Five stylish essentials for your next ski trip
As the worlds of fashion and active wear converged around last year's extremely popular athleisure trend, finding snow gear that is as stylish as it is functional is not the overly steep task that it once was.
With dedicated skiwear brands elevating their high-performance styles over the past few seasons and luxury houses introducing winter-ready technology into their already fashion-forward collections, there are now many practical and fashionable options to choose from when gearing up for a trip to the mountains.
If you are headed for a snow-filled adventure this winter, the following essentials will withstand the arctic temperatures on the slopes, and look sleek as you head into the lodge for an après-ski refreshment.
Moncler Grenoble Shell Jacket
A lightly padded and waterproof-shell-style ski jacket is a key piece for spending powdery days on the mountain, and this ultralight version from Moncler Grenoble, $US1335 (about $A1790), fits both the functional and sartorial bill.
The 100-percent polyamide fabrication and light padding means that you will stay warm and dry in rough conditions, and the jacket's cheeky print — inspired by ski resort posters of the 1960s — will be sure to turn heads on the slopes. (store.moncler.com)
Kjus Puffer Jacket
This chevron-quilted jacket from award-winning performance brand Kjus, $US430 (about $A575), offers a modern take on the classic puffer ski jacket. The style is windproof, moisture-resistant, and thick enough to keep you warm, but not overheated, when worn on its own on more balmy alpine days.
When the conditions start to get stormy, the jacket will layer easily under a more weatherproof shell (like the Moncler Grenoble one above), thanks to its lightweight down filling and streamlined shape. (mrporter.com)
For a mid-layer that will both look great on its own and add extra warmth when zipped under a jacket, look to Bogner's wool-and-cashmere sweater, $US550 (about $A740). The brand is the official outfitter of the German Winter Olympic team, and is known for its ultra-stylish twists on skiwear staples. This sweater is no exception, as its sleek half-zip funnel neck and ribbed black accents make it fashionable enough to wear on — or off — the slopes. (mrporter.com)
Aztech Mountain Ski Pants
Although the sartorial quality of many ski jackets and under layers has vastly improved in recent years, ski-pant designs have continued to prioritise function over fashion. This flaming-red pant from high-performance brand Aztech Mountain, US$725 (about $A970), however, tips the needle in a more stylish direction with its slim fit and bold colour.
Four-way stretch fabric ensures that you can manoeuvre through even the most challenging set of moguls with ease, and in case of wipeout, the waterproof shell, adjustable waist tabs, and welded seams will make sure you stay as warm and snow-free as possible. (mrporter.com)
A modern and sleek pair of goggles can make any helmet — no matter how dorky — look and feel instantly more stylish. This mirrored pair from POC, $US200 (about $A270), is an athlete favourite that features a rimless design to ensure the best visibility in all conditions.
The rosy pink, blue, and gold gradient of these lenses are reminiscent of your favourite mirrored sunglasses, and are perfect for cloudy days. When the sun is shining, the lenses can easily be swapped out for a darker set with a bit more protection. (mrporter.com)