Summer Outdoor Style for Hiking

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Outdoor Style for Hiking in Summer

Summer Outdoor Style for Hiking

Quote of the day: “To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” Mike Gafka

Outdoor style for hiking or camping is probably not what you would expect from a fashion blog. Especially mine! But just like the quote above says, you must accept all challenges. So when I reached out to Terri to see if she wanted to join us on the blog, she threw me a loop with this category and a outdoor water post that you’ll see later!

Terri describes herself as having a casual California style, and about as fashion forward as middle-aged land-locked surfer chic!! I’ll let Terri give you some great ideas on the expert gear and items to benefit these activities, while the three of us, will have more of a novice approach! And as I was working on writing this post, I read Amy’s post how she went hiking in a skirt! It was a great example of it all depends on where you go and all of those details, about what you can and should wear!

Terri from Second Wind Leisure: Terri gives some great pointers on how she outfits herself for her hikes!

In her words: For my hiking photo, I’m wearing zip-off pants (in the short-style—bought from REI). Sporting a random tee-shirt (bought in Yosemite). I use a trekking pole for hiking. I use the backpack which has two water bottle holders. The shoes are hiking shoes with good support and can be bought at Big 5 Sporting goods. The hat is very lightweight and shields the top of my head and face from the Alpine sun! It can be hot in the direct sun in the Sierra’s, even at a high altitude, and these clothes are all very lightweight!

Outdoor Style for Hking or Camping

Jodie’s (50+), Nancy’s (60+) &  Charlotte’s (70+) Outfits: The three of us will give a more basic approach to the hiking theme!!

Nancy is the only one of us three that used to hike on a regular basis. However in the last couple of years she hasn’t been out as much! But even if you’ve never been out hiking, I bet you could find some pieces in your closet that would work!! Heck, the 3 of us did!!

Since we traipsed around our state park on some well used trails for a short period of time, we didn’t need a huge backpack with a ton of gear! But I did try to give some variety for our outdoor style, in case you need some ideas!!

Outdoor Style while Hiking for Women over 50

Hats

All 3 of us wore some head covering of sorts!! Nancy always wears a visor when hiking which keeps the sun off your face, but doesn’t cover your whole head!! These are perfect for many occasions than just hiking so let me show you this one or this one!

My mom wore a cap that has mesh in the back of it, so it’s not as hot! FYI, I had my mom cover the bill of her hat with different material so it would stand out against her face!! Otherwise the white just blended in too much! Just because we will be outside, doesn’t mean our gear can’t look good, right?

My cap is a baseball cap that my husband bought when we were visiting Colorado’s wine region! There are definitely some fun styles of these caps, if you don’t want to be sporting a team logo!

And don’t forget the sunglasses!! You may not need them the entire time if it’s a shady area. However, when it’s sunny, it’s nice to have them!

Hiking in our Outdoor Style

Shoes

Of course what you wear on your feet, can make or break your hiking time! Whatever you are wearing needs to be comfortable yet have some stability.

My mom had a pair of hiking boots hidden away in her closet, so she pulled them out for our adventure!! But if you read the book “Wild”, then you’ll know how important comfort is when you’re walking a ton!

That’s why wearing your work out sneakers could be the best option! Nancy put on her bright blue sneakers even though she thinks the colors are crazy!! I actually like that the colors stand out while we were out here, because unless you are trying to hide away, the brighter colors get seen!

I was planning on wearing my sneakers too, until I realized I had left them at home. Luckily my mom had this pair of water shoes with her that worked fine for our little escapade!!

 

Outdoor Style with a vest

Tops

My mom’s vest above is a travel vest that she made many years ago. These kinds of vests are perfect if you don’t love carrying a bag around! But beware, it’s also hard to remember which pocket holds what…ha ha!

Nancy is wearing a sun block top that even has a ventilation zippered area!!

I ended up putting on a long sleeve, workout shirt that has the Dri-fit as an element of the shirt!

Even if you don’t have special “hiking” tops to wear, wearing a t-shirt would work just fine, like Terri did in her example above!!

Outdoor Style with a sun shirt

What to Take

Of course I’m sure every person realizes that a bottle of water is the primary important extra to have on a hike!! As someone who is always cold, I usually also take an extra shirt or jacket too! That’s the chambray shirt you see in my bag below!

I’m also a snacky girl—so there’s usually some kind of bar or bag of nuts with us almost anywhere we go! I’m a huge fan of Lara bars, but lately we’ve also been loving the Kind bars!! As long as there isn’t a ton of extra sugar in them, I’m all for them!

