As important as it is to keep warm on the slopes, it’s just as fun to look cool off them. And ‘skicore’ has infiltrated fashion week runways and après-ski bars alike – think House of Gucci and Karl Lagerfeld’s alpine collection for Chanel in 2019 – so much so, that there’s now a plethora of options from high street to high end.
Packing for a ski trip requires a lot of planning. It can be a bit like Jenga trying to fit it all those bulky clothes and hard-to-pack helmets in your suitcase. And it’s important to bring the whole kit. If, like me, you’re terrible at packing lightly, you can ditch the puffer and accessorise for après with chic sunglasses, slogan knits and bright bobble hats instead.
On the slopes, I used to wear all black everything, but now I’m more confident on my skis, my confidence with ski style has grown too. You can’t miss me whizzing down the runs in garish prints (from Perfect Moment, duh) and bright salopettes with retro racer stripes on.
Whether you’re heading to the infamous Follie Douche in the Alps, grappa in the Dolomites or just for a slope-side Gluwein in Zermatt, ditch the skis, grab a Gluwein and follow these easy do’s and don’ts for a chic après-ski look.
Statement puffer or all-in-ones
if you’re heading for après Aperol, ASOS also has a great range for skiers and snowboarders of all sizes – plus, it’s affordable. Bibbed salopettes are coming back into style (that’s right, dad!) if you want to dip your toes in the look. Otherwise, go full 80s style with a retro-style jumpsuit. Modern versions from Perfect Moment dominate on the slope style set, but we recommend you also try vintage or rent one as they can be quite pricey.
Base layers aren’t boring
I repeat: skiwear doesn’t have to be boring. Yes, layers are essential and by all means go for chic blues and blacks from the likes of Fusalp. But activewear brands like Sweaty Betty and Adidas are hitting up the playful side. Swap dark colours for one of these patterned styles and you’ll be stripping off your snug fleece in no time.
Double up with jumpers that keep you warm and look chic on and off the slope – a fair isle knit gives Cameron Diaz in The Holiday vibes and bonus points if it’s a turtle neck. We love a slogan style – it’s exactly what you’ll want to wear from the lodge to the lift and back.
Ditch the ski boots for snow boots
No matter how techy you go, we all know ski boots are uncomfortable, clunky and sometimes not allowed in restaurants. So if you’re heading for fondue at the bottom of the slopes, don’t hesitate to change into something more practical. Moonboots are all the rage again since they hit the slopes in the 70s (and then again in the 2000s), and they’re so warm you don’t need thick socks. If the futuristic look isn’t for you, these high street options from Hunter and Timberland look stylish, too.
Now this is where the fun really beings. Last but certainly not least, top your outfit off with mountain-ready accessories. Go bold with a chunky knitted beanie — it keeps your head warm and covers up any helmet hair. Slope-side sunnies like this Sungod pair are a must, not only to protect from the glare, but also so you can sneakily eye up who’s spraying champagne in the VIP area.