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Lake Tahoe Style

Travel Tips — By christinanellemann on October 19, 2010 at 9:00 am
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Lake Tahoe is an outdoor paradise and to enjoy it as much as possible, you have to wear the right clothes. You also want to blend in as much as possible with the locals. The Lake Tahoe and Reno areas are fairly casual and contain a lot of college and university students, and there are numerous popular styles including hipster, skater/snowboarder, skier, yuppie, outdoorsy, artsy and even cowboy. However, weather and the environment play a big part in Tahoe fashion and practicality usually wins out in the end. Here is a small guide on how to dress for the mountains.

Summer at the lake is more casual than winter, and tank tops, shorts and flip flops are most popular with the beach visitors. Outdoor gear such as hiking boots and high-tech shorts and T-shirts can be worn anywhere. As we move into the fall and winter, fleece sweaters and jackets are widely acceptable, especially from local stores like Patagonia and REI. Jeans are always acceptable, even in higher end restaurants and clubs. At the lake, don’t dress up too much at night and be sure to bring a warm sweater or jacket since the temperatures always go down when the sun does.

Lake Tahoe gets a lot of sunshine and the altitude is over 5,000 feet, so some sun protection in the form of a hat is necessary all year long. Baseball caps, brimmed hats and even cowboy hats are popular at the lake. Warm hats that cover your ears in the winter are also necessary and you can buy cute ski hats at stores around the lake. For the ladies, don’t wear little heels or strappy sandles when exploring the lake. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen female visitors trying to get down to the water’s edge on a dirt trail while wearing a pair of kitten heels. Big, fluffy boots seem to be popular all year long as well as hiking boots and trail runners. If you do go hiking or skiing, it’s also nice to have another pair of socks and shoes to slip into afterward. The most popular being boots made by Ugg or a pair of soft clogs and fluffy socks from Wigwam or Softwool.

Other popular styles, that also seem to pop up in the Reno area, are thrift store, vintage and green designs. Clean, natural hair and very little makeup and jewelry is also the norm around the lake area.

What all the girls are wearing in Lake Tahoe:

Summer Gear:

  • Layered tank tops
  • Beach towels
  • Backpack or messenger bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Simple jewelry
  • Flip flops
  • Trail runners
  • Sunscreen

Winter Gear:

  • Thick, black leggings
  • UGG boots
  • Patagonia fleece
  • Fleece hat
  • Snowboards
  • Sunscreen

What all the boys are wearing in Lake Tahoe:

Summer Gear:

  • Board shorts
  • Burton sunglasses
  • Sport sandals
  • Well-worn jeans
  • Threadless T-shirts
  • Sunscreen

Winter Gear:

  • Fleece or puffy vests
  • Long sleeve t-shirts
  • Baseball caps
  • Snowboard hats or caps
  • iPod or iPhone
  • Sunscreen

Photos by [Christina Nellemann, Lake Tahoe/Reno Local Expert, misbehave, jodiwomack, criminalintent]

Tags: clothes, design, look, practical, reno, shopping, style, tahoe

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