If you’re going to hang with your buddies and want to look like you’ve thrown your outfit together effortlessly, while maintaining a casual and timeless appearance, then the skater look is definitely a good way to go. It’s easy to get it right if you follow a few rules.
Choose Your Kicks
Skate shoes are quite possible the most iconic item of skater clothing, so if there’s any part of your getup you want to get right, then it’s this. Converse is your easiest choice, because they come in a huge number of colours and styles, but the traditional chunky skate shoe looks best with loose jeans. If you stick with one of the well-known brands it’s hard to go wrong. If you’re actually going to be wearing skates or blades, then customising your wheels or laces is always cool.
Keep it Loose
It’s pretty hard to skate in skinny jeans. There’s not a lot of room for manoeuvre, and while you’re not necessarily going to be out on a board or blades, you want things to be as authentic as possible. Stick with looser fitting jeans and t-shirts for best effect. That doesn’t mean you should pick out your old, baggy, ill-fitting denim with the frayed hems though. They might look like they’ve seen a few skate parks, but they aren’t all that cool. Jewellery is also a no-no for skaters, as it can get in the way.
Brand it Up
We might think of skaters as rebels against conformity, but in reality they’re just as brand conscious as everyone else. If you go with some of the more famous makes, then you’ll have no trouble at all. From Alpinestars to Volcom, there are plenty of cool ones to choose from, and they’re all actually quite similar in style. Most people will pick by their favourite logo, or by who sponsors who. Try not to wear too much of the same brand of course; that can look like you’re trying too hard.
Keep it Casual
I know we’ve just said no wrecked jeans, but you can still go with vintage. Head-to-toe in flashy, brand new gear will make you look out of place and completely manufactured. Consider wearing some faded denim or a t-shirt from the 80s or 90s. Vintage shops are pretty good for this at the moment, especially the ones that stock a lot of sports gear. Bottom line: don’t look like you’re trying to look like a skater.