It’s not easy to dress warm while looking cute, and this challenge is even more difficult when jetting away to a winter ski/ snowboard getaway. Keeping warm on mountain peaks and on the ski lift is essential, but there is no reason to sacrifice your style for the sake of practicality. This “How To” focuses on how to look stylish and warm both on slopes and après ski, so that you look less Abominable Snowman and more Snow Bunny. Read on after the cut for some pictures of celebrity inspiration, and offerings from some winterwear designers who know exactly how to blend fashion and function:
For Standing Out Among the Crowds at the Lift
Nowadays 80’s style parachute pants in orange, cobalt blue, and mint green and dated ski sweaters are a thing of the past and thanks to the modern ski/ snow outfitters, you are more likely to see slim fit pants cut to flatter the legs, warm beanie hats to frame your face, and body conscious, multifunctional contemporary ski jackets on the slopes.
For an elongating ski pant that will keep your legs looking trim and lean even as you zig zag down the mountain, try this North Face Women’s Go-Go Cargo pants, that is fully waterproof, and fully line seamed to block of all windchill, with a slight, flared slim fit that breaks right above the knee to fit right over your ski boot. The two cargo pockets on the pant sit just low enough on the thigh not to add bulk to your legs, and are a low rise that sits exactly where your favorite pair of jeans would rest. Although this pant comes in 4 different colors, I love the Snow White color, as nothing looks chicer than white against the snow as Victoria Beckham demonstrates here (pictured above).
If you are looking for a fashionable alternative to the “ski overall,” this Winter Sports Recco Pant by Stella McCartney for adidas are ideal with a flattering dart in the middle designed accent your slimmest part with an elongating straight leg. Made with ClimaWarm and ClimaProof, it will keep you dry and warm no matter how powdery the snow. For a looser, slouchier, baggier fit, this Roxy Cameo One Piece, has a full fur hood, and an adjustable waistband, to cinch in your waist.
For a jacket to match your white North Face Go-Go Cargo pants, pair it with this white B by Burton Encounter Pullover jacket with multiple pockets, and a completely waterproof outside. The contrasting color red zippers slashed across the body of the jacket draw attention to your body in a subtle, but eye catching way.
For the ultimate in luxury ski jackets, try any of Moncler’s ski parkas, especially this taupe colored with belt, similar to the one seen on Kate Moss (pictured right.) Moncler, a luxury French brand renowned for their seemingly oxymoronic slimming down jackets, have the reputation of keeping you toasty warm in the snow.
To keep you ears warm this winter, try either this pom pom beanie from Roxy, which will shield your eyes from the sunlight at the top of the mountain and keep you warm with is fleece lining. To look Russian royalty chic like Kate Moss here, go for the decadent with a faux-fur Cossack style hat (see above.)
For Hot Chocolate and Belgian Waffle Breaks
The essence of the après-ski look is to incorporate aspects and elements of the winterwear you wore while skiing, mixed into your normal wardrobe. To do it in a luxurious way, brands such as Dior have made cozy moontboots, inspired by snowboard boots – ideal for tucking your pants into and for keeping your toes toasty without the aid of footwarmers, as seen here on Gwen Stefani with her son, Kingston. Although this version is currently sold out, Burberry also offers a checked moonboot in their signature plaid check for wearing on the mountain.
Other essentials in forming the après ski look are the perfect pair of leggings, such as this one by Alice and Olivia, which are cut to look like your favorite black skinny pants, but are made out of a comfortable rayon and lycra blend. These are easy and comfortable enough to pull on sore muscles after a long day and tuck into boots.
Throw on any of these slouchy cardigans over this pair of leggings, including this modern inspired version of the ski sweater with this Fair Isle patterned long Free People Ethnic Grandpa Cardigan. A more sophisticated alternative is this DKNY cashmere cardigan that can be tied in 3 figure flattering ways, including my favorite way, accented with a jeweled belt as shown here.
For an easy, no fuss way to dress up, toss this Whitley Kros Hickson Sweater Dress with a cowl neck, either over the leggings or add these Cashmere Rib tights by Donna Karan. You can even add this Burton Rancher puffer vest over the outfit to add additional warmth.
Although it’s not technically swimwear season quite yet, there are still a number of bikinis that will show off the body that you have been keeping fit all season. This Brette Sandler Swimwear Margo Bandeau Bikini is 50′s pinup inspired, in a basic black, accented with a white contrasting petal design at the inset with studs. This Zimmermann Emmeline triangle bikini has a playful geometric diamond pattern, with a halter front top and side bikinis ties.