With the beautiful weather comes so much more activity around campus. Sidewalks that used to be completely barren are now bustling with people. Unfortunately for us upperclassmen here at Drexel, we remain in full-time classes all summer long because of our unique quarter system. Although the situation may seem rare for a typical American university we have learned to embrace the fact and look at the positive side. I think that the summertime is when Philadelphia truly comes to life!
The urge to enjoy the sunshine brings about the active side of countless students. Whether it’s biking, running, rollerblading or skateboarding, there is no doubt that energy levels are up, and I can’t help but love the change. Longboarding seems to be a huge craze across college campuses in recent years. It’s such an easy way to get around and let’s be honest, you do pretty cool zooming past everyone as you skate to class. I spotted this Fashionisto cruising around campus sporting a laidback look that read California cool. Longboarding actually originated in Southern California near Santa Cruz. It was created as a way for guys to “sidewalk surf” through the city. The popular sport remains closely tied with surf culture today. However, because surfer style is very much geared towards being at the beach, I think longboarder style differs a little. They tend to be city kids in touch with fashion and new trends. I’ve noticed that graphic five panel hats and flat-soled sneakers are definitely a must for these gnarly dudes.
Bold graphics can be really fun but for a laidback look they look even better when worn with classic pieces. I love how this Fashionisto pairs a fresh white western button-down with plain gray shorts. He lets his accessories make the statement. Aviators, a leather cuff and an oversized watch make him look ultra cool and fashion forward. I can’t help but swoon when I see a man who invests in a stylish watch to wear on all occasions. His shoes are practical for cruisin’ on that bamboo board but are also perfectly planned to add a pop of color to his ensemble. Who would ever think that skater boys have such a bad reputation looking at this fine fella?
Hint: Brands like Vans, Obey and Stussy personify the bold and retro vibe that skater guys (and hip girls) love to represent. Get inspired by taking a peak at their latest lookbooks. Check out the way they pair graphics and bright colors to create a bold statement.