Even though I was born and raised in Southern California where it was sunny and warm 360 days of the year, I didn’t start surfing or skating until I moved up to the Bay. A few months back I bought my first skateboard and gave myself shin splints on my left leg because I was skating around too much with poor form. Surfing started when a colleague graciously took us out to Pacifica for a day full of lessons, beer, and freshly made guacamole by yours truly. Here’s what I’d like to wear for a morning surf sesh that turns into a skate sesh right after.
Rails button down shirt via Intermix — Plaid shirts are the shit for Bay Area weather. You can easily layer over a tee if there’s any chance of it being sunny, or you can cover up with another sweater and scarf for when it’s cold.
Skateboard via 1st Dibs — I bought my skateboard from the friendly and true skate dudes over at 510 Skateshop on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley, but this one is just as cool as my deck. Would highly recommend 510 for anyone new to skating, they’ll help you out.
J Brand jeans — J Brands are probably my favorite denim line today. They’re a great mid-weight denim that stretches just enough without staying stretched out forever, which is one of my biggest denim pet peeves.
Marysia Swim one piece swimsuit — Marysia seems to be the swimsuit brand of the year along with Mikoh and Acacia Swimwear. I’m not complaining. I love the slight scallop details along the neckline and armpits. It packs a feminine and quirky punch without being too overwhelming or childish.
Vans for Madewell — In middle school, all of the bad boys and girls wore Vans. But Madewell dressed them up with their recent and ongoing collaboration with the skate line. The airy slip-ons are pretty much sold out everywhere, but keep your eyes peeled for future releases.
Illesteva round sunglasses — Even though these sunglasses are Italian made, their price point isn’t through the roof. Sturdy enough to withstand the intermittent SF sun and trendy enough to wear with a dressier outfit.