A low-impact nature walk, or adventurous excursion away from the crowds is a great way to get moving — especially if you want a safe way to spend time outside while practicing social distancing. So if you're looking for the goods to get you prepped from head to toe, we've outlined all the outfit essentials (and some cute stuff for the 'gram if that's your thing) for your convenience. From breathable layers to keep you cool and protected to the pair of cushioned socks your feet will thank us later for, here are all the makings for an actually cute, form-meets-function hiking outfit.
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There has never been a better time for hiking than now. The weather is right, for one. But also, hiking is one of the few activities that you can do without coming into much contact with others. And that's a big bonus, given that right now, the U.S. has more cases of COVID-19 than any other country in the world, and health officials continue to ask us to take social distancing seriously. But before you hit the trails this summer, you'll want to find the right hiking boots — which isn't as easy a task as you might think. You've got to consider how much ankle support you want, what materials you're looking for (if you're vegan, leather won't work), how much traction you need, and more. We've rounded up a few reviewer-backed hiking boots that will make your treks safer and comfier. A word of advice from REI: Once you receive a new pair, try them on at the end of a long day, or after a walk or run. Your feet will have naturally swelled a bit, which will give you a more accurate idea of how they'll fit when you're halfway to your summit. (That's the last place you want to realize that you should have sized up.) Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?These Are The Best Trail Running Shoes For Women8 Comfortable, Cute Sports Bras For RunningThe Stylish, Functional Hiking Outfit — Decoded
Summer is sweaty enough as it is, so when we're working out, moisture-wicking, breathable gear is a nonnegotiable part of our fitness routine. Whether we're working out outside or training at home, we need all the help we can get keeping sweat at bay, so come summertime, our leggings have to be lightweight and breathable. If they can't keep us cool, they have to go to the back of our drawer, and can return to our rotation once temperatures dip. These 12 breathable leggings are the ones we'd pick for a summer sweat session. From mesh panels to light, buttery fabric and even little cutouts, there are plenty of ways to keep cool this summer. Luckily for us, they all involve cute leggings. With these 12 picks, you don't have to give up your fitness habit during the sweatiest season of all, and that's something worth cheering about. Related: This Weekend Is a Great Time to Stock Up on Fitness Essentials (All on Sale!)
If you're thinking of trading in your sweatpants for a cute dress, we don't blame you. Dresses make an easy outfit in and of themselves, they're breathable in hot summer weather, and yes, they can actually be comfortable! If the summer heat is proving too much to bear, get yourself a new, comfortable minidress ASAP, and we guarantee you won't want to take it off. From cute t-shirt dresses to white dresses perfect for the season, here are 21 options worth adding to your closet right now. They're fun, comfortable, and easy to wear. Pair yours with gold hoops and slide sandals for the ultimate summer look that you can wear anytime - even if you're not leaving the house. Related: 14 Reasons Slip Dresses Are Our Favorite '90s Trend
Ah, weekends. It's the perfect time to shimmy out of your sweatpants (and into a breezy dress) to seek out some sun. But, wait, before you get too cozy on your picnic blanket, you'll want to make sure the most important accessory of summer is crowning your precious noggin: yep, a hat. Not only do brimmed straw hats keep us cool, but they also protect our heads from damaging UV-rays. Brimmed straw hats are the light, airy, breathable, and natural route for seeking maximum shade radius. Also, brimmed straw hats are cute. Unfortunately, finding the ideal style isn't so simple. Many readily available options tend to fall into one of two camps: a stiff Panama hat or a ludicrously floppy situation that's most suitable for a Bella Hadid Instagram photo opp (OK, maybe not that oversized but you get the idea). We shouldn't have to sacrifice aesthetics to create a safe shady spot for our faces. So, we made it our mission to find the perfect medium. And, that's something that looks a little more modern but still feels effortless while practicing good fashion safety. For your upcoming days off — whether they be at the park, on a beach, or with a giant inflatable sprinkler in your backyard — the ten options ahead are sure to top off the sunny times. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
