Yup, it is that time of the year again- we are finally rewarded with snow capped mountains! I enjoy hiking just as much as the next guy- meaning I am not an enthusiast with an entire Cape Union Mart outfit, but come once or twice a year I like to attempt a hiking route to see some snow. Basically I try to be comfortable and just wear what I already have in my closet. The problem is that the most comfortable ensemble usually isn’t the most stylish one. This year I believe I have finally got it together.
Some basic tips for keeping a hiking outfit stylish:
- Keep the silhouette streamlined and only wear what is necessary and comfortable! (Skip the skinny jeans to avoid chafing)
- Layers are your friend, but stick to thin layers and only make the top layer a big comfy parka to protect against harsh winds.
- Stretchy pants are the best! ( Don’t think hulk pants, rather think VERY opaque leggings. Nothing ruins a stylish outfit quite like a bit of unintended visible undies.)
- Stick to a neutral colour pallet or one accent colour to keep the look chic and cohesive.
- Remember to match accessories (gloves, scarves and beanies) with your outfit, and not necessarily with each other.
- Don’t forget to pack a pair of sunnies to protect your eyes.
- Please do invest in a pair of decent hiking boots if you can, it will be well worth it. They don’t have to cost a fortune, but the rough terrain just loves to munch on sneakers. (Trust me, I learnt the hard way.)
- Finally, don’t forget that the African sun reaches us even when it is cold and cloudy outside. A burnt face is NEVER in fashion and is a health risk. Don’t forget to reapply your sunblock every hour or so and go with an SPF of at least 30.