On The Slopes:
For those of you lucky enough to be jetting to powdered mountains you shouldn’t find it a struggle to master your ski skills in fashionable style. With such a variety of ski apparel and après ski wear (cosy knits and faux furs etc.) around, keeping warm doesn’t mean you have to forgo on the style stakes. It also doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Pack plenty of warm layers and opt for statement accessories – like this helmet, by Dainese. For comfort, wear thin thermals that wick away sweat to keep you dry and warm. Our favourites here, from Sweaty Betty and Stella McCartney for Adidas, are designed to ensure high performance on the mountain. Whilst too much colour is a slope faux pas, either colour block in different shades of one colour or punctuate a white outer layer with brights to take the spring trends to the slopes. If you’re wanting to disguise your slightly ropey technique, stick to darks and add bold colour through accessories like this hot pink scarf which will make multiple appearances in your on and off the slope wardrobe.
Cashmere scarf by Michael Kors, £362.09; Run stretch cropped leggings for Adidas by Stella McCartney, £73.34; Patagonia pipe down jacket, $139.50; Sweaty Betty Glisten L/S Top, £19; Air soft touch lady Helmet by Dainese, £81.99; Mercury Mitt by Black Diamond, £100.
For those looking to hit the slopes in style you can’t do much better than Moncler. There is no better brand synonymous with luxury ski wear, and whilst it certainly makes the style grades it also lives up to performance expectations. Good quality skiwear is money well spent. There is nothing worse than icy fingers and toes crippling your enjoyment of the slopes. Cherish your investments and they will serve you well for many ski years to come. We’ve selected two pieces from the Moncler Grenoble collection to instantly up your style credentials. With even the finest ski wear, layering is important to keep warm in even the most unforgiving of mountain weather. We’re huge fans of Patagonia for sports inspired performance wear and these socks will help to keep the chills at bay. Our top tip is to wear a thin cashmere glove, like these fur trimmed ones, under a thicker waterproof mitt. Your hands will stay cosy as you have more room to wiggle cold fingers.
Hi-Fi Helmet by RED, £85; Black ski trouser by Moncler Grenoble, £465; Grey ski jacket by Moncler Grenoble, £1155.00; Patagonia expedition weight merino socks, £30; Cashmere and fox fur gloves from Harrods, £249.
Whist après ski wear shouldn’t be too thought out, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a brave fashion statement, as long as you follow the primary rule – comfort comes first. Clever layering means you can strip off your outer shells and avoid looking like you’ve just stepped in straight off the piste. Hide a lip and cheek tint in your pockets to add a flush of colour and tease out helmet flattened hair with a spritz of hairspray and no one will ever know your still sat in your thermals. Snow boots have been the après ski footwear of choice since the ‘60s and we’ve found our new favourite in Hunters Chatel, which we pair with the ultimate base layer for instant style credentials – the Moncler quilted Henriette jacket – both easy to wear on the slopes and sure additions to the regular winter wardrobe. An easy piece to wear under your ski jacket, Miu Miu’s tie back jumper is the ultimate in laid back feminine chic. Pair with ear muffs and a fine black scarf for an effortless evening look – relaxed for the lodge yet elegant enough should you be whisked off to dinner.
Cropped cashmere pullover with tie by Miu Miu, £475; The Chatel ski boot by Hunter, £75; ‘Henriette’ quilted tweed jacket by Moncler, £560; ; Fox Fur Earmuffs by Canadian Hats, £219 at Harrods; Sam fine-knit scarf by Isabel Marant, £146.66.
Après ski wear is a case where function equals the importance of form, in this case fashion. Forget the Louboutins, your après ski ensemble should take you comfortably from slopes to lodge to cabin. Don’t over complicate. Incorporate a few “alpine” pieces with a few select staples from your winter wardrobe and hit the bar. Fairisle cardigans have been doing the rounds for a few seasons as have huge chunky, almost masculine knits but this year we’ve become more fond of layering superfine pieces – they’re much more flattering on the figure and easy going on the suitcase. We have fallen in love with these directional sports luxe leggings by Givenchy and Vince’s soft cashmere jumper has been on our wish list all winter. Pack a cashmere printed scarf to add a pop of colour to your outfit without compromising on warmth. Choosing versatile pieces you can wear back home will make any over-spend more bearable.
1964 leather weather boots by Sorel, £129; Green leggings by Givenchy, £584; Cashmere-wool sweater by Vince, £260; Knitted cashmere beanie, £132.91 by Madeleine Thompson; Pink tie dye cashmere scarf by Dianora Salviati, £270.
Stay warm in the chalet with cosy slope staples. With a roaring log fire you shouldn’t need thick knits or lots of layers, rather, opt for lightweight loose items in cashmere and merino wool – cashmere leggings are a winter wardrobe essential. We’re not convinced they make the ‘function’ grade for a day’s exertion on the slopes but we wouldn’t go alpine without them. These oatmeal coloured ones by Mulberry are deliciously soft. You’ll also find great relaxed options at Stella McCartney and Donna Karen’s are luxuriously decadent. For lazy hours in the cabin wear a toasty pair of slippers and your favourite hoodie. Ours is this one by Rodarte, best worn with elbow length gloves for extra warmth.
Grey knitted slipper boots by Rocha. John Rocha, £18; ‘Radarte’ hooded sweatshirt by RODARTE £170.00; Mulberry rib leggings in pebble beige cashmere blend, £325; Fingerless cashmere gloves by Tomas Maier, £179; Red Polkadot Snood, £16 at Topshop.
Compiled by London’s luxury lifestyle guide, Miss Citty Kitty.