Yes, You Can Do: Surfer Style

You Can Do Surfer
Photo: KEVIN SWEENEY

It’s really quite simple to take on a trend. Just follow this smart advice from InStyle Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary.

Growing up at the Jersey Shore in the ’70s, I loved everything about surf culture, especially long-haired boys in their wet suits half unzipped and hanging off their tanned torsos. I also adored beach-babe style: bikinis, Baja hoodies, puka-shell jewelry, and flip-flops. The look was—and is—totally awesome!

Why I Love This Look

1. The freewheeling Endless Summer feel of these clothes is guaranteed to get you stoked for a good time or bring back memories of a favorite Maui or Malibu vacation.

2. Nothing is hotter than this mix of Hawaiian and Californian style, a sun-kissed glow, and beach hair. It’s casual and all about being undone.

How to Pull It Off

1. This is definitely a weekend trend. Don’t even think about wearing any of it to the office. You should also consider your location: Splashy colors and palm-tree prints are just the thing to wear when you’re headed to the beach or pool or when you’re sipping a tequila sunrise on the deck of your summer share, but they may look a bit out of place for a date at a nice restaurant.

2. Age can be a factor. If you are north of 45, think twice about wearing trendy neoprene or board shorts. Opt instead for a fun woven beach bag or a classic shift in a muted Hawaiian print. If you actually surf, put on that rash guard and a little sunscreen and be as gnarly as you want to be.

Start building your surf-inspired wardrobe with these key pieces in our gallery.

For more tips, pick up the June issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.

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A.L.C.

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$380; intermixonline.com

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H&M

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$13; hm.com

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Tommy Hilfiger

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$99; tommy.com

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Roxy

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$88; roxy.com

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Juicy Couture

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$79 (top) and $85 (bottom); nordstrom.com

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See By Chloé

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$425; at Finale Boutique, 732-886-3600

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Tibi

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$165; tibi.com

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Hipanema

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$108; hipanemausa.com

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Soludos

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$41; soludos.com

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Bohemian Love

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$225; lovebohemianlove.com

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Westward Leaning

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$180; westwardleaning.com

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J. Crew

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$198; available in June at jcrew.com

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Royal Natives

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$110; theroyalnative.com

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American Eagle Outfitters

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$16; ae.com

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Roxy

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$40; roxy.com

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