I am not a skier. The only times I’ve been skiing were as a teenager and back in those days it was ski-wear from C&A and all I remember about it was that it was pretty bulky and very bright, not in a good way. Now, I don’t profess to be an expert, but when a few of my readers (*waves*) asked me for some top tips on cosy but stylish ski gear I thought right, I love a challenge and I got to researching. So, for all those with impending trips to the slopes, this one’s for you.
Sweaty Beaty Ski & Snowboard Collection – online & instore
Check out Sweaty Betty for some gorgeous ski and snowboard wear that totally ticks the cosy but classy boxes. Love these base layers (top and leggings sold separately) that are crafted in quick-drying fabric, this Mountain statement print is fab and the high collar, ribbed cuffs and hem are designed to block out cold on and off the slopes. The leggings are also quick drying and warm merino blend. Personally I love the two paired together but you could mix and match if the print all over feels too much. Top and leggings retail at £60 each.Staying with Sweaty Betty, this Method Softshell Ski Jacket in black (£375) is stylishly fashion-forward with a cool asymmetric placket detail. It is crafted in wind and waterproof fabric and its high neck, adjustable hood and inner cuffs with thumb holds are designed to block out the cold, while internal and external pockets keep valuables safe. Detachable faux fur trim, bold printed lining and leather-look pockets all add to the cool aesthetic. Get this, it also features a new RECCO reflector that offers sophisticated radar technology that enables mountain rescue teams to find you in an emergency. Pretty smart.
Superdry Snow – online & instore
Superdry has a neat collection of snow/winter wear that is worth taking a look at, some of the colours are quite punchy and bright – think lots of pink neon – but there are some more classic and subtle options too. One of my favourite picks is this Snow Puffer Jacket in monochrome (£194) paired here with the Snow Pants in Black (£149.99).Superdry also has a 3 for 2 offer running on its winter accessories range right now, definitely take a look as they have some fab beanies and scarfs in a variety of colours and materials to compete your look.
Topshop SNO at Net-a-Porter
Topshop SNO nails cosy and classy for ski-wear having created high-performance winter wear for the slopes that is both practical and stylish. Inspired by Icelandic landscapes, the Resort ’17 collection features unique in-house prints with colours and patterns reminiscent of canyons, volcanoes and frost. Each piece is breathable, waterproof and wind-resistant. Here are some of my favourite pieces:This thermal ribbed-knit bodysuit (£45) has light-blue and off-white panels that contour your figure, plus it has an insulating turtleneck that keeps you cosy. Also chic worn with jeans after a day on the slopes.Love this ‘Rebel Rebel’ jumpsuit (£165) that is both practical and flattering. It comes in white as well as this black option and has a detachable elasticated belt to define your waist. Designed for a slim fit this one-piece also has a removable faux fur hood and asymmetric zipped pockets.
LOVE this retro-style sweater, great for layering under skiwear and gorgeous for snuggling by a fire aprés ski with a glass of something suitably warming. Available from Net-a-Porter, £50.
Perfect Moment from Net-a-Porter
Gorgeous and stylish, the Perfect Moment brand rigorously tests its activewear to ensure great performance and fit. This Chamonix-based brand, that specialises in ski-wear, was launched by extreme sports documentary-maker Thierry Donald and offers some fab winter wear fashion choices. I have no plans to go skiing but even I am tempted by this Intarsia merino wool SKI sweater (£135) – spun from insulating, extra fine merino wool made by Italian knitwear specialists, Biella. The slightly loose fit leaves plenty of space for thermals underneath.It also comes in a POWDER slogan midnight-blue, red and white colour-way, which I also love. So cool.
And how about this combo for an amazing ski look – Racing Stripe Trimmed Ski Pants (£355) with Stardust intarsia merino wool turtleneck sweater (£250) – so much to love about this. The sweater is another one that would look at home off the slopes as well as on, gorgeous.
Moon Boot – available from Moon Boot online and Net-A-Porter
The original moon boot, Moon Boot, has a wealth of cosy boots in a huge variety of colours to suit all – personally I love the classic black shell-pique and faux leather snow boots (£80) that are lightweight, water resistant and designed to keep feet toasty in temperatures as low as -31 degrees F. The textured rubber sole helps to avoid icy slips and they feature a snug drawstring top.H&M – in selected stores and online
You need not spend all your money on designer clothes to look stylish before you hit the slopes, the high-street also has some great options and H&M offers great value as well as style. Their £59.99 black ski jacket is a bargain as are their £49.99 ski trousers, which have a slim-fit and are designed in water-repelled, breathable and functional fabric.
I must also give a mention to TK Maxx (online), which has a heavily discounted ski range. You need to be quick as once it’s gone it’s gone, but online right now are these rather fab Mountain Force Orange & Green Breath III Ski Trousers at £79.99 – a saving of £270 – there’s also a matching jacket priced £129.99 (also saving you £270) but stocks are low as they only have 4 left.
Also loving these “Spy+” Red Marshall Snow Goggles at £49.99 (saving of £60), which are colourful and bold.
Oakley – stockist vary/online
Oakley has some fab goggles online, ranging in price and colours, so take a look to find the ones for you. Personally I’m rather taken with these Crowbar PRIZM (Asia Fit) Snow Goggles in Matt White (£140).Fjällräven
Swedish brand Fjällräven has a fantastic selection of great active wear that combines function and fashion. One for your aprés ski wardrobe is this GORGEOUS Luhkka knee length cape in red/dark grey (other colours available), £275, which will give you that Little Red Riding Hood look but totally in a good way! Inspired by the Sami’s versatile and practical Luhkka it can be worn on its own during autumn and spring and then as a reinforcement garment over normal winter clothing on cold days. Pretty damn stunning – imagine sweeping into your ski resort bar and ordering a schnapps in this beauty. Swoon.
Norrøna – stocked at Ellis Brigham and other retailers, and online
Norwegian brand Norrøna, founded in 1929, was born out of a desire by its founding fathers to create clothing that could pit Norwegians successful against the elements of their environment and today, almost 90 years later, it has all the kit you need for a serious skiing holiday with style. This limited edition Wool Hoodie in Black Camo (£109) is made of highly breathable wool fabric, 89% fine merino wool, to provide a soft and comfortable feel, while 11% polyamide makes the fabric more durable and quick drying. Apparently the thickness of the fabric is in the sweet spot for regulating temperatures all seasons with different activity levels, keeping you warm even when wet.Penelope Chilvers – stores in Notting Hill and Mayfair, and online
I’m rounding off my guide to stylish ski-wear with a nod to the gorgeous range of Aprés Ski boots from Penelope Chilvers. They’re a bit of an investment, BUT wouldn’t look out of place outside of a ski resort, so you know, multi-purpose/functional and therefore TOTALLY justifiable right? Allow me to tempt you with these beauties:
The Incredible Folk Boot (£389) in Winter White – also available in Ink (Black) – is amazingly warm thanks to its full sheepskin shearling lining. A cropped ankle height, rounded toe and non-slip rubber sole mean it’s a safe bet on both dry land and on the slopes. Stylish.
These Scout Shearling Boots (£349), also in Winter White from Penelope Chilvers, also caught my eye. Perfect cropped ankle boots, they are new to the collection and designed in luxurious water repellent pony skin (cowhide) with real sheepskin shearling lining. Inspired by the glamour of vintage skiwear, the Scout looks as good with jeans, skinny styles and oversized knits as on the slopes this season.