Striding edge via catwalk
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.