One of my favorite places to spot contemporary men’s fashion near campus in Philadelphia is surprisingly the new skate park that they recently opened, located near the famous art museum. Boys of all ages are skateboarding, rollerblading and even riding scooters to the beat of their own drum. It seems that although these skater boys that I survey are there to take part in their favorite sport, they still manage to bring out their coolest gear. A skater’s style wouldn’t be complete without graphic tees, flashy hats and tapered skinny jeans. I noticed that the culture goes much further than typical skater style however. These boys definitely have their own spin on fashion to distinguish themselves. Whether it be through bright colors, accessories or even distinct hair styles, each athlete looks unique.
Some people have strict limitations on what they consider fashion. I see it as much more than the bright lights, A-list celebrities and multimillion dollar runway shows. That’s not to say that those elements are not important to the industry, but it doesn’t represent the majority of the business. The majority of fashion comes from day-to-day style and that is what is so interesting about these skaters to me. This Fashionisto stood out to me in of the crowd of rowdy teenage boys. His graphic tee referenced comic strips with a vintage edgy movie title and made a bold statement against the monochrome black hue of the rest of his ensemble. His worn skinny jeans were rolled up for practicality and to keep him cool. I couldn’t help but appreciate how effortless his outfit must have been, but it was captivating!
His choice in accessories matched his look—practical but still cool. He wore a bright bandana to keep his head cool in the humid heat. He also wore a snapback on top of the makeshift headband. This was a clever take on a typical hat look. I consider bandanas a great way to add color and an artistic attitude to casual looks. Men can also incorporate the classic cloth into their wardrobes. The fabric also looks cool loosely tied around the neck. I thought the punch of color in the bandana complemented his tee quite perfectly and his thick-framed black glasses definitely brought all the accessories together. Although it was effortless enough blade the half pipes, it was still boldly chic for a photographer’s eye to catch.
Hint: If you like this look, drop the skates and opt for a modern sneaker with this look for a cool feel. The rolled jeans and high socks will maintain that interesting look to the skater-chic outfit.