Camping 101: How to Rough It in Style

When we talk about camping gear, we're not talking about your tent, sleeping bag, or flashlight. Yes, those are all crucial pieces to the outdoor-vacation puzzle. But when we're prepping for a trip out of town, it's all about the outfit. I recently headed out on my own weekend getaway, and I learned the hard way that planning what to wear when you're out there roughing it can be tricky. Yes, I needed pieces that could take a little sun, sweat, and dirt, but let's be honest, I wanted outfits that still felt fashion-forward (because if it's not on Instagram, did it really happen?).

That's why I'm rounding up four ideal outfits for the great outdoors, looks I probably should have toted along on my own trip but didn't have the foresight to pack. From the perfect ensemble for roasting s'mores by the fire, to a sporty-chic look to wear hiking, these foolproof outfits won't let you down, no matter what nature throws your way.

Read on for a breakdown of what to wear for whatever your ideal activity may be!

Whether it's a half-mile mini-trek or an all-day endeavor, hitting the trails is a major part of any camping trip. Make sure you're armed with gear that can stand up to the forces of nature, no matter what they may be.

Keep your face out of the sun this summer with a cool baseball cap.

A great sports bra is an essential when it comes to tackling a tough trek in the great outdoors.

Break a sweat in style with a chic pair of leggings.

A sturdy pair of trail shoes can look stylish too.

When the day quiets down and you're hanging by the campfire, it's time to change into something comfy that will keep you warm as temperatures start to fall. That way you can roast s'mores, enjoy a glass of wine, and relax after a busy day outdoors.

Since it cools off in the evenings, cover up in a stylish track jacket.

Pair your topper with matching sweats so you can sit comfortably while you roast s'mores by the fire.

While skinny-dipping may not really be your thing, this tank is too cute not to try.

If you're headed to somewhere in close proximity to a lake, stream, or swimming hole, you'll want to make sure you're prepared to take a dip in style. 

Opt for a fun one-piece that can hold up to a refreshing swim outdoors but will look great once you're drying off in the sun.

Keep your feet fashionably protected with a pair of fun slides. 

When you're handing out at camp, opt for an outfit that puts a fashion-forward spin on the basics. You'll be ready for whatever the great outdoors throws your way, while still feeling on trend.

Make sure to pack a sporty graphic tee.

Cutoff denim shorts are the ultimate summer staple.

Top your look with a bandana for a practical, fashionable style trick.

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