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Women's hiking clothes at Athleta have gone beyond the standard shorts and tee shirt. Women's hiking clothes have grown up and now offer the same performance qualities you love in our other sports apparel.
The Smart Woman's Hiking Wardrobe
Some of the greatest hikes are those where you follow spontaneous paths. Athleta hiking apparel for women is designed to keep you company on all your hikes while delivering state of the art performance. The rise of performance fabrics is now available to all hikers, from expert to beginner. Womens hiking clothes should be something she never thinks about so her mind is on the road. No chafing, pulling, or wetness with exertion is on her wish list. Smooth seams, labels printed directly on fabric, and even smart fabric that adjusts its temperature based on the weather are other must-haves.
With long hikes over varied terrain, hiking attire needs to be ready for anything, handling various temperatures and conditions. Women hikers are layering experts, and typically wear a base layer tee in performance fabric, then a second layer if it's cool, maybe a vest or zip up jacket. For really unpredictable weather it's a good idea to bring along a lightweight fleece or down jacket just in case. To keep shirts from riding up, you may like the nifty thumb hole you slip your finger into. Hikers get caught in frequent showers, so look for water repellent properties. The advent of washable wools that offer great insulation has been a game changer, and these come in crew neck or v-neck styles.
Styling Your Hiking Outfits
Yes, you're out in nature basking in its splendor. But it's okay to look fabulous and put together too. There's no reason to sacrifice style on your outing, just integrate it with the needs of your trip. Weather is always a primary consideration. Layering is not only useful, it gives you a chance to play with color and pattern. On top of your base layer top, you could add a plaid or checked shirt with an additional vest to wear if it gets colder. A long scarf can actually double as a utility device as well as a style statement. Scarves can rescue someone who's fallen into a creek! Some kind of hat looks cute, like a beanie, floppy hat, or ball cap and keeps the sun off your head. You can also tie a bandana over your hair to keep it tidy and out of the way. If you're wearing shorts, plush woolly socks pair well with hiking boots. Skinny jeans that are not too tight allow you to tuck them directly into your boots and eliminate excess fabric that could get caught on branches or bushes. Hiking is not the time for jewelry but a great pair of aviator sunglasses adds a little gleam and looks effortlessly chic. Today's backpacks come in stylish versions that can complete your look. Pack lip balm and sunscreen and you're ready to go.
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