Nowadays, models like Cara Delevingne skateboard to fashion shows and high-end labels like Céline accessorize their collections with custom decks. And with beanies, slip-on sneakers, and baggy shorts more present on both the catwalk and sidewalk, fashion’s obsession with skate culture is at full throttle.
Here we round up five chic skater girls and show you how you can steal their style.
(Ripped biker jeans, P2595, Zara; Half Cab Pro, Vans; Fresh intarsia merino wool-blend sweater, Opening Ceremony)
Model, the Agency Arizona
Skating Background: You know what they say, start them young. This Marc Jacobs muse first learned to skate at the age of 3. Today, carrot top Natalie shows off her skills to everyone by doing tricks for videos produced by fashion magazines such as i-D.
Tip: Anything guys can do, girl can do (probably, even better). And that includes riding a skateboard and wearing menswear. Take it from Natalie whose borrowed-from-the-boys look always lands a spot on model-off-duty pegs lists.
(Dungaree shorts, P2295, Zara; Tank top with bow, P1595, Zara; Sunglasses, P399, H&M; Chuck Taylor All Star lean, P2650, Converse)
Designer, Float Swimwear
Skating Background: Skater/surfer/blogger An is a face we’re all familiar with. Her swim line flew right off the racks when she held a pop-up at her boyfriend’s skate + surf shop–cum–café. And we certainly hope that a skate line is in order.
Tip: Here’s to the girl who loves to skate, swim and surf. Keep it easy and laid back in a loose romper that lets you move freely while you cruise.
(Classic Lo Navy Gum sneaker, Huf, Urban Athletics; Petite Moto Bleach Hallie Shorts, Topshop; Warwick ankle socks, Obey; WT dot tank, Stussy, similar styles at Trilogy Boutique)
Co-Owner, Voyage Grand V surf lifestyle shop
Skating Background: The 28-year-old French Canadian beauty got her first set up from Toys’R Us. She was 14 and a friend taught her how to skate mini ramp as a birthday gift. She currently runs Voyage Grand V with her husband, photographer Alexis Lavoie.
Tip: Denim cutoffs + vulcanized outsoles (the better for tricks like grinds or slides) + tube socks for ankle support = the classic skater outfit.
(Wide-cut cotton shorts, P1190, H&M; Scallop lace bardot top, Topshop; Nike SB Blazer Low GT, Nike)
Skating Background: This Ex-Preview intern was known for her tan, her boarding lifestyle, and her off shoulder tops (which she rocked way before it even became a thing.) Now she runs her own clothing line, Carisse.
Tip: Off shoulder tops may be a festival girl’s go-to closet staple but Carmen proves that this girly piece can take on boyish activities too. Not to mention it’s quite breezy.
(Wool-crepe mini skirt, Chloé; Packaged dry crew neck short sleeve t-shirt, P290, Uniqlo; Brushed twill authentic slim, Vans)
Skating Background: Photographer/stylist/blogger/model Hanneli first picked up skateboarding as a pastime when she was growing up in Norway. At that time it was still illegal but that just added to the allure of it. Now that’s a rebel.
Tip: Hanneli’s style might be a far cry from the scruffy urban uniform of skateboarders but that doesn’t mean the girl can’t rock a Chloé wool mini with a beat-up pair of Vans slip-ons. The perfect mix of high-lo if you ask us.
Here's a video of some girls skating in Proudrace:
Images by Yayay de Castro