Is it possible to still look stylish while camping? What exactly is camping chic? If it exists I haven’t found it yet. I always arrive at a camp site with the feeling I look like I’ve covered myself in superglue, run naked through Go Outdoors and come out wearing what stuck.
Whatever you wear has it be practical. Jeans can really only be worn in limited circumstances (that is, if there is categorically no chance of it raining, otherwise they’ll be wet ’til you get home). You need to be able to put on layers to stay warm while sitting out in the evenings and you probably need an element of shower/waterproof for those inevitable rain showers.
I have some nice lightweight walking trousers, a bit like combats, and normally I combine this with t-shirt tops and fleeces. I also have some shiny new stripy wellies of which I’m very proud. So I tick the practical box, but not really the stylish one.
That said, we were pitched next to some camping newbies the last time we were away and the girls had turned up in festival chic. Don’t get my wrong, they looked great. It was all cut off jeans and Hunter wellies, but it only lasted until it started to get cool around 5pm and then the jeans and hoodies came out. They admitted that they’d realised their original attire had become impractical as the day wore on.
So how do you do it? I’m sure it’s not a burning question for all campers but it surely can’t be too much to ask to look stylish and keep warm can it? Answers on a postcard…