And just so you know, my wonderful mother actually added these mesh pockets on the side of this bag to hold the water bottles! I know many bags come with them already made with them, but Rob had bought this one many years ago before that was popular!

The other smart items to bring, could be sunscreen, bug repellent along with your phone!!

Bag for Outdoor Style

Pants

I know Terri showed some “real” hiking pants in her example above, but if you are like the 3 of us, you may not want to spend the money on something you may not use much! Therefore I’m showing us wearing what we already had in our closets!! And it even worked out that we are showing 3 different lengths for our pants!

I ended up throwing on a pair of capri leggings! These are a workout pair that I would wear to my bootcamp class and pilates! Luckily they aren’t too heavy in case it’s hot outside. The one time I did go hiking up in the mountains, I wore a full length pair!

Nancy put on a pair of shorts for our excursion this day!! You may not have a ton of shorts in your closet any more, but every once in a while they come in handy!! Nancy doesn’t wear this pair around much, but she just visited Palm Springs, CA where it was over 100 degrees every day!! I’d consider that a great reason to wear your shorts!!

My mom pulled out a pair of pants that she made many years ago. She chose these over her jeans because they were lighter weight and full length. She wanted to make sure she didn’t get bitten by bugs or encounter any poison ivy!!

Outdoor Style while Hiking

Your outdoor style for hiking can certainly change depending on the location, weather and length of hike you’re going on!! But I think it’s safe to say, you don’t have to have a ton of extra equipment to enjoy the activity!! What else do you bring on your hikes?

Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know!

The Facts

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And if you’re new to the party, you can always see our outfits organized by categories, here! Don’t forget to check out the deals & discounts too, on this page!

I rounded up some products for your outdoor style if you wanted to add to your collection!

 

  • Very stylish hikers!

    • Well, of course, Jess!! Who knows who you might see…ha ha!
      XOXO

  • Loved seeing Terri on your blog. I loved the bag you are carrying (of course I do.) But the link for the bags doesn’t send me to that specific one.

    • Wasn’t Terri a great friend, to join us???
      And that isn’t the same bag for that link since we bought ours so long ago!! The one I linked to was the closest one I could find!!
      XOXO

  • Deb’s World

    What a great selection Jodie! I love reading about how you’ve put together outfits and it was great to see Terri here as well.

    • Thanks Deb!! It was all Terri’s idea, and she really pushed us out of our usual box!!
      XOOX

  • Love to see Terry pop up here! What a good collaboration.

    • I must admit, she really pushed us out of our box!!
      XOOX

  • LaurieStone

    Love these outdoor outfits. They make me want to look as good as you guys and go hiking!

    • As long as it’s not everyday, ha ha!!
      Thanks Laurie!!
      XOXO

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Way to go, Ladies. Looking lovely and comfy as well as getting some fresh air and exercise. Perfect! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  • Even when hiking you all look so colourful and stylish! On our recent trip to Switzerland we did some mountain walking and I don’t have any hiking boots so I wore my FitfFlops with a toe post because they’re so supportive and comfortable. A few people in our group did ask why I was wearing them but they were absolutely fine – cool and no blisters 🙂

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • That’s so great to hear, Emma about your fitflops!! Sometimes you just have to make do, right?
      XOXO

  • Jodie, that cover photo is so adorable! I love that you all chose to wear bright colors for your hike. Often if I am getting dressed for outdoor activities like this, I will go for more muted colors (because I am afraid of bees!) But how cheerful you all look for some time spent outside. I love this post! Thanks so much for linking up with me! #SpreadTheKindness

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Actually you might laugh that I told mom & Nancy to wear bright colors so we’d show up for the photos—ha ha. I admit that I didn’t even think of bees—but since we were on a trail with lots of other people, I don’t think that was a huge issue!!
      Thanks Shelbee—how cute you noticed the colors!
      XOXO

  • Kirsten Wick

    This is the perfect hiking gear you’re all wearing when it’s warm. It looks light and comfy. Always good to take drinks with you too. When we go to Snowdonia, we definitely need warmer clothes as it can get quite cold. Much love, Kirsten xx

    http://www.thelifbissue.com

    • I could see how you’d need different clothes for different areas, Kirsten!! I know when people hike the 14ers here in Colorado, it’s the same!!
      XOXO

  • ADA

    Before I even read the post, I knew these outfits would be perfect for camp. You three look so cute too. You ladies look like camp counselors.

    • Thanks so much Ada!! I never even thought about camp counselors—but you’re totally right!!
      XOXO

  • Ruth I.

