How To Dress For An Outdoorsy Trip & Still Look Amazing

It’s a proven fact that spending time outdoors makes us feel better. The fresh air, dose of sunshine, and gentle breeze are instant stress relievers, providing us with both extra space and perspective — two things that can be tough to find in our cramped apartments and offices. Unfortunately, the same calming effects don't carry over to deciding what to wear outside, especially if you’re tasked with packing for consecutive, unpredictable days in the great outdoors.

That's where these four looks, which pack a one-two-three punch, come in. They're completely practical for your outside-the-city adventures. They require zero sacrifice of your personal style. And together with Cotton, we've ensured that each is easy to care for, lightweight, and comfortable to boot. So breathe easy, and proceed to the trail ahead.
The Rain-To-Shine Wares
Packable layers are key for taking on anything Mother Nature throws your way. Start with a pair of track pants — their length provides extra protection from the elements and extra warmth for chillier nights. A long-sleeve button-up can be worn over a tank top and hooded vest or tied around your waist. Comfortable sneaks with proper grip underfoot are a must, as is a lightweight, roomy backpack.

The Cozy Campfire Ensemble
Being as comfy (read: snuggled up) as possible is paramount when winding down at the end of the day. Start with a breathable base layer, like this cotton bralette, which you can wear around camp or on your next expedition. Break out your softest, warmest — and yes, most fun — pair of socks, wrap a throw blanket over an open cardigan and loose tee, and get down to the very important business of marshmallow roasting.

The H20-Ready Option
It may be fall, but that doesn't eliminate the possibility of swimming, paddling, floating, or jumping into the nearest body of water at any given time. Choose pieces that dry off fast for this very purpose. Water shoes have never looked so cute, and when paired with a bright bucket hat for sun protection, you're an Instagram waiting to happen. Then, rethink your bathing suit and cover-up approach by wearing a one-piece — it does double-duty as a bodysuit — under super-soft cotton button-up. Utility shorts equipped with extra pockets are clutch for stashing any valuables during your next swim.

The All-Day Trekker
By this point, it's all about how to wear the same things in different ways, hence all the multipurpose pieces. Pack a sports bra to wear as a top when it heats up — water or no water — and track pants for low-key mornings and active afternoons. A compact windbreaker is useful rain or shine, and it leaves plenty of room in your bag for a baseball cap, bright bandana, and all-purpose kicks.

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