ORANGE COUNTY SURF STYLE
The 42 miles of award-winning coastline have created a pioneering surf scene in Orange County over the last century. Local style takes its cues from the sun and surf, with laid-back looks found in shops throughout Anaheim and beyond.
“Surf culture in OC is so rich,” says Shauna Jackson, of Styled by SJ. For visitors in search of outfits that borrow inspirational from SoCal's surf and skate scene, she recommends the nearby Outlets at Orange as an affordable spot for one-stop shopping.
"There are so many stores at the Outlets at Orange that have the surf gear and looks," she explains. "PacSun and Tilly's are great, for example, because they’re multi-vendor — they carry [brands like] Roxy, Billabong and so many others."
From all-ages swimwear at department outlet stores like Saks Off Fifth to classic surf brands like Hurley, there's no shortage of shops at the center to score great savings on quintessential SoCal style. Discover some of the must-have surf apparel and accessories for a summertime escape in Anaheim.
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"If I’m coming to SoCal, I want to be light and keep with the coastal, airy sunkissed look and feel," Jackson says. “Women should always have a great cover-up — a white cover-up that’s crisp and airy and makes you feel like you’re on vacation."
California surf brand O'Neill has plenty of options when it comes to cover-ups and swimsuits. Try a one-piece — especially if you’re surfing.
To accessorize with an on-trend straw beach bag or hat, Jackson also recommends the H&M outlet store that carries picks for women, men and kids. For summertime footwear, check out Steve Madden's ample sandal offerings or grab a pair of essential flip flops.
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"Really good trunks that are durable, heavy duty and will last in the ocean are important," Jackson says, suggesting a visit to a specialty surf wear shop like Hurley to browse a multitude of brands.
To wear during a boogie-boarding or surfing session, seek out a rashguard that will protect from the sun and any abrasions. Tilly's has a selection of popular surf brands like Billabong and Rip Curl.
Another SoCal essential is a lightweight hoodie for those early morning surf sessions. "In California, it can get colder just like that," Jackson says. "Having a sweatshirt is so important when the fog burns out."
Men can accessorize as well with bright, fun towels found at O'Neill or pair of shades from the outlet mall's Sunglass Hut. Jackson also recommends Original Penguin for original pieces like dapper fedoras that can take a casual beach outfit from day to night.
Lastly, for men and women alike, Jackson reminds visitors to remember their sunscreen. You can pick up this summertime essential while shopping at the Outlets at Orange — stop by Nordstrom Rack for any last-minute needs like a bottle of SunBum.