Go to any campground in America, and I promise you the females with the most style will be under 8 years of age. This weekend I saw ruffly petticoats worn over hot pink sweatpants, polka dotted pom-pom adorned hats, multi-colored sweaters and distressed denim jeans worn with tie-dye converse high-top sneakers. It was inspiring. (Perhaps mothers should just let their little girls wear whatever they want more often?)
Meanwhile, everyone over 20 seems to settle into a wardrobe of grey sweats, ancient running shoes and “mom jeans”. I’m not being a snob. You can include me on that list. My husband absolutely refused to turn his camera on me and instead focused on our kids and the landscape. It’s probably a good thing. I’m not sure I want to know how frumpy I looked.
I did manage to put this outfit multi-denim outfit together on the last day of our trip. It was a warm morning so no need for fleece, and I did have to change into said “mom jeans” for a later bike ride, but I looked cute for a few minutes.
THE CUTE CAMPER CHALLENGE
So the question I want to pose my readers is this: Is it possible to look good while camping? Can you come up with some cute outfits while living out of a bag and sleeping on the ground? If you’re like me and you like to look good while taking on the great outdoors, how do you do it? This is a serious question my friends. I’m planning a month of road-trecking this Summer and I need some advice.
I can’t say I came up with this outfit challenge all by myself. I was very inspired by a great fashion blog called “North on Harper” . The writer asks her readers to send pictures of their best outfits based on the theme of the week. Her last post was all about short-shorts: NoH Does – A Short Story.
So here’s what I’d like to do; Please submit a photo of one great camping outfit by Saturday May 7th by e-mailing me at email@example.com. (This doesn’t have to be a photo you took while camping, but an shot in some greenery might be good for ambiance.) Include why you think your outfit works for camping and any advice you’ve gleaned from trips in the past. Be practical! Remember, this outfit might see anything from a morning bike ride along the beach, to hiking up into rattlesnake infested hills, to sight-seeing at tourist destinations. It really does sound impossible, but I know a lot of you have some serious style.
On Monday May 9th I will post the best submissions along with your sartorial camping advice.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this idea. Do you like to go camping? Do you think you’ll participate in the challenge?
Update: Read more of my camping posts here: Camping Outfits
(Photo by Hugo Fonseca)