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So, Your Man Can Keep You Alive In the Bush? Help Him Look The Part (And Keep Safe)

So, Your Man Can Keep You Alive In the Bush? Help Him Look The Part (And Keep Safe)

Now, who doesn’t love their outdoor, rugged-man type?  We’re all for our metrosexual brethren but there is still something to be said for kind of guy that can build your shelter and hunt for your food.  Ok, so those are extremes but if you are one of those lucky girls that have the quintessential “Marlboro Man” in real life, we’re breaking down some of the best outdoor-ready, and did we say über-sexy man vs. wild inspired items. So, even as his chopping his way through the forest for you, he’ll look really good doing it.

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#1 ANYTHING BY “PATAGONIA”

“Patagonia” is the kind of brand that just ticks all of the boxes.  They will get your man ready to take on just about any outdoor challenge and their products are ethically sourced and manufactured besides.  Definitely look at getting him an insulated fleece for those treks across Antarctica. (Or Alaska, or the Rockies).

#2  HIKING BOOTS

The “can’t-do-without” staple of any outdoor man (or woman’s) closet.  You want to make sure that you invest a decent amount of cash here.  Having a good boot that’s weatherproof, can take a beating, and is made from top-quality material could literally be the difference between surviving…or not.  In extreme situations, something as (seemingly simple) as dry feet can make a massive difference.  Ankle height boots provide further support and provide some coverage against snakes and other bugs.

#3  THE BACKPACK

Clearly, you want a backpack that’s made of the best possible, durable, and strong material but you also want to make sure that it has various pockets for different storage purposes and if you’re splurging, you could spring for backpacks that not only carry water and look good (yep) but, they also charge devices while they’re at it.  This is a no-brainer and especially important if you and your guy regularly take on wilderness-type hikes, camp missions, or travels.  

#4  WATER PURIFICATION

Technically, more gadget-ish than fashion but nothing is more fashion-forward than staying alive, and with a wide range of portable water purification devices from the “life straw” to more sophisticated larger quantity recyclers, you should definitely look into this.  Don’t worry – they are still seriously cool to look at.

#5  UNDERWEAR

You could be forgiven for thinking that we just added this one in here somewhat gratuitously, but you’d (only be a little bit) wrong.  Sure, your guy looks great in his threads but the type of underwear he’d be wearing for city life does not translate well in the jungle.  You’re looking for material that dries quickly, is superlight, and keeps uh….”it” where it needs to be for long distances.  Cotton does not dry quickly when wet and so is not the ideal material for hiking or outdoorsy kind of stuff and if he is planning on “going commando”, there are a few things he should be aware of.

You also want to check out cargos made from great material and durable items like this mens tactical belt to keep everything together.

This is by no means an exhaustive list but it’s a good place to start and as tempting as it may be to get the coolest looking gear, comfort in this instance, must marry substance.  We’re all for accentuating what you have naturally, so keep this in mind for him too.

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Fashion and Nature Can Coexist. By Guest Blogger, Sophia S.

By Guest Blogger, Sophia S.

Fashion and Nature Can Coexist

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Did you know that the fashion industry is the second highest environment polluter, right after the oil industry? High fashion demands high standards when it comes to clothing design and fabrication, but fails to deliver equally high standards when it comes to sustainable production.

In fact, this industry has witnessed a lot of tragedies caused by faulty practices like the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh in 2013 when the eighth floor factory crumbled down due to poor construction. Too many lives were lost and the public has been ruthless ever since, insisting that the situation had to change or the negative repercussions would never cease. This is one of the main reasons why there is an ever growing number of famous labels and brands which are turning to ethical fashion.

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Before we get to that, let’s check once more what sustainable fashion really stands for. Basically, sustainable-fashion is the term used for clothing made from either recycled materials (such as plastics) or natural ones (grown in an organic manner – such as silk made from worms raised on organic vegetation or wool taken from sheep with no harm done to them), produced in a way that doesn’t threaten the environment (no use of harmful pesticides; proper waste disposal), all the while being socially responsible and offering not only decent working conditions but also providing adequate wages to the labor force.

There is a very small number of companies which fulfill all the criteria of sustainability, but we can give credit to a lot of popular brands which are slowly progressing in turning their business environmentally-friendly. So, who are today’s promoters of green fashion?

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Sustainable fashion was usually linked to tacky or unflattering dull clothes with little to no sense for modern trends. Today, the tables have turned entirely as many big fashion names have embraced the ethical business philosophy and managed to keep their unique styles. One of the biggest names in the industry is certainly H&M and with their Conscious line they are bringing forth stylish and eco-conscious clothing at affordable prices, making them the hit choice among the youthful population.

Then there are brands like Litke who have a minimalist design, distinct tailoring and authentic details all made from organic fabrics and handmade garments. Another eco-fashion name is People Tree who have been partners with Fair Trade artisans and farmers from developing countries for more than twenty years, assuring you get the best clothing pieces and they get proper compensation for their work.

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Patagonia, Stella McCartney and Huit are fashion houses which also contribute to the mindset shift towards environmentally-friendly clothing and, since many influential celebrities like Kate Moss, Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller are publicly supporting the efforts, the awareness is being spread across the globe bearing the important message about the slow fashion industry. There is little room for compromise with the consumerist behavior that we are being forced to adopt, which means we can expect to notice the first steps of improvement on a global scale soon.

“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it causes hunger and unhappiness” said Mahatma Gandhi. It is up to us to prove to the future generations that we can manage to set new fashion trends and still give back to the world by using sustainable resources and ethical business management. The old saying dress to impress may well be substituted for a new motto: wear to spare.

Author BIO:
Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She could be described as beauty addict and life lover. She writes mostly in fashion and beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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