What Is Gorpcore, the Trail Mix-inspired Fashion Trend

The newest fashion trend, gorpcore, takes its inspiration from hikers’ favorite snack—good old raisins and peanuts, otherwise known as trail mix.

Model wearing gorpcore fashion
Photo courtesy of Free People.

Carabiners at the ready because gorpcore is a trend Denverites are going to want to latch onto. Picture a vibrant tapestry of camping-chic, granola-inspired wear that celebrates the essence of adventure right here in town. These outdoor-flavored outfits can take you straight from the hiking trails to happy hours. Gorpcore is all about practically layering utilitarian pieces for an active, bohemian look. It is fashion as a conduit for exploration, self-expression, and celebrating nature. Think breathable base layers, water-repellent shells, parachute pants with plenty of pockets, and don’t forget accessories like fanny packs, sporty sunglasses, and of course Nalgene or Hydro Flask water bottles. Bright color blocking with purple, orange, green, red, blue, and pink is popular for inspiring a sense of wanderlust. Muted earth tones are also prominent and promote an element of escapism. Brand collaborations like The North Face and Gucci showcase the high-end iterations of the hiking-inspired aesthetic. The best part about Gorpcore is the endless possibilities to make the style your own. So, mix the raisins and peanuts in with a dash of adventure. Some of the best brands to spice up your mix are Patagonia, Hoka, Aztech Mountain, Outdoor Voices, Free People Movement, Halfdays, Danner, and Arc’teryx. Lucky for us, Denver is home to countless outdoor brands where you can find everything on your gorp grocery list.

Build Your Own Gorpcore Recipe

Mix and match these adventure-ready pieces for a trail mix-inspired look.

1Class V Brimmer in Gravel

Class V Brimmer in Gravel

The North Face, $45

2Norvan Women’s Windshell Jacket in Groovie

Norvan Women’s Windshell Jacket in Groovie

Arc’teryx, $130

3Trail Pants in Halcyon Blue

Trail Pants in Halcyon Blue

Outdoor Afro + REI Co-op, $100

4Mountain Light Hiking Boots in Cascade Clovis

Mountain Light Hiking Boots in Cascade Clovis

Danner, $440