ICONS | Tomboy Style Archetypes


I've organized the book (out April 3rd!) by seven archetypes of tomboy style: The Sophisticate, The Prep, The Naturalist, The Rebel, The Girl Next Door, The Jock and The Adventuress. Lately, this subject has been coming up a lot in conversation or out at dinner—people ask the questions: Which one are you? and Which one am I? It's fun to think about! I'd love to know, which archetype are you? Are you a mix of a few? Which one do you want to be more like?

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49 comments:

marcella r said...

definitely a mix of the sophisticate, the rebel and the girl next door. a healthy mix, i like to think! ;)

Claire said...

i am actually a mix of all of them except the sophisticate, sometimes i go through phases where i am mostly the rebel or the girl next door but most of the times i'm always a mix of them! this is so accurate!

Annie said...

I tend toward the Prep and the Girl Next Door, with a little Sophisticate thrown in. Would love to channel more of the Rebel and the Adventuress.

Lizzie said...

@Annie: me too, same exact thing for me. Ha.

Kaleen said...

I think I'm a mix of the girl next door and the naturalist...and occasionally the others. Wish I was a little more rebellious and adventurous at times.

shannon said...

definitely a combination between the rebel, jock and the adventuress!!

cant ask for anything else !!

Allison said...

SO excited for the book to come out - I think I'm a mix of the Girl Next Door and the Prep...and maybe mixing in a little bit more of the Sophisticate as the years go by!

Stacy said...

I like to think that I'm the prep, but I tend to fall into more of the Girl Next Door category. Pulling in more of the Sophisticate would be nice, but I often fall back into my comfy habits.

viv said...

I think I'm prep/girl next door with a hint of rebel... no adventuress in me, sadly. Can't wait to get you book!

barefoot duchess said...

100% the sophisticate

Caroline Hancox said...

I guess I'd like to think I was a rebel but probably more girl next door!!

Lexie, Little Boat said...

girl next door, for sure.

Viktoria said...

I´m a neat freak and I think we tend to be prep. I go sophisticate when I dress upp.

I do love this blog, recently found it and surprisingly I find that it really sums up the style I go for (never really thougt of myself as a tomboy before). I love, love, love the ease and practicality and quality and un-fashioniness (but major stylishness!) of traditional men´s clothing. I know myself better thanks to you.

Beth said...

Sophisticate in the winter, girl next door in the summer.

Milena - juegos de vestir said...

I am a salad of them all but none of the jock ....
very interesting article ..
greetings ..

Allie said...

Prep/Rebel during the winter, and Naturalist/Girl-Next-Door during the summer :)

Catherine said...

I'd like to think I incorporate a little bit of all of these things into my style, depending on the day, but I'm probably mostly prep, jock, & girl next door. (Haha.. is it possible to be a mix of prep and jock at the same time?)

Amy Turman said...

I'm definitely a girl next door and a naturalist (mostly because make-up is not my favorite thing to waste my time on). I really want to incorporate all of these styles - the sophisticate (like Janelle MonĂ¡e) is such a style inspiration!

xoxo,
mon amy

Heidi said...

Prep and Girl next door mostly, but the others come out from time to time, except perhaps the rebel.

nicole said...

I'm the girl next door who wants to be more like the rebel! xo.

a.r.v.y said...

Definitely a naturalist and adventurist but I want to be more of a rebel and I cant deny I am a prep and jock too!

mamavalveeta03 said...

Sadly, I'm the girl next door who longs to be the more exotic adventuress. But I toss in a little bit of the naturalist while vacuuming, if you get my drift ;-)

Felicia Shelton said...

Still selling in Paris! I just put my photo of your book at Galignani on Twitter. So very happy for you! Love the book!

lisa w. said...

The girl next door mostly now and the rebel definitely in my youth. Now as I age I think I'm moving more toward the prep, the sophisticate and hopefully the adventuress. Never been or will be the Jock!

gia said...

I'm a mix of the jock and the girl next door.. I love this.

kristin said...

The Naturalist & The Rebel mostly, with a bit of The Prep and The Girl Next Door thrown in here and there!

mae said...

I think its hard to really categorize yourself into one mould, but what is really great about what you do is featuring outspoken, courageous, wise women, who looks forward to the next big road-trip, adventures, instead of the living for the next petty piece of gossip. They don't fit into expectations of other people about what being a girl really is. or what a girl should be interested and spending their time doing, they pursue their passion regardless of all that.

I love what you do, keep doing it. :)

peace and love, and all the best.

Ringo, have a banana! said...

The Naturalist, with a touch of the Adventuress--or so I'd like to believe! Been reading "I Married Adventure" and it's truly amazing.

