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Get Your Skates On And Embrace Roller Derby Style

Rollin' with your homies.

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Roller skating is quietly making a huge comeback. We've seen everyone from French sneaker brand Vejas to Saint Laurent fix wheels to their footwear departments. Earlier this summer Beyoncé herself threw a throwback party at a roller rink. It's hardly surprising that this retro mode of transport has been experiencing a resurgence in popularity, just look at all the '70s and '80s trends that have been reappearing lately – in particular the disco vibes. And it's not just the shoes that we're talking about: the whole skating aesthetic, from the fashion to the social and sporting elements, is on the rise. 

We don't know about you, but we're kinda convinced that roller derby is about to take off in the same way that boxing did last year. It may seem like an adorable, not-so-serious sport (women in roller skates? how charming!), but these fierce ladies don't hold back throwing out an elbow to block a jammer – AKA the teammate who scores points – pushing someone out of bounds or leaping over a fallen skater. Their total commitment to the game reminds us of the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (maybe a roller derby version is in the works somewhere?), and when you watch these skaters in action, you'll see the only cute thing about them is their outfits.

Derby style is all about matching to create solidarity among teammates — except below the belt where you can really showcase your personality. Skorts are a staple piece for some sass in the front and business at the back. Leggings help minimize road rash when taking a fall, as do heavy-duty fishnets. Skating your way around the neighborhood is going to give you some serious leg muscles, so choose clothing that flaunts those curvaceous calves.  

Even if you're not speeding around the rink, you can still enjoy wearing a signature derby girl look. Retro-inspo from disco, pin-up and punk blended with athletic wear is typical of derby fashion. Glitter and neon, skulls and alleycats, short-shorts and sequins, jersey stripes and knee-socks can all inspire that "here-to-play" game face. 

Of course, you can't roll out without your skates. While you could go for a plain pair in white or black, why not add an extra color pop with leopard print or pink suede? Pair with a colorful graphic t-shirt, pastel skater skirt and bright striped crew socks, or layer some black fishnets under cut-off denim shorts, and top it off with an oversized sweatshirt for a more laid-back finish – wear yours asymmetrically on one shoulder for a real '80s look. 

Ready to get your skates on? Roll into a new season by taking derby inspo from the rink to the street:
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Moxi Leather Roller Skates - $299
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Veja x Flaneurz - €475
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Moxi Ivy Jungle Skates - $179
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Chicago Ladies Bullet Speed Skate - $60
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Sure-Grip Roller Skates Fame Avanti White - $200
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Ban.do Cotton Rainbow Graphic T-shirt - $23
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PrettyLittleThing Navy Polka Dot Rara Skort - $30
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Alice+Olivia Rainbow Clutch - $395
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The Ragged Priest Pitch Skirt - £38
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Torrid Ribbed Knit High Waist Skater Skirt - $39
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ASOS Velvet Skater With Embellished High Neck Mini Dress - $83
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Plus Lissy Appliqué Fishnet T-shirt - $24
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ASOS Leopard Print Mesh Skater Dress With Rib Detail - $56
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Lucky 13 Kitty Pearls Girls Scoop Neck T-shirt - $25
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ASOS Curve Legging Short In Graphic 80s Print - $23
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Torrid Mineral Wash Wrap Skater Skirt - $40
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ASOS CURVE Tracksuit Top Co-ord With Color Block Panels - $51
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Monki Satin Wide Leg Sporty Pant - $48
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Premie Birds Of Paradise Bomber - $79
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The Ragged Priest Score Sweat - £40
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ASOS Sequin Cami With V Neck - $42
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Adidas 3-Stripes Crew Socks - $8
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Nasty Gal Play Ball Thigh High Socks - $10
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TattooYou Sailor Pinup Temporary Tattoo - $12
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ASOS Cage Sphere Clutch Bag - $40
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Ava Bright Large Scale Fishnets - $8
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