What to pack when you want up your style on the slopes.
If you’re anything like me and a first time skier you’ll be totally CLUELESS when it comes to what to wear and pack. And even if you're not a first time skier, like the rest of fashion, trends for skiing come and go. Although staying warm and comfy is important, my first concern (obviously) was that I wanted to look super chic. So where to start?
1. The Ski Jacket
Firstly, a proper ski jacket is a MUST. You can't get away with wearing your best parka coat. High street stores H&M and Topshop all have great ski jackets at amazing price points, that still had a fashionable element to them.
If you have a slightly higher budget Perfect Moment is a great brand to try (I'd spotted it on Poppy Delevinge's Insta; so I had to see what the fuss was about). With jackets from around £300, think rainbow prints, stars and stripes, you'll be hard to miss on the slopes. Plus they have all the tech stuff you need for skiing - breathability and warmth, tons of pockets and rather randomly a goggles cleaning cloth attached. Double ticks!
2. The Ski Pants
It's up to you whether you go for salopettes or trousers, but I did find that it's was so much better to have salopettes as the braces mean there’s no worry about them falling down if the fit isn’t quite right. As well as high street retailers, another place to look for a great ski pant that's not going to break the bank is Sports Direct; Nevica is great brand to try and they have great stock all year round.
3. The All-In-One
If you're up for a serious splurge then you MUST take a look at Fendi’s offerings. Rompers that will literally turn every head (including the hot ski instructors). I found this the best fuss free outfit and it was unbelieveably comfortable and gave great protection during a snow storm.
4. Your Socks & Base Layers
Base layers are really important but it's not worth spending a huge amount of money. Uniqlo's heat tech range is perfect as it adapts to your temperature as you go up and down the mountain. If you have gym gear (eg: leggings and long sleeve running tops) are perfect for layering underneath coats or lounging around in.
After a long hard day on the slopes all you want to do is be warm and cosy. Make sure you have an oversized comfy knit which is perfect to wear with some cashmere tracksuit bottoms or even your gym leggings. Cashmere socks were quite literally my best friend.
5. Apres Ski
Firstly, a bobble hat is a must to avoid helmet hair (yep that’s a thing, and it’s not pretty). Chunky statement knits and a great pair of snow boots. Ugg have some great inexpensive pairs and are your key element’s for feeling comfortable but looking your best.
6. What You Need In Your Pockets.
There are a few beauty essentials you MUST have in your pockets. Firstly, a Nivea lip sunscreen stick is vital; as is a factor 50 sunscreen for your face. Sunglasses are also crucial; I had a pair of Ski goggles with me just in case, but check the UV protection as you may find your sunglasses are acually higher than your goggles.
So for the ultimate outfit breakdown…
Hitting the slopes
Cosy-Up In The Chalet