A trending term, if you’re wondering what is Gorpcore, you’ve come to the right place. Finally, a trend that is both stylish and practical, this look has created quite a frenzy amongst those who like to look cool without compromising on comfort.

Stylish and functional, the term Gorpcore was first coined by The Cut in 2017 to describe the rise in popularity of functional, outdoors-inspired gear normally only seen on hikers and mountain climbers. Named after the colloquial term for trail mix – Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts or GORP for short – it basically elevates practical items as super stylish must-haves. 

Technically, when discussing what is Gorpcore, you’re talking about items that aren’t fashion-first but instead have been designed for outdoor activities such as skiing, running, and hiking. They keep you warm and dry, rather than showing off your fashion credentials… until now that is. 

Megan Watkins, Head Stylist at the online destination for independent fashion brands SilkFred(opens in new tab), believes the reason so many people are asking what is Gorpcore and why is it so popular is because of its timeless appeal. “While Gorpcore has been around for a few years now, its revival every fall/winter is no huge surprise because it absolutely oozes Gen-Z coolness,” she says.

“This is largely thanks to high-profile celebs and influencers constantly posting in their oversized fleeces and gilets on Instagram. Also, the functionality and comfort of Gorpcore pieces make them timeless in your wardrobe.”

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