses—riding, grooming; or walking for hours down a very long beach listening to music.
My favorite qualities in a woman are...creativity and honesty.
My dream car is a...1966 Jaguar E-Type and my dream truck is a black 1979 Ford F150 Ranger XLT (which I own).
My celebrity crush is...predictable but true, Steve McQueen.
My friends and I like to...disappear to Palm Springs for long weekends and keep up the tradition of swapping mix tapes.
If I could go back in time to one decade it would be...California in the 1960s.
As a teenager I was totally into...Norma Kamali sweatshirts, jean jackets, Häagen-Dazs "flavor" t-shirts, clogs, L.L. Bean, Esprit (especially the direct mail catalogs), Supertramp, ELO, The English Beat, David Bowie, Stand By Me, Timothy Hutton, Mariel Hemingway and Interview Magazine.
I tend to splurge on...art, flowers, books, shoes and gifts for my friends.
A love of adventure and a stack of old Levi's 501s...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
Photo of Ricky and Ralph Lauren walking on the beach in Amagansett, Long Island, 1977 by Les Goldberg.
"I love to shop with Ricky. Not long after we met, we went to an old riding apparel store and I bought her a boy's tweed hacking jacket. It fit her beautifully, and everyone asked about it. That's when I decided to do women's clothes. I liked her style."—Ralph Lauren in an excerpt from Ralph Lauren, 2007.
I keep coming back to this photo as possibly the best visual way to describe how I define tomboy style. There is something so profound yet incredibly simple about Ricky Lauren. —LGM
Photo by Sebastian Kim.
I'm so excited to start off a new Tomboy Style series with Marina Muñoz. She is originally from Argentina but grew up living everywhere from the rural splendor of The Berkshire Mountains to the cosmopolitan confines of Mexico City. She's got a lethal sense of style, a true sense of adventure, and loves to add new feathers to old hats. Below she filled in the blanks on some matters of great importance. —LGM
If not in Williamsburg, I would live in...Paris on the Île Saint-Louis.
My dream holiday would be...a month in South East Asia. I want to travel with my love and visit Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma.
I channel my childhood self when I...am coming up with ideas. The same creativity and curiosity I had for story telling and history is what I use now when researching.
The fictional characters I most relate to are...the young girl in The Lover, Sabrina, and Masha from Chekhov's Three Sisters.
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...want to be on a farm in Argentina roaming the Pampas and drinking Mate with Moreno chasing me as we gallop through the fields.
My favorite quality in a man is...his integrity and his intelligence.
I'm terrified of...disappointment.
My dream car is...(I have my dream car!) a white 1995 Range Rover County with leather seats and wooden dashboard.
My friends and I like to...throw dinner parties, plan picnics and go vintage hunting.
If I could go back in time to one decade it would be...the 1900's in Argentina, when Buenos Aires was a prosperous city and immigrants were settling. I would have been like Karen in Out of Africa working on a farm in the Pampas raising cattle.
As a teenager I was totally into...old Calvin Klein ads with Kate Moss, listening to the Smiths and Jeff Buckley, and movies—The King and I (1956), Newsies, Wuthering Heights, Bonnie and Clyde, Out of Africa, The Godfather Trilogy, anything with Clint Eastwood and everything by Merchant and Ivory (especially A Room With a View).
My current obsessions are... eating the chicken liver pâté from Marlow's and the Pho at An Choi; listening to Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young's Harvest Moon album; wearing Barbour jackets, red socks, capes and ponchos, silk blouses from Duskin, men's trousers, lace-up boots, wide-leg jeans, espadrilles and vintage sundresses; shopping at Madewell, the J. Crew men's store in Soho, Bencraft Hatters and countless thrift stores in Paris, Brooklyn, Mexico and the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
I tend to splurge on...food and wine.
I am what I love...and that's why I have Tomboy Style.
Film stills from Out of Africa (1985) via screenshot.
*Thank you to a few readers who recommended this movie for Tomboy Style. As I re-screened the film last night it was hard to find a scene that wasn't sopping with Tomboy duds and dialogue. I especially loved Suzanna Hamilton's character Felicity (top right photo) and her wardrobe; I only wish there was more of her in the film. Out of Africa was nominated for nearly every category of Academy Awards, including, not surprisingly, best costume design. —LGM
Photo of Charlotte Gainsbourg in Guadeloupe by Noel Quidu, 1987; photo of Serge and Charlotte Gainsbourg by Tony Frank, 1985.
"I always dress the same way. And I don't want to pay too much attention to it. So I just basically wear the same clothes." —Charlotte Gainsbourg via NYLON TV