Saturday, 25 January 2014

An Après Ski Style Guide

The days are certainly not getting warmer any time soon. While we may be tempted to hunker in and hibernate all winter, the best thing to do is to just go out there and make the best of it. What's not to love about spending a sunny winter day out on the slopes and relaxing in the hot tub afterwards with a hot toddy in hand? I have one memory watching the original Pink Panther movie as a child and being so fascinated by the fur hats and smoking jackets donned on the bottom of the Swiss Alps. With inspiration from this movie, here are some stylish-yet-functional pieces to don at the ski lodge this weekend.

The Fair Isle Sweater
I cannot think of a better time to don the fair isle jumper than at the chalet. This was the most essential piece of the 70s ski lodge and J. Crew has perfected the modern version of this classic.

The Puffer Vest
On especially chilly nights, a puffer vest is the perfect option. There’s little better than a vest for that transitional style quandary as it works so well over shirts, rugby tops and knits.

Manly Boots
A cornerstone of the après ski look. Boots need to be casual and warm, preferably waterproof. Too dressy and you'll look way out of place. If you want to go authentic après ski check out versions by North Face or Sorel for heavy-duty, yet fashionable picks.

Anything casual works here. I like the look of khakis and wool dress pants paired with a cozy cable knit sweater and vest. You also cannot go wrong with a great pair of chinos.

Long Johns
Uniqlo makes a fantastic variety of long johns to keep you warm all day at the slopes and all night at the chalet. These camo print ones are awesome.

Classic Shades
Last but certainly not least, this is your chance to rock the 70s cool without looking like a raver. Persol has great classic shades in a variety of colors. Thanks to the casual, neutral tones of the typical ski lodge outfit, you can be a bit daring with a bold color.

Now all you need is an open fire and a beverage in-hand and you'll be all set to enjoy your weekend at the slopes in style.

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