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STYLE LESSONS FROM ON-SCREEN SKATEBOARDERS
By Lakeisha Goedluck, August 18, 2018
From displays of expert layering to donning oversized silhouettes, the menswear scene’s preoccupation with old-school skater style isn’t showing signs of letting up anytime soon. So, if you’re game to get on board with the aesthetic but need a dose of inspiration, fear not — we’ve put together a selection of on-screen skating heroes to help you ramp up your steez in no time.
Back To The Future
Michael J. Fox’s defining role as a hapless teenage troublemaker sees him travel back in time to change the fate of his friend, Emmett "Doc" Brown. Apart from using the Doc’s DeLorean time machine to get around, Fox’s character Marty McFly relies on his trusty skateboard to traverse the town — and get away from arch-enemy and all-around bully, Biff Tannen.
He does all this while dressed in peak '80s gear — just take a look at that padded vest and those high-waisted light-wash jeans. To emulate McFly’s aesthetic but update it for SS18, find yourself a similar pair of well-fitting pants and team them with white plimsoll-style trainers to master old-school casual dressing. As for your top half, layer up but avoid going too bulky like Marty to make sure that your ensemble is still suitable for the weather.
A cult classic, director Larry Clark’s Kids is a controversial coming-of-age tale which was inspired by inner-city teens who liked to hang out, smoke and skate. Addressing issues such as promiscuity, reckless violence and drug use, the film shocked audiences when it first came out in 1995 but serves as a real-life look at growing up during that era.
Aside from the narrative, the wardrobe choices also had a lasting impact — the kids’ sense of style has gone on to inspire brands such as Supreme, which has become a behemoth within the skate wear scene. The trick to nailing their style is to go as oversized as possible — a loose-fitting tee, baggy pants and sneaks is all you need. Smart mouth, optional.
Gleaming The Cube
One of the films that cemented his career, Christian Slater plays an insouciant adolescent who’s encouraged to follow a more righteous path in order to uncover who murdered his brother. Equipped with a sharp mind, bold disposition and his trusty skateboard, Slater’s character Brian Kelly navigates a tale full of death and debauchery in this 1989 flick.
Slater’s style is typical of a Californian skateboarder from that time period. From rocking a singular earring to his out-there graphic-print T-shirt, forgo the patterned shirt and knee pads, and stock up on black separates if you’re hoping to copy his steez.