Outdoor Gear Is Having A Fashion Moment: Here Are The Trends We Love

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From giant puffer jackets over retro fleeces to comfy trackies tucked into hiking boots, ‘Gorpcore’ is the outdoor gear-inspired clothing trend that is all about practicality, function and durability. Named after the colloquial term for trail mix “Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts”, Gorpcore was defined The Cut way back in 2017, but this winter it has well and truly hit the mainstream. Any trend that lets us wear our hiking gear for a coffee has our tick of approval.

And with our renewed focus to seek the great outdoors during a year of COVID lockdowns and travel restrictions, it looks like Gorpcore is here to stay.

Below are seven Gorpcore trends we love.

Puffer jackets

Winter’s favourite wardrobe staple is back in a big way. Enter, the statement puffer jacket. Whether it’s teamed with thermals and hiking pants for winter adventures, leggings and sneakers for a walk-and-coffee with the girls, or chucked over jeans and a white tee for Friday night drinks at the pub… you simply can’t go wrong.

SHOP: The North Face Women’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket


SHOP: Patagonia Women’s Down Sweater


SHOP: Cotton On Curve Crinkle Puffer Jacket


Fleecy Jumpers

Revitalised by none other than ultimate outdoor gear brand Patagonia, a retro pullover is our cozy best friend we can imagine passing on to our grandkids while they excitedly squeal: “Ohhh, vintage”. This is one of our favourite winter trends of 2021.

Shop: Patagonia Women’s Light Weight Synch Snap-T Pull Over


SHOP: Nagnata Retro Rib Sweater


SHOP: Nimble Adventure 1/2 Zip II


SHOP: Billabong Switchback Pullover


Comfortable Shoes

When did hiking boots and sneakers become so slick? We’re not complaining… 

SHOP: Scarpa Terra GTX Unisex Waterproof Hiking Shoes – Brown – 15.5


SHOP: Moab 2 Ventilator


SHOP: Veja Condor Vegan Women’s Running Shoe



Once the first thing you’d ditch once out of the rain and dry inside, today’s rain jackets are lightweight enough and cool enough to wear just about anywhere.

SHOP: RAINS Short Hooded Coat


SHOP: Kathmandu Flinders Waterproof Windproof Breathable


Camping chic

Woollen beanies, flannel jackets and our new favourite glamping camping ‘’accessory’’ – the oodie! Next camping trip… sorted.

SHOP: Will & Bear Hats and Beanies


SHOP: Ottway The Label Shirts and Jackets


SHOP: The Oodie



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