Skateboarding aesthetic or Skater Style, as a subcategory of Streetwear feels young and untamed. Through its unconventional look and feel, skater style communicates:
Being in the game for more than 30 years, skateboarding proved to be more of a culture and lifestyle than just a sport with a specific dress code (as Jaden Smith points out in our video below).
It’s set its roots in the early 90s while we observe a pick between 2000 and 2010, being widely adopted by young people.
How to *feel* the skateboarding aesthetic
To get a better understanding of the style, we’ll see some examples of what “The Pros” wear how they behave and what their style looks like, we’ll listen to some Sk8 music to get in the mood, and finally, we’ll check out some of the most popular brands and products that helped to shape the culture and left their mark on it.
By the end, I PROMISE, you will feel it!
Time Needed: 10 minutes
Step 1 - watch this Skate Video
Check out the Skateboarding Video below and breathe in the skateboarding culture.
Step 2 - Listen to Skate Music
Listen to our selection of skate songs and bands (video below) to get the vibe.
Step 3 - Check out Style Of the Pros
Check out these famous pro skaters’ styles to see which fits your personal style better (images below).
Step 4 - Define your Hair Style & Apparel
Seize your options and choose the style that compliments your face and body, better fits your personal brand, and style (image ideas below).
Step 5 - Classic Products Iconic Brands
Check out the top 10 skate brands and their products that left an era, and played a determining role regarding the evolution of the skateboarding culture.
Skateboarding Aesthetic — Watch the Lifestyle
There isn’t a better way to understand the skateboarding aesthetic and the underlying culture, other than observing how real skaters move, speak, dress up, how they behave, and what they say about skateboarding.
Skateboarding Music — Get the Vibe
Speaking of culture, we’ve prepared a combo of skate songs and bands that semantically influenced skater style. I’m sure you’ve heard these songs before — at least some of them. You’ll definitely get the vibe.
The bands/artists included in the music video are:
Skateboarding Aesthetic — The style of the Pros
Watch the pros. They have worn this style for years; they’ve mastered it. They are pretty famous and rich; they do it right. So let’s see what they wear, the combinations, and how well they support the style overall.
Let’s buy some style!
01. Nyjah Huston
Nyjah Huston is the highest-paid professional skater (in action) today, with a net worth of $12 million. His favorite trick is Tre (360 flip) and he is a featured character in the video games Tony Hawk’s Project 8, Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground, Tony Hawk: Ride, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.
Nyjah's Style Inspiration
02. Lizzie Armanto
Lizzie Armanto is an American-Finnish pro skater. Her stance is regular and she is a playable character in the video games Tony Hawk’s Shred Session, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.
Lizzie's Style Inspiration
03. Pedro Barros
Pedro Barros is a pro skater from Brazil. He is 25 years old and he won the silver medal in the inaugural Olympic men’s park skateboarding event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
He usually wears loose pants and Red Bull beanies/hats.
Pedro's Style Inspiration
04. Leticia Bufoni
Leticia Bufoni, born April 13, 1993in São Paulo, Brazil, is a pro skater. Her favorite trick is Backside Smith and she is sponsored by Nike SB and Red Bull among other brands.
Her style is composed mainly of women’s leggings and sleveless tops.
Leticia's Style Inspiration
Skateboarding aesthetic — The Apparel
The only rule that defines the skateboarding clothing style is that you can wear whatever you want however you like to wear it, as long as it represents you, and makes you feel comfortable!
Although there are no rules, the most popular outfits we see skaters wear, include graphic T-Shirts, straight/regular-fit pants, and skate shoes. The style is unisex.
To break it down:
T-Shirts, Hoodies, Jackets
Graphic-printed, or blank tees, either loose or not, but in any case comfortable (not tight). So for the upper body, we’ve got:
Pants & Shorts
For the pants/shorts style now, you have to choose between loose, regular, or tight fit:
Skateboarding shoes are comfortable and look very similar to sneakers, with the exception that they are specifically built to absorb the jumps shocks, and are durable enough to handle the abrasion caused by the grip.
Skateboarding aesthetic — Top 10 brands & Iconic products
The last stop in this guide are the 10 most popular skateboarding products by brands that influenced the skater culture and left a legacy.
The brands below are shorted by popularity in 2021, with Vans, Thrasher, and Nike SB holding the top 3 positions.
01. Vans Old Skool Shoes
02. Thrasher Hoodies
03. Nike Sb Skate Shoes
04. Element Boards
05. Santa Cruz Swetshirts
06. Zero T-shirts
07. Independent Trucks
08. Carhartt Cargo Pants
09. Lakai Skate Shoes
10. Dc Skate Shoes
That’s all ladies and gentlemen!
We spent many hours gathering all the information, photos, and footage, in our effort to present to you how the Skateboarding Aesthetic feels like, so we hope that you found what you were looking for.
If you did, show us some love <3 or let me know in the comments below if you have any questions!