HOW TO WEAR: HIKING CHIC
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 28 January 2018
The fashion industry is known for taking inspiration from unusual sources – and the current vogue for hiking style is one of them. Forget thoughts of Ordnance Survey maps in plastic cases and waterproof over-trousers, the sartorially savvy are all about making bold and bright performance outerwear work for the city street. Here’s how to up your 2018 aesthetic with some hiking-ready staples.
Try pairing it with a pale-pink graphic-print hoodie worn over a brown check shirt to keep your colour palette subdued. On your bottom half, opt for tan trews which reflect the pattern of your shirt to give your look some uniformity. Finish off your ’fit with monochrome creps to bring out the contrast patch on your outer layer.
Over the years, the gilet has often been side-stepped, but thanks to labels such as Craig Green and Moncler, the ultimate transitional layer is finally getting the hype it deserves.
When it comes to high-quality technical garms, you don't get much more dependable than 50-year outdoors vets The North Face – so opt for a black gilet from the brand to stay toasty this winter. Go for a crew-neck jumper in the same colour to wear underneath it with a striking-red overhead half-zip. Round off your look with a pair of straight-leg cropped jeans and fresh white kicks.
As hiking gear is primarily for functional purposes, it was originally delivered in simplistic shades and patterns. However, in times of danger (sudden fogs, mountain lions...) the need to be visible is essential – so, starting in the 80s, outerwear began to appear in standout colours.
The current streetwear scene has become concerned with sturdy jackets and half-zips in vivid hues. So, go for one that Will from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air would rock, and team it with a white polo neck and black jumper. Don a pair of pinstripe trews in the same colours to both tone down the effect of your jacket and create a road-ready look with a refined twist.