Whether on a vigorous jog or at a picnic with loved ones, comfortable clothes are the key to enjoying time outdoors. Photo / Mara Sommer

Parks & Recreation: Clothes To Move Comfortably In

Technical garments that move with your body and organic materials that soothe busy minds — these casual options offer both style and support

Chill-out Sessions
A green oasis invites time for reflection and meditation. Chill out wearing Kate Sylvester’s sunset vignette jumper to encourage peace of mind every hour of the day. Sylvester jumper $279. Paloma Wool trousers $279. Beaded necklace, $59, from Checks Downtown.

Photo / Mara Sommer

Pet Sanctuary
Parks are a haven for our beloved furry companions. Head out on a trusted route in a joyful dress. Walkies is time well spent with your best friend in tow. Gregory dress $569. Wixii top $245. Gucci sneakers $1390. Apple AirPods Max headphones $899. Prada drink bottle $105.

Photo / Mara Sommer

Circuit Training
Several parks cater to the committed mortals among us, those who like high-intensity workouts like CrossFit training outdoors. Pull-up bars and climbing walls require hard-working exercise gear, so reward yourself post-workout with the luxurious comfort of an all-day leisure suit. Gucci jacket $2220 and trackpants $2600.

Photo / Mara Sommer

Peace of Mind
Gentle stretching, whether ballet movements or yoga, feel more tranquil with a green vista as your backdrop. Slow down body and soul with an equally free-flowing outfit that gives you plenty of room to move, breathe and think. Wynn Hamlyn shirt dress $350.

Photo / Mara Sommer

Soft Serve
Several local parks cater to baseball and cricket. BYO bats and balls for a fun afternoon with friends, and consider this the perfect opportunity to indulge in a high-low mix of garments that take you from test match to brunch with ease. Harris Tapper shirt/jacket $629. Marlow hooded jumper, $199, and The Upside leggings, $165, from Father Rabbit.

Photo / Mara Sommer

Touch the Sky
Basketball in the park is the perfect way to work out while picking up a few skills along the way, like dribbling, bouncing, passing and pivots. Co-ordination is key, both on the court and on the body, like this khaki ensemble. Stay chic! Wynn Hamlyn jacket $895. Gregory singlet $169. Checks Downtown cargo trousers $199. Chinatown Market basketball, $139, from Knowear.

Photo / Mara Sommer

Alfresco Vibes
What’s not to love about sharing a meal while surrounded by Mother Nature? Picnic attire needn’t be over-thought. An easy day dress or a soft pair of jeans and loose-fitting shirt is all that’s required to lounge around and watch the world go by — wine spritzer optional. Paloma Wool shirt $229. Levi’s jeans $160. Wixii knit bikini top $145. Santangelo necklace approx. $460.

Photo / Mara Sommer

Natural High
As nature writer Richard Mabey once proclaimed, “To be without trees would, in the most literal way, to be without our roots.” In a world ever-changing, the constant healing power of trees is a beacon of hope for many. Penny Sage skirt $450.

Photographer / Mara Sommer. Model / Maaike Bootsman from N Model Management. Fashion director / Dan Ahwa. Hair and makeup / Virginia Carde. Photographer's assistant / Josh Szeto. Fashion assistant / Annabel Dickson. Dog Ziggy from N Model Management

Originally published in Viva Magazine – Volume Five

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