Surfer Girl style
We stalk the most stylish surfer girls and pin their look down to 10 items
There’s something about living in a beach town and the effortless chic of surfer girl style that’s hard to put your finger on. It’s more than the bare feet you’ll see at coffee shops. The floaty dresses or sun-kissed blonde surfer hair that spills from wide-brimmed sun hats. Surfer girl style is carefree, un-apologetic but also meticulously styled. It is definitely a look you can craft.
Mainstream surf companies like Roxy and Billabong will sell you a vision of empty beaches, toned bums, sandy smiles and seashells. That’s all very well if you live in a surf town, but how can you achieve this meticulous surfer girl inspired look when back home in the city? Surf style steals heavily from the Bohemian fashion look, made famous by Londoner, actress and It girl Sienna Miller. Boho style is all about floaty tunics, lightweight fabrics, indie clothing and rock-beachy hair. Everything seems to work together while being a touch misplaced and somewhat in contrast.
We looked at the consistent items that sit in the surfer girl wardrobe as well as across the lookbooks of the main surf brands that sell you that beach-inspired dream. Surfer girl style is easy to re-create anywhere. All you need is a few staple items, a tan and sun-kissed hair (have a look at this SunBum lightening spray).
Here are our top 10 staple fashion items of surfer girl style:
The white strappy dress:
A staple throw on item. The white strappy dress should be loose fitting, light-weight and have a touch of detail that makes it unique (not plain and boring). Be it an interesting strap, exposed back, embroidered pattern or a frayed hemline, these little details give the dress an edge over the simple white T-shirt dress or tank top dress.
There is no doubt about it. The go-to brand that all the girls wear is Spell & The Gypsy out of Byron Bay Australia. No one does a floaty white dress like these guys. Thank me later. You’re welcome!
Another great beach item or layer that adds intrigue to an outfit. Crochet tops and dresses can be layered over bikinis, a beautiful lace bra or a nude or coloured tank top. They look great with cut off denim shorts, or mixed with any other items on the top 10 surfer girl list. A beautiful crochet dress is a definite show-stopper in the evening and a great item for hot, balmy nights.
So easy to throw on and even easier to do activities then a dress! The playsuit has been a big hit across Australian beach towns and with many of the girl surfers on the tour such as Sage Erickson (USA). Go for fun prints, denim, bold colours and dress up with belts and strappy shoes.
Spell & The Gypsy steal this category as well. Rompers in prints that make you want to buy a van, listen to Hendrix and roll around in petals.
A statement print Kimono
Another light layer that adds further dimension and allure while keeping the wind off you (or that chill you get after catching too much sun!). Go for anything printed, loose, 3/4 sleeves or longer, and a length that will cover your bottom! For that extra boho look, add a fringe on the sleeve or hem-line.
Check out the Spell & The Gypsy kimonos. They aren’t cheap (around $260) and are not meant for the beach but they will be one of your most prize-possesions in your wardrobe. Warning. You will get lost in a giant hole of seduction on the Spell website.
A structured heavy handbag doesn’t go with this look. Opt for a small travel-inspired shoulder bag or purse that looks like you picked it up at a market in some far-off land. Braided straps, embroidered colourful patterns and a fringe are all classic examples of a laid-back, travel handbag.
I long after Mahiya bags (pictured above). So bohochic!
Layers of long necklaces
Necklines of surfer girl style tend to be low and loose, leaving the chest area free for multiple dangling jewels! Adorn this space with necklaces of various lengths, either made up of natural fibres or crystal pendants on a stylish chain. Choker necklaces from the 90s have recently seen a revival but mostly in the teenage age-bracket. Approach wearing a choker with care!
Sienna Miller was the queen of the ankle boot and floaty dress. This style has been picked up by many of the surfer girls on the professional tour like good friends Laura Enever (AU) and Sage Erickson (USA). Ankle boots weigh down the lightness of your outfit by directing your eye and accentuating your leg line (who doesn’t want that!). Wear with loose short dresses, shorts, skirts or stripes.
Make your own denim shorts from an old pair of jeans or buy them frayed, distressed, embroidered or patched; high-waisted or low waisted. The denim jean short is every surfer girl’s go-to item. Team with layered tops, a flannel shirt or a short crocheted top over a bikini.
For denim shorts you can’t look past OneTeaspoon – No one does it better than these guys. The Bandits are the most popular style with surfer girls in Australia. In fact, anything from OneTeaspoon is the ultimate in surfer girl style. Check them out.
The wide-brimmed hat
The strong Australian sun calls for a hat and it’s good to see so many young girls taking this sun protection and turning it into a style item. Dark coloured, wide-brimmed hats were the staple accessory worn by all the girls watching the Australian Open of surfing this summer in Sydney (and the athletes!). They are also a key item of many surf brand’s fashion campaigns, seen across both Roxy and Billabong advertising.
Travel bracelets (lots of them)
Nothing says carefree and travelled than the bracelets that you picked up on the beach and now collect on your wrist! Mix natural fibres, beads and bracelets made from seashells, with silver bagels and other metals. Swap your bracelets to match any colours in your outfit, for extra impact.
Ohhh.. and don’t forget a pair of ripped jeans! Casual is the middle name of surfer girl style. Again, you can’t look past OneTeaspoon for the best in ripped, distressed denim.
Check out the surfer girls and brands that inspired this post:
- Spell & The Gypsy
- Sage Erickson Instagram
- Coco Ho Instagram
- Laura Enever Instagram
- Malia Manuel Instagram
- Stephanie Gilmore Instagram
What surf brands to you love? Any items that you think should be on this list? Let me know below.