At first glance, it may seem that skater style is all about comfort. But delving a little deeper, you’ll find that the laid-back look of those wheeled daredevils incorporate eye-catching details, individuality and as much flair as their gravity-defying moves. Pull off this cool, youthful trend with sporty separates, cool kicks and a dash of ’90s grunge.
Grab a graphic T-shirt or sweatshirt — a great way to put a unique stamp on your look. Choose a short-sleeve, long-sleeve or tank top in any number of playful prints and interesting designs that reflect your personality and design esthetic. Don’t be afraid to raid your boyfriend’s or brother’s closet for loose-fitting, comfortable options with a masculine edge. Pair slimmer cut tops with slouchy cuffed jeans and looser tops with skinny denim bottoms or mini skirts.
Pile on the layers for an authentic skater vibe. Balance girly pieces like crop tops with a loose leather jacket or a dash of ’90s grunge with an oversize men’s plaid flannel shirt, which can be tied around the waist when things heat up. Try a tee under a toasty thermal top. Make sure to wash new clothes a few times before adding them to your skater-girl wardrobe — pieces should have a well-loved, broken-in texture that reflects the laid-back skater culture.
Cool Kicks and Hats
Finish off your fashionable skater ensemble with cool kicks. Choose from chunky high top sneakers, low-profile lace-ups, easy-going slip-ons or even masculine work boots. Have fun mixing and matching with bright colors and funky patterns — a sleek slip-on sneaker in an unexpected, colorful print like leopard or floral will add the right dose of style to a monochromatic outfit. Top off your attire with a sporty snapback cap or slouchy beanie for a dose of urban cool.
Add a rad board. Deck out your skateboard with a vinyl wrap or sticker in a matching color or design for even more personalized style. Whether you’re wheeling down the block or hitting the skate park for an afternoon of ollieing, look like a real skater chick with a tip from pro-skateboarder Brian Anderson, who says in “Vogue” to hold your deck by the board, not the “truck,” with the wheels pointing toward you for the ultimate practical accessory.
References and ResourcesVogue: Can You Go From Vogue Editor to Skater Girl in 24 Hours?
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