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  1. Happy Earth Day from!Happy Earth Day from!

    The Outdoor industry's dedication to natural and organic fibers over the last decade is unprecedented.  And Outdoor Mountain Spirit's committment to supporting it is equally as strong.  In fact, we have a filter set up on our site, so you can specifically purchase only natural and organic fiber items if that's most important to you.

    So, today and everyday we hope you will join us in admiring, supporting and purchasing all natural and organic fibers.  Not only does this support environmentally friendly consumer shopping choices, it also encourages eco-friendly manufacturing practices.  

    Now more than ever, these choices matter.  So Happy Earth Day everyone and may we celebrate 365 days a year!

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  2. The term Athleisure is being thrown around almost as much as who is going to win the Super Bowl (Go Broncos!) or what pants Cam Newton is going to wear next (I mean....R.E.A.L.L.Y.).  What is it?  How is it relevant?  Why should you buy it?  These are all burning questions that many of you want to know and we are here to break it down for you!
    According to Wikipedia, Athleisure  is a trend in fashion in which clothing designed for athletic workouts at a gymnasium, sometimes termed activewear, is worn outside of the gym to go to the office or shopping or other social occasions.[1][2]  The idea is that "gym clothes are making their way out of the gym and becoming a larger part of people's everyday wardrobes".[3] By some accounts, the athleisure trend grew out of women wearing yoga pants.[6] Another account suggests that the trend came about because people could wear them for multiple occasions without having to change, which meant greater convenience, since people did not have to carry an extra gym outfit on the way to the office, for example.[3]
    Women are multi-taskers and wear so many hats during any given day.  Entrepreneur, employee, mom, sister, aunt, athlete, volunteer, and the list goes on.  When you are trying to be all things to all people (don’t forget yourself ladies!), you simply don’t have time for multiple wardrobe changes…save it for the runway models that get paid for that s*&t!  Just like you need a toilet that can answer your emails,  your clothes need to be versatile and serve multiple needs throughout your day. You don’t have time to be chained to your laundry machine washing 18,000 garmets each week.  You also know that life is short, and you don’t have time to waste…when the yoga studio calls, don’t miss it because you don’t have time to run home and change.  That is where athleisure comes in!
    Check out our newest Shop By Activity Category…..drum roll please….ATHLEISURE!

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    Wikipedia References
    1.     ^ Jump up to:a b Elizabeth Holmes, May 5, 2015, Wall Street Journal, Athleisure: A Workout Look for Every Occasion, Retrieved May 6, 2015, "...athletic-inspired, casual look..."
    2.     Jump up^ WOMEN'S FASHION BY NATALIE RIGG, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014, T Magazine, Athleisure-Appropriate Hair at Paco Rabanne, Retrieved May 6, 2015, "...clothes have a cool, sporty vibe, so..."
    3.     ^ Jump up to:a b c d Sam Sanders, APRIL 08, 2015, NPR, For The Modern Man, The Sweatpant Moves Out Of The Gym, Retrieved May 6, 2015, "...growing trend called "athleisure."... sales of athleisure apparel were more than $35 billion last year..."

    4.     ^ Jump up to:a b ADAM TSCHORN, February 11, 2015, Los Angeles Times, New York Fashion Week: For men, athleisure gains ground on workwear, Retrieved May 6, 2015, "....athleisure is on its way in, with the trend that started with luxe sweatpants a year ago..."
  3. Wrap, shawl, poncho…and the list goes on of this season's SUPER HOT trend.  They are everywhere!  On the street, on the runway…and they should be in your closet!  Gone are the days of only having structured, form fitting outfits.  People are finally embracing stylish comfort. 
    There are so many benefits to these great wardrobe essentials:
    • They are the perfect layering piece.  Layer the over a tank top, short sleeve, long sleeve top or sweater depending on the weather.  Either way they are sure to keep you warm and cozy during the cold weather season.
    • They can be worn a variety of ways.  Wear your poncho loose or belt it!   Wear your wrap open or belted.  Wear your shawl like a large scarf or wrap it casually over your shoulders.
    • They are the perfect travel companion.  Because these items can be worn in a variety of ways, they are perfect for traveling.  They are also loose and comfortable, perfect for the constant activities surrounding your itinerary.  And, they are made from fabrics that resist wrinkling which is so important when traveling.
    • They make wonderful gifts for all of your girlfriends as one size fits all!
    • They are ON TREND, keeping your wardrobe fresh and stylish.​
    Kavu Pretty Poncho
    Just as its name states, this poncho is pretty!  We sold out of these in 2014 and couldn’t wait to get them back in stock in this seasons’ Heathered Black.  It literally goes with everything.
    Kavu Wrap It Cardi
    The Wrap It Cardi is a sleeveless take on the Pretty Poncho.  It can be worn loose and open or belted with the self fabric belt.  Available in 2 great neutral colors, it will literally layer over anything in your existing closet.
    Royal Robbins Lindsey Wrap Cardigan
    This amazing piece was designed to be worn in a multitude of ways.  So no matter what you have planned for the day, it will fit the bill.

