What is Gorpcore?
Gorpcore fashion is a style based on outdoor hiking or climbing gear but worn in the urban environment. The “gorp” part of the name is a phrase popular in America, meaning “Good ol’ Raisins and Peanuts”, the staple snack of hikers for generations.
The whole point of the look is that it’s incongruous with the surroundings. Outdoor wear is often big, padded, made for layering and brightly coloured, all of which are life-saving features in the mountains but a little more optional when you’re walking your dog in the local park.
It has been suggested that Gorpcore had a false start before the pandemic, but the “not going out” thing made any -core pointless. Then, as soon as the doors started opening and the sunshine called us out to the parks, bars, workplaces and friends’ places, on went the puffer jackets. Gorpcore was back.
How to style Gorpcore
The Gorpcore look isn’t too difficult to achieve – it’s simply dressing in sport/hiking/survival garb. But it’s not just a case of picking random cagoules and parkas off the shelf. Colour, shape, volume and layering all play their parts (and a logo or two doesn’t harm the look).
The signature garment is, of course, the jacket. It’s the biggest, most visible piece and the one you can have the most fun with. First, if it’s big, puffy and colourful, you’re about 82% of the way to achieving the look – 83% if it’s sunny. Hoods are definitely part of the look, and if it’s in the up position, you’re just showing off your Gorpcore mastery. If you can pull off orange or yellow, go for it, but a slightly more muted tone can still work, especially with a colourful hat or bag. Parkas come with complete Gorpcore credentials.