Make The Outdoors Trendy Again! Everything About the ‘Gorpcore’ Trend loved by Bella Hadid

Who knew 'Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts' could be so cool?

Magazine Desk July 02, 2024
Our fave celebs in 'Gorpcore'

Just how many cores is too much?

Modern niche aesthetics often include ‘-core’ in their names, highlighting the central aspect of the style, A.K.A - the core. We've seen trends like cottagecore,dreamcore, fairycore, and even Barbiecore come and go, each offering its own form of escapism.

But now, there's a new style that's as practical as it is trendy: Gorpcore. This rugged, functional fashion trend is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. What exactly is gorp core, and why is it gaining so much popularity?

Let's break it down.

What is it?

If the ruggedness of a camping trip had a baby with the effortless cool of a model-off-duty look, that would be Gorpcore. In layman terms, it merges outdoor gear with urban style. The term is an acronym for ‘Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts, the classic trail mix for hikers - yes, you read that right. This trend takes practical, durable outdoor clothing—think puffer jackets, cargo pants, and hiking boots—and transforms it into everyday fashion.

Maybe you were following the trend and dressing in Gorpcore all along and had no idea you were doing so?

Why does it have over a billion views on TikTok?

Gorpcore is nothing new, it’s been around for years. However, recently it has exploded in popularity, thanks in part to social media and celebrity endorsements and culture.

On TikTok alone, gorpcore-related content has garnered over 1.3 billion views. Gen Z faves like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Bieber have been spotted rocking the look, further fueling its rise. After spending so much time indoors during the pandemic, many people are eager to embrace the outdoors, and gorpcore embodies that mindset perfectly.

Plus, let’s face it, Gen Z loves using items for anything other than their actual purpose.

The Gorpcore Aesthetic; Low Effort & Minimal is the Way to Go

It’s all about blending functionality with style, after looking cool of course. Unlike other cores that draw inspiration from vivid examples of popular culture, trends, historical eras, mythical worlds, and more, gorp core is grounded in practicality. The goal is to put together a cool look that looks like you just so happened to pair these items together.

Drawing inspiration from serious outdoor gear but it reimagines it for city life. Puffer jackets, cargo pants, hiking boots, and technical jackets are all staples of this look.

Or, you can choose to go another route completely but still emulate gorpcore. Hiking gear is not really your style? Going full fledged gorp is too intimidating? That’s fine! Put on your favourite workout gear/athletic co-ord set and zhuzh it up like Alexa Demie did walking out of her pilates class!

'Euphoria' star Alexa Demie seen leaving her Pilates class in Prada loafers. Image: Backgrid via VoirFashion

'Euphoria' star Alexa Demie seen leaving her Pilates class in Prada loafers. Image: Backgrid via VoirFashion

When you feel like you’re ready to go full Gorp, merge the utilitarian with the fashionable, it should look like you’re prepared for anything while still looking chic.

How to Achieve the Look

Start with some key pieces.

A pair of baggy cargo pants and an oversized fleece vest are great foundations. For warmer days, a workout skirt paired with hiking shoes will do. Accessories are essential, so don’t forget a stylish bucket hat or a warm beanie, depending on the season.

A$AP Rocky wearing Calvin Klein Fleece in 2017. Image: Stockx

A$AP Rocky wearing Calvin Klein Fleece in 2017. Image: Stockx

Must-have items for a Gorpcore Wardrobe

  1. Cargo Pants: These are versatile and perfect for year-round wear. They’re a must-have for achieving the gorpcore look.

  2. Hiking Boots: The go-to footwear for this trend. They pair well with jeans, cargo pants, or even a casual dress.

  3. Something Sherpa: A sherpa-lined coat, jacket, or hoodie is ideal for cooler months, adding a cosy, rugged touch.

  4. Technical Jackets: Designed to protect you from the elements, these jackets are made with innovative fabrics that serve specific purposes, like fighting off windchill or staying dry in rain.

  5. Beanies and Bucket Hats: These accessories add an outdoorsy charm while being practical for different weather conditions.

Gorpcore blends rugged and stylish, making outdoor gear a fashion staple. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just like the look, this trend is for you. Get ready to elevate your wardrobe with some hiking-chic flair!


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