How to Beat the Winter Blues: 5 Fun Outdoor Activities and Outfit Ideas
As the weather gets colder, finding safe and fun ways to get out in nature can be a bit of a challenge. Figuring out what to wear can be even harder. Luckily, we have a few ideas for how to get outside, have fun, and be safe—no matter the weather! Whether you’re craving a campfire-cooked meal or a night under the stars, this activity guide is for you. Check out five outfits to pair with five fun outdoor activities!
1. Look to the Stars: Stargaze with Hot Cocoa
The days are shorter and the nights are longer…and the STARS are brighter! Gather the blankets and prepare the warm treats because it’s stargazing time. Your back porch or hatchback car is a perfect place to lay down and watch the stars. See how many constellations you can spot as you drink hot cocoa and listen to your favorite cozy-time playlist.
The fall nights might surprise you with their sneaky temperature drops, so be sure to wear your favorite loungewear for this magical night. Dress warm and layer up with sweatpants and an oversized cardigan or sweater. Don’t forget fuzzy socks and a beanie!
— Not sure where to start? Trending loungewear styles this season are matching sets, crewnecks, and oversized sweatpants.
2. Pack a Cold-Weather Picnic
Summertime shouldn’t get to have all the picnicking fun. You can still picnic on a brisk fall day as long as you pack the right items to keep you warm and full all afternoon. Enjoy hot apple cider and a warm meal as you cuddle up on a blanket with your loved ones.
Layering is the best way to dress for a picnic because you’ll stay warm AND photo-ready. Wear a cable-knit sweater or thin turtleneck underneath an oversized denim jacket or leather jacket and bundle up with a wool scarf. Step out in a pair of ankle-length jeans and your fave leather booties too.
3. Take a Nature Walk
While it’s easy to stay curled up under a blanket all day long, it’s great to get out in nature once in a while. Grab your morning coffee and enjoy the fresh air and occasional sunshine. Bonus points if you bring your loved ones or furry friends!
All you need for a fashion-forward nature walk is a bomber jacket and a long-sleeved tee underneath. Keep it casual with a pair of dark-wash jeans and canvas sneakers or ankle booties. Skip the makeup and flaunt a pair of chic sunglasses instead!
— Find a pair of ankle booties you love as a staple for every fall outfit.
4. Forage For Unbe-leaf-ably Cute DIY Projects
On your daily walks around the neighborhood, be sure to gather some supplies for DIY fall crafts. Try new routes and discover what kind of unique leaves you can find. Using colorful leaves is a simple, festive, and sustainable way to decorate your home for the fall and winter months. You can make autumn-inspired door decor, fall leaf garlands, and more.
Dress in your best outfit for fall because you’ll want to be picture-perfect for this activity! We recommend a pair of fun warm-toned patterned pants, such as plaid or striped, and a classic turtleneck. Go for a neutral coat and black combat boots to complete this autumn-inspired look.
— Considering adding a hat to your outfit? Trending styles for fall are fedoras and baker boy hats.
5. Build a Backyard Bonfire
Whether you’re camping outside or lighting up a fire pit in your backyard, gathering around a fire with family and friends is a great way to enjoy the fall nights. Here’s your chance to try some campfire recipes and eat tons of s’mores.
Sitting by the fire will keep you warm, so you’ll want to wear layers you can put on or take off. A cute leather jacket is perfect for wearing over a casual sweater or long-sleeved tee. Pair it with high-rise jeans and leather boots for an effortlessly chic look.
— Shop secondhand to find already broken-in leather jackets at more than half the price!
Love our ideas? Share your go-to fall outfits in the comments below! Use the hashtag #secondhandfirst to share your favorite outdoor moments this fall.