Strid­ing edge via cat­walk

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

Head­ing for the coun­try for a ram­ble or a break? Stephanie Smith has ad­vice on out­door wear with se­ri­ous style at­ti­tude.

Go­ing out­doors is the new go­ing out (on the town), as Jan­uary belt-tight­en­ing and vows to find a health­ier, more ac­tive life­style sees us head for the hills, moors and coast in search of ad­ven­ture. The so-called ath­leisure trend to­wards wear­ing multi-pur­pose clothes and ac­ces­sories that work and look ap­pro­pri­ate for a va­ri­ety of places, times of day and oc­ca­sions means that it’s more im­por­tant, and pos­si­ble, to hit the great out­doors look­ing as if you might have just stepped off an in­ter­na­tional fash­ion run­way.

It’s a mood and way of liv­ing driven, ap­par­ently, by mil­len­ni­als, the term used to de­scribe those aged 18-34 in 2015. All ac­tiv­i­ties from cross-train­ing to ram­bling are selfie and In­sta­gram-friendly, so look­ing good is es­sen­tial.

Walks and hikes, even fell-run­ning and climb­ing, are in­creas­ingly be­ing viewed by them as ac­tive, so­cia­ble ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy with friends. So, out­door spe­cial­ists such as North Face and Moun­tain Hard­ware are com­ing up with tech­ni­cal gear with in­creas­ingly stylish shapes and de­sign touches, while cloth­ing stores such as Fat Face and White Stuff have be­come adept at blend­ing fash­ion with in­door/ out­door practicality.

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