For the young man who is ready to impress the ladies, learning to dress like a skater is a surefire way to get attention. In addition to oozing that “dangerous male” attitude, it also helps acclimate a new student or class transfer into the already existing pecking order of the boys’ locker room.
The secondary aspect of spending time and nailing down how to dress like a skater prevents the newcomer from being fingered as a poser, which more or less spell the death of his social life and respect. So what are the must-have duds and dos?
- Beef up on the surfing slang. Learning to dress like a skater begins with an attitude adjustment. Seeing that skating finds its roots in surfing, there are still quite a few terms that remain the same. Of course, with the growth of the skating subculture, the use of specialized terminology also emerged, but a good grasp of surfing lingo is an excellent start.
- Pay as much attention to the graphic design of the deck as to the clothes. Deck design is a calling card among skaters and the more intricate the art, the more respect the skater receives.
- Buy baggy pants, boxer shorts and loose fitting T–shirts. Walking in baggy pants may take a little getting used to, so practice the swagger at home before hitting the streets.
- Accessorize with sneakers, hoodies and hats. Remember that advertising on the gear is out, while anyone who wants to dress like a skater can make an exception for clothing line-specific adverts–as long as they are hip.
Keep in mind that for a young man, it is a sign of class to dress like a skater. He comes across as dangerous, rebellious and fashionable. For a grown man to dress like a skater is pathetic. Learn where your tipping point is and make sure to move from skater to Renaissance man at the appropriate time (usually during the college years).