I can't stop thinking about skate style. It first started when I noticed that celebs like Sofia Richie were fans of skate sneakers. Once 2018 was established as the year of streetwear, I started noticing streetwear outfits everywhere (as I'm sure you have too). Soon enough, my fascination with the style narrowed in on the streetwear-adjacent skate style. You know the outfits I'm referencing—they revolve around grungy elements like chain belts, graphic T-shirts, and Dickies-style workwear pants.
I wanted to know: Does testing out skater style make me a poser? I'm envious of how skate kids pull off a nonchalant air of "cool," so I'll admit it: I even went so far as to Google "how hard is it to learn to skateboard?" As it turns out, it's pretty hard.
I figured I'd stick with replicating the style via my wardrobe (mostly to avoid any unnecessary broken bones). I started with the one piece that's arguably the most "skate": checkered Vans. The black-and-white checkerboard graphics are unmistakable and, in my opinion, are what make them the most iconic. The Classic Slip-On sneakers were invented in 1977 in Southern California, and they became the go-to shoes for the Venice Beach skate scene from there.