What could be more fabulous and freeing than skiing down a snow-covered piste on a stunning mountain top? Truly the best possible way to beat the winter blues. Even if you’re not a fan of the adventurous sport, a day spent on the mountain admiring the breathtaking views while sipping an ice-cold glass of champagne in one of our ski fashion outfits is a heavenly way to start the year.
I love a skiing holiday for all the above reasons of course, but equally important for me are the fashion opportunities it brings. I really love getting the chance to play dress-up and indulge my inner snow bunny. Whether you want to dress for performance in technical fits, bring out your mountain glamour or camp it up in retro styles, like Lady Gaga in the new House of Gucci movie, there’s something for everyone when it comes to ski style.
On the piste
We really are spoiled for choice these days when it comes to shopping for sensational ski wear. We no longer have to rely on just the technical brands for quality garments, there are many luxury ski brands that offer quality products, and also provide fabulous style!
Moncler is undoubtedly one of the powerhouses in ski style. Founded in 1952 in the Alps, they have continually been the go-to brand for those looking for high-end, luxurious mountain wear.
Two brands that I particularly love are Fusalp and Perfect Moment. For me, these brands have some of the best styles on the slopes while providing the quality craftsmanship required for such a demanding sport.
French brand Fusalp, also founded in 1952 is the perfect choice for those looking for a chic luxurious ski style. A perfect blend of French elegance and sports performance. Their vibrant colors really stand out in the best way. So bold and practical, especially during a whiteout.
Chamonix-based A Perfect Moment may be a younger brand, but they know how to steal the show on the slopes. They are as fun and colorful as they are functional. Their famous star and chevron prints will really set you apart from the crowd.
This year go bold with your ski style. Metallics, bright colors, and retro prints are the trends this season, so have some fun and look incredibly chic while doing so.
Designer Luxury on the slopes
Skiing is so popular these days that luxury fashion houses are all joining in on the action! Prada’s sporty technical aesthetic is a perfect fit for ski wear. Their neon colors, minimalist style, and durable fabrics make them an obvious choice if you’re looking for some luxury fashion on the slope.
Dior’s iconic oblique features heavily on their ski range. A real stand out against the usual mountain style, and perfect for wearing into town afterward.
One of the most recent and popular winter collaborations has been the North Face x Gucci collections. These hype pieces are so difficult to get as they fly off the shelves as soon as they are released.
If your style is more classic than street style, skiing down the mountain in the double CC of Chanel would be the pinnacle of luxurious ski wear. Bold, chic, and iconic.
The luxury fashion houses also know how a thing or two about the off-piste style of course. Who wouldn’t love to go for some cheese fondue in a cozy Dior sweater and Chanel earmuffs, Très is formidable!
Après ski time is where you can really play with fashion while staying warm and cozy. From cashmere sweaters to fluffy hats, the more fun, the better! A Perfect Moment and MC2 Saint Barths have some fabulous knitwear. Pair with some colorful Moon boots and a cute fuzzy bucket hat, from Fendi or Prada, to cover your post helmet hair, and hey presto you’re ready for all the entertainment the resort has to offer, whether that’s going to the spa, post-ski shopping, a comforting meal by the fire or having some gluhwein at the bar.
On the town
Speaking of fuzzy hats, I love that Ski trips offer us the opportunity to revel in fashion. This is your chance to amp up the drama with accessories. I love all things shearling, and Teddy texture. Max Mara’s iconic Teddy coat is a showstopper, and so are all the fabulous accessories that go with it. From muffs to shoes, clutch bags, and gloves. So cozy and chic for shopping in town when you’re not on the slopes.
The most important investment you can make for winter wear is a fabulous coat or jacket. If you have room in your suitcase consider ditching your ski jacket and going for a more fashionable piece for off-piste fun. Prada’s nylon puffer, Acne Studio’s shearling aviator or one of the Moncler genius pieces by designers like Simone Rocha or Valentino would up the fashion ante considerably while staying snug and cozy whatever the weather.
A very Chic Icon ski trip
Now that you know what to pack to look and feel fabulous, all that’s left to do is have a very chic holiday!
Text by Pamela McKillop
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