How to Choose Everyday Clothes to Take You from City to the Trail

I love serious outdoor clothing.

It’s rugged, functional and wicks away moisture while at the same time keeping you dry and warm. However, honestly, most of our hiking and outdoor time doesn’t really warrant a $300 pair of technical alpine pants, specialty socks, and a base layer.

Like most of you, we often find ourselves on a day hike with the kids while exploring a new city, or wandering local trails at the last minute at home when we decide we all need some outdoor time.

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We need everyday casual outfits that are comfortable outdoors on day hikes and look good in the city as well.

During our latest road trip across western Canada, we stopped off quickly to check out the stunning Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park (near Banff) in British Columbia. That means our clothes needed to be comfortable on a short mountain walk and for those many hours of driving, as well as look good when we stopped off to see friends and family.

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Marks everyday summer outfits
Wearing Mark’s space dyed Henley at Takakkaw Falls

How to Choose Everyday Clothes to Take You from City to the Trail

When Mark’s reached out to us to try out their clothing in our everyday lives, we thought this would be the perfect way to test our criteria for finding everyday casual clothes that are great for outdoor wear as well. We gave the clothes a good six week trial to let you know how they held up, and how they fit into our lifestyle.

So what should you look for in everyday wear clothes that will let you go from city life to day hiking? Here are our tips.

Choose styles that work both outdoors and for everyday wear

Marks womens Burnout T-Shirt and Vintage Twill Cargo Shorts
Women’s Denver Hayes Burnout T in pink with Windriver vintage twill cargo shorts

I think the most important tip is to find clothing styles that fit with both your everyday life and outdoor wear. For me, that means stylish t-shirts and tanks, along with shorts and capris for summer. For Charles, that means comfortable t-shirts and shorts. In winter, we switch to long sleeve shirts and pants.

Find clothes that fit well

As a slim man, Charles likes to find shirts that are a bit more fitted while I’m a women’s size 12 curvy.

A lot of clothing lines seem to ignore the fact that most women have curves, which is no end of frustrating. Take the time to find a clothing brand that fits you well.

Happy in the fitting room trying on Marks casual clothing
They fit! In the Mark’s dressing room.

Comfort is king

So many clothing stores seem to forget that people actually have to live their normal lives in their clothing, not just pose on the runway. I need clothes that are comfortable both on a day hike, working at my computer for most of the day, or on a casual day out around the city. As a result, clothes have to breathe, offer some elasticity and stay wrinkle free if I stay in one position for a while.

Walking across the bridge at Takakkaw Falls
Walking across the bridge at Takakkaw Falls

Make sure the quality is there

Great every day wear is made with good quality fabrics that don’t wear, fade, or shrink and that stand the best of time.

Marks womens Artisan Scoop Neck Tank Top Vintage Twill Cargo Shorts
Women’s navy Artisan Scoop Neck Tank Top and Windriver vintage twill cargo shorts

We’ve worn our Mark’s gear for for six weeks now, and some of the pieces are quickly becoming our new favorites. There’s been no shrinking, and the color stays the same when washed multiple times.

Only buy clothes you love

This is so important! Even if you buy quality clothes that fit well, you won’t wear them if you don’t love them. Try to find a clothing brand that offers a wide range of styles, or find a brand that you love and stick with it.

Get clothing with pockets!

As a woman who hates to carry a purse, but needs somewhere to store her wallet, keys and phone, any woman’s pants with a pockets big enough to those items is a win. I especially love cargo pants for days that I’m sure I’ll end up outdoors

Get clothes that can stand up to outdoor activity

If you’re planning to get sweaty, an antimicrobial polyester blend that is moisture wicking and repels odor is a fantastic choice. One of Charles’ new favorites is his Matrix Raglan Henley shirt, which is made from a fabric with moisture-wicking and anti-microbial technology.


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Marks clothing on a bench

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Marks Denver Hayes Floral Adjustable Rouched Dress
Denver Hayes floral adjustable summer dress (with built-in bra!)

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