Stylish Walking Clothes to Wear Hiking

Last Updated on May 23, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Now that we can all get back outside again, check out these stylish walking clothes. Whether you’re walking around the neighborhood or taking a hike in the woods, you’ll want be to comfortable and look good.

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Stylish Walking Clothes to Wear Hiking

Stylish Walking Clothes

I’m always on the lookout for stylish walking clothes. But, above all comfort is important while walking or hiking. When it comes to walking, consider a hat to protect your face from the sun, a backpack, and don’t leave home without an SPF sunscreen. Here’s some information on choosing a sunscreen for hiking.

How do you look stylish while hiking

When it comes to finding stylish walking clothes, it’s important that you find the intersection of style and comfort. You want to walk or hike comfortably and that means lightweight, breathable clothing.

But, you also want to consider hiking style. You can head to Pinterest and search for pictures of women’s hiking outfits to give you an idea of the type of clothing available. 

What you choose to wear will depend on whether you prefer a hiking dress or stylish hiking pants or shorts. Consider the terrain, the weather, the temperatures, and what you find most comfortable to wear.

a woman hiking in the woods

Best brands for walking clothes

When it comes to stylish walking clothes, these are the brands that I generally turn to.

  • TwoThirds – A sustainable brand
  • Acai Activewear – Stretchy skinny hiking pants
  • Millican – Perfect option for stylish backpacks
  • Free People – Expensive but worth it
  • Orvis – Great for rugged hiking
  • Patagonia – Stylish walking clothes

a women wearing hiking pants holding a camera

Stylish hiking pants

If you’re wondering what pants to wear hiking, think comfort. This is not the place for tight jeans. You want to be able to move freely. And, you need clothes that can breathe. 

The best breathable fabrics for stylish walking clothes are:

  • Cotton
  • Polyester and nylon
  • Rayon
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Merino Wool

These cargo hiking pants are my number one choice to wear hiking. They feature an elastic waist and have a variety of zipper pockets. This is so important to keep your hands free. 

They are also quick-dry and outdoor water-resistant. And, they feature a UPF of 50+. You can buy them in a range of colors from grey to blue to green.

a woman wearing a broad brimmed hat while hiking

Stylish women’s hiking clothes

When it comes to stylish walking clothes, layering is important. You may start out the day with a lightweight jacket over a short sleeve shirt. And, by mid-hike, you might only need the shirt. 

This lightweight shirt by Columbia is perfect for cooler days. And, you can always wear it over a tank top or camisole. It comes in khaki, red, purple, blue, and a variety of other colors. 

Stylish Walking Clothes to Wear Hiking

If you need a short-sleeve shirt, this shirt is convertible to both long sleeve and short sleeve. It’s great for hiking, travel or camping. And, it’s quick-dry with UPF of 50+.

Comfortable and stylish shoes

When you think about stylish walking clothes, it’s also important to think about comfortable and stylish shoes. You need both support and protection while you’re walking or hiking. Your feet will thank you.

Stylish Walking Clothes to Wear Hiking

Here are a few options:

These waterproof hiking boots are a great option for walking over rough terrain. They have support for your ankles and a rubber sole for traction. And, they are available in a variety of colors. When it comes to stylish walking clothes, colors are an important consideration for many.

If you prefer a shoe rather than a book, these hiking shoes by KEEN are a rugged mid-height shoe. They are easy on and feature a rubber sole. They also have great arch support and a contoured heel. You can get them in 12 different colors.

If you’re thinking about stylish walking clothes and can only afford one thing, focus on the shoes.

Stylish Walking Clothes to Wear Hiking

Stylish walking cane

Taking a cane along with you when you walk or hike may be important depending on the terrain and your physical dexterity. While it’s not something you think of immediately when it comes to stylish walking clothes, it is an important accessory. 

You can choose a medical cane with quad footing which is what my husband uses. Or, you can opt for walking sticks which may be better for longer distances.

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This post was originally published in 2010.

4 thoughts on “Stylish Walking Clothes to Wear Hiking”

  1. These are some neat items. I used to wear a lot of dress clothes, but not much anymore. I’m always looking for casual clothing I don’t have to worry about walking through the woods in.



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