What to wear when you’re skiing has always required a certain amount of consideration, and not only because of the chilly alpine climates. Whilst once-upon-a-time what you wore on the slopes was merely about safety, today ski wear is a fashion in its own right. So what is hot on this winter’s slopes? Here’s our report on what’s big in resorts this winter.
The saying “form follows function” is of course essential with winter sports clothing. But putting the technical aspects aside, the trends on the slopes this season are distinctive. Whilst the last few winters have been fairly alike in fashion, this season changes all that! The colour palate is bright, and the edges are sharp. Dazzling blue and lime green, sunny yellow and fierce red can all me mixed up and worn combined. All the big brands such as Norrøna, Salomon, Spyder, The North Face, you name it, it’s vivid.
This one-piece, for example, is from Norrøna. Bang on trend for winter 2011/2012, with bold colours and technical features (such as a storm hood that is designed for use with a helmet), it’s not cheap costing around €1,200. This seasons theme is continued throughout accessories and the skis themselves; Atomic skis and Oakley ski goggles feature similar tones. The all-in-one is big this winter, more brands than ever are offering this practical piece, and in playful colours too!
At the end of a hard days skiing, there’s still fun to be had! If you’ll be hitting the bar for some après ski, remember that whilst conditions won’t be as harsh as on the slopes, it’s still important to stay warm and look good. Off-piste attire is available at many high street shops these days; Topshop for example has off-piste pieces designed by Ashish, and an entire “SNO” range. Fat Face has its usual range of chunky knits, patterned cardigans, and cosy gilets. Online retailer asos has a wide selection of brands and products too; from high street labels to designer brands, ski pant leggings to snow boots, what asos doesn’t sell, probably isn’t worth owning!
If who-is-wearing-what is of more interest to you, then check out recent images of Kate Moss and Kate Middleton. The two icons have very different styles which is evident in their ski wear. Kate Middleton opts for a classic look in a red jacket and black salopettes, and accessorises with pink goggles. Kate Moss, on the other hand, was snapped wearing an all-in-one, with oversized sunglasses to complete the look.
Whatever you end up wearing on and off the ski slopes, make sure you’re able to move freely and that you’re warm enough in the harsh weather.
This post was written by Tess Bowles of Crystal Ski.