Fashion Mixology — TOMBOY-GIRLISH CHIC: Mission Possible



The Art of Mixing + Matching – Easily, Lazily

~ Lillian Gao

All photography by: Min Gao


A NEW YORKER WHO COMPLAINS about the heat during summertime should be brought before an [insert dictator-led] firing squad. We apologize–A bit harsh, huh? It is characteristically Big Apple to, well, gripe about everything. The heat, the cold, the line at the local bodega being too long, etc.

Now that August has officially dawned, it will be just a wrinkle in time before we are frosting it out on our daily commutes to-and-fro work. So, I implore you to enjoy the heat–yes, even the suffocating humidity–before it all goes to hell in mid-late October.

One way to commemorate these waning days of summer is sartorial expression. It is Hail Mary time, fashionably speaking. We, as well as our wardrobes, have nothing left to lose. One of the last #LazyGirlChic “Mixology” combos of summer is blending the palates of Tomboy Chic with that of Upscale-Coquette.



My closet is RIFE with columns of white, grey and black. Routine “girly” for me signifies beaded or ruffled white tank tops and tunics.

Fortunately, there is the occasional florally printed, geometrically patterned, or tropically hued shirt, dress, or romper rattling about in my tragically non-walk-in closet (a quality I intend on changing VERY SOON), as well.

My Millau floral romper is indubitably the girliest affect I have in my wardrobe. As I have declared several posts back, I always begin with, then build upon, a central nucleus piece–which, in this case, is the romper. The key to combining, rather than clashing, the worlds of boyish and girlish is adding masculine accessories deliberately tailored for women and women only. Thus, I chose my azure-blue New Era LA Snapback Hat for Women (any friend or even an associate knows I have been wavering on whether to online-purchase this hat or not for months) and my reliable Chucks. For jewelry, I added a black-and-gold chain clover necklace to keep with the floral theme. Slip on a few dainty, stackable bracelets and you have achieved one of the dopest last hurrahs of 2015 summer fashion.



The key to combining, rather than clashing, the worlds of boyish and girlish is adding masculine accessories deliberately tailored for women and women only.



  1. ROMPER: Millau floral romper, $156 (Buy Millau’s closest style ON SALE at Poshmark!)
  2. SNAPBACK: NEW ERA LA Snapback Hat for Women, $52 (Topshop, NOW $24!)
  3. SNEAKERS: Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Colors in Black, $50 (Converse)
  4. COSTUME NECKLACE: Black-and-Gold Clover Necklace (closest style- Chic Flower Necklace, $99, Bling Jewelry)


  1. SUNNIES: Cole Haan Modern Metal Aviator Sunglasses in Yellow Gold, $160 (Cole Haan)
  2. BRACELETS: Dainty bracelets of your choice (do NOT overstack–Henri Bendel is ever so reliable and usually attainable!)

 Much love,

Lil xx


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