There aren’t many companies that I’d strip down into my skivvies for, but when it come to brands like Tomboy X I think I’d do just about anything to support them. This feminist, inclusive brand, founded by self-proclaimed tomboys Fran and Naomi, defines the oft misrepresented term as the following:
Noun 1. An energetic, sometimes boisterous girl. 2. A girl who dresses and sometimes behaves the way boys are expected to. 3. A girl or a woman who DGAF about definitions 1 and 2. 4. A woman who is utterly, completely, and unapologetically herself, who is not afraid to stand up, stand out, be heard, be seen. On her terms. 5. A woman or a person who expresses and dresses herself in a way that feels authentic to her without worrying about what other people might say. 6. Is damn ok with who they are. 7. Not a phase. 8. You? 9. Me.
I couldn’t agree more. Fran and Naomi’s vision for their company does not simply push a feminist agenda, nor a gay agenda, but bigger than that, a human agenda. The idea that we are all people, no matter our race, gender identity, size, sexual orientation, spirituality, clothing preferences, we all deserve to be treated not only with tolerance and respect, but that we have the power to celebrate each other’s uniqueness.
As a former girl, current woman, teacher, daughter, aunt, mentor, and friend I know one of my most important roles in life is to model this definition everyday. It’s extremely important to me to help break down the centuries-old stereotypes of what women should think, should do, should wear, and should be. These shoulds don’t define us, and don’t make space for the individual in each of us. We all deserve the freedom to express ourselves the way we wish, even when it comes to underwear.
I’ve always had an affinity for traditional men’s underwear styles like boyshorts and briefs à la Carrie Bradshaw (see #11). They’re so easy going, comfortable, and effortlessly sexy. They’re not trying too hard. They don’t have to be in your face, covered with lace, see-through, or overly tricky to be alluring. They don’t conform to a traditional idea of sexy. They’re sexy in a modern way. They’re great for lounging around on a lazy morning, cooking breakfast and watching yet another episode of Seinfeld. Now that’s my kinda sexy!
I honestly can’t say enough about these comfortable, cotton-stretch pieces. My favorite item has got to be the 2.5″ Tomboy Shorts which I’m wearing here in grey. They are also longer versions if you want a little more comfort or coverage. There are tons of colors and prints available, too! Their new MicroModal collection (the blush pair above) boasts unparalleled softness for all day wear. Each item is tested from size XS to 4X. Talk about inclusive!
This Essential Soft Bra comes in a variety of colors and prints, and would be perfect for a lazy Sunday, yoga class, or other low-impact workout, as well. Plus, new customers can sign up for 15% off their first order when visiting the site. You can also mix and match for additional discounts. If you buy 3+ of any undies and/or bras you can get 10% off, or buy 7+ and get 15% off.
In addition to their amazing undergarments, Tomboy X also offers a few apparel pieces like tanks, tees, loungewear, hats, and socks. I couldn’t resist the TomboyX Racerback tank top. It’s perfect for hot summer days, a quick run, or walking around Capitol Hill on the weekends. Plus, I know what I’ll be wearing to Seattle Pride this year!
Nothing makes me happier than supporting brands like Tomboy X that advocate for their customers and contribute to a world that is more inclusive and accepting of all kinds of people. It makes me feel good to spend my hard earned dollars with people who are doing their part, no matter how small it may seem. In a time full of so much uncertainty and outrage, I think it’s on all of us to do what we can to make our world a more loving place, even if it is just buying a pair of underwear from a company that cares.