The joys of nature don’t appeal to everyone. The summertime heat, the unnecessary exertion and all those bugs are enough to put certain city-dwellers off. But for dedicated followers of fashion, the biggest problem with spending time outdoors might be the ugly clothes.
Embrace the wild this summer with our take on how to do outdoor wear without sacrificing your style.
Invest in cute hiking boots
Most hiking boots are super chunky, brown and ugly. Hiking boots keep your feet warm and dry, support your ankles when you’re walking on unstable terrain and generally keep you safe. And it is possible for hiking boots to fulfil all those functions and still look cute. No one wants to spend a decent amount of money on hiking boots they might only wear once or twice. Choose boots like UGG’s new waterproof Viki range, a pair of suede Sorel boots or some hard-wearing Timberlands and make your hiking boots do double-duty once you’re back in the city. More cute hiking boot styles here.
Layer clothes made from breathable and quick-drying fabrics
Whether you’re out in the wild this summer for a weekend or an afternoon, one thing is for sure, you’re going to get wet. Hiking in the summer heat quickly has you dripping with sweat and if you’re near a lake or a river it’s refreshing to take a dip. For this reason, it’s a good idea to layer up clothes made from quick-drying material. Look for garments that are moisture-wicking. Instead of absorbing moisture, making your clothes feel damp, heavy and, once the sun goes down, cold against your skin, moisture wicking-fabrics pull moisture away from your body and release it. REI is a solid outdoor brand that offers a useful guide to choosing the most breathable fabrics.
A cool pair of sunglasses
A pair of sunglasses can elevate any look, even a pair of hiking boots, sturdy leggings and a t shirt. Throw on a pair of designer shades and your fashion choices look purposeful and pulled-together. You may not want to take your favorite pair of designer sunglasses on a hiking or camping trip for fear that they’ll get damaged. It’s a valid concern but we advise against buying cheap, throwaway sunglasses as they are unlikely to offer the same UV protection as a better quality pair and contribute to climate crisis. If you damage your sunglasses, scratching or smashing a lens, they can always be repaired. Companies like the Sunglasses Fix will send you a new pair of lenses that you can fit into your existing frames at home. Don’t save your sunglasses for best – take them on an adventure!
Carry a buff and a cap
Long hair can be annoying when you’re getting hot sweaty on a trail or camping overnight (ever got your hair snagged in a sleeping bag zipper? Ouch!) Carry a buff and baseball cap to pull your hair out of your face and disguise your greasy roots whenever you need to. A buff is also handy for protecting your head and neck from the sun and for wiping sweat from your face. Buffs come in a range of fabrics too, so you can choose the color and style that suits you best. Baseball caps are super stylish right now (check out these Gucci caps) and a great way to shield your eyes and face from the sun.
Camping trips, weekends out by the lake and days spent hiking dusty trails can be the most enjoyable part of any summer. There’s no reason you can’t do all these things and still look great!