ski-wear

Whether you’re looking to turn heads in Chamonix or just need a replacement for your ancient puffer before your next last-minute trip, our skiwear guide has everything you need for the new season (and hopefully many more) with gear that can take you from double-black diamond straight to the tabletops of La Folie Douce.

1. Moncler St. Moritz Intarsia Wool-Blend Sweater, £535

While it’s certainly on the higher end of the price spectrum, there’s no denying that Moncler is a leader in all things skiwear. Moncler garments never go out of style (they’re either timeless or play perfectly into a retro aesthetic) and are great for when you want to go full-on with the “I ski a lot” look. This chic sweater works just as well for cosying up by the fire after a day spent on the slopes as for when you want to wear it to brunch and brag about your latest hors-piste adventures back at home.

2. Falke Ergonomic Sport System Stretch-knit Top, £70

A solid base layer should always be at the forefront of your mind when packing for a ski holiday. While the need for something to lock in the heat enough shouldn’t be underestimated, we suggest ditching the long johns you’ve had in your cupboard since school in favour of Falke’s sleek zip-up top that’s designed to wick away sweat and regulate your body temperature. It’s also an ideal layer to strip down to for a mountaintop terrace lunch, or when dancing on tables come après.

3. O’Neill Blessed Ski/Snowboard Pants, £129.99

For a pair of streamlined snow pants that won’t break the bank, we love this trim pair from O’Neill. The charcoal hue of these skinny-fit bottoms also means that they’re easy to pair with jackets in all shades of blue, green, pink – you name it. We’ll be wearing ours with a high-impact metallic puffer to make a statement and ensure we’re easily spotted in the throng.

4. Bella Freud Baby it’s Cold Outside Embroidered Metallic Wool-Blend Sweater, £320

This subtly sparkly jumper, which is part of fashion pack favourite Bella Freud’s ski capsule for Net-a-Porter, is the perfect fun piece to throw into your SUITCASE for a stylish yet on-theme option when partaking in off-piste activities. Pair with a chunky-knit beanie, comfortable black trousers and shearling boots before sauntering into the snowy evening for mulled wine and raclette.

5. Moon Boot Shell and Faux Leather Snow Boots, £125

These mega-comfy shell booties are your best bet for combatting slushy streets in style. Throw them on for the flight over (they practically double as sleeping bags for your feet), and wear them en route to the slopes, for après, shopping, and everything in between. Bonus points for donning this waterproof pair at the club.

6. Perfect Moment Intarsia Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater, £200

For those who need it spelled out for them, Perfect Moment has come out with a retro turtleneck that’s made for being noticed. Throw it on for a full day of activities in the snow for a vintage feel. We recommend pairing it with a thick wool headband and wayfarer shades to complete a 1980s-esque ensemble.

7. Moncler Inaya Shearling-Trimmed Rubber Ankle Boots £385

For a pair of adorable winter boots that are as chic in Zermatt as they are on a grim January day, this Moncler pair is one of our favourites of the season. With shearling lining to keep your tootsies toasty and stylish red detailing, they’re guaranteed to be one of your most worn pieces of footwear this year.

8. Brumal + R13 Reversible Quilted Shell Down Jacket, £815

Perhaps the most badass jacket on the market this season, Brumal’s oversized shell down jacket is sure to turn heads. Pair it with a pair of aloof black aviators and you’ll look like an old pro who’s spent every weekend of your life racing your siblings in Lech.

9. O’Neill Quilted Sweatshirt, £75.99

When you’re in desperate need of some extra padding on icier days, O’Neill’s quilted turtleneck will have your back. Made of thick snow-white fabric, you’ll feel positively swaddled when you slip this over your head before zipping yourself into your jacket.

10. Saint Laurent Classic 11 Aviator-Style Metal Sunglasses, £565

For a cool pair of sunnies that are easily transferrable from slopes to après-ski, these Saint Laurent shades are a winning combination of style and practicality. They’ve got snake-effect inserts on either side that will actually protect your eyes from the wind, rather than other flimsy pairs that leave you teary-eyes at the bottom of the run. Thanks to these multi-taskers, you won’t need to worry about crushing the sunglasses you stuffed into your pocket to switch your goggles out for after stepping off the piste.

11. Moncler Grenoble, Armotech quilted shell down jacket, £1,065

A real investment piece, this jacket will carry you through many seasons without ever going out of fashion. Its vibrant mustard-yellow hue is a mainstay on the slopes (and one of the brand’s signatures), and is easy to pick out from the crowd on foggy days. It’s completed kitted out with an internal snowskirt and elastic thumbhole cuff to seal out the snow if you’re one to take on more adventurous activities such as heli or cat skiing through heavy powder. This is by far the most technically advanced jacket that is still a beautiful statement garment to wear to fondue dinner (and will prevent you from needing to pack more than one).

12. Acne Studios Pansy Face Appliquéd Ribbed Wool Beanie, £110

This thick wool hat is great for camouflaging helmet hair after a day out in the snow. Tuck it into your pocket and bring it along for après-ski, or wear it with a cosy sweatshirt and chunky boots on evening walks to the supermarket or local bar.

13. Perfect Moment Super Star quilted jumpsuit, £790

For those who take their skiing seriously, there’s the Perfect Moment Super Star jumpsuit. Slim-cut and elegant, this belted number has a great vintage feel when popped over a turtleneck on warmer days. You can also rock it under a shell jacket to keep the wind at bay, and strip down to just the jumpsuit for lunchtime and late afternoon drinks. The bright white shade is also ultra-chic, and looks incredibly glamorous when paired with tortoiseshell sunglasses.

14. Perfect Moment Frequency Zigzag-Intarsia Slim-Leg Wool Trousers, £50

These high-rise trousers knit from merino wool are the perfect base layer for keeping your gams cosy. Done in a fun zigzag print, they’re a quirky addition to a more sober navy, white and red ski uniform. For those who want to take it up a notch, Perfect Moment also has a long-sleeved top in a matching print that can be easily tucked in and secured by these trousers’ tie detail at the waistband.

15. Fusalp Wool-Blend Ski Socks, £33

Fusalp’s thick woollen compression socks are wonderful in that they’ll actually keep your feet from freezing off during the day, and are so cute you’ll want to show them off while dancing in front of the fire with a cocktail in hand that evening. These ones with sweet snowcapped mountain detailing are some of our favourites, but Fusalp also offers others printed with ski racers and “SKI” logos if you feel like stocking up on an array of new winter sports socks (or want to get perfect stocking stuffers for your other ski-loving friends).

16. Bogner Trois Vallées après-ski boots, £279

Perhaps the most comfortable boots known to man, the German-made Bogner Trois Vallées are just the ticket for soothing sore feet that have been locked into ski boots all day long. With cushy faux-fur lining and adorable cross-stitching along the soles, you won’t even want to take these off once you’re cosied up by the fire back at the chalet.

17. Zeal Optics Hatchet Ski Goggles, £111

For a sophisticated take on ski goggles, look to this matte-black pair from Zeal Optics. They’ll pair as easily with the neon puffer you wear in deepest winter as they will with a turtleneck and vest during spring skiing. Pop them onto your head during après, and they’re so chic there’ll be no need to transition to your cat-eye sunnies.

18. Natura Bissé C+C Oil-Free MacroAntioxidant Sun Protection SPF30, 30ml, £50

Easy to slip into your jacket pocket, this Natura Bissé sun cream enhanced with vitamin C is ideal for a bright day out on the slopes. Slather on periodically throughout the day to keep your face protected at high altitude, whether you’re jetting down a steep pitch or sunning yourself on the deck at a mountain summit lodge.

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