Après Ski Style – What to Wear After a Day on the Slopes

28 Nov , 2014  

Steer clear of any ski fashion faux pas this season with Closet Princess’ guide to mountain style.

The apr?s ski scene has surpassed the action on the slopes in many ski towns in recent seasons with resorts such as Aspen even holding their own fashion week! You don’t want to be the only one on the mountain rocking your ski boots at the bar after the lifts have closed for the day. They’re not just wet (and possibly stinky), but with the doorman of some bars bearing a resemblance to Milan’s fashion police, you just might get turned away at the door!

Whether you’re an avid skiier, or a snowboarding queen, there’s some after snow essentials and tips that every snow bunny should follow when packing for their ski trip.

Knitted Jumpers-  A simple cashmere wool sweater will provide you with a warm soft touch. Simple knitted patterns are always well received, while the more sporty types can add a splash of colour with some of the simple block colour items from brands like Quiksilver and Betty Rides. When sizing up your knits, make sure they are slim fitting so they will be comfortable to wear under your jacket.

Snow Boots – These snow ready boots are a must have for any mountain goer. Their practicality alone makes them a worthwhile benefit. Normal shoes will have you slipping and sliding in a not so graceful fashion and chances are they won’t be very waterproof either. So to avoid suffering from frostbitten toes invest in a pair of styled up apres boots. Most snow boot brands like XTM, Khombu, and Attiba come faux fur lined with some added fur flair on top. Easily stylish enough to match your chic outfit.

Sunglasses – Another essential, especially if spring skiing is on the cards. The UV conditions atop a mountain are alot stronger than at sea level so sun safety is paramount. Snow blindness is a real thing and can leave your eyes irreparably damaged. If you’re out on the slopes on a bluebird day, be sure to cover any bar skin or at the very least whack on some sunscreen. From a fashion perspective, the skiing crowd tends to go for big, over the top lenses and frames, so pick yourself up a pair of show-off sunnies and you’ll fit right in.

Spa Attire – The chances of kicking back in a Jacuzzi on a ski hill nowadays can almost be guaranteed. Most ski lodges will have their own private spas or at the very least a communal one. If you fancy getting hot and steamy with your friends, don’t kick it off to quickly by rocking your bra and panties, unless that’s your end game.

Headwear – Just as important as having the right footwear for the snow, the same can be said about your choice of headwear. If your skiing or snowboarding, play it safe and wear a helmet, it’s not worth the risk! For other times, a cute beanie with pom-poms and wild colours offer a chance to break up your monochrome or block colour look.

Gloves – Personally, I always choose practicality over style when it comes to gloves because cold hands is one of my pet hates. If this sounds like you opt for woolen mittens for your apres adventures as they tend to do the trick better than the fancier option of leather gloves. Although their are a range of lined leather gloves on offer that you may prefer if you have to stick with style.

Never underestimate the styles of a ski hill. The apres scene is extremely varied and differs from ski town to ski town. Some mountains are all about the snow while others boast an air of pretentiousness towards accepted dress. Don’t get caught out, pack for every occasion!

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