With the Winter Olympics in full swing and the snow festivals fast approaching, here at Fashion North we thought we’d better give a heads-up on how to look the part on the slopes… because quite frankly, it isn’t easily done.
Chapped lips, sunburnt cheeks, frozen hair and puffy ski-jackets – no thank you!
If you’re heading to the mountains this 2014, whether it’s a ski-chic style you’re trying to achieve or more of a laid-back boarding look, we’ve got it covered.
From the salopettes (skiing trousers for the ski-virgins out there), to the cool accessories, we’ve found some affordable and some luxury ski-wear that will make you look and feel the part. Even if snow sports aren’t your thing who can say no to Jacuzzis, fondue mountain meals and copious amounts of wine at après ski?
Both skiing and snow-boarding can seem daunting for the beginners out there, and you may be afraid you’ll make a fool of yourself in the French Alps. But hey, if you can’t be the best at it you may as well at least look the best!
At New York Fashion Week we saw the American preppy brand Tommy Hilfiger showcase a fall collection like no other perfect for some alpine-inspiration.
The catwalk itself was a snowy wonderland. There was fur (lots of it), green parka coats, wool, warm colours and patchwork style two pieces. Not forgetting the cool, oversized beanie which he had even paired with ski-goggles!
When it comes to snowboarding anything goes, the brighter the better be as daring as you like. Go all out, go wild. However I’d hope there were some impressive moves to match the impressive attire.
Think retro, back to the seventies, all kinds of colours and prints. Let’s put colour blocking into practice here, girls. Brands like Roxy and DC stock some great ski-jackets, socks and hats that perfect for standing out on the slopes. Order these online here.
If you want to keep your slope-style a little more classic, monochrome is a trend that will keep you looking chic on the slopes. Choose either a black jacket paired with white salopettes, or vice versa.
Snow wear has even been a hit in our favourite high-street store, Topshop – head to your local store to check out their ‘Sno’ range, which features classic fitting black and white ski-jackets with fur-rimmed hoods.
The North Face, also stock great classic yet practical jackets for snow sports. Such as this one for £260.00 here.
Accessories are a way of incorporating your own style into your slope style. River Island has a great range of beanie hats and we especially love this oversized one with a giant feather pompom for £15.00.
It is granted that ski-wear is not the cheapest however TK Maxx stock last season’s jackets and salopettes for a price that is a lot kinder to your purse for those on a budget!
Whilst looking good is top of the agenda, keeping warm is your priority. You can also look to TK Maxx for some reasonably priced thermals. Yes, thermals. The word sounds disgusting and dated, but you’re going to need them and no-one has to see them!
Once you’ve mastered your snow-style you’re ready to go, but don’t forget to pack the sun-cream and lip-balm, the face is the only part of the body that isn’t covered up when skiing and we can safely say, panda eyes definitely AREN’T a good look.