Keeping You IN Stitches: Thoughts On Dressing For Camping

Sally Cowan and her cat Thunder

Sally Cowan and her cat Thunder


By SALLY COWAN            

Here’s the question:  what do you wear when you go camping?

You could probably wear nothing or perhaps something.  But if you wear nothing, that could be classified as something.  I love going out to State Parks and looking at the beauty of nature.  Along with nature, there is the beauty of people in a natural setting.  When they are camping, there doesn’t seem to be any fashion rules.  And I do mean none.  The campgrounds start to fill up on Fridays and they start to empty out on Sundays.  People show up in shorts and T-shirts and look basically fresh.  Then they start taking camping gear out of the cars and deciding who gets what job.

Heat and humidity starts to kick in.  The shorts get shorter and the T-shirts turn into bathing suit tops.  I use the term “tops” loosely.

By Saturday the temperatures are rising and so is lack of patience. Bathing suits come in all sizes and shapes.  Two-piece, one-piece, cover-ups and so on.  One thing for sure about bathing suits, one size does NOT fit all.  A one-piece suit can be flattering on many people.  There are so many colors and patterns to pick from, so don’t be afraid to try them on and bring a friend whom you trust.

Now here’s the part I don’t understand.  Whether you wear a one-piece or two-piece, when going from point A to point B, why don’t you wear some sort of cover-up?  Perhaps a long T-shirt or a wrap-around skirt.  Pull on a pair of shorts if you are going to bike to the ocean to swim.  At the campsite, one gets the feeling of ownership.  For a few days, that little parcel of land belongs to them.  They think what they do cannot be seen by anyone.     No matter how small the tent, or how large the RV, it really doesn’t matter.  Camping clothes start showing up on laundry lines to dry out and human attire become less and less.  By Sunday, let’s just say that less is best.  What can be frightening is a long weekend.  By Monday…..well, you get the picture.

Rules aren’t cool anymore.  Rules are for old people.  I may not be real old yet, but I’m working on it.  I have written this sewing column for almost 44 years and I’ve covered so many fashion ideas and stitching information.  I realize my ideas might be “old fashioned” but just let me leave you with one thought.  More is better…..really.


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