My friend asked me for some advice about where to shop for her sweetheart, L. The two challenges for L are that she doesn't identify as butch, tomboy femme, androgynous, nor hard femme. She also lives in a warm climate where the leather jackets and thick military boots that make the outfit are often not practical to wear. She said her style icons were Faith from Buffy, Pink, and the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
This style combines grunge, goth, and military looks and is great in its versatility of gender presentation. It can be interpreted any way depending on the way you carry it off, with some variation around the cuts of the pieces you choose or whether you're wearing heals verses flat boots.
Conveniently, this look is also great if you're on a budget. Yes, you will need several hundred dollars for few nice pairs leather boots and a leather jacket or two. But everything else can be thrifted, because it's just worn and grungy tees, jeans, and shorts. Lots of retail stores sell the worn look too, and perhaps if you can afford it you'd enjoy their craftsmanship and styles, but there's something really special and personal about finding a worn item that comes with a story beyond the designer's idea.
It's hard to find images on the internet of this style on people who aren't skinny, but it would be fabulous for all body types. If you have any photos to share, please send them our way!
My friend put together this inspiration board for her:
If it gets too hot, I said you can trade out boots for beat-up converse and instead of the jacket, add some leather strap bracelets. Make up will also play a huge role in the look, if that's your thing. Recommended brands are Frye, Aldo, Timberland, Cheap Monday, Diesel. Here are a few items I picked out to get you started:
What do you guys think? Have any tips for carrying off the goth/ bad girl look?
As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.