Instagram has changed the way we look at the world. We hit the great outdoors, snap pics, rack up likes, and, oh yeah, along the way breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the views. Sure we make fun of the hyper-stylized way we all present ourselves on the platform, but we also have to admit: It’s given us more than a little inspiration. Take to the woods with these nine items for a chic and shareable outdoorsy look — that’ll still keep you warm and protected while you’re getting your shots.
Wide-brimmed hats offer excellent protection from the sun, but — who are we kidding? — it’s all about the style. Dress up a Tiller Hat from Brixton with a flowing skirt for a party night around the campfire or hit the trail in performance fleece — this felt hat can hang with any crowd. Should a gust of wind try to relieve you of your headwater, the built-in leather tie keeps you covered. So start your fashionable adventure.
Patagonia Tres Parka
Super technical waterproof, breathable outdoor jackets are often lacking in the style department. Luckily, Patagonia kept things simple and sleek on the design front with the Tres Parka. Featuring a removable down layer, this jacket holds up to rain, wind, sleet, and snow while looking good at the same time — perfect for transitioning from the city to the trail without a wardrobe change.
Vintage Levi’s Denim
Nothing beats a broken-in pair of jeans. Source a vintage pair of Levi’s and let someone else do the breaking in for you. There’s a staggering amount of vintage denim to comb through, so there’s sure to be a fit for everyone. Just remember, the more torn and worn the better. Pair with an oversized flannel for best results.
Danner Stumptown Mountain Light Cascade Boot
Look familiar? Reese Witherspoon broke a pair of these Portland-made Danner boots in the 2014 hit “Wild.” The shoemaker dug into its archives for the ’70s style Mountain Light Cascade hiking boot and updated it with modern materials technology including a rugged Vibram sole.
The Fjallraven Kånken backpack is a technically capable pack that’s designed to avoid damage to your back. But its retro simplicity also looks amazing. It was designed in the late ’70s, when Swedish schoolchildren were suffering from back and shoulder pain due to heavy homework loads and the shoulder-sling bags popular at the time. You’re probably not bringing homework on your excursion, but this pack will handle whatever you throw at it and keep you looking good along the way.
Hudson’s Bay blanket
Versatile, timeless, and downright cozy, the Hudson’s Bay blanket is an essential for home and outdoors alike. Bring it on a hike and add some colour to your picnic or wrap yourself in it as you sip coffee in the morning chill. Expect this blanket to join you on all your cold-weather excursions.
Sometimes the perfect sunrise shot means sleeping well off the beaten path. Portland-based Poler Stuff’s two-person tent is versatile and easy to set up but has plenty of room for you, a friend, and all of your gear, all while looking good. So go ahead and let your home away from home appear in your sunrise selfie.
Vintage 35mm Camera
Yeah, yeah, yeah: If you want to learn how to be a real photographer, you’ve got to learn to do more than just point, click, and filter. And an old film camera is a great way to pick up the craft. But we all know you’re basically a smartphone Ansel Adams status already. So sling a vintage 35mm film camera over your shoulder and look styling in your pics — while signaling that you know your depth of field from your f-stop (and learning what those thing mean along the way).
Last but Not Least, an Actual Log Cabin
You want the beauty of the outdoors without leaving the comforts of home? No problem. Simply build a house in the wondrous location of your choice with this log cabin kit. The 292-square-foot cabin takes two construction-savvy adults about 12 hours to assemble with simple step-by-step instructions. There’s plenty of room for a simple kitchen, a living room, and a porch, and it even comes with a lofted bedroom. There’s no wifi included, though, so to get those pictures posted make sure you’re homesteading in a place with good cell coverage.