So this past weekend I went on a kayaking trip. That’s right, I’m talking about getting wet and dirty in a river on a fashion blog. Like what fashion enthusiast ever adored the great outdoors and outdoor recreation? And vice versa. Probably more than I think, but where I’m from those two don’t really go hand-in-hand.
My sister once worked at an outdoor retail store and we would get all dolled-up and go out with her co-workers and they would gawk, as they snarkily asked, what are you wearing?
Well fashion haters and outdoor pansies, I swing both ways, and just because I have two loves doesn’t mean we can’t work together. In fact, my inspiration for my clothing line was creating technical performance wear that was actually fashionable, and tailor made. But I digress.
This post is a dedication to my two loves fashion + outdoors; to create a perfect union. So without further ado, I give you: A Trendy Guide To Riding The River.
What You’ll Need:
I wore (as pictured above) my beautiful red wrap-around swim top from Free People, and it was a really bad decision. The knot that tied the swimsuit in the back, I kid you knot (ha!) bruised my back. I would recommend a swimsuit that clasps in the back, not ties. The swimsuit bottoms are from Victoria’s Secret, no complaints. Fair warning, their swimsuits run VERY small (and I’m a small girl), so if you’re concerned about some revealing cheeks, I’d opt for a larger size, or a different store all together.
I regrettably left my house wearing my flip-flops. Normally, I’d advise wearing a sandal that isn’t so easy to take to the river’s course; something that’s, you know, like attached to your foot. Something like this…
Nothing sexier than a pair of Velcro sandals. At least you’ll look like you know what you’re doing.
And if you’re feeling really ambitious, something more like this…however, I wouldn’t advise that. You don’t want to ruin a stellar pair of sandals just to look good. And as far as flip-flops go, well you put yourself at risk of losing one, especially if there’s booze involved. Fortunately, and most unfortunately, the water was absolutely freezing and was only about 4 ft deep. Not ideal for jumping out of your boat.
Now I didn’t rock the one’s pictured above; no I (briefly) wore the sexiest burnt orange shorts I owned. And by sexy, I mean atrocious. They were practical for the water though. The sun was beating down and I ripped those suckers off as soon as we got our boats on the bank. Shorts are not a necessity, but are quiet nice when your legs are burning; you know, moderate coverage and so forth.
I wore this wicked awesome vintage Alpine Shop logo t-shirt (woo, mouthful), that’s not pictured above but can be seen here:
Actually, it’s wear was as brief as the shorts, but it was there in spirit. Basking in pride on the back of my boat. You’ll most certainly want to have a t-shirt of some sort on you because the sun is fierce and will burn your shoulders. I don’t know about you, but my legs can tolerate the sun way better than my shoulders, so I always have a t-shirt ready when I can’t handle the agony.
Other items that are necessary:
He’s so precious!!
There you have it, everything you need to ride the river in style. Let me know what some of your must-haves are!