9 Surfer-Girl Style Essentials Blue Crush Convinced Me I'll Always Need
Blue Crush was pretty much my permanent summer mood in the early 2000s. At least, it had all the vibes I wanted to be channeling (or maybe thought I was channeling). Even though I'll never forget the way Anne Marie Chadwick looked in her plunging black dress that she wore for a romantic evening with Matt at the hotel, she seemed way more natural in her everyday surfer gear.
Anne Marie's friends, Eden and Lena, and her little sister, Penny, always hung by her side in similar triangle bikinis with splashy tropical prints and board shorts. They all wore beaded and woven rope seashell necklaces and bracelets, moving effortlessly in and out of the waves like it was some easy old thing.
While I can't say Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez convinced me that surfing is a breeze, they did teach me a thing or two about summer style — more specifically, to always let my sporty side show. While swimwear trends may come and go, staying true to the basics that make you feel most confident is an absolute must.
Though I tried out a lot of these looks for the first time simply because I was inspired by the cast of Blue Crush, I've maintained a lot of them through the years because I do love the casualness that comes with that inimitable surfer-girl aesthetic. Truth be told, you'll never find me without the nine pieces below, even in the winter — because I'm always ready to
hang 10 go on vacation.
An Ankle Bracelet
Something beachy that looks good with bikinis.
Hipster Brief Bikini Bottoms
Anne Marie looked particularly cool in this style.
The Perfect Lived-In Cutoffs
A Swim Shirt For More Coverage
A Touch of Camouflage in My Swim Drawer
Dipped in Blue Bikinis Pink Cotton Candy Billie Bikini
A Braided Shell Necklace
These take your resortwear to new, surfer-girl heights.
Madewell Second Wave Board Shorts in Tie-Dye Print
Never settle for a swim drawer without a fun print — you never know when you'll be in the mood for something splashy.
A Sporty Muscle Tee
This silhouette is seeing a resurgence in our loungewear this year, but I've always thought it was a great way to show off your arms on the beach.