2 January 2015

Ski Fashion

It’s not easy to be chic on the slopes. It’s not really conducive to high fashion, it’s cold for a start, and that means layers and material that’s well, puffy. Luckily, top designers have saved the day and now offer ski jackets and shell pants, the outerwear necessary if you’re going to be flying down the black runs. If you choose to stick to apres-ski and other pursuits (I’d choose yoga and partying) there’s also plenty of on trend pieces that you’ll be able to wear back home.
Outerwear
Pucci Quilted Printed shell down jacket
                                                                            
Stand out on the slopes with Pucci’s pink, peach, purple and black print. With a high collar and fitted cuffs, it’s also padded with down and feathers to maximise insulation. Wear it on and off the slopes with black thermal leggings and knee high padded boots.
Fendi hooded shell ski jacket
          

I love the Fendi “creatures” collection. It’s playful and stylish. The colour blocking won’t date quickly and the “eyes” definitely have it! It has a handy drawstring hood for when the snow starts to fall and fits comfortably over a thermal top when it’s apres-ski time. 
Adidas By Stella McCartney Fleece lined faux suede and shell ski boots
              
            
Often ski boots are a little bulky but these manage to keep an air of cool about them. They have a gripped rubber sole which means no slipping or sliding, elasticated cuffs to keep out the elements and are warm and toasty as well as comfortable thanks to a Thinsulate lined fleecy sock.
KJUS Formula Leather and Shell Down Mittens
              
             

Tap into the monochrome trend and the most current technology with these cool thermal mittens. They’re filled with down and made from waterproof fleece-lined shell; the company is famed for its use of adaptive fabrics that regulate body temperature. The palms are reinforced with leather and anti-silicone grips, what more could you want?
Base layers
Falke Ergonomic Sports System Wool Blend top
                
This base layer is extremely comfortable and helps to regulate your temperature, whisking pesky moisture away from your skin. 
Mover merino wool-jersey leggings

             

By using merino wool instead of synthetic materials, Swiss brand Mover ensure maximum comfort and insulation. Don’t forget that your base layer is important and needs to be comfortable as it’s next to your skin. They also look great with an oversized knitted sweater for apres-ski.
Lacroix LX padded merino wool blend knee socks
       
The merino wool blend has anti-bacterial and insulating properties, they’re also cushioned at the ankle bone and shin to protect against knocks and falls. The footbed and toe are also reinforced. Who knew socks could be so clever?
Apres-ski
Perfect Moment + Helen Lee honeycomb mesh and merino wool top
           

This isn’t the most practical piece of skiwear but who cares – it’s beautiful and who wants to look the same as everyone else at parties? It combines breathable mesh with black merino wool which flatters the figure and keeps you warm. It has a zip fastening up the back and looks great with black leggings and ankle boots.
Rick Owens Cashmere Sweater
            

If you’re going to wear cashmere, you may as well wear Rick Owens. This is long line and perfect for layering with a gilet and skinny pants/leggings. It’s fine knit and fits like a glove.
Accessories
Eugenia Kim Magritte Alpaca Beanie
         
I love anything a little whimsical and fun, and this beanie will keep your eyes warm and the cool factor up between runs. It was knitted in Peru and you can adjust the size by folding the up the ribbed trim. 
Lacroix LX Frameless mirrored anti-fog goggles
         
These are for serious skiers – the technology is mindboggling. The anti-fog coating ensures that your amazing views stay crystal clear, there’s an inner silicon grip on the elasticated headband so it won’t budge and the goggles are treated with iridium to balance light levels. What more could you want. They also look cool too.
Missoni ribbed wool-blend arm warmers
            

You can always rely on Missoni for great knits  - these fingerless gloves ensure that your arms are kept warm and you can still use your phone. The black and cream print means that they will go with anything and the splash of colour is just perfect.
Falke Norwegian knitted socks
            

These amazingly cosy socks are knitted with wool and cashmere for ultimate comfort. In grape, navy and grey, they add a splash of colour if you’re top to toe in black, and are snug under ski or biker boots.

*All of these items are available at Net-a-Porter

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