The new way to wear this season’s hiking trend

The new way to wear this season’s hiking trend

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Text: Debby Kwong

Editor: Amelia Chia

Let’s get technical with quilting, waterproof fabrics and robust boots

Perhaps it's the ongoing wellness and healthy living trend that has inspired designers at Ermenegildo Zegna, Louis Vuitton, Armani and MSGM to put their own fashionable spin on traditional hiking gear. We think it's about time, as does Junya Watanabe, with his recent cult collaboration with North Face. This definitive look (which we're certain the cool kids will dig) starts from the ground up, so start off by paying attention to your choice of footwear. A far cry from the clunky and chunky boots used to scale mountains, the sleek leather or suede combat boots seen at Gucci and Off-White might be more suited for the urban streets — do all you can to avoid them getting wet and muddy.

But compromising on style isn't an option, so don't expect staid rugged and rational pieces. Practicality is hardly key here. On the runway, these outdoorsy styles were paired with tailored trousers, cashmere turtlenecks and wool socks. For extra style points, mix it with the gorpcore trend with essential elements of fleece, camo, bumbags, and anoraks. While you're at it, throw on a sexy balaclava. Keep your eye out for little details like drawstrings, multiple pocket panels, zips, velcro and reflective strips, which seamlessly complete the entire look.




Our last piece of advice? Avoid going down the athleisure route with basic windbreakers and hoodies; think more utilitarian like the logo covered macs and shearling coats at Fendi — super functional with their two-in-one, reversible designs.

Once you're game, inject that bit of fashion frivolity — cue Fendi's hands-free mini umbrella attached to a headstrap (if only they combined it with a super functional headlamp) and Louis Vuitton's patchwork-printed monogrammed leggings. Recognition and respect are yours with these veritable head-turners.