Our Gear Editor’s Go-To Fall Outfit
The new women’s apparel we’re testing and loving right now
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The outdoor lifestyle is about more than sending big lines in the mountains. Luckily, many outdoor-gear companies also make apparel for the in-between moments—the office, the bar, the daily commute—often constructed with the same high-quality, technical materials. As one of Outside’s gear editors, I get to try out a lot of lifestyle apparel. Here’s the outfit I’ve worn most often to work (and everywhere else) this fall.
Stio Rivet Cord Pants ($100)
With just a hint of spandex for stretch, these slim-fit corduroy pants are snug enough to flatter your curves yet don’t sacrifice comfort (you’ll still be able to bend over and not feel constricted). The navy and gray colors are great for more toned-down looks, while the rust and earthy yellow-brown help an outfit pop without making me feel like I’ve been splashed with neon paint.
Icebreaker Waypoint Crewe Sweater ($180)
A trim silhouette, wide ribbed cuffs, and a crew neckline lend this sweater a classic look, but it was the thick knit and soft merino yarn that won me over. Recently I’ve taken to leaving the Waypoint Crewe on the back of my chair to throw on whenever I get chilly, and I’ve yet to find an outfit it doesn’t match.
Outdoor Research Kalaloch Reversible Shirt Jacket ($170)
Ripstop nylon on one side, flannel on the other, with 60-gram polyester insulation in between, this reversible shacket can be worn as a traditional puffy or an insulated overshirt. The cotton-poly flannel lining is extremely comfortable on the skin, which I’ve found particularly handy on those fickle fall days when I want to wear the Kalaloch as a jacket over a T-shirt.
Chaco Cataluna Mid Boot ($180)
Stylish leather meets trademark Chaco comfort and traction in these ankle-height boots. The waterproof upper and lugged TPU outsole mean I don’t need to be concerned about rain or slush, and the EVA foam footbed offers enough cushion to keep me going even when I’m running around all day.
Osprey Arcane Large Daypack ($110)
This waxed-cotton bag may be one of the simplest commuter packs I’ve tried. But it’s also the one I use most, thanks to the two-pocket design and clean, sleek exterior. Free of extraneous zippers and buckles, the bag helps me feel more put-together. The main compartment fits my laptop, lunch, and jacket, while the horizontal front pocket houses my wallet and keys.