Jac + Jack turtle neck
Being a country of endless summers and mild sunny weather, packing for a winter escape can be a daunting task. The romance of a white winter with snow flakes falling as you sip hot chocolate in your mountain chalet, is often rudely interrupted by the inevitable chill. If heading to the slopes, you need to be prepared. Looking stylish in the snow is a tricky task, but never fear, we’ve got your covered.
Let’s start at the top. They say your body’s heat escapes from your head, so make sure to keep it warm at all times. A cute knitted beanie works with a long slung pony tail, keeping you warm (and keeping your wind swept hair in line). Have fun with your look, playing with chunky knits, poms poms and colour combinations. Our top three are from Missoni, Sass and Bide, and Stella McCartney.
Eyewear (Smith Goggles and Theo Sunglasses)
Glary and dry, wind affected eyes are always an issue when skiing the slopes. Protect your precious vision with some fun, coloured ski goggles like these ones from Smith. If full on goggles don’t work with your look, try an oversized sunglass with a polarized lens. Belgium label Theo combine stylish shapes and colours with high quality lenses that will protect against glare from the snow.
Jac + Jack Knitwear
Keeping yourself warm whilst still looking chic is made possible with Jac + Jack’s luxurious knit wear. Warm enough to wear under your ski jacket, but also pretty enough to be worn on it’s own, apres ski. In a variety of dusty colours and knitted styles, we recommend Jac + Jack’s higher turtle neck styles to keep the chill from creeping in.
Layering (L to R: IceBreaker, Sass & Bide, Sass & Bide)
Seasoned snow bunnies know that the key to winter dressing is layers. Toasty tops layered together will keep you snug, just make sure they’re made from quality fabrics. New Zealand label IceBreaker specialise in merino wool garments, and this stylish long sleeve top is no exception. Pair it with a navy wool cable knit vest for a look that works from the slopes to the (ski in) bar. Want something to throw over everything? Try this bright chunky knit from Sass & Bide.
Jackets (L to R: Marker, The North Face, Bogner)
Having a good quality ski jacket will not only keep you warm, but dry as well. The thought of daggy sportswear give you the chills? Never fear, bold colours and graphic prints let your personality shine through. Try the colour blocking trend with a bright coloured jacket from Marker. For patterns, you can’t go past this cougar print from The North Face. For those wanting something more subtle, try a classic quilted long line parker from Bogner.
There’s no need to neglect your numb legs with the numerous leggings and thermal pants available. Keep things interesting with quirky prints or Where’s Wally stripes. We love the snow flake print thermal merino wool leggings from Icebreaker or the graphic striped pair from Sass & Bide. If pattern’s not your thing, you can never have enough black. Icebreaker does it again with their super snug black leggings.
If you’re a beginner on the slopes, it is very likely you’ll find yourself falling over onto the damp snow. Avoid a soggy behind with these stylish slim fit ski pants from Marmont. Quality Gortex with covered zippers and numerous pockets (don’t forget your chap stick!) will keep you nice and dry.
Keep trembling toes a thing of the past, with gorgeous socks and hosiery for every occasion. A night out of the chalet calls for something special- we suggest the grey rib range or purple striped knee highs from Missoni. For inside your ski boots? Try Icebreakers candy striped mid calf socks.
While a neutral palette is a great winter look, a dropped cream glove on a snow covered mountain side can be like finding a needle in a haystack. We say, when escaping the city for the slopes, keep your accessories bright. Not only are they easier to find, they’ll have you winning the race to the front of the fashion pack. Try Net-a-Porter for a huge range of colourful goodies, like this watch from Nixon or digi print scarf from Jonathon Saunders. Our top pick? This super cute Sass & Bide sling bag, pom poms and all!