Facing cold weather and trying to be fashionable can make it far more difficult. Let’s face it: skiing can be a tricky sport to master, and the clothing makes it a lot more challenging. No one wants to be cold, especially when we are trying do something active, so a bit of planning before you hit the slopes can go a long way.
Underneath it All
Why bother going all-out for outer layers if you’re wearing your baggiest sweater underneath?
Start with updating your underlayers. Long johns and thermals are nothing like their twenty-year old counterparts, so get shopping for slimmed-down long johns and fleecy separates in the smartest of fabrics. Try fabrics like Capilene from Patagonia, which is made from recycled synthetic fibers and wicks away moisture. Buy warm underthings at REI or L.L. Bean.
When choosing your ski clothing, a parka is a definite must. But before you envision a bulky jacket, think about your particular style and personal silhouette. If you are always digging the latest trends, find a slimmed-down coat in a funky mechanic-style cut, or a belted jacket complete with military influences. If you are a more classic dresser, slimmed-down styles are easy to find and give you a clean, finished look.
Tip: When choosing a parka, make sure it has a removable inner lining and a shell. Your lining will keep you warm and can be removed for cleaning, and the shell will protect you from wet snow and cold wind.
Particularly for those of us who will take some spills down the slopes, we need pants that can cover us from snow drifts but still look good. For those of us longing for a lean silhouette, choose a classic from Prada or SOS, or for those of us on a budget, from Arctic Quest.
Tip: Look for ski pants with guards to protect snow from making its way from the outside to the inside. These “snow cuffs” are essential for comfort.
Forget bulky woolen sweaters and all-over fleece outfits. With big-name designers teaming up with traditional outdoor sports labels, we’ve got seriously leaner looks with urban styling. Go for an updated pattern on your parka to give your look some style. Try a herringbone print or tweed effect jacket for a new Sherlock-inspired look from Burton.
Accessories are a great way to up your style potential if you’re on a budget or short of time. Try updated ski goggles, a new hat, and a cool set of gloves to give your look instant appeal. Find up-to-the-minute accessories from Burton or Smith.
Tip: Make sure that the gloves you choose are long enough to protect your wrists completely from the cold.
For ski essentials, never forget the feet, either. Ski socks are constructed from special fabrics that can make your tootsies toasty. Ski socks might be knee-high, but that’s the only real restriction you’ll face. Try for a high-performance style in an understated color to finish off your look and stay warm, too.
With any look, don’t forget a touch of practicality to go along with your style.
• Don’t forget to layer—it’s essential to fight cold and wick sweat.
• Always practice walking with your equipment on, because you never know when you’ll reach a flight of stairs and have to negotiate with your ski boots.
• Always consider your comfort. While form-fitting looks are good, stretched-out, baggy trousers are not. Always test your ski wear prior to buying to ensure that your gear feels as good as it looks.
• If you are headed out on a ski vacation, another important thing to remember is your after-ski clothing. Whether night clubs or evening lodges are more your style, you’ll still need some fashionable clothes for post-slope activity, too.