Gear Trends: Lifestyle apparel pushes the limits of functional fashion

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Everyday fashion looks classic, while footwear beefs up.

Urban Influences

The success of urban-style outerwear and workwear are inspiring outdoor brands to add pieces like quilted bomber jackets and insulated crew necks to their lines. Cardigans remain go-to items in the women’s everyday winter catalog. Trench coats are another seasonal staple with light, playful styles that range from fall rain coats to knee-length insulated pieces. Gina Thorsen, president of Stormy Kromer, says workwear is definitely influencing lifestyle apparel with traditional work silhouettes, fabrics, and color palettes. Jackets, for instance, have straight lines, harder edges, and targeted quilting. “The current uncertain economic and political climate continues to push the trend to quality, long-lasting products that are comfortable and understated,” Thorsen says.

Color Watch

Color experts in the fashion world predict warm, clay-toned reds, earthy oranges and an array of neutrals (from soft beiges to silvery grays) will be the go-to colors for next fall/ winter, and outdoor lifestyle brands are on board. “As a designer, I start by looking at color trends in fashion, art, and home design,” says Aventura designer Heather van Helvoort. “Then I cull it down and combine it with inspiration from nature.” In recent years we’ve seen a lot of super bright, saturated colors, she says, “but next season is all about combining warm and cool neutrals (taupes and grays) with nature-inspired pops of color that are bright, but with a bit of patina and weathering on them, like clay. They’re rich and beautiful, but softened.

Photo courtesy of Aventura

Photo courtesy of Aventura

Aventura’s Bethel Cardigan ($89) features a wide, striped design that drapes like a wrap. The sweater’s 60/40 cotton-viscose blend makes it a cozy, soft lounging companion, but the festive print makes it party-ready.

Photo courtesy of Stormy Kromer

Photo courtesy of Stormy Kromer

The Stormy Kromer Soft Shell Button Up ($45) adds a layer of wind and weather protection to its women’s version of the Original Cap. When the wind picks up, the softshell’s earband can stretch to fit down over the oh-so-sensitive earlobes.

Photo courtesy of Arc'teryx

Photo courtesy of Arc'teryx

Designed for urban environs, the Arc’teryx Nila Trench Coat ($475) features a traditional double-breasted design and knee-length coverage. Vents in the back add breathability, while the three-layer Gore-Tex sheds rain. Flipping up the back collar exposes a reflective hit.

Photo courtesy of Icebug

Photo courtesy of Icebug

Fleece-lined, water-repellent leather gives Icebug’s Solus BUGrip boot ($195) a classic look, while a beefy sole with BUGrip traction and studs provide wet weather traction. It laces up for a good fit, but a medial-side zipper provides quick on-off.

Photo courtesy of Mountain Khakis

Photo courtesy of Mountain Khakis 

Mountain Khakis puts a spin on flannel with its Shady Lady Shirt Jacket ($200), a mix of wool, polyester, and rayon with quilted insulation and a taffeta lining. The shacket’s relaxed cut hits the hip, and it wins style points with its big buttons.

This article was originally published on p. 28 of the Day 0 issue of Outdoor Retailer Daily Winter Market 2017.

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