How to Dress Like a Skater Girl - Guide to the Skater Aesthetic

By Anaëlle Laurent. Updated: January 24, 2021
How to Dress Like a Skater Girl - Guide to the Skater Aesthetic
Image: Sasha Jade, Vitória Mendonça, Victoria Taylor

Skater, also known as skatecore, is a fashion style centered around the skater culture created in the late 1950s in California, United States. This style or aesthetic has developed over the decades to what it is today.

If you’re wondering how to achieve this aesthetic, you’ve come to the right place. In this oneHOWTO article we’re going to explain the key elements of the skater girl aesthetic and how to dress like a skater girl. Keep reading to learn more!

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What is a skater girl?

A skater girl, as the name suggests, is a female that is genuinely dedicated to skateboarding as a sport or lifestyle. Girls are definitely a minority when it comes to the skateboard community but they are always more than welcomed. In this article we're going to explain how to dress like a skater girl but we also encourage you to take up the hobby to truly experience the essence and beauty of skateboarding and its community.

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How to dress like a skater girl

Skater girls dress to be comfortable and fashionable while skateboarding. Their style can be characterized as care-free, androgynous and old-school. Then, each will customize the skater style to their own personal style. It's just important to note that the main priority is to be comfortable while skateboarding.

With that being said, how can you dress like a skater girl? Follow our tips below:

Choosing the right shoes

When it comes to choosing the right skater shoes, it's very important for them to have a flat sole. You cannot skate with chunky shoes or thick sole boots. That's why most skaters stick to flat skate shoes. Some of the most popular within the skate community includes:

  • Vans
  • Converse
  • Adidas skateboarding
  • Nike skateboarding
  • Nike SB X Air Jordan 1
  • Globe International
  • DC shoes

The colour and model will vary from skater to skater. For example, some prefer ankle-high vans, while others prefer the classic old-school model. Try them out and see which one feels best for you.

Choosing the right pants

When it comes to choosing the right pants, you may have noticed skaters opt for baggy pants. This is also for the comfort and freedom baggy pants offer when skateboarding and trying new tricks. Many skater girls also prefer pants, instead of skirts, because it provides some protection in the case they fall off of their skateboard. By wearing more clothing your skin will be better protected from getting hurt or scraped in a fall.

For these reasons true skater girls will also opt for baggy pants or cargo pants for skateboarding and their own personal style. Some of the most known brands for baggy skater pants are:

  • Dickies
  • Carhrtt
  • DC
  • Levi's
  • Patagonia
  • OBEY
  • Adidas
  • Nike

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Image: Vans

Choosing the right top

In summer you can go for crop tops or tank tops, or even baggy t-shirts. In combination with baggy pants, a tighter top can give you more of a silhouette, if that's what you're going for. You can also go for a classic skater look by sticking to baggy clothes.

In winter, skaters will wear layers as you will start getting hot in the skate park once you start warming up and dong tricks. That's why in the cooler months you can go for a crop top and a nice thick hoodie on top. Other people prefer to do that in reverse and will go for a large baggy shirt over a long sleeve shirt to keep them warm.

Choosing the right sweater

Sweaters are also very important when it comes to dressing like a skater girl. As skateboarding is a physical sport, the sweater you choose should be high quality, breathable and comfortable. You can also opt to buy from skate wear companies or local skate shops. Some ideas are:

  • Hoodies
  • Flannels
  • Crewneck sweaters
  • Long sleeve polo shirts
  • Carhartt/ Dickies jackets

How to become a skater girl

Dressing like a skater girl is fun, but without a skateboard you may just seem like a poser. This is why if you're interested in the skater fashion style, we recommend you also experience the skater lifestyle. Don't just look like a skater girl, become a skater girl. Here's how to do it:

1. Buy a skateboard

What's a skater without a skateboard? Investigate what type of skateboard you're interested in. Do you like bowl skating or tricks? Then a normal skateboard sounds good for you. Perhaps you prefer to cruise around the city and you're also into surfing. In that case, try a cruiser board. Lastly, you may be interested in longboard dancing. If so, get yourself a longboard dance skateboard.

Have fun with this project and then buy your skateboard from a local shop or an online shop and get ready for a new adventure!

2. Learn new tricks

Now that you have your skateboard it's time to learn some tricks. You'll want to first get used to cruising around on it, be able to turn and stop. Then, you can begin learning some tricks. If you're a little lost and don't know where to start, we include 3 skateboard trick tutorials at the end of this article so that you can start learning on your own!

3. Become part of the skater community

Don't hesitate in going to your local skatepark and working on your tricks. This is how you'll become part of the community, make friends and truly become a skater girl. This is especially true if you see another girl at the skate park. Go introduce yourself and become friends, learn tricks together, take photos and make memories. It can feel intimidating at first but just know that they are in the same position as you, they want to improve their skill, make friends with the same hobbies and just have fun.

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Image: Impala skate

4. Learn about the skater lifestyle

Now that you have skater friends, you hang out at the skate park and you're working on your skateboard tricks, you can truly experience the skater lifestyle. At this point you may also be researching about important skateboarders, female skateboarders, competitions and more. This is how you learn more about this lifestyle and also feel inspired to continue on your journey to becoming a better skater.

5. Dress like a skater girl... or don't!

Now that you truly understand the skater lifestyle, you'll genuinely understand how a skater girl dresses because you are one. This is when you can dress like a classic skater girl or adapt your style with the 1940s skatecore aesthetic. With that being said, you don't have to. If you prefer dressing differently but still enjoy skateboarding, then do what feels best for you! Live life on your terms and just have fun, that's what the skateboard community is all about anyway.

Image: はむ, Vitória Mendonça, Victoria Taylor

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