There’s a really good reason you’ll find several brands in Murdoch’s clothing department that are typically made for outdoor enthusiasts:
Folks who are outside, constantly moving, in the summer sun, while focused on accomplishing a task (be it catching a fish or finishing a hike) have a lot in common with farmers and ranchers who are outside, constantly moving, in the summer sun, while focused on accomplishing a task (be it roping calves or gardening).
Let’s take a closer look at a few garments made by Columbia that fit particularly well with the western lifestyle, and how to incorporate them with the clothes you already own and love.
COLUMBIA WOMEN’S PFG TAMIAMI II LONG SLEEVE SHIRT
This shirt was designed for fly fishing. The fabric wicks sweat, has UPF 40 properties to limit sun exposure, and the back has mesh lining and a vent to increase airflow when the sun is beating down on you.
Think about the fly fishing motion for a moment. Your arm is upright in a swinging motion for long periods, kind of like roping. The ultra-light ripstop nylon fabric allows for this ease of motion. Plus, it has an antimicrobial treatment that’s designed to keep odor-causing bacteria at bay, but is also rather helpful for women working in dirt and muck.
How to blend: Try pairing it with your Wrangler Ultimate Riding Q-Baby Jeans, Ariat workboots, a palm hat, and your favorite work gloves.
COLUMBIA WOMEN’S PILSNER PEAK PANT
While these pants were designed for wicking sweat on a hiking trip, to us, they were also perfectly made for water chores. They feature a fabric blend of polyester and nylon – not cotton – in addition to having sweat wicking properties, all of which speeds drying.
Messing with lawn sprinklers, or moving pipe, or watering your garden, or giving the dog a bath, or even setting up sprinklers for your kids to play in all end up soaking you to some degree. And these pants are practically immune to getting wet. Oh, and they’re UPF 50, too.
They also have a cool roll-up feature, so they convert from full length pants to capris. This is handy when there’s just no avoiding water spraying from spigots, sprinklers, and hoses.
How to blend: Try pairing them with a Carhartt Force Performance Quarter-Zip Shirt for mornings and cooler summer days; layer with a T-shirt; add waterproof shoes and a cute military cap for style points.
COLUMBIA WOMEN’S TRAIL II KNIT DRESS
Attending music festivals, fairs, rodeos, and backyard barbeques is a regular part of our summer days. These are fun times to sport a stylish outfit. They’re also hot during the day and cold at night.
This dress from Columbia wicks sweat during the day, and it’s super stretchy fabric, making it really comfortable. It even has a built-in shelf bra so you don’t have to worry about straps showing outside of the racerback. Plus, it is a perfect, simple silhouette for layering at night.
How to blend: Try pairing it with your favorite denim jacket for sundown events, fun accessories and an embellished pair of western boots.