Topo Designs have finally premiered their first-ever, super cool women’s collection to the world after years of getting a growing number of requests to start one. The rugged, classic tomboy-influenced collection is now out and we check out some of our favourites from this exciting new line.
If you’re an outdoors kind of tomboy, who is frustrated that there are not enough outdoor apparel choices out there for you, well, the wait is over. Colorado-based Topo Designs, a well-known outdoor menswear brand has just recently launched their first ever collection of outdoor apparel for women. That’s right. From sandals and cinch totes to tees, flannel shirts and camp shorts, the brand has evolved to finally include us in the outdoor party and we have to say, we are loving it. Hurray!
The brand is famous for creating collections that exude simplicity and a sense of connectedness with the things one owns. That same philosophy has now been injected into the women’s line.
Unlike other brands who are obsessed with wearable tech (which frankly makes us look and feel like androids), Topo Designs goes back to basics by creating apparel that is not made complicated by such technology. Instead, they strive to ensure that their designs serve to complement the outdoor experience, which they consider a spiritual experience (like we do too).
With this recently launched line for women, Topo Designs continues to find ways to bring the serenity and calm of the outdoors to a new audience. It’s reflected in the rugged, stylish and retro aesthetic that is ever present in most of the designs of this collection. Previous collaborations with Westerlind Hats and Chaco Sandals has also been made available in this new line, so really, you’re covered from head to toe.
For us Asian tomboys, who are obsessed about carry-ons, the accessory shoulder bag is a great add-on for any tomboy looking for practical personal storage solutions in the great outdoors or even on a day out in the city. The versatility of the collection is guaranteed.
There’s also the Topo Designs Cinch Tote, that has got you covered whether it’s a trip to a local farmer’s market, a trip to the beach or just a place to stash your stuff as you cruise around town. It’s made out of durable 1000D CORDURA® exterior, which will hold up to dirty floors and being tossed in the trunk. Inside, it’s fully-lined with a nylon pack cloth, which has a cinch top that allows you to secure your items inside, or leave it down for easy access. Best of all, the 1000D CORDURA® exterior creates four deep exterior pockets to keep your keys, grocery list, magazines and water bottle organized. Yeah, this definitely looks like something the Tomboy Tarts would be into since we’re famous for losing our stuff.
You can also stop snooping around the menswear department or your brother’s wardrobe looking for a fleece jacket that is gender fluid. Our next favourite item from this collection is Topo Design’s Women’s Mountain Fleece Jacket which scores huge points not only for its classic tailored trim fit size catered specifically to the female form, but it does well in its design, combining aesthetically-retro lines (reinforced elbow patches) with earthy tones to get you kicking some major butt in nature: Something the designers were mindful about having been inspired by the simple styles of outdoor apparel they had seen while growing up around mountain towns in the West Coast of America.
We’re also digging Topo Design’s Women’s Camp Shorts which are sized with a woman’s needs in mind, without making us look – and we swear this by our scout’s honour – trashy. Tailored out of lightweight cotton twill, these trim fit shorts keep you looking good in town, but still comfortable on the trail. The biggest plus point? Pockets! Yes, pockets everywhere! On the back and front to keep things close and handy.
Overall, the designs have been shrunk to fit our shapes and most of all, Topo Designs have made this collection something classically aesthetic that will stand the test of time.
“Topo Designs wanted to offer a selection of women’s pieces that we knew women were already interested in from the style side of things and wanted to make them fit better,” said Becky Day, from Topo Designs’ marketing team.
For the fall 2016 season, Topo Designs plans on adding to the line-up with women’s versions of their popular plaid flannels, puffer vests, mountain jacket and heavyweight tees. They are also currently developing women’s-only pieces that are scheduled to appear in early 2017. So watch out for those!
Check out the rest of the line here.