How to Look Like a Surfer

Three Methods:Looking Like a Surfer GirlGetting the Surfer Look for MenLooking Like a Surfer When You’re Learning to Surf

Maybe you can surf and maybe you just love their style. You don't have to spend every day at the beach or riding the waves to look like you do. A few style tips will have you sporting that surfer style wherever you are.

Method 1
Looking Like a Surfer Girl

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    Lighten up your hair. Surfers spend a lot of time in the sun, leaving them with that sun-kissed look to their hair. Even if you don't spend as much time at the beach, you can get this same look in the salon.[1]
    • Go for an overall lightening, but avoid getting too platinum.
    • Highlights are a great way to make you hair look like it’s been in the sun.
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    Get the surfer wave in your locks. It seems amazing that surfers can get out of the ocean and when their hair dries, it looks effortlessly amazing. The secret here is the salt water. You can get this effect of crunchy waves by using a sea salt spray on your hair. Towel dry your hair. Spray on some sea salt spray, scrunch your hair with your hands, and let it air dry.
    • There are several sea salt sprays available. Choose the one which most appeals to you.[2]
    • Another option is making your own sea salt spray by mixing 1 cup of hot water with 1-2 teaspoons of sea salt (not table salt) and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a spray bottle. Shake it well for a minute or two and its ready to use.
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    Mix and match your bikinis. A popular style for surfer girls is mixing up bold colors and prints. This make sure you stand out in the crowd and represent your own style. Surfer bikini bottoms tend to have a mid-rise cut to them. The tops are focused on staying on and usually have a sporty look like a criss-crossed back or racerback, similar to a sports bra.[3]
    • When mixing and matching, try using different patterns with the same color scheme, or similar patterns in different colors.[4]
    • Try wearing a solid bikini bottom in a bold color, and matching it with a printed bikini top.
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    Shop the surf brands. There are a lot of surf brands which have clothing lines.[5] Some of the most popular brands are Billabong, Hurley, Rip Curl, Quiksilver, RVCA, and O’Neill.[6] Roxy is a popular female clothing line which is an offshoot of Quicksilver.
    • These brands provide high fashion, and high quality swimwear, which will keep you in fashion and a durable suit.
    • Consider wearing a tank sporting one of these brand names with your bikini top underneath.[7]
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    Add some jewelry. Layer your wrist with bracelets! Don’t be shy about adding 7 or eight bracelets at a time. Choose bracelets woven out of brightly colored fibers. You may also want touches of seashells and beads.[8]
    • A more formal option could be a thin metal bracelet with sea glass.
    • Cinch the fiber bracelets to different sizes so that they run up your forearm, rather than lying on top of each other on your wrist.
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    Go barefoot! If you are not on the beach, make it as barefoot as possible with a strapped sandal to keep that nearly bare look going from the beach to the street.[9]
    • A more casual option would be simple flip flops. Many come with floral and beach prints on the sole.
    • If you need more coverage, choose a slip-on canvas shoe with a floral print.

Method 2
Getting the Surfer Look for Men

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    Embrace prints. One staple of the male surfer look is the floral shirt. This goes for a classic Hawaiian button up, but can also be a t-shirt with a bold floral pattern. Start with this shirt and build from there.[10]
    • The print doesn’t have to be on your shirt. Try opting for some printed slip-on sneakers.
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    Wear chinos instead of jeans. Jeans and the beach don’t match. Instead of jeans, try wearing some khaki chinos. Go for a lighter shade and consider experimenting with different beach colors like green and blue.
    • For an added surfer look, roll the bottom of each leg a little over the ankle, as if you need to keep the edges dry while you’re walking along the beach.[11]
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    Get some board shorts. If you are on the beach, or even just styling on a hot day, a token element of the surfer style is board shorts. These are banded at the top with a string to tie them together. They come in those bold surfer prints. They rest low on the hips and end above the knee.[12]
    • Shop some of the most popular surf brands like Quiksilver, Hurley, RVCA and O’Niell for the trendiest shorts.[13]
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    Master the surfer hair. Male surfers often have longer and shaggier hair. Consider growing yours out long enough to tousle. You can also add hair product like Surfer Hair Power Putty to give your hairstyle the shaggy surfer look. Apply a dime-sized amount to damp hair, scrunch it up and let it air dry.[14]
    • If you have long hair, try a sea salt spray.
    • Curly hair is great for a surfer look. Consider enhancing the curls with a mousse for a slightly wet look.
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    Accessorize with jewelry. Some men don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but surfers do. Finish off your look with some bracelets and a necklace. Opt for woven fiber and maybe add some seashells, or a shark tooth necklace.[15]
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    Move your vibe from the beach to a formal occasion. Choose a colored suit, but it should not be too bright. Try green or blue, or tan if the color is uncomfortable for you. The bright color should come from the printed floral shirt you pair with the suit.[16]
    • You can also throw some color and a casual beach vibe into your look by pairing some printed slip on shoes with your suit.
    • For added floral fun put a tropical flower in your lapel or a printed pocket square in your jacket pocket.

Method 3
Looking Like a Surfer When You’re Learning to Surf

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    Find the perfect swim suit. Surf brands create the most durable suits for the sport. They are designed to be stylish, endure the activity and friction involved in surfing, and to stay on your body when you may not stay on the board.
    • Men will want a pair of board shorts, which have a band and tie at the top. They are designed to stay on, be less bulky, and dry quickly.[17]
    • Women should opt for a bikini with a medium rise cut to the bottom and a top which either has a criss-cross or racerback.
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    Protect your skin from a rash. There is a lot of friction created between the wax on your board and your body when you are swimming out to the break. It is not always necessary to wear a full wet suit, but you will want to get a rash guard. Rash guards can be worn by men and women and function as a tight fitting shirt to protect the chest, abdomen and arms.[18]
    • Rash guards come in short and long sleeves. Longer sleeves will provide further protection from rashes and sun, but short sleeves are also acceptable.
    • Women usually wear rash guards over their bikini top.
    • Your rash guard can match your bikini bottom, but it doesn’t have to. Keep playing with matching similar colors and mixing patterns.
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    Know your wetsuits. A wetsuit is not just a wetsuit. They come in different thicknesses, styles and sizes, and have several attachments depending on the temperature of the water you will be surfing in. Make sure you are going to be comfortable.[19]
    • Go to the store and try the suit on. Make sure that you can bend and stretch comfortably. Ask for suggestions on the thickness which will be the best match for the water you will be surfing in.
    • The colder the water will be, the thicker you want your wetsuit to be in order to hold in more water, which is heated by your body heat. The weight, or thickness can vary in different parts of the suit. A good example of a warm wet suit for cold water is a 6/5/4, meaning it is 6mm in the torso, 5mm in the arms and 4mm in the legs.
    • Add a hood, gloves and boots for extremely cold water.

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