    The outfits are so cute! Your mom’s vest sounds perfect for me.
    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • Your mom’s vest sounds so perfect for hiking! I haven’t been in quite some time, though I feel like wearing shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty seems obvious, but is worth pointing out. Am I the only one who gets sad if my pretty sneakers get dirty?
    http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com/

    • I guess I don’t think too much about my shoes getting dirty, Lydia! Maybe because I go so infrequently that it’s for such a short time, and I don’t have time to get dirty!! LOL!
      XOXO

  • You ladies are just the cutest!!! Your hiking attire is so fun! Love the bright colors!

    Mary
    http://marymurnane.com

    • Thanks Mary!!
      Brighter is better for finding each other…LOL!
      XOOX

  • Isn’t it so fun to go hiking? And I love the clothes you need to go hiking! Or is that just another excuse to buy clothes? Ha Ha! Great post! Peace!
    Cheryl
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

    • It is another great reason to go shopping, Cheryl!! You crack me up!
      XOXO

  • Rosy Ferry

    I do like a good hike now and again, I wish we had your weather though, hiking here tends to involve waterproof clothing and scarves haha.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

    • That really does make the hike a little less fun, Rosy!! But I bet that doesn’t stop some people. Me? I’d stay indoors!!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Mother Daughter

    I am not a hiker, truth be told I do very little outside if it doesn’t have to do with a beach or a pool. You did very well putting outfits together for something you don’t do often. You all looked like you were having a great time.

    • We actually did have fun this day!! And I think hiking is one of those things you can fake an outfit if you’re not a “serious” hiker!! As I think we showed..haha!!
      Thanks Victoria!!
      XOXO

  • Lisa Kent

    I actually only wear skirts when I hike, and I hike a lot! It’s much cooler and allows more air flow than shorts. I can stay covered more when nature calls. I feel more feminine and pretty when I hike with a skirt. I highly recommend skirts for hiking!

    • OMG….that’s such a fabulous idea, Lisa!! I have seen more casual skirt in stores like Athleta, and how perfect to wear them hiking!!
      XOXO

  • Great camping style! Love this ladies!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • You all look so comfortable like you could walk for miles! It’s good to get away from the PC too! xx
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

    • I definitely need to get out more!! It’s good for my mental health!!
      Thanks Laurie!
      XOXO

  • AryaChic

    These pictures are great – look like you guys had a great time! Also, nothing like a nice hike in the summer, especially if done before the sunrise
    http://www.aryachic.com/how-to-rock-cruise-wear

  • Bettye Rainwater

    What a great post – I like to “mini-hike” with the dog, and while they’re certainly not long enough walks that I need special clothes, it is nice to have as appropriate gear as I can – like good shoes, etc., and this gave me some good tips.

    I came to your site today from Samantha’s new link up on FakeFabulous!

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

    • How fabulous to meet you Bettye!!
      Walking around the lake is usually as physical as I get…but the shoes do matter!!
      XOXO

  • This is great Jodie…. I must admit to spotting your water shoes immediately and thinking “Oh Oh… what’s happened there?!”.
    In Scotland we would say “what a dafty!”
    I’m sure you can translate :oP
    Your Mum saved the day though.
    Thank you for linking this fab post to my little link party.
    I hope to do it again soon…. feel free to add as many as you like as your posts are always so helpful and inspiring!
    XXX
    Samantha
    http://www.fakefabulous.com

    • It was the worst feeling when I realized I’d forgotten my shoes, Samantha!! And we could’ve gone home, but that would have been another hour—ugh!! I did walk around in these water shoes for awhile and they weren’t bad. But luckily it wasn’t for a long hike!!
      XOXO

  • Kim

    How cute! Your friends look so prepared and happy to hike. This is great 🙂

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

  • Y’all look so cute! We love hiking. I always take a hat too, great for sun protection!

    • I do think hats are perfect, because otherwise there are always spots I miss with the sunscreen, and I’m so over getting burned–LOL!!
      Thanks Laura!!
      XOXO

  • Loved this post! These are all great tips! I’ve honestly found that, depending on the terrain at least, my workout sneakers are my favorite shoes to hike in. I did just break down and invest in a proper pair of hiking pants recently, though. But I generally just use my workout capris too! 🙂 You ladies all look lovely in hiking gear too!

