I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy, when I was younger I used to hate wearing dresses and always wanted to wear trousers or shorts with t-shirts and jumpers instead, I even chose which high school I went to because the girls were allowed to wear trousers there. No way was I going to wear a pleated skirt every day, jeez. No, thank you.
It’s not just in a fashion sense either, I always preferred boys toys, I always had a boys bike, while the other girls were playing with Barbies, I would be hanging upside down in a tree or riding my BMX off ‘dead man’s drop’ – if any of you are from Wythenshawe in south Manchester, you might know that one. Come to think of it, every car I’ve ever owned has always been extremely sporty and boyish too.
Only in my 30’s have I started to wear dresses and heels occasionally, but if I’m honest I still don’t feel fully comfortable in them. I love how heels make you look, but I feel slightly vulnerable when I wear them like I couldn’t save myself from danger, if it arose, lol.
I have a collection of men’s hats, mainly because I love them, but also because I have a pretty big head and the women’s ones don’t tend to fit me. No joke. My nickname years ago was ‘Hayley the hat’ as I always wore one; caps, woolly hats, flat caps, bowler hats, trilbys, fedoras, you name it… I own it.
When I got married, I really wanted to wear a trouser suit (a really cool one, obviously) instead of a dress, but I went with a dress in the end. This was partly due to peer pressure and partly due to the fact that I thought I might regret it one day, but now I regret wearing a dress. Damn it!
Years ago, I did actually just look like a tomboy, but as I’ve got older, I like to think my everyday style is more masculine chic than my previous grubby schoolboy look. There’s a running joke at my office that I always wear the same outfit as our CEO, who is a man. You just can’t beat a roll neck, trousers and brogue boots, though, can you! Haha.
The pictures in this post represent how I dress most days, when I feel most comfortable and well, like me. A bit boyish, comfortable and casual, but still stylish and cool, I hope.
Do you love the masculine chic look as much as me?
I have a new Pinterest board dedicated to masculine chic style. Do check it out and follow along if you like it 🙂
Location: Notting Hill, London.
Photos taken with: Olympus Pen E-PL7
Sorry I can’t link to much – I’ve owned most of it for years
Hat | Found in a charity shop years ago!
Coat | Whistles
Denim Jacket | Maison Scotch
Top | H&M
Jeans | Monki
Trainers | Vans
Gloves | TK Maxx
Bag | Chanel
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