Whether you're hanging five or hanging ten, the fashion industry has one foot on the street and one foot in the water. Fashion — Aug 29
When it comes to authority and influence, or the difference between the two, few things define personal style. And viral moments — similarly hero pieces, those celebrity-approved items that strike chords with the internet, like flip-flop heels or oversized puffers — tend to outweigh eras. Social media has killed the decade, where style was organized by the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and so on. And instead, we look back on fashion as we knew it as a guiding force toward a more "personal" sense of "style".
But no period of fashion — how ever we can interpret the idea — has withstood the ebbing tides of how we dress ourselves quite like the surf and skate style of the ‘70s through the ‘90s. Be it slip-on sneakers (Vans or yesterday's Céline), bucket hats (Prada or vintage), secondhand denim of all shades and sizes, or designer skateboards, the nostalgia is real. From top(s) to bottom(s), tropical prints have replaced florals and become almost neutral, like animal prints or stripes.
Mini Olivia Knot$659
No period of fashion — how ever we can interpret the idea — has withstood the ebbing tides of how we dress ourselves quite like the surf and skate style of the ‘70s through the ‘90s.
Angel XS Baby$1,175
At the root of this sportswear meets ready-to-wear phenomenon, though, is the phenomenon of “effortless fashion”; not the notion that everything in one’s closet can be paired with everything else, rather that clothes should last decades — at what cost, however, is up to you. Other feelings that emulate from “effortlessness”: uncomplicated, light, smooth (like the vision of almond milk being poured into a grail of iced coffee or the humming of a surfboard atop an A-frame wave). In other words, fashion that hangs loose.
Rue St. Guillaume Bucket$325
K/Signature Small Shoulderbag$385
Ballerina Fringe Bag$323
Mahogany On Brass$999
Chiara 90 Block Exotic Heel$695
Like most trends rooted in real-life, however, it won’t matter who can actually surf or skate; just as it’s never mattered if anyone in a leather jacket and studs can actually play a Gibson or carry a beat.
Like most trends rooted in real-life, however, it won’t matter who can actually surf or skate; just as it’s never mattered if anyone in a leather jacket and studs can actually play a Gibson or carry a beat. And that won’t deter those reared on neoprene and board shorts from keeping the trend alive for at least another decade or so. It’s why, as summer drifts away, we’re still holding on to the easier side of getting dressed — whether that’s throwing a pair of sandals with suit pants or a blazer over a bikini top. Something tells us that's what being cool is all about.