Effortless Ski Style: What to Wear on the Slopes and Après Ski
Summer holidays are just so much easier, aren’t they? Bathing suit, sundress, sandals, sunnies: Boom. That’s all she wrote.
On the other hand…Winter weather means heavy coats, even heavier boots, knit accessories and layers upon layers. If you’d have asked me two weeks ago, I’d have told you with a look of utmost certainty that the lot of it simply would not fit into my suitcase. But then I got wise to the winter style game and realized that when it comes to packing for a ski holiday, less truly is more. Rather than schlep separate products for both slopes and après ski, opt for items that pull double-duty. From beauty to boots, here are some tried-and-true recommendations:
When it comes to cozy winter staples, our friends at Steven Alan rarely disappoint - and this slate grey blanket coat is no exception. Think 100% wool with a textured effect that feels like your favorite sweater - only loads warmer. Post-slopes, shed your soaked winter jacket and slip into this plush, belted robe for a flattering, versatile look.
An outdoor classic gets a modern upgrade: Slip into these shearling-lined winter white LL Bean boots to take you to/from the slopes in style. Made in Maine, one pair at a time, consider these a winter weather investment to stylishly serve you for many ski holidays to come. Grab the limited-edition white version while you still can.
Stand out in the ski crowd with this magenta knit hat with custom-sewn fox fur poms. It’s a luxe twist on a classic ski hat that’s as warm (read: hand-spun knit) as it is unique.
No one wants to tote a heavy wallet on the slopes but having cash, cards and ID rattling around in your pocket isn’t ideal, either. Grab this slim card case before heading out for an all-in-one solution to staying financially organized on the go. Whip it out après ski and look perfectly polished while picking up the tab.
Regardless of skin type, most derms recommend a day lotion with Vitamin C and antioxidants to maintain a youthful glow. This cream from Clinique goes a step further, infusing SPF SolarSmart technology to protect against both UVA and UVB rays (which are often more harmful when bouncing off reflective snow). One cream, an arsenal of protection and happy, colorful packaging. A Zady staff favorite.
The world has enough plastic already, right? That’s why we fell in love with these wood frame sunglasses from Portland-based Schwood. All woods are sustainably harvested and carefully selected for cool grain patterns and rich tones. Besides protecting your peepers, these sunglasses are sure to be a conversation piece (err, icebreaker?).
Leave It To The Professionals
Three of the ski/snowboard world’s most stylish tell us what they’ll be wearing this month (plus their best piece of advice for aspiring snow bunnies):
NAME: Helen Schettini, Snowboarder
BIZ CARD: Star of “Hel of a Time” web series, 2nd best female overall rider (Snowboarder Mag 13/14) and first female signed to adidas Action Sports.
ADVICE: “For beginners, getting the right equipment is essential. Many people start with less-than-ideal hard goods just because they aren’t ready to invest in new items. Instead of renting old pieces or wearing ‘hand me downs,’ find bindings that fit nicely, boards that ride flat and boots that hold your heel down. And I always recommended good protection: helmet, wrist guards, etc. You’re going to fall - it’s inevitable - but good protection gets you back on the slopes the next day instead of staying in bed.”
TOP STYLE PICK: Loop Scarf by Fiona Bennett “It’s cozy so you can bury your face if the wind picks up, but stylish enough to look a step above the rest of the crowd.”
BIZ CARD: First woman in history to ski jump in the Olympics (when girls were finally allowed in the 2014 Games).
ADVICE: “It’s important to have the right equipment and make sure everything fits properly. It’s common for people to get cold feet (literally) so make sure you invest in really good socks that absorb sweat and trap heat. And always remember to have fun! Don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re first learning.”
TOP STYLE PICK: Dip Dye Matea Weekender by Mercado Global “I love this bag for après ski because I like to stay organized - so it’s nice to have a big bag with everything in one spot. The print is great and brings out the girly in me since skiing can be kinda tomboy (I’m in uniform half the time).”
NAME: Arielle Gold, Snowboarder
BIZ CARD: Won back-to-back gold medals in the halfpipe at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships. (Oh yeah, and she was 16, becoming the second youngest snowboard to win a world championship).
ADVICE: “Buy a pair of ‘pant cushions' which are basically padded shorts you wear under your snow pants to reduce impact. Learning to snowboard can be challenging, and many people spend a good amount of time on their butts the first few days. Butt pads will not only provide extra padding, but also help to prevent soreness while keeping your butt dry. I ride with mine every day.”
TOP STYLE PICK: Gabby Dress by Amour Vert “Simple and form fitting, this dress is versatile for practically any occasion.”