We already know that Amazon has just about everything you could possibly need, but were you aware of its epic fashion selection? You can buy designer brands you know and love like Levi's and Sam Edelman, but you can also find Amazon exclusives like The Drop. It's got great basics, as well as trendier, statement pieces. How major, you ask? Well, think studded combat boots, snakeskin skirts, and pink velvet pants. Now that's a statement we can get behind. If you're looking for a wardrobe refresh, you've got to shop these 22 pieces. Related: Amazon Is Embracing Fall With a Big Section of Dresses, So Shop These 17 New Picks Now
With every new season comes a new crop of eye candy to shop for. But navigating the new arrivals section can feel daunting: With the overload of emerging trends, we tend to shop with eyes bigger than our wallet. It's easy to get caught up adding everything you see to cart, only to have a small cry when the price on your checkout page lists too many zeros. To offer a helping hand, every month, we'll be breaking down the best items in the market that you can buy for under-$150. Think of our curated shopping guide as an easy way to keep you in the know, without the need for a splurge. From warm-weather essentials to WFH must-haves, you'll be able to give your closet a mini boost on the cheap. Click on — these summer collections are calling your name. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commissionLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Mask Accessories Are Taking Over InstagramGirlfriend Is Launching Underwear & SocksYou Don't Want To Miss Zara’s Biannual Sale
This season's top-bought items all have one major thing in common: they're cool — and we don't mean that in a Jane-Fonda-starring-in-a-Gucci-campaign kind of way. Temperatures are reaching hot-hot heights and Refinery29 readers are carting up goods to keep them cool for the summer. After sifting through purchase data from popular shopping stories, we pulled out the most wanted buys for staying sweat-free during these sizzling times. Ahead, a master list of these favorite Fahrenheit-fighting finds (in the likely event you're also sitting in a perspiration puddle right now): from breathable sheets for the crispest of snoozes to antibacterial face masks with moisture-wicking properties, body-heat battling bike shorts, and a few ice-cold bottles of rosé. We even came across one premium Dyson fan on an under-the-radar sale, too. Sit back, scroll forth, and brace yourselves to handle the heat like a calm, cool, and collected pro. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Most Breathable Sheets For Super Cool SleepThe Breeziest Linen Sheets For Summer SnoozesThe Most Breathable Face Masks For Hot Summer Days
Fashion is still rightfully sneaker-obsessed. There's nothing more comfortable on our feet, and thanks to designer iterations from the likes of Pyer Moss, Balenciaga, and Chanel, they've also never been so prominently featured on the runway or in high fashion. So you can - and we do - feel free to mix them with athleisure, a day dress, and even a suit. While I admit, I have a thing for designer sneakers (Isabel Marant makes a very good pair), I always come back to Nikes, thanks to their versatility, affordability, and staying power. Dressed in Nikes, you need not wonder if you've got on the right footwear, you just know they look cool with just about anything - yes, even a tulle skirt. If you need convincing, I've curated some of my favorite outfits. The ones that'll stop you in your tracks, and as you try to trace what exactly makes them so good, you'll notice those Nikes. Effortless, even when they're bright or bolder than classic Cortez styles, they seem to say, "I'm chill, my outfit's chill - and maybe I did or didn't go to the gym today." Let the outfits ahead inspire you.
