Obviously, when it comes to skiwear, practicality takes priority but contrary to popular belief, it’s entirely possible to look stylish while on the slopes. The packing can seem overwhelming. There’s a lot to consider and furthermore, a lot of (very) bulky clothes to fit into one 20kg case. You’ve got to think about padded jackets, trousers, gloves, thermals and every item of warm clothing you own and have ever encountered. But, you know what they say, where there’s a fashionable will, there’s a fashionable way.
The key is to be selective about what you purchase and decide to pack. To be clear, when we talk about maintaining a stylish presence on the slopes, we’re not suggesting a different jacket for each day. You’d probably have to ship your luggage at that rate but a snow jacket is the one item you definitely don’t want to be caught without. It’s got to be both wind and waterproof and presents the first hurdle in the ultimate challenge of mixing fashion with functionality. The good news is that when it comes to ski jackets, there are plenty of options around and plenty that are suitable for every budget. While the more affordable options are great for first-timers who aren’t ready to invest in the best stuff just yet, it’s worth noting they may not have the best tech features that offered by more expensive options. Superdry provide a great selection of high street skiwear with the range specifically designed for the slopes and seamlessly merging fashion and function. Their ski jackets include pockets for ski passes, integrated snow shirts and a bungee cord hem to stop your jacket filling with snow should you inevitably take a tumble.
Next up, you’ll want to think about salopettes which thankfully the high street have embraced with open arms. Traditional salopettes and snowsuits often lack personality but as the high street has proved in recent years, you can still look great and care about your outfit even when bundled up in your warmest and most practical clothes. This season’s standout items include a chic, monochrome ski suit complete with a cosy, fur lined hood from Topshop SNO as well as a bolder red and white version from the same collection. The options from the ASOS skiwear collection cover options for those ready for a much more bolder approach to the slopes including metallic padded bomber jackets and their Le Gros Melon Ski Suit – an all in one melon patterned suit, not for the faint-hearted.
For those unsure about which pieces they should invest in, a lot of ski resorts offer skiwear to hire but this obviously adds up. With that in mind, taking along your own essentials – hats, gloves, scarves, helmets, good ski socks – is highly recommended and worth space in your case.
For those who have just booked a ski holiday, the hunt for the trend-led skiwear is well and truly on. Check out these 14 items to get your packing started.
Fashion-forward skiwear is snow joke, kids.