Outdoor Style: Finding Calm


I’ve always wanted to be one of those women who can sit and meditate for hours. Or hold a stretch for longer than a minute. Or even relax under a palm tree listening to the ocean. But that’s just not me—I meditate by pawing my way up a rock wall and my idea of relaxing is paddling my kayak for a mile or two. And you know what? That’s totally cool. Some of us find our “om” in the oddest of places. My body and mind want to be moving and exploring, and after years of trying to fight that, I’ve finally accepted a truth for myself: I find my calm in motion.


I’ve slowly started building my wardrobe is starting to reflect that: my favorite pieces are functional, comfortable and can make quick transitions from land to sea, from wild places to tourist towns, from sleeping in the back of a van to running down the beach. My go-to outfit right now is a culmination of all of those requirements: a soft sweat-wicking tee, sport sandals, a wide-brimmed straw hat and the Aspire Ankle Pant. They’re perfect for a body in motion that stays in motion—and if I ever do feel like setting up my hammock and hitting “pause,” I’m pretty sure they could handle that, too.


September 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

When I read your article, I was stoked to find out you are a climber! I’m a climber too, and I love wearing Athleta’s Chat tights when I’m on the wall or at the crag. I’d love to see more posts about climbing on the Chi Blog!


October 09, 2014 at 6:13 am

Becoming more authentic is a deeply rewarding practice. I love your tips for harmonizing the “gotta-do” world with the places our hearts come alive. Your post about wearing hiking gear under office clothes was a fun example!

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April 02, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Functional, comfortable and versatile wardrobe pieces are my favorite,just like Aspire Ankle Pants are.

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