Kelly said...

Prep and Girl Next Door-mix! Dress me in a pair of broken-in jeans, a striped tee, and a pair of boat shoes and I'm good!

Kristin said...

This is very cool - I love seeing these style archetypes relating just to tomboy style vs. what we see in magazines: the over-done "classic," "girly," "bo-ho," and "wild" types. I would have to place myself somewhere in between the sophisticate and naturalist camps :)

PS. I found your blog recently and just wanted to let you know how much I really love it. Keep doing your thing.

courtney said...

naturalist, but i yearn for adventuress!

ANH Style said...

I think I am primarily The Sophisticate or The Prep, with a nod to The Girl Next Door. I think I'm in for the New York Marathon this year, so I hope to be more of The Jock this year!

Jenny said...

I love Tomboy Style! And I also love how you categorized them into archetypes because I've never been able to pinpoint what kind I am. I just knew my style was always a bit tom boy. :)

As for the question at hand: I'm a mix of three! Prep in the fall, Sophisticate in the winter, Girl Next Door in the summer and spring! I would love to be more of the Rebel and the Adventuress some day, however. Sigh.

elliottwithlove said...

I'm a mix of the Girl Next Door and the Prep, with a dash of the Sophisticate. Although I'm trying to work on being a bit more of the Adventuress. Hopefully opportunities will pop up once the weather gets warmer!

Sketch42 said...

I think Im all of these!! Love love LOVE this blog.

lindsay said...

this is probably my favorite blog, because i can so well identify with this... i'm a mix of the sophisticate and adventuress, but would love to be a little more naturalist. though i do have my rebel days :)

Patricia Mera said...

I think that i'm part Girl Next Door part Rebel & part Naturalist. I would like to add more Sophisticate.

Susan said...

I'm the Naturalist, with a little Girl Next Door thrown in to tone down that whole 'crunchy granola' thing people have a tendency to label me with. ;)

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Cameron says...

Naturalist by default. High fash breaks the piggy bank. And I never wear shoes. Flip flops always. Is that work appropriate? Probs not. DO I care? Noooot really. So maybe rebel? Occasionally I venture out on a wet day with a jacket, keep the legs bare (skirt), shoes high enough to keep me out of puddles, and color combos that keep me findable in the monsoon. Sometimes I go rogue too. Wearing my own belt even if the threads came with. CAN'T STOP ME!

xobley said...

“It doesn’t have butch connotations anymore.” why not? you'd have another archetype -- arguably the most devoted to the very aesthetic of masculinity. if you're afraid of losing your heteronormative appeal, you could probably get away with hilary swank in boys don't cry. fashion industry is missing an opportunity to sell expensive suits to this much underserved archetype ...

xobley said...

NYT quoted you on sunday: “It doesn’t have butch connotations anymore.” why not? you'd have another archetype -- arguably the most devoted to the very aesthetic of masculinity. if you're afraid of losing your heteronormative appeal, you could probably get away with hilary swank in boys don't cry. fashion industry is missing an opportunity to sell expensive suits to this much underserved archetype ... i just spent 1500 bucks to get measured for suits by tailors based in hong kong. i'm going for "real" as they say in drag culture.

JESSICA said...

Congrats on the book release!!! I actually saw an ad for your book in the Sunday NY Times and screeched to my boyfriend at the breakfast table, "oh, oh, I love this blog" and I am really itching to get my hands on the books so hopefully it's at my local Powell's. So to the question at hand: I'm alittle Girl Next Door alittle Naturalist. Also, this isn't a category but I'm also going to say I'm a Pretty Tomboy too. I love bright colors and love alittle shine too--alittle goes a long way with me and they make me feel pretty.

L said...

I think I'm an equal combination of the jock, the prep, and the girl next door with possible dashes the sophisticate thrown in. Just found this blog and I think it's great; its definitely on my read list now!

Lauren C.T. said...

I'm definitely a combo: mostly the girl next door, with a little bit of the prep and the naturalist mixed in. :)

h-fashion said...

wow, it's so exciting to wait for its coming.

Luz - juegos gratis said...

Fantastic blog! I love this post

Em said...

Jock and naturalist, with some prep undertones. Definitely a rebel in my teens, but now in my twenties I've mellowed out a lot. Great blog!

Tricia in SF said...

Wow I’m so happy I found this blog. I'm a lesbian and actually on the tomboy side of life. I never really felt comfortable in women’s clothes, but always too nervous to dress in my tomboy style. Thanks to finding this blog I'm no longer going to hide my love of being a tomboy. I am a mix of soft butch and tomboy. And proud.