What the Hell Is the Gorpcore Trend, and Why Am I So Into It?

The term "gorpcore," isn't new per se. In fact, it was first coined by The Cut back in May 2017 to describe a new style emerging post-normcore. But though talk about the trend has faded over the last year or so, I can't help but notice as I comb site after site—gorpcore is dominating the second half of 2018.

The name takes a common hiking term GORP ("good old raisins and peanuts," a moniker for trail mix) and applies it to a whole genre of dressing, a sort of crunchy, outdoorsy aesthetic. As someone who grew up in Oakland and Berkeley—the epicenter of hippie culture—it's an aesthetic I was raised on. My dad has resoled the same pair of Birkenstocks three times. My family vacations involve backpacking. Gorpcore is the trend that was made for me.

But while I may be all for the outdoorsy gear that's taking over both runways and street style, I can name plenty of friends who aren't quite so comfortable with the trend. When I explain the premise to them, I make sure to explain the fact that you can embrace gorpcore in a more low-key way. The key is to style funkier pieces with pieces that skew more romantic. Clunky boots may seem intimidating for the city, but they feel quite cool when styled with a flowy maxi dress. And as for bucket hats—well, I know they're not for everyone, but I think they look great styled with jeans and a simple tee.

Below, you'll find a breakdown of a few key items for mastering gorpcore (all modeled by yours truly). If you're not ready to try them all at once, just pick and choose the pieces that are just the right amount of outdoorsy for you. Happy shopping (and hiking too)!

Gorpcore: a style inspired by practical hiking, camping, and general outdoor wear.

Now you know exactly what gear you need to pull off this trend too!