    Royal Robbins Boucle Sweater Vest
    Another sleeveless wrap in a great knobby boucle fabric.  Available in a wonderful neutral color and another jewel tone option, its cozy and on point this season.
    Royal Robbins 3 Season Wrap
    Wool and Yak blend to make a luxurious wrap that is a must have accessory.  Layer it over your favorite top or wrap it over your favorite outerwear and make a statement.
    Royal Robbins Mystic Shawl
    Reversible and fabulous, this is our most cost effective option available!

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  4. If there is one thing I know about outdoor women, it is that they love a great hat.  Hats go with you from the grocery store to the slopes and from the après ski scene even to the office. Not only do hats keep you warm, they make an outfit feel and appear complete.  Hats can give your style a little extra edge, or stylishly cover up a really bad hair day.  This season, there are so many different styles to choose from – fitted, slouchy, pom poms, felted, embellished, embroidered, and more… Not only has collected the top hat trends in one place, we’ve also made recommendations depending upon your style needs.  You’re welcome ;)
    2015 Fall Hat Trends To Shop Now:
    1.    Knit Brim Hats – Knit brim hats have been an ongoing trend.  They frame your face in a slightly different way than a traditional beanie.  And they add dimension and style unlike any other hat.

    Pistil Designs Karma Knit Brim Hat
    Pistil Designs Clover Knit Hat

    2.    Wide Brim Hats – Wide brimmed hats and floppy hats abound on the runway this season.  They bring a style and sophistication to your outfit that a knit winter hat just can’t match.  Choose from classic or more bohemian styles here!
    Aventura Modena Hat
    Pistil Soho Broad Brim Fedora

    3.    Beanies – Fitted or slouchy, pom pom or no pom pom, beanies are hotter than ever.  We have a mix of all those styles.  Choose a fitted beanie for a more sporty look.  Choose an extra slouchy style for your casual look or even just lounging around the house.
    Pistil Remix Slouch Style Beanie
    Pistil Imelda Slouch Style Beanie
    Pistil Foxie Slouch Style Beanie
    Kavu Hazel Beanie

    4.    Caps –Who said you should only wear a baseball cap or trucker hat during the summer?  Winter caps are brilliant and made with winter weight materials and embroidery that match the season.  These caps are for more casual settings but will steal the show nonetheless.
    Pistil Pharis Trucker Hat
    Pistil Stevie Winter Ball Cap

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  5. Ok folks, Fall brings on a slew of trends, some of them on point, some of them questionable.  It is our job to help weed through the outdoor fashion clutter to help you arrive at the most trend setting pieces you can find from your favorite brands.  And that is where the OMS Trend Report comes in!  

    This week....Plaids.  Now if you had asked me years ago if I ever thought I would say that plaids are ok, I would have called you crazy.  But they have been ever present in the outdoor industry and they are no longer lumber jack-tastic.  They are carefully placed on feminine silhouettes to give even the most extreme outdoor enthusiast a touch of class and edge.  
    For a bit of history… Plaid, or Tartan, as we know it today, is not thought to have existed in Scotland before the 16th century. For centuries the tartan pattern was associated with fabric weavers of a particular area.  However, it quickly became linked with political and military rebellion efforts against England which led to a ban on tartans.  The ban was repealed in 1782, and the King George IV created a sudden demand for tartan cloth after a visit to Scotland, making it the national dress of Scotland.
    Tartans then became featured in high society fashion and have since had a resurgence in fashion throughout the ages.  Most notably, it was part of punk fashion in the late 1970’s and grunge fashion in the 1990’s.  In this way, plaid again became an expression of anti-establishment and societal discontent. 
    While modern day designers, such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, have utilized plaids in their runway fashion, and the Burberry Brand has established plaid as iconic luxury, we may always associate plaid with a bit of edgy rebellion as well.
    Perhaps this is why the outdoor industry has so long embraced the tartan.  Perhaps this is why we will continue to embrace it. From classic flannel styles to hip vests and whimsical skirts, the plaid trend is front and center this season. Check out our full offering of plaids below, and the next time you slip into your favorite plaid piece, give a nod to its history and make it your own personal expression of style!  

    OMS Trend Report - PLAIDS!

