On my first ever ski trip, I hit the slopes resplendant in a fluro ski jacket- it was pink, yellow and bright blue- I loved that jacket and I loved that first ski holiday. Since then, my skiing has improved as has ski fashion, although this year there are some retro throwback styles if you still want a flash of fluro. This season, ski fashion is taking reference from the catwalks, and interpreting key seasonal trends in alpine style.
Some trends to interpret into your ski wardrobe this year:
Colourblocking: is key this winter. Obermeyer have made this trend really easy to adopt with some terrific mix and match jackets and ski pants at reasonable prices. I love the “Malta” ski pants in “Waterfall”-a beautiful blue, reminiscent of my fave J Brand turquoise skinny jeans. Think clear bright colours, sunshine yellow. aqua blue and raspberry. I love SKEA’s signature puffa’s too- I first spotted these at Aspen Fashion Week, and want them in every colour: Tangerine, Peony Pink, Aquamarine and Violet, these are a great fun pop of colour.
Pattern: plaids and delicate floral features on jackets and pants are a great chance to express your style. My tip is to wear only one item with a strong print- work it back with a solid pant or jacket in tonal shade. Roxy have collaborated with Torah Bright to develop some gorgeous jackets with graphic patterns, plaids and prints.
Retro Styling: you will find references to 80′s graphic style as well as 70′s snow bunny look this season. Whilst my fluro jacket will not be being brought out of the closet, there are some references to 80′s style-colour splicing and retro prints. Snow bunny’s can channel chic style with fur trim on jackets. At the luxe end, Moncler and Bogner have options for real fur, and Spyder, Nils and North Face have faux fur options- make sure these are detachable for easy laundering too!
Sleek: for the last few season’s, snowboarder style has influenced ski fashion with oversized styles being predominant. This year, ski jackets and pants have adopted a more slimline sillouhette. Jackets are more shaped at the waist and ski pants are sitting on the hips and tend to fit more like jeans. Even the classic quilted puffa style jacket is being cut closer to the body.
Look for ski jackets and pants with practical feature’s: powder skirts, lots of pockets for lift tickets, lip balms and sunscreens, hoods that can be removed to extend wear off the slopes and pants with adjustable waists and vents for warmer days. Most jacket hoods now are designed to fit over a helmet too- so there is no excuse for compromising safety or style.