We all know someone that has to be ahead of the pack when it comes to the latest outdoor gear. Ever time you meet up for a camping weekend, they are dressed head-to-toe in the latest camping apparel that is top of the line and bang on trend. Their cargo trousers are made of space-age fabrics you have never heard of, they have every piece from the super cool North Face collaboration with Junya Watanabe, and they don’t use the term outdoor apparel, they call it ‘athleisure’. Well, it turns out that ‘athleisure’ is a big trend for 2018, both on and off the mountain, in and out of the campsite, on and off the trails, well you get the idea. Functional fashion was a key trend on the Spring/Summer 2018 catwalks with many high-end fashion houses, featuring it in the seasonal collections, including Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Christopher Raeburn, Lanvin, and Off-White. Outdoor apparel is definitely going mainstream in 2018 If you want to get ahead in the sartorial stakes on the campground, here are some of the top spring trends in outdoor apparel: Performance Wear In 2018, high-tech performance gear is set to be a key outdoor apparel trend. This year it is all about super lightweight fabrics, to save any extra gram possible on those long treks around the campground. Look out for feather-light wind jackets, and super compressible outerwear, that is not just light but also packs away into itself to fit in the palms of your hands. Saving weight and space in a backpack can’t be a bad thing. Insulation technology is also continuing to be incorporated by the big outdoor brands into their apparel. Thanks to the latest version of Gore-Tex Active, which is 20% lighter, more durable and comfortable, more pieces of outdoor clothing are now both stylish and functional. This follows the trend of consumers wearing their performance apparel anywhere from the campsite to the cinema. Comfort Silhouettes Since people are wearing their outdoor gear and sportswear on a more day-to-day basis, brands are shifting towards more comfortable fabrics and silhouettes, particularly in womenswear. The evolution of athleisure sees functional clothing made from soft brush fabrics in loose silhouettes. Keep an eye out for asymmetric styles, wide leg trousers, bell-shaped sleeves, and unisex garments. Purple It’s time to talk color. According to the titans of tone at Pantone Color Institute, the shade of the year is the bold and vibrant ‘Ultra Violet’. The super bright shade was chosen thanks to its originality, ingenuity and counterculture flair. It is a color that really makes a statement and is sure to stand out amongst the luscious green of a campsite. When planning your next camping trip, look out for apparel, footwear, and accessories in shades of eye-catching purple and violet So, there you have it some key outdoor fashion trends for Spring 2018, do any of them take your fancy for your next camping trip? And Would it not make sense to rent it at www.plumdrop.co About the Author: Gemma, a thirty-something with a passion for nature shows, which has turned into a love of the outside world. A keen hiker and cyclist, my favourite place in the whole world is the Lake District in the North of England.