Wait, what, Spicoli is our Summer Style Icon?!

Totally, here's how we're channeling the man in the checkerboard Vans

Photography: Getty Images

Dude, relax, summer's on us, we've got it all taken care of, you don't have to worry about a thing. Style choices? Pffft! Here's how to wear jeans and a T-shirt. Now go join your bros for a game of ultimate Frisbee, or something. Otherwise why not channel a look inspired by our third favourite character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (top spots must go to Phoebe Cates and her little red bikini) – Jeff Spicoli.

Jeff Spicoli

Currently Bieber is doing a great job at convincing all of you foetuses that he's done some big, bold style move – but for those of us not stinging from the obstetrician's slap, we know exactly where the Biebs went for his new slacker style.

In fact, Sean Penn's iconic surf-bro deserves a place in the seminal stoner character hall of fame (alongside the Dude from The Big Lebowski and the role that made Matthew McConaughey famous, Dazed and Confused's Wooderson) not just for having a pizza delivered to class and his signature catchphrases, but for his style.

It's the effortlessness of which that's inspired generations since, and is the type of thing you'd wear when cruising down the promenade on your skateboard or waiting on the pier for the tide to drop.

So, if you plan on spending your summer maxin' and relaxin' then add-to-cart some of Spicoli's easygoing style items…


The hero piece from the Spicoli getup has got to be his Vans checkerboard slip-ons. Fun fact, Sean Penn wore his own pair to set, after which the director made them part of Spicoli's wardrobe, which resulted in the shoes becoming a thing outside of the surf-and-skate world. Rules are for rugby matches, so slip on any pair of Vans from the brand's core lineup.

Wayfarer style sunglasses

Good for when you're doing the dawn patrol on a hangover, checking out chicks on the sly and hiding your red eyes from parents or partners.

Resort Shirt

On the few occasions that Spicoli actually wears a shirt in the film, it's usually a variation of this. Button yours up if you want to show a modicum of decorum, otherwise wear it open and you'll be the easiest, breeziest broseph this side of Cali.

Short shorts

Because pants are like, way constrictive. Shorts allow you the freedom of movement, plus you can swim in them. Gnarly.


You might not be lucky enough to find the exact Baja hoodies that Spicoli wore, but don't sweat it, anything with a hood that you can layer on when the sea breeze picks up is fine.


Keeps your melon warm and hides away your greasy locks.


A light cotton longsleeve or something with a sick print. You might not find the right T-shirt straightaway, however, wear it to death and you'll have exactly what you want by next season.


For, like, your towel, a pizza slice, a warm layer for later, a beverage and whatever else you'll need this summer.

White jeans

Usually considered part of the uniform of the preppy, you can stick it to convention by styling with some of the other things listed above. Carelessly roll them up to mid ankle, wear with your Vans and no socks, throw on a threadbare T-shirt or unbuttoned resort shirt, slip on your sunnies, pull on your beanie, and don't forget to top it all off with some carefree nonchalance, and you're ready to roll.

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