January can be pretty gloomy, but if you’re one of the lucky few hitting the slopes in the coming weeks then you’ve at least got something to look forward to. Now whether you’re a competent skier, a beginner or simply there for the apres ski, you’re going to want to look the part… because all activities are better with the right outfit.
Ski wear can be pricey and not everything in this column is simply for hitting the slopes, there are some great winter warmers, even if you’re keeping your feet firmly on the ground this winter. From super warm coats, to cute bobble hats and wrap-up winter scarves, there is something for everyone trying to beat the chill.
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I think everyone always believes that the winter is over as soon as December rolls past, but the cold weather is only just beginning. Is it just me who used to ponder if I could get away with a full ski suit on the Northern Line? Of course lots of us aren’t going further than our kitchen table these days, so you’re safe from me appearing on a Tube platform near you in this number right now. But if you are about to don some skis, this snow suit is super sleek and will help you tackle the difficult terrain, whilst also looking like something out of Bond. Win / Win.
Again, one for the actual skiers… after all this is truly aimed at them. However if you have a penchant for pounding the pavements or are still pushing a stroller round the park, your hands will probably thank you for investing in some serious winter protection. These Dare 2 B gloves are super stylish and cosy too.
I am a massive Superdry fan. My green puffer coat is one of the most loved items in my wardrobe and it keeps me supremely warm. This red puffer jacket is part of their ski collection but in this glossy red, it definitely strays into fashion territory too. This just means you can get lots of wear out of it and wont feel out of place rocking it in places other than down a slope (unlike, perhaps a full ski suit).
Do not forget what’s underneath. That is to say, don’t forget the importance of your base layers. Sportswear brands are great for these stylish layering pieces and these will be the snuggly styles that you can certainly wear on long winter walks or curling up on the couch after too.
Fly Me To The Moon
Big fan of Moon Boots here. Now these are your basic black pair, practical, with a little faux fur trim for added winter style. But there are so many amazing Moon Boots out there, it really is worth finding the pair that fits your personality. From all white, to silver metallic and everything in between, the Moon Boot is great for sloping around on a Mountain resort but also great for that flurry of snow and dipping temperatures that are bound to make an appearance here in the UK at some point.
Yep, that punny title did actually happen. Sorry, not sorry. I’m not usually one for loving designer for basics but I have pretty much fallen in love with this super soft pink knitted Gucci hat with perfect bobble on top. Again a great apres ski pieces, but also super chic if you’re just bopping around here in the UK and fancy a little winter accessories treat. Just don’t leave it in the pub, ok?
Jump Right In
Red and pink are seen as being ‘clashy’ but if you get the shades just right then it’s actually a real winner. This red and pink jumper is so lovely and I love the graphic lines that almost feel a little sporty, hence I threw it into this ski leaning column. But let’s be honest, you could totally rock this for an updated WFH look or back to the office with a tailored skirt or pairs of trousers.
Not one for the slope sliding but picture yourself drinking a boozy hot chocolate, wrapped up in this gorgeous cosy checked scarf. Gorgeous right? This would look particularly cheery over the next few months with a tailored coat too.
Another entirely inappropriate ski choice… can you tell I have only ever dry slopped skied? If you’re not making it to the mountains this year, but want to conjure up that feeling of snowy surroundings, then this delightful Borg coat, meets puffer, meets parka is right on the money. A sleek high street buy you really will look the part, even if you only plan on sliding into your car this season.
If you prefer a warm boot with a shorter length, check out Inuikii’s bomber star boots. Lined with sheepskin, waterproof and with a stand-out silver star design, these boots will make sure you stand out during Aprés Ski drinks.
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