Tomboy Steelo

For the most part, I dress like a teenage boy. I mean, all of my style icons are Eastcoast rappers and hardcore vocalists from the 90s, so I guess we can’t really expect much more, right?

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Method Man/WuTang (36 Chambers era)

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Nas c. I Am (minus the du-rag, c’mon fam)

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Richie Birkenhead (Underdog era)

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Eddie Sutton of Leeway fame 

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Suicidal Tendencies

I’ve always loved the aesthetic of work and sportswear that seems to be prevalent in both scenes. It may sound corny but whenever i watch music videos and films from that era, I get chills. You can imagine the first day of my internship at Carhartt – WIP . I legitimately lost my mind over everything. The design and execution of the more technical pieces, it was other worldly. My friend Laura, who interned with me, would chuckle to herself every time she caught me walking around the showroom in some sort of trance, touching the clothing, finding hidden features. Now that I’m at Edwin Europe I’m in my element. Hidden pockets, zippers, wear and repair, industrial and technical fabrics up and down the shop. I can’t get enough!

That being said, sometimes I want to look and feel like a woman (*BARF* that was some SATC/Carrie Bradshaw bullshit but it was the best analogy I could think of). Don’t get it twisted though, I don’t want to be “girly”. Why any grown ass adult would want to look like Annie is totally beyond me and, quite frankly, makes me sick in my mouth a little bit (BBG’s, PLEASE STOP WEARING THOSE CREEPY FRILLY SOCKS THAT 5 YEAR OLDS WEAR).

Here are examples of badass chicks who I feel manage to find the perfect balance between tomboy and feminine:

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Aaliyah – OG Tombabe (RIP)

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Va$htie Kola – Downtown’s Sweetheart

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Jayne Min aka @STOPITRIGHTNOW

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Sharmadean Reid – Founder/Director of WAH Nails

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Adrianne Ho – Model 

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Mellany Sanchez

Shout out to all my fellow tombabes out there, especially the beautiful Trap Twunz, Yung Bek & Raq Villacarlos, I see you!

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