When it comes to snow days, it's hard to imagine wearing anything but sweats while you answer emails remotely from under a blanket. But winter vacations are a whole different story. It's much more exciting to decide what to break out for the snow when you're staying at a posh ski chalet or rustic, cozy cabin in the mountains. Packing for a ski trip is the time to break out all the soft, fuzzy, heavyweight textures and creatively layer up in ensembles that serve both fashion and function. And getting it right comes down to three straightforward steps according to influencer Tamu McPherson.
Fresh off a ski trip to Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with Net-a-Porter and Moncler, the Milan-based photographer, writer, and editor shared her tips for what to pack when it comes to the chilliest of getaways. She explains that it all about balance — having enough warm clothing to wear in the snow while avoiding having to check your largest suitcase because your coats need their own carry on. To help, she suggests wearing your heaviest pieces to the airport. "If I am flying, I just take them off once I am in my seat," she suggests of her go-to boots from Proenza Schouler and Moncler.
Additionally, for creative, colorful dressers like McPherson, packing shouldn't be all about purely practical pieces. One or two impactful accessories can add an instant dose of playfulness and personalization to your vacation wardrobe, without having to take up much room in your baggage. Ahead, McPherson shares more advice on how to pack and dress for a ski vacation that's as much about the outfits as it is actually hitting the slopes.
Ski Trip Packing: Streamline The Carry-On
Packing for a winter getaway in a carry-on bag is an especially challenging task since everything take a bit more space. But McPherson says that you can narrow things down to a few key items most important to prioritize: "A chunky knit sweater, a pair of thermals, stirrup ski pants, turtleneck, and your favorite pair of trousers." She recommends pants in wool, denim, or leather, "that you can wear to dinner," too.
Ski Trip Packing: Stick To The Layering MVPs
Keeping warm comes by using layering pieces that provide protection, and ideally a pop of color or interesting silhouette. For McPherson, it all starts with turtlenecks. "They are an excellent solution if you don’t want to wear a scarf. I layer them under fleece pullovers, chunky sweaters, and blazers" she says.
As for keeping the lower half of your body from shivering, incorporate super-thin yet super-warm foundations. "I am really obsessed with leather trousers right now, which I layer over Uniqlo tights or leggings." Though wearing thermal tights under tailored pants may not be a combination you're used to, it's ideal for days when you need to look more dressed up, but are afraid of catching cold.
Ski Trip Packing: Keep Accessories Exciting
When it comes to the extra touches for your winter ensemble, it often means adding cozy essentials like scarves, hats, and gloves. But these are not the only trends that complement a chic wintery look. McPherson says it's all in the details. "I am so excited to wear faux-fur collars on ski jackets or fringe," she shares.
As for other additional (and easy-to-pack) aprés ski accessories, "I love a big headband or turban. They look so chic with skiwear," she says, adding. "Also, I love balaclavas. And don’t forget your ski mask!"