Tomboy Is Not A Trend

From The NS Founders


When I was a kid I got made fun of for being a tomboy. I didn't understand then why wearing clothes that were traditionally suited for boys was such a problem. I didn't want to be a boy but I sure as hell didn't want to wear a dress. I wanted to be comfortable – I needed the freedom of loosely fitting clothes so I could climb trees, race around the yard and slide around in the dirt. Girls clothes were always too tight, too thin, and too frilly to give me the durability and range of motion I desired. Time went on and my style shifted all over the place, but the concept of remaining true to myself has always persisted. As I get older I find that my style is still influenced by the comforts I enjoyed while wearing my dad's oversized t-shirts and baseball caps as we trekked all over Los Angeles National Forest or tinkered with tools in the garage. What tomboy means to me is simply being a different kind of woman. A woman who feels a distinct comfort in her own skin and doesn't adhere to social norms or what the magazines tell you to look or act like. I have always felt a comfortable sense of cool, just knowing that for girls like me, tomboy is not a trend. It's who I am and who I'll always be. A little rough and pretty stubborn, but always smiling and looking for my next big adventure.                                            

                 - Mel



I was always a hand-me-down kinda girl, just I never had any sisters -- my older brother refreshed my closet each year. Each of his shirts lasted his growth spurts for a few short months but my tiny frame was able to get a good year or two out of them. I grew up on a couple of acres in Colorado and my childhood consisted of hunting with a plastic bow and arrow on crunchy pine needles and marching around the property with the dogs as my army. I'm not sure I was ever aware what a "tomboy" was because when you're young, definitions and distinctions mean little to you. When I got older only then did I realize there was this need among everybody to define everyone else. All of a sudden when you can run faster than all the boys in your class, catch every ball thrown at you, and dig up earth worms to save in jars, you're not a GIRL you're a TOMBOY. Well. Then you get older and defining who you are and what you feel comfortable in is complicated because the tools to help you don't exist. Why is tough reserved for just men? And why then is their clothing? I just happen to find what's in their section at all the stores fit who I am as an adult a lot better than any dress, glitter leggings, or heel could and I'm a girl, so why can't that just as well be a girl thing?