The leaves are turning and it’s time to get out your trusty hiking boots! Get out in the open with comfy hiking clothes that will give Autumnal leaves a run for their money. Rusty reds, burnt oranges, soft browns, and toasty yellows are making their way into this season. The trick is to find cozy fabrics paired with sturdy accessories in leather or suede in true 70’s style. Add one or two items to boost your vintage collection for just the right touch. Then get on the trail and go look at those trees!
Hiking Clothes Start With Your Head
Time to rock your easy Bohemian style with the proper head gear. Adding a hat in the latest trend is the easiest way to spruce up your hiking clothes from years past. Go 70’s Boho with a slouchy beanie or better yet, a slouchy beret. On a tight budget? Check out our bandana article for more ideas on how to pretty up your look effortlessly with a kerchief. Girl Boss on a splurge? We’re dying for a felt hat like Free People’s Nico Silk Band Felt Hat. Such a pretty color and quality that should last you a lifetime. Nothing says Smokey the Bear quite like a wide brimmed felt chapeau in Honey.
Cuddle Up to Chambray
Soften up your denim with a cotton fabric in the same color. A chambray shirt should always be an integral part of your hiking clothes. Chambray is lighter than denim and more breathable. It’s a perfect layering piece meant for Summer and Fall. Wrap it around your waist early in the day and be happy to button up in the evening.
Time to hit your local thrift stores! Every girl should stock multiple vintage flannels to go with hiking clothes, camping outfits, and beach bum gear in general. Thrift shops always carry flannels in a myriad of colors and prints. But, the crème de la crème are faded Southwestern prints for that true 70’s style. Take a look at Etsy for some great Southwestern gems. Isn’t it fun to find the perfect rad shirt?
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Vests With Vigor
It’s still a little warm for jackets (thank goodness!). With hiking clothes, keep your core toasty with a vest (or jacket with cut off sleeves?). These are also amazing if you can find them vintage. Stick to lightweight fabrics, such as denim or corduroy. The details count here: sheepskin collars, embroidery, and a perfect fit. Make sure your vest doesn’t extend past your shoulders. We don’t want to lose you in there!
High-Rise Jeans + Suspenders
Guilty as charged: I’ve been binge-watching That 70’s Show and recently fell in love with wide suspenders. Give your hiking outfit major sex appeal by pairing high-rise jeans with suspenders this Fall. I know it’s not hiking, but are you planning a long drive to take in Fall foliage from the car? This is the proper look for you! Nice way to work in the high-waisted jean craze. BTW, there are lots of maps online for planning your drive so that you maximize your turning-of-the-leaves intake. We like Smoky Mountain’s Fall Foliage Map with it’s interactive nationwide forecast. Very cool.
Thermals + Joggers
Time to let your underwear be your outerwear! Thermals and joggers are great investments for your hiking clothes wardrobe. You can sport them au natural in the Fall and then use them as an under layer in the Winter. Make sure to choose thermals in fun prints and muted 70’s colors. That’s how they will work best as part of a core outfit. We are digging the stripes on Free People’s All Mixed Up Jogger pants. They’ve been kind enough to weave in a thread with subtle shimmer, which makes these joggers extra fun. Disco, disco!
Get a Sturdy Boot + Go!
Finally, take a look at your footwear and consider upgrading those tennies. The right pair of hiking boots makes your 70’s-inspired hiking clothes look legit. Free People also carries Danner hiking boots in a classic 70’s design and color. Three things to love about these boots. One, the light tan leather with the smashing red laces. Two, the right to boast, “Made in Portland, Oregon“. And three, the treaded rubber sole that makes these the “backpacking boot of all time”. Here, here. Get shopping, girl. Then get walking!