Gorpcore: a trend from the heights

Take some functional and utilitarian outerwear, then throw in some mountain elegance, and you’ll end up with the perfect gorpcore fit. It’s just the right balance of sophistication and technology, comfort and simplicity. No more, no less. This is the new fashion trend that has descended upon us from the heights.


Gorpcore fashion: from Everest to the city

This term was coined by The Cut writer Jason Chen in an article he wrote about the growing trend in 2017. Gorp is the acronym for "good ol' raisins and peanuts," a phrase that refers to the classic cereal energy bars consumed by hikers and mountaineers. And this trend is totally inspired by their looks. 

In the wake of this pandemic - or rather its end - came the boom, where we suddenly began to appreciate nature and outdoor living. So once again, we put away our pajamas and took on Gorpcore street style. From the snowy peaks to the city streets, these pieces are not-so-technical, yet sophisticated. "Mountain chic", we could call it. 

Top SVD Gorpcore fits

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Obviously, major fashion brands have not been left behind. Collaborations such as The North Face x Gucci or Valentino x Moncler, Arc'teryx x Jil Sander, Balenciaga, Versace and Miu Miu puffers and hiking boots are some examples of how high fashion has also hopped onto this trend. 

And if we're looking for something more familiar, major Gorpcore brands such as Patagonia, Napapijri, The North Face or Arc'teryx have been enjoying peak success lately. And it's no wonder, because these fashion houses dedicated years to Gorpcore when this concept was still unheard of. "Nihil novum sub sole". Or, in other words, ‘nothing new under the sun’.

4 Gorpore garments on trend now

Patagonia Regenerative Organic Certified Cotton Crewneck
Napapijri Rainforest Pocket 3 Jacket
The North Face 78 Low-FI HI-Tek Cargo Pants
Arc'teryx Cormac Arc'Word T-Shirt

Gorpcore shoes: the mountains at our feet

You may be wondering what it must feel like when you reach the top of the mountain, and you feel you have the world at your feet. It must be wonderful, for sure. And it’s even more wonderful when you don't have to go on a hike -if you don't want to- to feel that sensation. Salomon, HOKA One One, Asics, adidas, New Balance or Nike are brands we can trust to provide us with the best technology, sophistication, comfort and style for our feet.

And it's not just ordinary people who wear these shoes, but also celebrities like Rihanna and Bella Hadid have been spotted wearing their Salomon XT-6s. 

Salomon XT-6 Mindful 2
adidas TERREX Free Hiker 2 x and wander
Nike ACG Mountain Fly 2 Low
Asics Gel-Sonoma 15-50 x Andersson Bell

Gorpcore fashion sneakers are just what you need. The comfort they provide is out of this world, besides their versatility. They can instantly lighten up a formal look or elevate a simple sporty outfit. They adapt to all types of terrain and occasions. You can wear them for Sunday brunch, a run in the park or a stroll in the country, all without losing an ounce of style. And in the winter, get ready to gear up with a pair of Gorpcore boots to protect your feet from the cold and rain.

Functional and comfortable, Gorpcore apparel is a must-have in your closet

Gorp style is not about luxury or technology, but rather about functionality and comfort. Polar vests, jackets, raincoats, windbreakers, cargo pants, thermal shirts and so on. That's all you need in your closet if you want to pull off gorpcore style. It doesn't matter if you've never set foot on Mont Blanc. Now, it's coming to you. 

It doesn't take much to see that the streets are bursting with fleeces like the Classic Retro-X from Patagonia or the The North Face jacket, or technical T-shirts such as this ACG from Nike or technical pants such as these Hiking Shorts from and wander x MAISON KITSUNÉ.

Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket
The North Face 86 Low-Fi Hi-Tek Mountain Jacket
Nike ACG Short Sleeve T-Shirt
and wander Hiking Shorts x MAISON KITSUNÉ

At SVD, we love this urban spin on outdoor wear, that’s just how we like it. So that’s why we're proposing this great selection of items that are bound to enhance your looks.