After spending many, many months indoors recently, it's very possible that you already know your way around a good cyber sale. But just when you thought you'd be swapping screen time for sunshine in honor of one star-spangled holiday this weekend, let us remind you that the 4th of July is also a major moment for some of the year's biggest markdowns on everything furniture, decor, rugs, and more. And while we're on the topic of that stay-at-home life we've grown accustomed to as of late, we'd like to point out that many of our R29 readers' favorite finds over lockdown (fire pits, desk chairs, and breathable bedding, to name a few) are having their prices slashed, all in the name of patriotism as July 4 draws near. So we're breaking down the top holiday deals by category featuring the season's most-loved home items so you're well-prepared to ride the wave of promotions that's on its way. With discounts of up to 70% off from popular retailers like Wayfair and Lulu and Georgia, it'll be worth the extra few minutes at your computer. The more efficient your sale shopping, the more time you've got to soak up that all-too-precious vitamin D, so click through our roundup of unmissable steals ahead and keep checking back — we'll be updating this list as long as the markdowns are marching in. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?All The Home Sales You May As Well Shop While WFHUpgrade Your Bedroom Decor With This Design HackWayfair's July 4th Sale Is Up To 70% Off
I’m going to kick this off with two statements that are likely beyond obvious to you (unless you’ve spent the first half of 2020 living off the land in the desolate wilderness with nothing but a penknife and a ball of cord to keep you company, à la My Side of The Mountain). You should be wearing a mask. And it’s freaking hot outside. What do these two things have to do with other? Well, wearing a mask in the heat is a pain. Masks can get sweaty, feel stuffy, and can even leave us with a heat rash.“It’s worth acknowledging that masks are uncomfortable, especially when it’s hot and humid,” says Nate Favini, MD, medical lead at Forward, a concierge medical service. “They’re annoying, and I don’t think we should pretend that’s not true. I’m empathetic — but it doesn’t mean that wearing a mask isn’t crucial.” Because the fact is, face masks work. They reduce transmission, helping to curb the spread of coronavirus and to quite literally save lives. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an increasing number of cases, so it’s more important than ever to wear a mask,” says Natasha Bhuyan, MD, One Medical’s regional medical director. “Until we have a vaccine, widespread masks are our best defense against this virus.”But when it’s hot and sticky outside, and the humid air you’re exhaling is getting trapped by your mask, things might get a little stifling, admits Dr. Bhuyan. (To be clear: While there’s a myth circulating that wearing a mask can lower oxygen levels, it’s not true. Doctors and nurses wear them all day long, and they’re doing okay. “Even though we are exhaling carbon dioxide, it already exists in the environment… Wearing the mask does not increase this risk,” Dr. Bhuyan says.)So, yes, wearing a face mask on a 100-degree day is still worth it. And to make it easier on you, we asked doctors for their best tips for staying comfortable while doing your civic duty and covering your face in steamy temps. Get a more breathable mask. Choose one that has more structure than those that lie flat against your mouth. But Dr. Favini cautions that the more breathable a mask is, the less protection it may offer to the people around you. “There’s the tension of wanting people to have masks that are more comfortable versus wanting them to have ones that are more effective.” So if you’re going to be indoors and/or around others, wear a more effective mask, even if it makes you feel hotter. (Or layer up. Which brings us to…)Choose the right material. This is especially important if you’re getting heat rashes from your mask. “Consider fabrics that are either natural, like cotton, or synthetic fabrics that wick away sweat, such as fabric found in exercise clothing,” says Ted Lain, MD, dermatologist and chief medical officer at Sanova Dermatology. “The latest recommendation is to use multiple layers of fabric to produce the most effective protective barrier to the virus, so instead of using a thick cotton, consider a thinner cotton fabric but layering it.”Bring backups. A sweaty mask stinks — literally and figuratively. So have a few fresh ones in your bag. That way if you sweat through one, you’ll have another at the ready. This can make you more comfortable, and prevent breakouts. “Sweating and the humidity in the mask area certainly can lead to a dermatitis, or even an acne breakout,” says Dr. Lain. Pack each extra in a clean, sealable plastic baggie so it won’t be exposed to any germs before you slip it on your face.Time your “chin strap” moments. Sure, if you’re totally alone, then it’s fine to pull your mask down and take a few deep breaths. But then pull it back up, Dr. Favini says: “Wearing your mask down around your chin is like having a condom and leaving it on the nightstand while you have sex.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