    ~Lindsey
    http://have-clothes-will-travel.com/

    • Thanks Lindsey!!
      So do you love the hiking pants better?? It’s interesting if they make a big difference…
      XOXO

  • You all are so cute! This sounds like it would be a tough ‘outfit’ post but you all made it work! I love your protective hats & sunglasses for a day outdoors

    michellespaige.com

  • All of you look so prepared for your adventure, loving this!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Your mom is so talented…I love that so many of the things you feature she made! The three of you are just the cutest on your nature adventure!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

    • Isn’t my mom amazing?? I always told her that she could be another Martha Stewart!!
      XOXO

  • AngeliePangilinan

    I love hiking too! I really wish I have more time to go on hikes! 🙂

    Angelie // The Ruins of Baclayon Church

    • I feel the same way Angelie! It’s so nice to get out and enough nature!!
      XOXO

  • It is interesting how you present these ideas… I like that you have various styles for different ages… and yet they all look nice. 🙂

  • Wow, you three ladies are just amazing. I love you all. You all have your own style and beauty. Your outfits are great and comfy for hiking! Kisses <3

  • Comfort is key when hiking. Love all these style ideas!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Nicole Mölders

    Your mom’s pants look interesting!

    • That’s my mom—interesting!!! LOL
      Thanks Nicole!!
      XOXO

    • Charlotte Miller

      They are a different creation. The fabric was left over from something–I don’t remember what-and not quite enough for the slacks I wanted for a trip. Therefor, I Purchased a
      small contrasting stripe to complete the project.

  • Laura

    Great tips on what to wear and what to bring! I love your mom’s vest! That’s great for hiking and traveling!

    • That vest has so many great pockets!! Mom said that it did get hard remembering where she put what though—ha ha!!
      Thanks Laura!!!
      XOXO

  • Lesley Wolman

    I love it all….especially your mom’s vest…and the fact that she made it, is even more special and impressive!
    XO Lesley

    • Isn’t that vest amazing, Lesley?? I always feel like she can create anything—it’s such a talent!!
      XOXO

  • This is lovely. Looks like you all had some great time.
    Vaishali
    http://www.vivaciouswish.com

  • This is so cute! Hiking is one of my favorite things to do! Active wear is one of the things that I could probably use more of lol!

    Liz
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

    • Me too—I always think that the workout wear doesn’t matter as much, but it probably does!!
      XOXO

  • Rebecca Saffer

    You ladies looked absolutely adorable yet totally appropriate for the hike. The photos were terrific and show the fun that you all had. Living in the heart of NYC (and being afraid of bugs and bees!), I tend to use the nearby parks for my outings in nature. In fact, I spent the afternoon yesterday in Washington Square Park enjoying piano playing, people watching and the beautiful weather.

    • I feel the same way about bugs (bees don’t bother me as much). When I was growing up, my mom would always admonish me when I was screaming about a bug by saying “you are bigger than it is”—I still hate them. And that’s actually the nice thing about Denver—there aren’t as many bugs as other places!!
      But the advantage of your park experience, is the fun people watching. We didn’t get much of that on our hike. Although we did meet up with a couple of dogs, so we did get our dog fix!!
      Thanks Rebecca!!
      XOXO

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Amazing photos and outfits, Jodie! You guys are the BEST! Best trio ever!!!!
    Love everything about your looks!
    Lovely photos as well.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Much love, Len

    http://www.lenparent.com

    • Your comments just make me smile from ear to ear Len!! Your enthusiasm and positivity is so ever lovely!!!
      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
      XOXO

  • Yay for your mom for saving you from going barefoot! Once a mom always a mom… I love your Target link to fun caps. I’m so glad there are more feminine options out there that don’t have a big logo or sports team on them. And Colorado’s wine region? Sounds like a destination……

    • You speak truth Julia!!! I do think my mom saves the day more than I realize!!!
      XOXO

  • What a great post! Enjoyed reading it!

    Mihaailo / mihaailo.blogspot.com

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    This post turned out great, thanks for featuring me! The nice thing about outdoor fashion is that it doesn’t have particular rules. Wearing just about anything comfortable is the main goal. Since most of my hiking has been in alpine environments, the range of hot to cool temps is important to recognize and prepare for. UV protection is important too. I also recommend insect repellant scarves which can be bought at most outdoor stores. You all look great, and comfortable, love your mom’s homemade vest!

