Fall 2012 Style Inspiration: Tomboy, Sporty Chic

Time for another Style Inspiration!
It seems a lot of you have Tomboy inclinations…you cling to loose fits and sneakers over skirts and heels. Lucky you, sporty chic is on trend yet again this season, offering you loads of fun options to help you feel comfortable yet fashion forward.
First, we have Turquoise, who types, “So I’m going to see Trey Songz next month in Atlanta and I’m taking my little sister (she’s 17, I’m 24) as well. I’ve been to a few concerts myself so I’m used to dressing myself for them. The slight problem I’m having is finding something for her! She’s kind of a tomboy and doesn’t like shopping or dressing up (jeans, t shirt and a hoodie makes up her everyday attire). I want her to be comfortable but cute and age appropriate since this is her first concert and she’s really excited.

A concert is the perfect venue for the confirmed Tomboy to move just a bit out of her comfort zone. Concerts are typically laid back and call for flats, so I included your choice of $98 BACI & ABBRACCI Combat boots or regular Converse sneakers. Add a bit of spice to a printed tank with J Brand leopard print jeans and a red lip. Complete with an Adeen snapback (if you like), glittery hoops, and a chunky gold necklace:

Next up, Cliché tackled a couple sports questions!

Sharmisa writes, “I’m going to a Preseason Miami Heat game. I personally despise the Heat but my dude is a huge fan. I am a Celtics fan. Ithought it would be a good idea to wear something to show my Celtic pride but I still wanna be cute. Do you have any suggestions..? Thanks!”
Cliché says, “This look combines quite a few trends, black and white, and leather sleeves. Pair a Cynthia Rowley Pullover with black skinnies, and a Celtics Fitted Cap to show your favorite team some love.

“… To help carry the tomboy aesthetic, throw on a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Wedge Sneakers. If it’s too warm in Miami, opt for a white shirt with short sleeves. When you’re headed out after the game, switch into a pair of platform booties.”

“This next look gets a bit more colorful.”

Try on this Jofama Red Leather Jacket on for size, and wear it with a pair of Air Jordan Retro 7’s. Everyone from Rihanna, to Rita Ora have been spotted in Nike kicks; they’re fly and comfy. Keep the rest of the ‘fit relatively simple with a Rodarte hoodie, Givenchy Suede and Leather Trousers, and 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch. Of course these items are a bit of a splurge, but they can easily be recreated for much less.”

“…Another reader wanted inspiration for a transitional outfit to wear to a Yankee game, and out afterwards. Typically for sporting events, you try to wear team items, whether it be hats, sweatshirts, or tees. But if you’d like to skip out on that, still try to wear team colors.”

“Since the Yankees are about navy blue and white, I decided to use that as a base for this look. A Proenza Schouler Tie Dye Long Sleeve T-Shirt was coupled with J Brand dark blue jeans, and Giuseppe Zanotti wedge sneakers. Finish the look with a MiH denim-sleeved leather biker jacket, and booties for your night out after the game.”

I stepped back in for the last Style Inspiration, where Quita says, ” I’m 21, and I need help please!! I’m a bit of a tomboy and was bullied a lot in high school. I was never into fashion but now I love it! I can have an idea in my head but when I go into the store I get overwhelmed and am indecisive and I just give up! There’s a big concert in Philly on October 26th and an after party. Everybody’s who anybody is going to be in attendance. I want to be looking like a star, but on a budget ($200 or less for the whole outfit). I have a very nice body and I’m not afraid to show it. I don’t want to show any traces of being a tomboy. I can walk in heels and am very much a risk taker. I hope this helps thanks!”

You don’t have to totally abandon your Tomboy tendencies these days. I’d say slip on a bodycon dress with a pair of sneakers à la Rita Ora. Opting for a dress is simple–you just find something you like and voila, there’s your outfit!

You still have some time, so I found a few dresses you can order from abroad that are pretty inexpensive. The Big Wave Body-Conscious Dress from Romwe.com (on the right) is $37. Get it here. The hot little number on the left is $80 from Bardot.com.au. Complete with a denim jacket, then have a bit of fun with footwear. Either wear a pair of sandals if weather permits, or a pair of sneakers playing off the stiletto theme. I personally own Be & D’s $128 Highlight sneakers. They’re so fun!
Get ’em, plus more bodycon dress options here:

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