Skirts for the Outdoor Gal

**Updated for 2018**

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I am one of those gals that will wear skirts almost daily if I can.  As long as I can walk, bike, and play in them, I prefer them to more restrictive pants or capris.  The outdoor style industry is catching on too and offering a bunch of them for all activities.  It’s really nothing new, but something I embrace whole-heartedly!

I hope this will be a resource for women everywhere looking to dress up their outdoor adventures (or just be comfortable out playing!)

This line-up will touch on a number of different fabrics, styles and companies. You’ll have to excuse the numerous photos of just ME, and ME at different stages of pre, during and post pregnancy over the last few years.  Not a huge fan of that, but wanted to show you how they look in in real life – on the trail, backyard, camping and playing.

Lady Hike Summer Dress 

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I have two of these dresses and literally wear them every other day. They have the BEST pockets for throwing in whatever I need them for, is lightweight and flattering, works well under a pack AND works for nursing. The fabric on the “Earth Tones” dress is piling a bit, but the Blue Mint dress is in perfect shape after over a year of wearing it.

Macabi Skirts (short, classic and slim) 

The Macabi is so great for a functional outdoor/travel skirt in so SO many ways.  While every skirt has its function and place, this is the one I reach for when I need comfort and function first.  It is very lightweight, dries quickly (even after wading in a river), resists wrinkles and packs up tiny.

It has an elastic waist, with a drawstring and belt loops so you can wear it as you want to.

The (self-draining) pockets are my favorite feature.  They are super deep to allow them to be filled with treasures and necessities.  There is also one zippered pocket for valuables.

There are wearing options thanks to the included pant clip.  You can adjust them to however you need them work for you (and quickly change between the styles without changing your clothes.)  I have found that I just love it as a skirt, but love the option of being able to clip it up for wading or biking.  A few options are shown below.

Finally, the skirts come in different lengths to accommodate your own style preferences or different heights.

And, not only is it highly functional, it’s also cute. I get complements on it every day I wear it.  If you were going to buy just one skirt for daily outdoor wear or travel, this is it.  I will be buying myself a second one.

Oh! And the Macabi isn’t just for women…..check out how men wear it too.


Purple Rain Adventure Skirt 

This is the skirt I wear most of the time when I am not wearing one of my Lady Hike Dresses. It flatters, fits well, has a thick waist band so no rolling, is the perfect length for easy movement AND made of super stretchy and quick-dry fabric. So yes, totally great for really ANY body (pregnant or not!) It also has great pockets. One without velcro and one with on each side. And they are big enough to fit a smartphone. I wear it hiking, on the river, biking for slipping on over those yoga pants.

Nuu-Muu Ruu

I’ve had my eyes on a Nuu-Muu for years now, especially since they are made in one of my very favorite cities – Bellingham, Washington.  The Ruu is a basic, flattering dress with a back pocket to store a couple of essentials (keys, $, ID, etc.).  It is soft and wicks moisture which means is perfect for sweating while active.  I wear mine running, hiking, biking and for my daily, active life.

I personally prefer to wear it with some sort of pant/capri/short (I love it with my Stonewear Designs Liberty capri) because of the length.  It’s great for layering and I love that it just adds a little bit of modesty to tight (and more comfortable for activewear) pants.

Right now I am a nursing Mama, which is a bit tough in the Ruu, but I did manage to pull it down without stretching out the fabric.

It’s a fun way to dress up almost any activewear.  They have a whole host of designs and patterns.

The original Nuu-Muu comes without a pocket and the Mini-Muu is great for girls sizes 5-10 (though my two year old wears the XS and my 4 year old does too and they work fine).

I have worn it pregnant too (I just like to size up!)


Royal Robbins Discovery Skirt

This is the skirt that I need in more than one color (and there are 6 to choose from!)  It is super comfortable with a little stretch, dries quickly (I have worn it in the rain), repels dirt and is perfect for camping, hiking and traveling. I love the numerous pockets (1 zipped and two others), the length (right at or below my knees) and flattering shape.



What skirts/dresses do you LOVE to use adventuring?  Feel free to link us up to your photos too in the comments below!


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These skirts/dresses were generously provided per our requests in order to facilitate this review.  However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.

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21 thoughts on “Skirts for the Outdoor Gal”

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  2. I’m a daily skirt/dress wearer too. I love how comfy they are. My favorite ‘in town’ skirt is the prana mini sugar as it has built in shorts so when i’m biking my kids around town, I’m the only one who knows what color my undies are! For hikes, I like the one I got from Title 9 years ago. It has built in shorts too, but it’s better at staying up when I’m wearing a baby (or two) and a pack. That seems to be the only trouble with skirts is that they get pushed down by the Beco. But, that doesn’t stop me from wearing them!! I’ve been leaning more towards dresses now when I hike for that exact reason. Patagonia’s Margot dress is my fav right now.

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  5. I’d love to know about the different leggings you are wearing under your skirts. Favorite brands, etc?
    Great post! Lost count of how many times I’ve read it!

    1. Thanks, CJ! I need to update this one big time 🙂 I really like compression ones – I have some Lole ones and some Stonewear ones that are my favorite. But, for some reason I can NEVER find good brown ones. Anyone else have this problem???

  6. Thank you so much for this post and for including the pictures of you and your family being active in the outdoors! I am a Mama of two young children and trying to get myself and my family outside and moving more, and I found your post both helpful and inspiring. One of the challenges is getting us all transitioned into gear and clothing that keeps us comfortable and safe and your site has been so helpful in helping me know what to look for and that it can be done.

  7. Nice write up. I love that you added the pictures of “real world” use! Tells so much more of what the look and fit is like. Thanks!

  8. thank you for sharing these..I bought my wife a camping skirt (craghoppers) because thankfully for me she prefers wearing skirts to jeans or shapeless trousers as she has a woman’s body

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  10. Glad to find this article! We’re in that faux-spring, oh-wait-its-winter time of year and once again I’m on a quest for the ultimate insulated skirt!

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