    Campout Vest

    Jurnee Shirt Dress

    Dylan Long Sleeve

    Wynne Long Sleeve

    Cedar Skirt

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  6. photo via Vogue UK
    While we specialize in outdoor clothing at, make no bones about it, we are in the fashion biz.  And as such, the beginning of the year is an important time for designers as they debut their Fall Styles for the upcoming year on the catwalk.  Not only is it a time for them to see and be seen, but it also a time for industry vets to put on their best display for the world to see.  And then…it is our turn to analyze, judge and decide what we like.
    From New York to London and Milan to Paris, there is one thing evident and that is Fall 2015 styles are edgy and innovative.  Pushing the envelope was everyone’s intention this season – seeing how far fashion can go – taking it to the edge...walking the precipice…without going too far. 
    Fall 2015 will prove to be an exciting time in fashion.  We hope you enjoy our hand selected items from the Runway to Street Style.  And, we hope you use them as inspiration for your next purchase, your next visit to your own closet or maybe even the next time you settle in at your very own sewing machine.  Whatever your choice, have fun, stay creative and make a bold statement in your personal fashion this year!

    New York Fashion Week Staff Favs...
    Fav Runway: Pamela Roland
    photo via Elle
    Fav Street Style: Alexandra Dieck
    photo via Vogue UK
    Fav Couple
    photo via Elle

    London Fashion Week Staff Favs...
    Fav Runway: Julien Macdonald
    photo via Elle
    Fav Street Style: Alexa Chung
    photo via Elle
    Fav Mother-Child: Hedvig Opshaug
    photo via Vogue UK

    Milan Fashion Week Staff Favs...
    Fav Runway: Roberto Cavalli
    photo via Harper's Bazaar
    Fav Street Style: Alexa Chung
    photo via Elle
    Fav Duo: Diana Enciu & Alina Tanasa
    photo via Vogue UK

    Paris Fashion Week Staff Favs...    
    Fav Runway: Louis Vuitton
    photo via Elle
    Fav Street Style: Sarah Harris
    photo via Elle
    Fav Pup Style
    photo via Vogue UK

    Check out our Pinterest Boards for a full look at our Fall 2015 Fashion Week Favs!

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  7. What is the Apres Ski Scene?  Well…I suppose it depends upon who you ask.  For some it is about sipping on an ice cold draft beer after a long day skiing on the mountain, and savoring every bit of your day.  For others it is an excuse to catch up on the social front with folks you left in your wake as you ripped around the mountain.  And for others, it is a chance to see and be seen. 
    Admit it…no one wants to come off the mountain and find themselves at their favorite hot spot looking like a hot mess.  So, we’ve picked out our favorite Apres Ski items to help you freshen up, and look good while you unwind and sip on that cocktail.

    Click here for a full list of our favorite Apres Ski products, or browse below for outfits that will elevate your Apres Ski fashion to new levels!

    Pistil Designs
    Clover Knit Hat
    Horny Toad
    Berliner Vest
    Horny Toad
    Overpass Crew Dress
    Darn Tough
    City Block Knee High Sock
    Pistil Designs
    Joplin Slouch Style Hat
    Desolate Zip Pullover
    Cedar Skirt
    Ladies Legging
    Pistil Designs
    Iggy Slouch Style Hat
    Carve Designs
    Point Reyes Pullover
    Royal Robbins
    Brushed Back Skinny Leg Pant
    Darn Tough
    Good Witch Crew Sock
    Pistil Designs
    Cora Earflap Hat
    Delight Performance Top
    Lola Leggings
    Pistil Designs
    Ruthie Wristlet


    Don't love any of these looks?  Check our out Winter Wonders Style Guides for more options!

    Based on these selections, and as a woman who lives in a ski town, my biggest advice is:
    Don’t look at the après ski scene as a tedious thing.  With a tad bit of forethought (best to do at night if you are not a morning person like me…), it’s easy to run to your car and switch into comfortable clothes, or to even layer properly under your ski jacket, in preparation for your après ski scene.  And don’t be afraid to go against the grain – I’ve changed from ski pants into a pull over skirt that slips right over my leggings faster than my boyfriend can change into jeans.  It’s not hard to look good, without looking high maintenance.  You just have to want to.  So, be fabulous – everyone WILL notice and who doesn’t want to OWN IT?!

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  8. I couldn’t wait to post this week’s Color Story…Purple!  It is my favorite color and has been since I was a kid.  But just as much as I love Purple, I love color philosophy - how color affects the senses and what it says about us as people.

    According to, Purple symbolizes magic, mystery, spirituality, the subconscious, creativity, dignity and royalty.  Light Purples are light-hearted, floral and romantic.  Darker Purples are more intellectual and dignified. 

    If you like the color Purple, it can also speak volumes about your personality.  According to, people would describe you as:

    • Sensitive
    • Compassionate
    • Understanding
    • Supportive
    • Generous and a giver
    • Gentle and free spirited
    • Your energy pulls people in
    • You are creative and idealistic
    • You are a dreamer
    • You deal positively in the face of adversity
    • You are intuitive has taken Color Psychology to a whole new level with our Color Story Boards.  This allows you to see a variety of pieces filtered by color and how it can translate in your wardrobe.  Color Stories are just as important as design elements, because your color selection can make or break your entire look! 

    Check out our Color Stories at!

    See Our Color Story Boards on Pinterest!

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