Ladies shouldn’t have to compromise style when choosing their outdoor apparel, but they needn’t worry. Outdoor apparel designers are listening to women’s desire for functional yet feminine apparel that will withstand camping, hiking, bicycling — you name it, it’s got to be able to do it. Here are a few of our picks from SunnySport’s great selection of outerwear and other apparel for women.
Although most girls’ first choice for hiking gear wouldn’t be a cute dress or a skirt, there’s no reason that has to remain the same. Outdoor apparel designers have managed to create clothing that compliments the female form without compromising its function, like the Sadie skirt from Marmot. Constructed from a super soft, breathable performance fabric, this Dri-Release skirt offers permanent moisture wicking and quick-drying properties, as well as protection from odors with the Fresh Guard finish. The lightweight material and flowing cut of this skirt makes it comfortable for just about anything, from carnivals to casual hikes, and the fabric has a UV protection factor of 45. Add in the hidden zippered pocket at the waist for ID or chapstick, and this is a skirt that’s ready to go wherever you do! Available in dark steel or black.
This is an excellent summer shirt for outdoor activities, with three simple features that make it a winner. The Marmot Cadee sleeveless shirt is made from nylon stretch performance quick drying fabric, which also offers a UV protection of 30. The slim design features an open back not only for aesthetics, but for maximum air circulation. And to top it all off, this garment too has a hidden zipper pocket integrated into the back of the shirt, where your belongings are safe but out of your way. Bonus points for it being a tagless shirt! Available in white and black.
Columbia hails from a state where the women are just as avid about the outdoors as the men are, so they know they’ve got to keep up on making good-looking ladies gear that holds up to the guys. The Silver Ridge short sleeve shirt for women is a fine example of blending function with style. The Omni-Wick fabric offers UV protection of 40 while keeping you cool and dry. The back of the shirt is vented, and there are stretch panels at each side for maximum comfort. A zippered chest pocket keeps cash and cards close to your heart, and an interior security pocket gives you additional storage space. There is literally nowhere this shirt wouldn’t look good. Available in burnt henna or white.