Skateboard Clothing And Apparel
On this page we are going to look at some of our favourite skateboard clothing brands in 2016. There are some really cool brands out there going from some new up and coming brands to old classics that are still producing some really great clothing.
Top Skate Clothing Brands For 2016
Below we are going to look at our favourite top ten clothing brands for 2016. If you like the look of the brands from our quick overview you can click down to the individual brands page to get a closer look at what’s on offer.
Diamond Supply Co
Still going strong after twenty years the Diamond Supply Co clothing brand is one of the most popular skate brands around at the moment. You won’t go to many skate spots without seeing a few Diamond T’s or Hoodies. Originally started as a small skate hardware brand in San Francisco and then Los Angeles it now offers a full range of skateboarding products including clothing that has started to move into more main stream fashion. The Diamond Supply Co team has a lot of great riders to show off the brand making it one of the best known out there. Click here and have at look at the 2016 Diamond Supply Co range in more detail.
A look at some of the styles and clothing brands that have been around in skating over the years
Skate clothing brands are a big part of the sport and the culture that evolves around skateboarding. It is as important to look the part down at the skate park as well as being able to do all the latest tricks. Many people involved in the scene are passionate about music, clothing and extreme street sports in general and have the image to go with it. It may be that you are really into the boutique skateboard brands or you may be a big fan of the large skate clothing brands there are plenty of products for you to choose from.
Looking Like The Pros
We all aspire to look like our favourite pros when we are skating and this means wearing the same clothes and dressing in the same style. The many videos out there promote a lifestyle through skateboarding and clothing. It could be you like to wear skate clothing from their sponsors or you just like to wear the same style of clothes. There are a lot of brands and styles to choose from.
Most of the major manufactures also have a line in skate wear that promotes their brand and style with some graphics. These sometimes are branded or promote particular products like wheels or decks. Independent trucks have a hugely popular clothing range of skate clothing based on the classic logo that has stayed the same through the years.
Classic Skate Clothing
Not everyone loves all of the latest brands when it comes to skate clothing. Many skaters have been involved with the sport for decades and like to stick with the trusted brands like Vans Originals and Dickies clothing. These brands have been associated with the sport for many years and have a reputation for looking good but also for being extremely hard wearing. Dickies 874 trousers have been around for many years and originally were designed as work wear that would last a long time but have become an iconic part of skate clothing.
Big Brand Skate Wear
As the sport has grown in popularity it has moved into the main stream of sports. Skateboarding was once seen as something that the alternative kids were into but now with massive events such as the Dew Tour and X Games the major brands have started producing skate wear. Brands like Nike SB produce skate wear which are really popular with the younger skaters. Brands like Adidas also have skate wear lines available.
Skate T Shirts
T Shirts are a massive part of skate wear, showing off which brands you like or which pros you follow. Many of the companies sell T shirts that have deck graphics as well as brand logos or just cool designs. Classic T shirts from Independent Trucks and Santa Cruz seem to be timeless and always look good with the logo prints. Like all skate wear, T Shirts take a real battering from all of the countless wipe outs and sweaty sessions so quality is important. Cheap T shirts that stretch in a few days are no use so quality cotton T shirts are the way forward.
|Independent Logo T Shirt
|Thrasher Skate and Destroy T Shirt
|Creature Logo T Shirt
Caps and Hats
Caps and hats are traditionally used to keep the sun out of our eyes and keep us warm in the winter. Well, not so much the case in skating. You will often see people rolling around the park in a woolly hat in summer!! Its hot but it looks good and that is what matters. A cool beanie from a known brand is always nice. Caps are a little more practical, keeping the sweat out of our eyes and shading us from the sun whilst also showing off our favourite brands and designs!
|Santa Cruz Flexfit Cap|
|DC Beenie Hat|
|Stussy Bucket Hat|
Most skaters want trousers that are baggy and easy to move around and also hard wearing. That’s a pretty hard combination to find! Some jeans and really popular for skating and many of the skate wear manufacturers offer jeans and also combat trousers. Classic skate wear trousers like Dickies 874 are really popular and last well. Don’t forget the trendy super slim fit trousers, many of them are made of stretchy fabric and are surprisingly easy to move around in!
|Dickies 874 Workwear Trousers|
|Carhartt Cargo Trousers|
|DC Mens Jeans|
We all love a good hoodie for wearing in the colder evenings or just looking cool with the hood up. Many skateboard brands make popular and hard wearing hoodies that are worn by all sorts not just skaters. Many skate wear brands like Thrasher Magazine, Santa Cruz, Element and Vans Original offer zip up hoodies and pull over hoodies in all sizes.
Extreme sports cross over
|Independent Classic Hoodie|
|Vans Original Hoodie|
Extreme sports in general are very popular and the clothing and culture that goes around them has become very similar with many brands such as DC, Vans Original, Element clothing going across the extreme sports spectrum from Moto Cross to BMX. Many skaters also have a strong interest in other extreme sports and many of the clothing labels cater for this.
Surfing and skateboarding have always been connected, the Californian lifestyle is one that many surfers and skaters aspire to and the culture that goes with it. Brands like Matix, Vans Original and Stussy cover the two sports and offer some classic style clothing for all board sports. The only issue we have in the UK is the weather dictates what we wear a lot of the time! Back in the 60’s and 70’s skateboarding was seen as an offshoot of surfing but as the sport has progressed it has taken on a style of its own. Street skating is very different in style to the bright coloured shirts and board short styles from back in the day.
Boutique Skateboard Brands
There is a number of boutique skateboard brands that are growing in popularity and seen as the thing to be wearing. Isle, Ripndip and Sk8mafia are cool small brands that offer some really nice clothing that will get you noticed. Many skaters like the alternative brands and steer well clear of the major labels like Nike SB. If you are on of those people then have a look at these boutique skate brands and see what style suits you.
Palace and Adidas Collaboration
Many of the major skate clothing brands appreciate the power of the boutique brands. Palace skateboards have collaborated with Adidas on a number of occasions to produce sports style clothing that crosses over with skate and street wear. They offer football shirts and tracks suits as well as jumpers with both brand logos. This sort of street wear is becoming popular with the masses not just with the skate scene and is a sought after brand.
There’s a lot to choose from, hopefully our reviews can help you sort through them!.