Jul 24, 2018

Wondrous Wanderer: Stunning Summer Style for Outdoor Adventures

Ah, summer! For most of us, summer is a time to stretch our legs, see new places, and gain new experiences—and the long days and warm weather mean that it’s a particularly wondrous time to make new memories in the great outdoors. This can mean watching the sunrise, hiking new trails, swimming in new oceans and lakes, or letting yourself get lost in the winding streets of a foreign city. To get the most out of your travels, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the right apparel and gear—ideally pieces that offer a mix of function and style. Here’s our roundup of favorite summer items to keep you looking cool, feeling comfortable, and ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

Breathable Basics
Stay comfortable on your next adventure with breathable activewear. Say goodbye to clothes that hold you back: today’s activewear is flattering, fun to wear, and helps you walk, run, climb, and jump with ease. Activewear is finally getting the attention it deserves in terms of style and construction. Trends to watch out for range from brightly colored and intricately patterned leggings to strappy sports bras and tops that create a slightly more streamlined, elegant look.

A Stylish Swimsuit
There’s no better feeling than cooling off with a refreshing dip in an ocean, lake, or pool, so be prepared for your next swim with a chic, easy-to-wear swimsuit. We love how one pieces are back in a big way, with many of them featuring cool cutouts and bright, geometric patterns. If you’re more of a two-piece gal, consider the latest on-trend bikinis, like off-the-shoulder tops and high-waisted bottoms with lace-up sides. After all, the right swimwear style for your body and your needs will leave you ready to take the plunge and immerse yourself in a fun, energizing swim while looking and feeling confident.

Versatile Layers
While most summer afternoons will keep you sweating—make sure to hydrate and prepare for your trip!—weather can vary a lot over the course of a summer’s day. If you’re in for an all-day adventure, you’ll want to pack a few layers that will keep you warm on cooler mornings and chilly evenings. On very high hikes, you will often find that the weather on top of a mountain is very different than at the base—brisk, windy, and cloudy. Light layers, like a cardigan or kimono, are easy to pack, look cute, and will keep you protected from the elements. And, if you plan to hit up a restaurant or cafe after your adventure is over, you’ll instantly look dinner-ready with one of these sweet layering options.

Functional and Fun Accessories

Keeping active in summer requires a few extra accessories that will boost your style and keep you safe from the elements. A cool water bottle will help you stay hydrated during long days outdoors and new technology means that there are more ways to keep your water cold for hours on end. Another must-have is a pair of versatile and stylish sunglasses that help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays—and help pull together your summer look along the way! And it also can’t hurt to have a watch, particularly a waterproof watch that you can swim with, to help you keep track of your progress and time your adventure, particularly if you want to make sure you are on course during a long hike. There are waterproof watches that range from sporty to sleek, depending on your preference.

With these essentials, you’re guaranteed to feel strong, prepared, and on-point during your next adventure, so you can focus on taking in all of the sights and sounds around you. We hope you’re inspired to tackle your next outing, whether it’s a day of exploring in the woods, an outdoor workout class or a challenging hike on a new trail. And don’t forget to read up on some of our favorite hiking and workout suggestions and tips to make your experience even more unforgettable.

Author Bio: Constante Quirino is a freelance writer and content strategist who has worked with a number of up-and-coming designers, emerging and established companies, including SwimSpot. A passionate yogi for several years, he is an advocate for healthy, balanced lifestyles.

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