As a London resident, I've never really thought I could carry off dressing like a surfer. Wearing tie-dye has always felt as awkward as using the word "gnarly" with a British accent. It's something to be left for gap-year backpackers and people who can navigate more than a foam board. However, numerous major fashion houses took their inspiration from California surf culture this summer, however, with trippy tie-dye, strings of pukka shell necklaces, bucket hats and Hawaiian shirts. Chanel even created beach ball handbags and endorsed cycling shorts.
But as with many trends, the more you see them, the more you become convinced—and this is the case with me and surfer clothes. I'm now finding myself wanting a tie-dye T-shirt, Velcro rock-friendly sandals and a leopard-print bucket hat. I've even been looking at Hawaiian shirts in a totally different way.
You can't always which catwalk trends will translate into actual sales and impact how people dress. In fact, cycling shorts haven't really taken off outside of the street style circuit, but high-street shoppers have embraced tie-dye and Velcro sandals. Instagram is flooded with lots of inspiration for how to dress like a surfer as an adult, making this trend a little easier to navigate.
Keep scrolling to see the five surfer trends I'm surprised I'm into this summer.
4. Velcro Sandals
5. Surfer Shirts