Stylish on the slopes: ski and aprés ski trends
Hitting the slopes this winter? If you are fans of winter sports, just like we are, the time has come to organize a vacation on the mountains and, of course, to start thinking of the trendiest warm clothes you have. You don’t know how to match them to avoid looking like a little bear?
Stylish on the slopes
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- Invest in a pair of Oakley Flight Deck XM goggles with Prizm lenses, they adapt to the weather meaning that even in poor visibility conditions you’ll be able to spot a pesky mogul in plenty of time. Not only practical, they look very good too.
- Tie long hair back; in either a ponytail or preferably a ponytail that’s then plaited.
- Moncler continues to win the ski style race because it’s as fashionable as it is technical. Monochrome is perennially stylish while orange or yellow neon trousers paired back with a black jacket is also becoming a classic.
- Stirrup pants are having a moment thanks to Balenciaga. Ensure you pack a pair for on and off the slopes.
What should you wear after stowing your skis? Whether you’re grabbing a drink at your resort’s bar or dancing until dawn, these après-ski outfit recommendations will make you look fashionable no matter your location, taste, or personality.
- You’ll know that après-ski heralds the opportunity to wheel out your best cashmere, cat-eye sunglasses and colourful faux fur.
- Don’t pack high heels. You won’t have an occasion for them regardless of smart dinner invitations and gatherings. Look to Penelope Chilvers for the best snow boot selection. Her Incredible Folk Boot in winter white, and Pioneer Boot in black with red laces are the favourites.
- Opt for under layers that when revealed, don’t leave you feeling like you’re standing around in your underwear. Steph Barnscher, Designer at Sweaty Betty, recommends the Glitterati seamless merino set. ”It will keep you warm on and off the hill, and the tonal print looks cool when teamed up with an oversized knit for drinks in the evening”.
- Although cashmere might be too warm for the slopes themselves, it’s a great après-ski option. Layer your knit over a check shirt.
- Chunky, track sole boots are not only very on trend (thanks to Louis Vuitton), but are also immensely practical. Forget trainers – you’ll end up with soggy feat, UGGs will have you slipping and sliding around like Bambi on ice (although they’re good for padding around the hotel), and moon boots are starting to look a little dated. Track sole boots will ensure you stay upright and exude seasoned snow bunny style.
- Colourful, fuzzy pieces never looked better than they do against the snowy backdrop. And while fluffy outerwear and accessories can leave you a little hot under the collar at home, they really come into their own in the mountains. Offset a laid-back, sporty ensemble with a fabulous faux-fur coat or add a bright, furry trim to neutral knitwear. Pair with some statement shades when the sun is out.
- Pretty much everyone wears a helmet for skiing these days. What was once considered an optional accessory for novice skiers, is now considered mountain-side-etiquette. What this does mean though, is that come 5 o’clock your hair is looking a little lack luster. Luckily this is easily masked by a thick headband, bright bobble hat or a beret. And you keep your ears warm at the same time.
See you on the slopes? The Uppers wishes you fun and snowy skiing holidays. Keep stylish and enjoy the good winter vibes!