Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

What to Wear: Skateboarding

wear skateboarding what to

Fall is starting to arrive and the air is crisp, which means there’s still time for you to hit the skate decks until it’s too cold. So grab some slick skate shoes, a comfortable pair of pants that you can do tricks in, a shirt, backpack and don’t forget about safety — get a helmet and knee pads too.

Now you can go to your closest skate park looking all fresh. Or you can just skate down the street. Skating is fun. Skating is cool. Skating will get you places (literally). Just remember to pick up some fresh threads so you don’t look like a slacker. We promise you’ll look that much better when you skate. Or you can just wear these clothes and pretend to be a skater. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us.

Clockwise, L-R: Alien Workshop Dreamland Complete Skateboard, $119 at; Hex Academy Backpack, $39.99 at; RVCA Daggers PVSH Pants, $69.50 at; Triple Eight Brainsaver Skate Helmet, $36.95 at; Supreme Prep Plaid Shirt, Supreme Striped Thermal, $84 at; Bullet Adult Safety Set, $29.99 at; Globe Los Angered Shoes, $100 at

Editors' Recommendations

Ann Binlot
Ann Binlot is a New York-based freelance writer who contributes to publications like The Economist, Wallpaper*, Monocle…
Sailing in Style: What to Wear on a Boat
man on boat wearing shorts and sunglasses

The date’s set, your bags are (almost) packed, heck, the boat’s at the dock. Don’t head out of town yet, though: You’re going to need to know what to wear on a boat, and as soon as possible, at that. Take a little old-school inspiration in the form of a rugged fisherman’s sweater, throw on some tailored swim shorts, step out in boat shoes that are land and water-ready, then consider yourself geared up to hit the water in style.

After all, this is no time to pull any punches. You might meet relentless or driving winds on the water, and perhaps on the same day — there’s no excuse not to be ready to embrace whatever the high seas (or the lake, or the river!) bring your way. Our stylish picks for what to wear on a boat can help cast off the right way.
Pedro and Tailor Tee  

Read more
What to Know About Wearing a Face Mask for Coronavirus
Man wears cloth face mask

For men, it’s generally held that fewer accessories are better: grab a good watch, a signet (or wedding) ring, and maybe a tasteful pair of cufflinks to complete your outfit. That advice seems even more apropos for today’s work-from-home style, where a reliable pair of noise-cancelling earbuds may seemingly be the only essential accessory. But COVID-19 has other ideas for us: Last week, the Centers for Disease Control recommended that we all wear “cloth face coverings" outside in order to slow the coronavirus' spread. However, scarce surgical masks and N-95 respirators should be left to healthcare workers who need them most.
Why We Should Be Wearing Face Masks
In an NPR interview on Monday; Dr. Harvey Fineberg of the National Academies Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases explained that the COVID-19 virus can be spread by droplets. “You know when someone is shouting in your face or talking at you, or laughing and you feel the spray? That's a large droplet.”

Fineberg went on to explain that we also create tiny droplets when we talk and breath, creating “bioaerosol particles.” Those can float around, never dropping to the ground. “It’s important that, in closed spaces like patient care rooms, our health care professionals have the right goggles as well as the masks,” he says. Wearing a protective covering, even if it's just a cloth mask, can help prevent those droplets from spreading.

Read more
The Best Sustainable Outfit for a Streetwear Look
best sustainable streetwear look

If you're a jeans-and-sneakers kind of person, but you also care about this weird and wondrous planet we're all spinning around on, here's the look for you.
Jacket: Buck Mason Oil Cloth Bomber in Black

This is a slim-fit bomber, so it’s more flattering than the rounded 80s bomber silhouette. The jacket's made from a lightweight fabric that’s been waxed to make it water repellant, which means it’s perfect for springtime when a little rain may still be in the forecast. The black or dark olive color will work well with just about everything. Best of all, Buck Mason's quality garments are made to last.

Read more