Here are some great ways to flatter your hiker legs this summer!
Not all hiking boots are clunky and frumpy, many have a casual elegance that still provides the cushioning and support you need. Find as narrow a fit as your feet will comfortably tolerate and look for those with lightweight material — but don’t skimp on the ankle support if you’re going to be on rocky paths or carrying a larger load. Trail runners are feather-light in comparison and come in every hue of the rainbow, while hiking shoes stand on a middle ground without offering a style or support advantage over the others.
For the guys — Everything here applies, except you have a better shot of pulling off hiking shoes stylishly.
Leggings offer great support and some protection if you’re hiking through underbrush, while bike shorts have the best all-around versatility for walking through the woods, shopping for daily needs and a casual night out. However, these both lack in pockets you might want to use in lieu of a backpack, so you might choose a smart pair of hiking pants with zipper pockets to keep your valuables close at hand.
For the guys — Well-fitted shorts are going to be your best bet unless you’re dealing with a lot of undergrowth, in which case you’ll want to find lightweight hiking pants.
This is where women can have the most fun, starting with a strong, supportive sports bra to serve as the bottom layer on hot summer hikes. Top it if you like with an activewear shirt — consider long sleeves for better protection from the sun; you’ll still need sunscreen. If you’re at all concerned about a coolish temp or a refreshing monsoon swinging through, pack a chic lightweight anorak hooded pullover.
For the guys — Your big shoulders are more likely to burn, so avoid tank tops.
Ballcaps are among the most versatile hat choices you have, but they don’t provide any sun protection for your neck. So look for a cape hat that adds a cape to the classic baseball hat structure. In many products the cape is detachable; if not you can simply roll it above the brim to keep it from dragging down on your look. Of course, sun hats are on fire now, too.
For the guys — Ditto.