Whether you realise it or not, you’ve probably got a lot of skate-inspired pieces in your wardrobe. With its loose shapes, subtle prints and some of the most iconic brands around involved, we take a look at how you can wear one of the most accessible trends this season: the skater style.
How To Dress Like A Skater
Rightly or wrongly (depending on who you ask), the skater style is no longer confined to the ramps and you definitely don’t have to be able to ride, or frankly even own a skateboard to pull it off. But you can at least look like you know what you’re doing.
We can probably owe the whole concept of ‘streetwear’ to the skaters of the 70s, who took to the skate bowls of Southern California in their ripped Levi’s, Converse and oversized tees. From humble early beginnings, the skater style has taken off massively over the years, with the likes of Supreme, Vans and Stussy all founding their brands on the sport.
When it comes to skateboarding style, arguably the most important thing you can wear is the right trainers. While there’s loads of new brands around jumping on the skate thing, it’s definitely more advisable to stick to the classics for a more authentic look. Converse were one of the first brands to be adopted in the skate bowls of California, and available in literally every colour imaginable, you’re bound to find a style to suit you. While muted colours might be more wearable, a bright pop against neutral skate trousers is a really cool touch.
It also goes without saying that Vans are pretty much synonymous with skate style. Vans Authentics are great for a summery vibe, but for full skater effect, go for the Sk8-Hi’s. The classic black and white colour-way will see you through the whole year, and the more scuffed up, the better.
Wide legged trousers are definitely all the rage right now, but aren’t always the most practical for shredding the streets on your board or for the summer sun (hopefully). So a good pair of shorts should be your go to for getting that proper skater style. Cargo shorts are a skater favourite, and are generally baggier in fit and have more pockets than you’ll ever need so you can concentrate on those kickflips. Or not.
Get them in a camouflage print for a streetwear statement, and keep your t-shirt oversized and simple for a staple skater look. Granted, skaters aren’t the smartest guys in the world, but if you do feel the need to smarten up a bit, a slimmer pair of chino shorts will do the job nicely.
When it comes to skater style, it’s all about baggy, loose shapes, and this definitely includes your t-shirt. You can’t go far wrong with a crisp white tee, as it’ll go with literally any pants, but if you’re a fan of a graphic print, check out the likes of Dickies and Carhartt – they’ve got some cool logo designs that’ll keep you on the right skater lines.
Layering is also a massive part of achieving the skater look. It’s super practical – you might be chilly one minute and then overheating from tearing up the skate bowl the next. And in other news, it just looks really cool. Go for a contrasting colour overshirt to add a bit of colour and interest to the look. A baseball style shirt is especially on trend right now, and perfectly channels the old school 70s skater vibe.
Skate style trousers are literally everywhere right now. Their wider leg and slightly cropped style feels a lot lighter for summer while still in keeping with the skater look. Dickies’ worker pants are a firm favourite amongst skaters – they’re pretty low maintenance, with stain release and wrinkle resistance qualities making them ideal for the sport. Again, cargo style pants are also a good choice as they’re super practical and look great when layering with basics.
Beige and stone tones give a nice contemporary feel to the skater look, and are probably the easiest way to smarten up the style. But lets face it, beige is going to be a nightmare if you actually are heading to the skate park, so a black or navy might be a safer option. And it goes without saying the camo is always a cool option to make more of a skater statement. Wear turned up and pull your socks up high in true skater fashion to show off your kicks.
There are so many brands doing the skater style justice these days. Even the high street has had a good go at it of late. Stan Ray has a great ranger of worker pants and camo prints that are perfect for achieving a contemporary skater look. But it has to be said, the classic skate brands are classic for a reason.
Although their history lies in workwear, Dickies and Carhartt have become some of the most iconic brands associated with skateboarding – there’s a lot to be said for practicality. Stussy, HUF and even Supreme are all firmly rooted with skateboarding origins, and all still create some of the most coveted releases around.
On That Note
The key to getting that proper skate style is all about the nonchalant attitude. A simple t-shirt and worker trouser combo and you still somehow look bang on trend. Whether you stick to the classic uniform or mix it up with a contrasting overshirt and a pop of colour on your trainers, the skater style is ridiculously easy to pull off this summer.