A walking capsule
A slow lifestyle for me involves getting outdoors as much as possible and being surrounded by nature. I don’t think you necessarily need to trek through countryside for this - a walk through a park in the town or city is still a good chance to be among some greenery.
I love a walk but I don’t enjoy being cold or wet so I’m always looking for good clothing that keeps me warm and comfortable. I thought I’d put together a small capsule for a country walk - the type where you wander for an hour or two before heading to a pub or back home to a logfire (so no all day hikes up mountains or across technical terrain). Since learning more about the fashion industry’s current impact on the environment I want to aim to buy as sustainably as possible so all of the recommendations here are for companies that seem to have sustainable policies. My thinking is that if we want to enjoy the environment then we should shop with it in mind.
First things first: walking in autumn and winter is all about layering up! You can really warm up on a walk even on a cold day and you want to be able to cool down if you need to. I also want clothes that work well in the pub afterwards, can fit into my general wardrobe and so aren’t too athletic. This dress made from merino wool looks like it could be a perfect autumn option. When the weather gets too cold for dresses it’s time for the merino jumper. There’s a lot of merino wool on this post but it’s a great material for walking in as it’s breathable and doesn’t hold moisture.
For trousers you’re going to want something that’s comfortable, won’t rub and won’t hold all the water if it rains (at that point jeans are such a bad idea!). I can’t think of anything better to walk in than a pair of leggings and I love the look of these from Finisterre. They’re made from a combination of Merrino wool and Tencel natural fibres blend so there are no synthetics here. Finisterre describe them as highly breathable and they should keep you cool as the walk picks up and then keep you warm if you stop for a rest.
There is nothing worse than having wet feet whilst walking and nothing beats a pair of wellies for stomping around in. My Hunter wellies are going strong years after my husband bought them for me and I’ll be wearing them until they’re beyond repair but if you need a new pair then these from Gumleaf are a sustainable alternative. Gumleaf describe their boots on their website as “environmentally green and sustainable made from a natural product”.
One other autumn essential (I’m ignoring the occasional heatwave day we’ve been having where you could walk around in shorts and t-shirt) is a jacket or coat. I have this light weight jacket for warmer days and a Barbour wax jacket that I bought years ago and plan to keep going for as long as possible and re-wax when necessary but if I needed a new coat then this from Klattermusen looks like one to invest in. It’s on the pricier end of jackets but this company is really working to make its products sustainable and environmentally friendly which in the world of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) being used to create waterproof materials is pretty good going.
Last but not least, sometimes you just need a bag with you whilst out walking for your phone, wallet and door keys etc. This bag from Seasalt looks like it would be perfect. Seasalt look to produce products “in the most responsible way, thinking about the impact on the environment across all [their] activities and treating people as fairly as [they] possibly can” (Seasalt’s website).
I’d love to hear any of your recommendations of sustainable and eco minded outdoor clothing brands that you might have come across.
All images are my own. Products referred to here are either ones that I own or would be willing to purchase. This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.