As the saying goes, “everything old is new again.” That’s held for nearly every era and style. However, in skating culture, some trends have never gone away, so it makes sense that plenty of OG skate styles are still relevant today. While skateboarding took off as a hobby and sport endeavor in the 1970s and into the 1980s, skating culture and style took serious root in the 1990s. From skate shoes and shorts to graphic T-shirts, there’s plenty to love from classic skate styles. Take a look at four OG skate styles that are still relevant and possibly something you might want to add to your closet.
1. Loose and Comfortable T-Shirts
Graphic t-shirts were the rage in the 1990s when skaters preferred wearing loose-fitting — and sometimes oversized — shirts. These shirts would often feature logos, phrases or slogans from favorite skate brands. Typically short-sleeved back in the day, the shirts were and still are designed for many unique styles. Whether you like loud, colorful shirts or more neutral, low-key designs, there are dozens of brands that carry t-shirts for every type of skater.
We all still love our hoodies well into the 21st century, whether we’re into skating or not. This classic casual piece can top off an outfit, fits perfectly over an oversized T-shirt and works with shorts, jeans and your favorite skate-friendly sneakers. But hoodies had a special place in the hearts and closets of skaters in the 1990s.
Skaters have great resistance to the elements, skating on the hottest summer days and coldest winter evenings. The hoodie has remained the warming attire of choice on those chilly days because it isn’t too bulky and doesn’t cause overheating. Simultaneously, you can pull it up overhead to keep your self-generated skating warmth from escaping your head and the wind creeping into your ears. It’s a practical piece with tons of potential for personal style.
3. Skater Pants
Pants in the skater world have always skewed big and baggy. Skaters need plenty of room and freedom to move without worrying about tight pants. Whether flared sweatpants, gargantuan jeans or relaxed-fitting camo shorts, skaters have always played fast and loose with their legwear.
4. Skate Shoes
While the industry mandates no official “skate shoe,” there are brands like Vans that skateboarders love and wouldn’t trade. Originally part of the 1960s Southern California scene, teeming with avid surfers, Vans has become an iconic part of the skater culture and fashion sense. Besides that, they’re comfortable and make you unmistakably and timelessly a part of skating culture.
Most Skate Styles Not Only Stay Relevant, They Become Tradition
In some ways, skating culture is timeless and holds onto traditions without doing so intentionally. Most of the OG skate styles are as comfortable and fashionable today as they were 30 years ago, so you can wear your Vans, baggy pants, t-shirts and favorite hoodies and fit in perfectly.