Alternative Apparel Racer Tanks ($28 each), Stripe the Right Note Chino ($158), and All Black Peekaboo Oxfords ($158) at Wildfang; Natalie Joy Half Moon Necklace, $120 at nataliejoy.net

Finders Keepers On Your Vest Behavior ($158), Blank NYC Not Your Boyfriend’s Boyfriend Jean ($88), and Dolce Vita Leather Lattice Oxfords ($168) at Wild- fang; Grayling Hawk Necklace, $89 at gray lingjewelry.com

This summer, Annie Hall hip-checks Carrie Bradshaw right off the runway. Collections by Stella McCartney, Rebecca Taylor, and Helmut Lang showcase utilitarian, tailored silhouettes that eschew girly-girl features in favor of tomboy duds—think jumpsuits, button-down shirts, and jackets. 

“There is an easy sense of unfussiness to tomboy style, no need to primp or feel constricted,” says Daisy Grattan, co-owner of NE Alberta Street’s Abrahams & Duffy boutique. In other words: ideal for summer.

Blazing the trail locally, Nike alums Emma Mcilroy and Julia Parsley debuted online retailer Wildfang (German for tomboy) in April to a storm of attention from Vice, Refinery 29, and Cool Hunting. The anti-frills e-shop features boxy tanks, loose long jackets, and stylish jeans without a trace of fluff. This month, Wildfang opens a tiny storefront in Southeast.

They’re not alone in absorbing the Y chromosome into women’s fashion: the shelves at Bridge & Burn overflow with short-sleeve polos and striped tanks (the shop bulked up in anticipation of a run on masculine styles). And Abrahams & Duffy have sold through stacks of ISM Mode’s unisex tailored pants in just days. Here’s how you, too, can play with the boys. 

This article appeared in the July 2013 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

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