    • Thank you Terri!! Talk about pushing us outside our normal!! LOL!!!
      XOXO

      • Terri Webster Schrandt

        Always a good thing 🙂

  • Judy Gramith

    My husband Jay and I did a bunch of Spring hiking in Kentucky a couple of years ago and it was so much fun! We’ve done quite a bit of hiking and will definitely do more once we make our move to the Black Hills. I think footwear is probably the most important item and my old hiking boots from LL Bean are still workin for me. I also like a wide brimmed (Australian style) hat. A light jacket tied around my waist, a good sized water bottle and a couple energy bars in a small back pack do the trick.
    The three of you look darling out on the trail. I love seeing Charlotte leading the pack. Didn’t you talk about wearing orthotics in your shoes for longer walks Jodie? Waterwalking shoes would be a really BAD idea for a hike if you have any kind of foot issues…

    • You’ll have so many fabulous places to go in your new area, Jude!! I think that’s the advantage of moving to a new place…you get to go on so many different adventures!!
      My orthodics are camped out in my sneakers, so if I had remembered to bring them (ha ha) they would have definitely been my friend. I have noticed that I don’t need them as much as I used to when I was younger!! Maybe my posture is better??
      XOXO

  • I actually love the topic for this post because as a fashion lover, I want to be stylish at all times which means in every day realities like hikes and outdoor activities not just the fun ones like date nights. You all look great and like you’re having fun!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Wow…I’m so glad to hear you say this. Because I totally think like that, but then wonder if I’m being realistic??
      But it’s no different than going to the gym, in a way, right? We can have well fitting clothes for the outdoors too??
      XOXO

  • What a great fun post Jodie! It’s wonderful to see you all enjoying the great outdoors. Thanks for linking up, XO

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Yah, because it doesn’t happen often (us being outdoors…ha ha). And considering where we live….it’s a little funny!!
      XOXO

  • Isn t it fantastic to be outside! We cycle a lot, yesterday we did too! Me on my e-bike of course. We just bought special boxershorts for cycling on Saturday! It prefends the bum from hurting. But I won t show that! Don t Worry!

    • I have those kind of shorts, Nancy—they make the world of difference!!! But you’re right–I doubt they’ll show up on my blog either–ha ha!!
      XOXO

  • Karen

    What a fun post Jodie! I love hiking because it involves being outside, which is my favorite thing of all, and depending on the trail, you can get a great workout at the same time. Your mom’s vest is such a great idea – I love the idea of having a place to stash all the stuff so that you don’t need to carry anything. A backpack is my preference since it stays out of the way, but this is such a good idea if you don’t need a lot of stuff. You’re right, many of us don’t have special wardrobes for each activity that we do, unless it is something that we do a lot. There are so many moisture wicking clothing items now at all price points, and I think that most of us could find things in the closet as you all have done here! I do like the zip off pants. If you don’t know the makeup of the trails you’ll be enjoying, this clothing item makes good sense. As a person who is highly allergic to poison ivy, I’d sure like to have this option! That’s a very pretty area where you hiked!

    • This was fun, Karen!!
      My mom made this vest (and another one) for her trip to Africa many years ago. I think the first one she made was actually for a neighbor for the same reason!! But she did say that it was a lot of work…LOL!!
      XOXO

  • Amy K

    Fun! We have some hiking in our future here this next month and I honestly haven’t even thought about the shoes, I better get after it! You all look lovely and happy! (I like KIND bars too!)
    Love, Amy
    http://amylynnekennedy.com

    • Yea…it’s not like at the gym, where if I forgot my shoes, I could still work out anyways—ha ha!!
      XOXO
      ps…love that you added your blog name 🙂

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    Jodie,
    I have to say, you are ALL very fashionable hikers 🙂 I give you kudos for the scarf…that would be off from around my neck and tied a round my forehead for perspiration. I am not one of those sweet southern belles who doesn’t “glisten” lol.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • That made me laugh, Bev!! But that’s the beauty of the bandanna —it could be many things to many people, right?? I’m one of those who are always cold (except for that occasional hot flash), but even so it may not have stayed on the entire time…..
      Notice you didn’t get any photos at the end of the hike…ha ha!!
      XOXO

  • Mireille

    I miss hiking! Haven’t been in quite a while! Maybe after baby! I usually either wear my water shoes (keens) or a pair of timberland hiking boots I was gifted. Otherwise the rest of my outfit is similar to yours! I think that as long as your feet are comfortable for the terrain you definitely can make do with things from your closet. You all look ready for an adventure ☺

    • Usually, my idea of hiking is on the concrete path around the lake that is 10 minutes from us…LOL!!!
      I’m not much of an outdoorsy girl, but I am willing to try new things!! I did go hiking in the mountains a couple of summers ago with my girlfriend. And when I told Nancy about it she almost fell off her chair in surprise—it’s good to change things up!!
      XOXO

      • Mireille

        Lol!