By the time summer comes around, it is fair to say that the majority of us are dying to get out in the great outdoors to have some fun in the sun with our friends and family. Of course, in an ideal world, the weather would be a constant pleasant temperature, warm and dry, but you know that that is never the way that things end up going! Picking outfits for extended outdoor activities can be tricky at the best of times, especially when you have to consider not only your style but also the practicality of the garments, accessories, and items that you are going to wear and carry. With that in mind, here are some top tips for making the best choices in essential outdoor items, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors without having to worry about the weather.
You need to be prepared for the elements when spending any amount of time outdoors. When it comes to picking garments, stick to fabrics that are sturdy and can handle a trip or two in the washing machine after wearing. Things like dark denim and darker colours in general will be a better option for essential outdoor items compared to more delicate garments like silk parachute pants and soft blouses. At the same time as making sure you wear sturdy enough fabrics, you also want to consider how breathable and comfortable the garment you are choosing are. Fabrics like cotton are wonderful for hot sunny weather as they allow for a natural aeration. They are much more ideal than sticky nylons that will only make you feel more uncomfortable.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that outdoor footwear can’t be fashionable. Sturdy boots are essential for outdoor activities, but a quick browse on any high-end fashion site will help you to see that outdoor boots can also be completely on trend. If your outdoor plans only involve spending time at the beach rather than going on a mountain hike, then you can definitely get away with a nice pair of sandals that match your outfit. From classic sneakers to more heavy-duty boots, there are plenty of options that fall under the category of ‘outdoor wear‘.
Of all the outdoor items that are essential both in a practical and a fashionable kind of way, the hat definitely reigns supreme. From caps to sun hats to everything in between, a good hat can help to protect you from the damaging rays of the sun whilst also providing a finishing touch to any outfit. In terms of colour choice, the on-trend decision seems to be choosing a hat that features a natural, neutral colour. Doing this ensures that the hat will match with any outfit that you end up putting together.
We all know that the one thing you can’t predict fully is the weather, and for that reason it is always best to equip yourself with a wide array of accessories that are suitable for a switch from sun to rain. Items like sunglasses are always easy to wear in the sun and then hang on the neckline of a top for a stylish effect when the shade comes over. If you take out a good size bag, you can fit items like a small umbrella can be easily carried around if the worst should happen and the rain starts to fall.