We're Declaring it the Summer of the Utilitarian Outdoorsy Look

Has the GNI team used the word “indoorsy” to describe our general vibe on many occasions? Yes. But do we also suddenly gravitate to lengthy discussions about water bottles for hiking, the best cross-body bags, and the coolest bike shorts? Strong yes. This summer, “utilitarian outdoorsy” is our mood. Regardless if we’re just running a quick (masked!) errand or actually going on a hike, we're outfitted to be ready for anything. If you’re as passionate about sensible, supportive summer footwear as we are, take a look at some of our favorite picks below for your extremely functional summer. Main Image Credit: @teva on Instagram

Published
July 21, 2020
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Hilma
Indoor/Outdoor Support
$
28

"All this time outdoors in ~nature~ has my allergies on the fritz. Hilma provides my sinuses a little extra support so I can actually enjoy all the fresh air." Katrina, GNI Team

Amazon
STOJO Collapsible Bottle
$
25

This is the ideal vessel for a short walk,  commute, or carrying a small bag. It's flexible and fits in anything because you can collapse it as you drink.

S'well
Tumbler with Lid
$
30

Taking an early morning stroll and prefer a coffee or tea to a bottle of water? This is Alisha's favorite travel mug. It keeps drinks hot or cold, and has a lid with a small slit for drinking on the go.

Kinfield
Golden Hour
$
22

I am a mosquito magnet and regularly come home with bug bits if I'm out past dusk. I've searched high and low for an insect repellant that is deet-free and also doesn't smell like I bathed in citronella. Kinfield's spray is lightly scented and doesn't feel sticky when you apply." - Olivia, GNI Team

Sephora
Supergoop Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist
$
30

"Supergoops's Defense Refresh Mist is a great makeup setter, but since I haven't been wearing makeup lately, it's just become my go-to for reapplying SPF during the day. I even have a travel size version that I keep in tote bag for weekend trips and long walks outside." - Katrina, GNI Team

Credo
Unsun Cosmetics Mineral Tinted Sunscreen
$
29

This Black-owned beauty brand makes sunscreen for all skin types and all skin tones without leaving that white film residue we all know too well.

Amazon
CamelBak Classic Hydration Pack, 85oz
$
79

Our pick for the avid hikers and adventurers...or anyone who's tired of carrying their water around.

Shopbop
Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack
$
85

Not every outing requires a full backpack of supplies, and this roomy neoprene fanny pack is the perfect solution. It's also great for wearing indoors and out when you don't have any pockets!

Baboon to the Moon
Water Repellant Backpack
$
89

We love Baboon to the Moon's unique sturdy and water-resistant material. This bag is perfect for taking to the park for the day, or even as beach bag that you can safely leave on the sand.

Baggu
Sport Crossbody
$
30

This bag is IT. Function, fashion it has it all. We love it so much, we're speechless.

Chewy
K9 Sport Sack Air Dog Carrier Backpack
$
69

Yes, this is a backpack for your dog, and bag dogs are a thing. Sometimes your pups want to come along for a bike ride, or get tired after 3 hours of hiking, and this is way better than leaving them at home. They're available for dogs big and small.

L.L. Bean
Stowaway Day Pack
$
49

This bag has 90's written all over it. It's the L.L Bean bag we all had as a kid, but make it sporty. It's lite and spacious and can hold your groceries, your beach towel, or just sunscreen, water and a good book.

Nordstrom
Chaco Z/1 Monochrome Sandal
$
104

We never thought we'd see the day we took on a light hiking hobby. For woodsy walks, these are the pick — just don't forget a hammock.

Amazon
Birkenstock EVA Sandals
$
35

"Birkenstocks are the ultimate ugly-but-not-actually shoe, and I've been wearing them for years. The second they released these synthetic waterproof and lightweight sandals with support, I ordered a pair in white. They're just as comfortable as the traditional style, but feel weightless on your feet." Katrina, GNI Team

Zappos
Teva Flatform Universal Light Multi
$
65

Take a Teva but make it fashion. Platforms are in, Tevas are in, Earth tones are in, and here you have the perfect shoe.

