HOW TO DO: RETRO SKATE
By Sam Higgins, 22 June 2017
This summer our wardrobe’s being taken back to a key decade of skateboarding evolution – the 70s. We’re not saying the Z-Boys’ brand of headbands and short shorts are on the comeback – this is more about contemporary cuts that channel the adventurous style of the skate era. Here are three ways to achieve the trend with ease.
Our first take on retro-skate styles is a laid-back look made for summer. Here, it’s all about keeping the core elements of that 70s eccentricity through bold colours and relaxed fits, while ensuring there’s a neatness that can take you from park to party.
Throw on a pink, blue and white vest for a summery start and tuck it into some straight-leg indigo jeans to tick a few SS17 trend boxes in the process. A pair of black slip-on Vans will keep things lightweight on foot, then (when the sun sets) pop on a purple revere-collared shirt to make your steez more club friendly.
The layered look
Alternatively, switch things up for a cosier look by swapping out your patterned shirt for a bright, pink Stussy sweatshirt. For a more contemporary touch, layer over a sheer shirt, keeping things interesting and on-trend.
Then, produce a more subtle, early-80s colour clash via some skinny orange trews, before paring back the vibrancy with a pair of old-school white Nike Cortez.
The smart stuff
When you think of skater steez, you probably think baggy and casual. However, subtly embellishing your gear with retro patterning and colour clashes can help switch up the smartness. Throw on a zig-zag patterned, revere-collared shirt to start, button it up to hide a layered white tee, and ensure it’s tucked in for added neatness.
Then, below the belt, opt for some light blue trousers with on-trend taping down the sides, before breaking up the pastel hues with a bold, red belt to really hit home that retro feel.