Summer Style Tips for Tomboys

Summer Style Tips for Tomboys

Erin Gray

Erin Gray (Pronoun: she/her) is a Portland, OR based writer with an affinity for working behind the scenes with companies that offer something unique to their market. When she’s not writing, she likes to roam around mossy hiking trails, wear leather hats, and build stuff. You can find her on instagram @rawhidelaces or email her by clicking on the little envelope below:

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad style choices.” - Ancient Dapper Proverb

Does it ever feel like summer is working against your swag?

Maybe you look forward to summer all year, but when it gets here it’s all sweat, sunburns, and losing your sunglasses. 

Not to fear! 

We’ve got some rapid fire tips to keep you dapper all summer long, whether you’re breathing in that salty sea air or the scent of a campfire. 

When things heat up, ditch the denim for chinos. 

Let your denim rest until fall. 

Lighter, more breathable fabrics are your best friend in the summertime.

While you’re at it, ditch the socks too!

Oh look, we have an article just for that!

When in doubt, rock those aviators.

People will tell you to check your face shape to see what type of sunglasses are “right” for you, but honestly, do you know anyone who doesn’t look handsome in aviators? 

The answer is no. No, you don’t.

Don’t over-rely on t-shirts. 

Everyone does it, but you’re not everyone, are you? 


Want to stand out in a good way? Go for more structured options like short sleeve button-ups with fun patterns. 

Don’t forget to wear an undershirt with them to wick away moisture and prevent pit stains. If you’re worried about staying cool with an extra layer, go with a sleeveless undershirt.

Always carry a handkerchief.

Don’t get caught without the most functional accessory you can possibly own. 

Works to take care of sweat, for flagging, and makes moments of spontaneous summer chivalry all the more possible. 

Layers aren’t just for fall.

Taking along a layer or two can make your summer looks way more versatile and transition better from day to night. 

You may be comfortable all day in shorts and a t-shirt, but when the sun goes down and temperature drop, you'll want a lightweight cotton bomber to keep you cozy.

And don't overlook your long-sleeve button-ups as layers in the summer (especially denim). On a hot night, they can be the perfect substitute for a jacket. 

Carry a bag, even if you usually don’t. 

In the colder months, we have handy jacket pockets. In summer, you might find it way easier to just carry a bag. You can stow that extra layer, your sunscreen, a water bottle, and presto! You’re ready for anything.

If your significant other carries a bag on the regular and you’ve been stashing things in there when ya’ll are on the go (we’ve all done it), it’s time to get your own. 

A bag shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s part of your look. Canvas messenger bags are a great choice if you’re looking for something lightweight and versatile. Or if you're looking for something a bit more edgy and stylish, check out these sexy utility strap holsters

Backpacks are also a convenient choice for on the go, but just be aware of the fact that sometimes backpacks can make you look younger than you really are. 

If you wear a shirt to the pool, don’t skip the sunblock. 

Little known fact: A typical cotton t-shirt only has the equivalent of a 10 SPF rating. That drops down to 7 SPF if the shirt is white, and 3 SPF if the shirt gets wet. 

The tightness or looseness of the weave (either because of how it’s made or how old the shirt is) also is a factor. A stretched, worn out t-shirt provides less protection than a new one, and a tightly woven denim shirt would provide 100% protection.

In short, don’t assume that the areas of your body covered by a t-shirt are protected from sun damage. Skip the sunscreen at your own risk. 

And to avoid taking that soggy slow-drying t-shirt into the pool in the first place, you can always grab one of our swim tanks specifically designed for the water. 

Don’t skip the accessories just because it’s hot outside. 

A watch and a belt can really elevate your summer look and make you look more put-together, especially when you’re wearing shorts. 

If leather feels too heavy for the occasion, that’s no problem! Summer is a great time to break out woven materials and those jaunty whale patterns (for the prep in all of us).

Get yourself a signature hat.

The great thing about hats is that they pull double duty in terms of style and function. Plus you don’t need a huge collection, you can get by even with just one trusty hat.

It’s the kind of thing you want to have broken in before you need to take it outdoors and get sweaty in it. Some hats that fit perfectly fine when you’re not being active can end up feeling too tight once you’ve worn them on a hike. 

If you’re not already a hat person with a huge collection, try a few out until you find one that fits with your personality. 

Bonus points in dapperness and practicality if you can rock something with a nice wide brim that will protect you from the sun’s rays.

What’s your favorite summer style tip?

Let us know in the comments!


  • Posted by Antonymous on

    Hi, I premise I’m a straight male. I like creative style free from conventional boundaries, it means I can like a woman or even the same woman wearing a dress one day and so called “men clothes” the other as she sees fit and the same should be true for men, wearing makeup, nail polish, high heels. I might judge-evaluate artistically a style but try to do it outside of gender norms which partly condition me out of habit. That’s why I’m a bit conflicted on a part of queer theory if I intended it right. When I see a “tomboy” I try to not assume neither her gender identity neither that she’s lesbian or “butch” in her personality, I don’t even conflate butch with masculine, because I’m a cis guy but neither butch or “pansy” (which is quite insulting) would describe me. Nevertheless as much as I’d want to not think with these stereotypes, in a part of queer culture it seems like clothes and personal care choice are often used for gender signaling or even orientation, to make people implicitly assume a woman might be lesbian or butch if she dresses too “tomboysh” and men using makeup and a given mannerism or some forms of crossdressing (aka fashion freedom as male fashion is a smaller circle at the border of a bigger circle of female fashion, the small section outside the border, though is, sadly and shamefully, the women being still socially bullied for body hair, but other than that) being gay or “feminine” as if such norms are made to come back from the window and still squarely constructed and validated as gendered, makeup is feminine, heels are feminine, short hair if squared enough and neutral clothes if loose enough are masculine or at least unfeminine.
    That might bring a well meaning conflict for me on some transpeople, which I premise I fully accept :). I don’t assume a man with a dress and makeup doesn’t want to be a man more than a woman with short hair, pants and oxfords doesn’t want to be a woman, but at the same time I understand how a trans person might want to signal that with it.
    It should be relatively simple for people to understand there’s not a single meaning with any style expression and presentation, but many seems to have trouble accepting a bit of complexity.
    I know I might ask for which pronoun he/she might prefer, as I know such people are unconventional at least enough to not take offence from this and know gender pronouns or, in latin languages, gender nouns and adjectives are basically just a convention, but nevertheless, I know how they are used in social context sometimes and especially some people might emasculate and diminish/disrespect guys they read as feminine. But I’ve never been read a not well meaning, fortunately.
    Back on main topic, I don’t agree on the “genderbread” about the spectrum of feminine vs masculine presentation because it assumes we necessarily validate the gendered aspect of a cloth or a practice and in the 50’s pants and short would have meant a scandalously masculine presentation for a woman, while they just wanted to have more choice along with the partial protest and shock value against very restrictive norms.
    Same for gender fluid, it’s not that I don’t believe in gender non binary people which don’t identify in women and men, but if you think you are not a man or a woman that day because of what you feel like wearing or doing, you adhere to a very 50/60’s definition of man or woman and might be gendering too much any aspect.
    But I’m open to confront with different perspective because when it’s so intimate and personal mine and the other’s might be equally right and not absolute.

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