Adventure Wear | What to Wear When You Go Hiking
Adventure Wear | What the Heck Is That?!
Get ready, everyone. I’m about to blow your minds. And claim a phrase that involves some cringe-worthy google searching. Seriously, go search “adventure wear” and then come on back here for some much more aesthetically pleasing outdoors inspiration. I’ll wait.
Over our anniversary weekend, Sarah and I went hiking at Matthissen State Park. If you’re paying attention, that is, indeed, one of the places I put on my list of locations across the Midwest to view fall foliage. I wasn’t kidding! This place is stunning.
We brought the pups to give them their own adventure, as well. So enjoy the puppy snaps that will show up throughout this post.
But what do I mean by “adventure wear?” How many of you have ever wanted to get out and enjoy the Great Outdoors but then, upon exploring your closet, are a wee bit horrified at the options for such exploring? Not anymore! Insert this guide!
- Boots: Obviously you need good boots to hike. Sneakers aren’t going to cut it here. You need that ankle support! Conveniently, boots with that hiking boot vibe are back in style. So go and pick up a pair! These boots by Caterpillar are actually really cute! But they’ve got that nice steel toe to keep you protected, whether you’re hiking or getting some manual work done.
- Denim: Okay, you don’t need to wear jeans. Long pants of most varieties will do. But there’s so much room to play with denim that I’m rocking this particular choice! You’re going to want something long enough that you can tuck them into your boots (this is to prevent bug friends from crawling up your pants leg) but not so long that you have mounds of fabric keeping your feet uncomfortable all day. The Perfect Boot cut by GAP is a favorite of mine for this. And since this particular pair is part of the GAP for Good line, you’re helping the environment while you rock adorable jeans. Win/win!
- Socks: Now that you’re rocking boots and jeans, we need to get some socks in there to keep everything playing nicely and to keep your toes warm! The pair I’m rocking here is a handmade pair so I can’t link that exact. But knit is totally a great option. I like something that’s a little bit taller than my boot with enough room to tuck my jeans and with a cute color/pattern that it’s worth having poke out.
- Bra: This should go without saying, but rock a well fitting sports bra for hiking. Picture this: stomping your way downhill with a large pack on your back and gravity NOT being your friend. Ow. This inspiring bra from Old Navy’s activewear line is my favorite. It fits snugly and hasn’t yet begun to stretch out despite lots of wear.
- Tee: Have some fun here if that’s your jam. This would be a good place to rock one of my Tees By Stile.Foto.Cibo and share your statement with the… well, the hiking community. I wanted to play more with my flannel and scarf so I kept it simple here with a basic Forever 21 v-neck.
- Light Layer: Hear that? Your favorite chambray button down is calling! That flannel you haven’t worn since last January would like to come hang out. Whatever the top layer, make sure it’s long sleeved but light, easy to take off,
- Scarf: Scarves are kind of like towels (Where are my Hitchhikers Guide fans at?). You can always use one for something. Hiking is no exception. Mine rocked it in my hair all day. Tie it around your neck to keep warm. If you’re playing with fire, use it to cover your mouth. There’s a ton of uses. And this is a really fun chance to play with patterns, materials, and more!
- Backpack: Where are you going to put your snacks, extra clothes, water bottle, and doggy stuff?! You need a stellar backpack. I got mine hiking in England ages ago and it has served me incredibly well ever since. Osprey has so many amazing pack options as well. For you day hikers, this white day pack is stunning! We need a little more room since we’re packing for two plus two dogs. But for singles, it’s perfect!
There are so many great ways to feel chic while still being safe and comfortable while hiking. This is just some of what you can rock. As winter begins to descend upon Chicago and going outside feels more like an adventure every day, I’m sure I’ll have more inspiration looks to keep you going.
Do you like a good outdoors adventure? What is some of your favorite gear? I want all the details in the comments!