Kinfield
OOO Visor
$
28

Visors aren't just for moms and tennis players anymore. This one from Kinfield gets the message across and lets everyone know you're here to relax.

Wild One
Bucket Hat
$
25

Wild One keeps our dogs looking cute, and now they something for humans too.

L.L. Bean
Adults Tropicwear Outback Hat
$
44

We're all about sun safety and staying cool this summer. This UPF 50+ rated hat has a built-in sweatband, is water resistant and floats. You can also tuck the back flap as needed.

Richer Poorer
Women's Fleece Sweatpants
$
71

Richer Poorer's Fleece Sweats are the PERFECT sweatpant. They're not too baggy, not too long, soft, warm and come in so many colors. It's a little too hot to wear them all day, but they're just right for cool summer nights.

Outdoor Voices
RecTrek Pants
$
98

The RecTrek pants are our sporty alternative to sweats. Their performance material makes them comfortable for hiking or fitness, but they're fitted enough to wear out and about when you make your way back to gatherings with friends or to the office.

Lululemon
Align Jogger
$
98

The Align Joggers are one of our most-clicked GNI Newsletter recs because of their butter-soft material and slim jogger shape. Team GNI wears them regularly year-round.

Girlfriend Collective
Acid Biance Bra
$
38

One shoulder tops and neon hues? We are in.

Girlfriend Collective
Lilac Hummingbird Half Zip Windbreaker
$
118

If I'm wearing a windbreaker, it's going to be this cropped one in lilac. Tie it around your waist, or fold it up into your backpack to pull out when you need it.

Target
Joy Lab High Neck Brushed Jersey Bra
$
19

Target's activewear is a steal and really high-quality, especially their Joy Lab line. We love this cropped bra top in GNI green.

Richer Poorer
Women's Terry Sweatshort
$
54

These are the shorts we swap in when it's too dang hot to keep cozy in our sweatpants. They're a light terry cloth fabric, but just as soft as Richer Poorer's classic fleece.

Nike
Nike Tempo Shorts
$
22

Nike's running shorts have been our go-to for a decade, but we love that they're using sustainable materials in their current tempo style (and we love all the color options too).

Backcountry
Baggies Shorts
$
55

Baggies have become the unofficial, official shorts of the season. They come in a variety of patterns, colors, sizes, and lengths with men's, women's, and children's styles, so literally everyone can wear them. But act fast because these shorts sell out like crazy!

Outdoor Voices
Exercise Dress
$
100

You can do anything in a dress, especially when it has a full-out unitard built in with a POCKET.

Outdoor Voices
Court Skort
$
58

"I have officially switched over to skorts this summer. I love wearing bike shorts, but feel like I have to style them right when I walk outside. This skourt feels just as comfortable and I love the look!" Katrina, GNI Team

Athleta
Marlow Romper
$
68

We'd be remiss if we shared our favorite outdoorsy looks and didn't include a jumpsuit like this loose and flowy style from Athleta. We love the bright hue.

Aritzia
Tnalife Atmosphere Hi-Rise 7” Short
$
38

Aritzia's shorts are another summer staple for their lower price point and soft material. Catch GNI Founder Alisha walking her pup in them on weekend mornings.

Lululemon
Align Short
$
58

It's no surprise that we love the Align short just as much as we adore Lululemon's classic Align pant. Not only are they soft, but they let us move without stretching out or losing shape after a few wears.

Shopbop
Spacedye Biker Short
$
68

Another cult favorite short, Beyond Yoga's spacedye line sells out fast. We recommend their high-waisted shorts because they're so soft you can hardly feel you're wearing them. They're less still than most athletic wear, but still feel supportive when you're out and about.