Ski Chic - What to Pack
If you are lucky enough to be heading to the slopes this year, what should you pack other than some fabulous sunglasses? There is nothing worse than feeling you are not fully equipped for the practicalities of the slopes or the sociability of après ski. There are many things to consider; Wearing a onesie, a tracksuit, a pair of jeans or any lycra are all cited as top ski faux pas by a survey from Monarch Airlines. Skiing 'aggressively', heckling fellow skiers and smoking on the slopes are the behavioural faux pas to be avoided at all costs. So what do you need to make sure you are ski-tastic?
Sweaty Betty have an excellent eye-catching ski range and as they are sportswear specialists this is a great place to start. Something everyone is donning these days is a helmet, Sweaty Betty do a fabulous yellow helmet for a very reasonable £95. You can do separates or go down the all-in-one route, separates are more current and on-trend. This Uphill Ski Jacket is a friendly £329 and would look great with the yellow helmet and the black salopettes - I'm a big fan of keeping it fairly monochrome with ski-wear and jazzing the look up with colour-pop accessories to keep the look chic.
If you want to keep the cost down, Supedry have a dedicated ski shop with some retro ski jackets this season at £174.99. I especially like these because of the current 70's revival, and I'm that kind of age to feel nostalgic about quilted retro jackets.
Other crucial pieces of ski-wear are what you wear on your feet and your hands to stay nice and warm. Make sure you can wriggle your toes in any snow boot because good circulation is essential.
The classic boot choice is a Moonboot and these from net-a-porter are brilliant and as classic as you get. However, Penelope Chilvers, the queen of stylish AND practical boots, has a gorgeous range of ski boots this season. I am totaly in love with the design of the Incredible Boots, they come in winter white, black and brown, are made in ponyskin with full sheep shearling lining at £429. They would look good post ski-trip with black jeans and a big sloucy jumper.
Also, look at House of Holland at Matches Fashion, they do some very bright and quirky ski wear including this bobble hat for when you are not actually skiing. Great for those of you who want to stand-out, you are on holiday after all!
Apres Ski Style
Unless there is a particular dress-code for certain venues, it is fine to stick with jeans or faux leather leggings and jumpers. It is an active environment with sporty, outdoorsy types so it's good to stay with the practical theme but it still feels nice to glam-up a bit for evening soiree's. Pack some black or blue jeans, a few satin or sparkly long sleeve tops and to elevate the look to evening glamour, add either a Topshop faux fur gillet or coat or a shearling tippet from LK Bennett. Finish-off with any boots from Penelope Chilvers Apres-Ski range, I especialy love the Zuri Shearling Boot in bitter chocolate.