Granted, it can be tough to be a stylish traveler. In general, avoiding anything reversible made of lycra seems like a good place to start. I try to give travel writers a curve when it comes to clothing options. I can almost forgive a pair of blocky mandles, for example, because, let’s face it, judging the REI crowd on fashion is like shooting fish in a barrel. It’s just not sporting.
But a fashion journalist should know better. Which is why “What to Pack: Fashion and Gadgets for Backpackers” from the otherwise savvy Guardian earned a big fat fail.
Let’s start with the smaller violations, and work our way up to the big one.
Fugly boots are not fashionable, no matter who wore them for an Amazon trek.
Admittedly, I’ve never seen a stylish backpack, but even so, I’m pretty sure this is just run-of-the-mill.
How about an impractical, be-tasseled scarf, sure to add some extra weight to your pack?
But it’s this item–both impractical and hideous–that just kind of makes me angry. In general, I’m not a fan of the onesie for women. Add to that the idea of stripping off my top in the woods to pee in order to bunch up an eyesore of a floral jumpsuit in one hand. Fail.
If I was a Photoshop whiz, I’d create an artists rendition of this fashionable backpacker, rocking her onesie, scarf, boots, and backpack on the trail. But it might cause seizures upon viewing.