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How to Dress Like a Tomboy for Teens

by Ruth Altman, studioD

Teens can pull off the tomboy look with a few key pieces added to their wardrobe such as sneakers, cardigans and T-shirts. When it comes to choosing each piece of clothing, make sure items are versatile but also think about incorporating a preppy vibe or other theme to reflect your personality. Makeup and hair should be clean but basic to complete the look.

Graphic Tees

Graphic tees are a simple and expressive way to achieve the tomboy look. Go for vintage-inspired T-shirts with pop culture references like band logos, movie or literary characters. Buying in a larger size can look especially boyish when paired with low-rise jeans and sneakers. Borrow from a brother or friend or buy your own.

Button-up Shirt

Another tomboy staple is the button-up shirt in prints like flannel or gingham. Even a button-up in a solid color will work to dress down a pair of jeans or layer with jackets or cardigans for a cute, androgynous look.


You should complete the look with sneakers. Whether you choose a printed slip-on, basketball, high-top or lace-up sneakers, an athletic-inspired shoe is a solid choice for this style.

Find Your Angle

When it comes to dressing like a tomboy, it’s important to pull the look together with a theme or angle. For example, a button-up shirt, cardigan and lace-up sneakers can have a preppy tomboy look whereas basketball sneakers and a baseball hat have a more athletic feel. Decide on an angle before dressing for a put-together finish.

Hair and Makeup

One of the best ways to accessorize your tomboy look is through the right hair and makeup. While it may be tempting to skip this step altogether, a ponytail or other sleek style can help complement your overall look more than ignoring your beauty routine. When it comes to makeup, keep the look fresh faced with minimal foundation or powder and light eyeliner.

About the Author

Ruth Altman writes on business, lifestyle and careers. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University in addition to a bachelor's degree from Harvard University.

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