Summer is officially here and with it comes the search for all things coastal to inject into your wardrobe for a taste of laid-back cool of surfer style. Emulating surfer style doesn't mean traipsing down your street in a wetsuit, and even an excursion to the beach isn't necessary to nab those seaside vibes. You only need a few classic pieces to effortlessly capture surfer style, and we decided to crack the code on exactly what they are. This is a fun look so don't be afraid to experiment with little details like fringe, pom-poms, and tassels. Unusual materials like straw, jute, burlap, and/or canvas can also be worked into the mix without seeming out of place. Keep reading for the five must-have pieces for crafting a surfer style of your own.
Guard yourself from the sun's summer beams while injecting a little extra personality into your look by working a straw hat into your wardrobe. Choose a wide brim for a more glamorous take on surfer style, or keep it to a short-brimmed fedora or Panama hat for everyday wear. Bonus points if you add in a fun straw bag to complete the look.
The last thing you want on a hot summer day out is for your clothes to stick to you. Ditch form-fitting silhouettes for a breezier option. When it comes to surfer style, a loose tank perfectly embodies that casual coastal vibe and is a practical option, too. Choose a shirt in a comfortable jersey knit or breathable poplin or cotton to keep cool.
Where would a list of surfer style–musts be without a pair of cut-off denim shorts? The frayed edge of the shorts is playful and laid-back while the length is exactly what's needed as temperatures creep ever upward. Wear them to the beach, brunch, or out and about during weekend errands when you'll need to keep cool while running around. For a true surfer look, stick to a light-wash denim.
For a dressier take on surfer style, invest in a flowing crochet dress. Combining beach style with boho chic, a crochet dress is a nighttime take on this typically casual trend, a way to dress up the look without losing the effortless feel that's key to capturing surfer style. Pair with wedges or chunky heeled sandals.
For footwear, look no further than a strappy sandal to put the finishing touch on your look. A flat sandal will maintain the laid-back feel of a day look, but experiment with heeled iterations for nighttime. When it comes to color, stick to neutral tones to capture the earthy feel that is a part of surfer style. A strappy sandal can be an elevated alternative to flip-flops, still offering breathability and style than can survive the sun.
Now that you've got surfer style down, keep reading to learn how to nab boho chic, another summer essential, for yourself.