This weekend, we’ll be experiencing a lunar eclipse; specifically, a penumbral lunar eclipse. We’ve already talked a little bit about what that means for you astrologically, but… what exactly is the event, astronomically speaking? A regular ol’ lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth blocks the sun’s light as it reflects off the moon. This can only happen during a full moon, and there are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial, and penumbral.A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth completely blocks the sun’s light from the moon. During a partial lunar eclipse, the Earth partially blocks the sun from the moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse is a little more subtle. “During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth, and the moon are imperfectly aligned in a row,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. “The Earth blocks some of the sun’s light from directly reaching the moon’s surface, and covers all or part of the moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra.” What this looks like: You might notice a faint shadow cast over part of the moon’s surface. Like we said — subtle. Lunar eclipses are cool astronomical events, full stop. But the reason they get so many attention in the astrology world is because they involve the two luminaries that affect our lives the most — the sun and the moon, Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com and Horoscope.com, tells Refinery29. “Eclipses are turbo-charged lunations and the way the Universe creates change in our lives,” she says.Similar to a full moon, a penumbral lunar eclipse brings along endings — sometimes in a way that makes them feel almost like destiny, Montúfar says. “What’s tricky about these eclipses is that those endings will not happen immediately, as they develop over the course of the next six months,” she explains. “And when they end something, they also begin something new, too.” Think of a penumbral lunar eclipse as the celestial version of the famous saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.”Eclipses affect us individually, bringing positive or negative events, depending on what the particular eclipse does in our personal chart, according to Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com. “Sometimes an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart,” she says. “An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life’s biggest events, and our most significant life happenings often occur close to an eclipse.”Eclipses are often described as wild cards. Montúfar says that the best way to handle their arrival is to be aware that anything’s possible, and to focus on going with the flow, since many of the changes they bring to our lives are non-negotiable. “It’s not rare to feel very emotional during the days surrounding a lunar eclipse, since the energy of the moon is at its highest,” Montúfar notes. During the days leading up to a penumbral lunar eclipse, simplify your schedules. Figure out where your energy and attention is most needed, and let go of anything holding you back. Also, give yourself a lot of time to rest and relax.Ultimately, penumbral eclipses can bring along much-needed change, or shine light on new and exciting opportunities. Pay attention, and take the time during this kind of eclipse to put you and your needs first.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Mercury Retrograde, Prepare To Fight
Dear Unbothered family, Right now, we’re watching as the world makes a major — and much-needed — shift. We’re seeing the kind of reckoning many of us have only read about in history books or heard from our grandparents. But it’s happening. Right before our eyes. And at this very moment, we are members of the movement. But we didn’t just join the movement yesterday. We’ve been here, and we’ve been doing this work. And our content is an imperative reflection of the tireless effort Black women put in every day — at work, at home and on the front lines of social justice. Months ago, the Unbothered team set out to launch a campaign that would celebrate Black life and our relationship with all things summer: barbecues, beaches, bathing suits, and more! We hoped to examine the history and the myths associated with Blackness and our relationship with the water, from shutting down the notion that Black women don’t swim, to finally putting the thought that Black people don’t need sunscreen to rest, to celebrating the communities where many Black folks travel in fellowship and revel in the joys of summer together. But when we realized the devastating effect COVID-19 was having on our communities, we knew we had to serve our audience in a different way. So we shifted. And when the social demonstrations in response to the horrific murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Oluwatoyin Salau, and so many more started — we knew there was different work to do. That is how Keep That Same Energy was born. This campaign came to life as we navigated the ongoing challenges and changes we so often sustain as Black people. As content creators, we know that our art is a reflection of our lives. And it is our responsibility to bring our audience content that is both relevant and riveting. With that said, we are proud to bring you a platform to celebrate the positive momentum of change by sharing the stories of Black women who are reclaiming joy, defying stereotypes, and proving that summer 2020 definitely isn’t canceled. We are celebrating our Black existence and joy as an act of resistance, and we are doing it in proud partnership with Target. We don’t just work with anybody. We think about who we’re working with and why. This is especially true right now, but it always has been. We take our platform and our responsibility seriously, and we know it is our jobs to challenge brands to support and celebrate Black women genuinely. I am personally proud to work with a company like Target that has not only supported an unprecedented number of Black-owned brands and Black business owners in their stores, but that has also been a consistent partner to the Unbothered team as this program has evolved. As a brand of Black women working tirelessly to change our own company culture, we stand proudly with the Black employees at Target working to do the same at theirs. Together, Unbothered and Target want to send the strong and necessary message that the most impactful way to serve our community and ourselves during this integral time is to “keep that same energy.” So that is what we’re going to do. We’re going to keep celebrating our skin and our unique gifts, we’re going to keep pushing for our joy and our freedom, we’re going to keep experiencing the beauty of summer the way Black people always have. And we’d like for you to come along for the ride with us. Trust me, it’s worth it. Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay Unbothered. Danielle Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?