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Fashion Book: A Walk in the Woods

2010 July 8
by Jill

After the emotional rollercoaster of A Farewell to Arms, I felt like I needed something a little more lighthearted. I borrowed A Walk in the Woods from my roommate because I haven’t read any of Bill Bryson’s books before and because the short essays or excerpts of his I have read have been pleasant and funny–just what I needed.  The book details the consequences of Bryson’s somewhat rash decision to hike the over 2100 mile long Appalachian Trail–describing everything from buying the gear or fear of bear attacks to trudging through snow to dealing with his erstwhile hiking companion, his old high school buddy, Katz. It’s both funny and informative, shedding new light on the natural landscape of our country, something I know very little about.

For this week’s Fashion Book, I thought I would put together a look inspired by an actual walk in the woods, NOT a five-month hike requiring MANY more provisions than the ones pictured. I thought a few layers, a hat and sunglasses to keep out the sun, some good hiking boots, and a cute, functional backpack to keep snacks and other sundries would be ideal for a summer weekend stroll through the forest.

A Walk in the Woods

Aubin & Wills striped tank ($70)

Alexander Wang asymmetrical cropped pullover ($375)

Old Navy perfect khaki shorts ($23)

Urban Outfitters mustache socks ($8)

Thorogood women’s hiking boots ($116)

L. L. Bean waxed cotton continental rucksack ($99)

Calypso Katie scarf ($69)

Helen Kaminski Nadice in pale yellow hat ($59.50)

Ray-Ban large metal aviator sunglasses ($139)

Blue Q Let’s Drink the Drops stainless steel water bottle ($16.20)

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  1. July 8, 2010

    I LOVE BILL BRYSON. SO, SO MUCH. this is his most famous book and for good reason; it’s pretty darn funny. that funny-yet-informative style runs through all his books. i think i’ve read all of them except for his shakespeare and history-of-the-english language one. i even trudged through the entirety of his “a short history of nearly everything,” which, although informative, was not nearly as funny, which was too bad.

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