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What To Wear On A Ski Vacation: 5 Key Staples To Buy Before You Hit The Slopes

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Whether you’re headed to a chalet in the French Alps, St. Moritz in Switzerland, the mountains of Whistler, or a lodge in Aspen, figuring out what to wear on a ski vacation is a crucial part of winter wardrobe building. Regardless of whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, or an avid snowshoer, a trip somewhere frosty calls for warm layers and performance-proof pieces to ward off frostbite. But, it's not just about outdoor fun, après ski activities require the right wardrobe too. Whether you'll be sipping hot toddies by the fire, or sharing a warm meal with friends, cozy sweaters and fleece jackets will surely fit the bill.

So, what do fashion industry experts consider the key pieces pieces when packing for a snowy trip? Below, you'll find a breakdown of brands that are leading the way when it comes to sartorially sound snow gear. That ski jacket you bought in college? Yeah, it's surely ready for an upgrade. Armed with a little handy advice, you'll be ready to hit the slopes (whether they be bunny or black diamond) looking like a high-fashion pro. Read on for a rundown of the five essentials that will give your winter getaway wardrobe a boost, now you just have to get packing.

The One-Piece

Ski jackets and pants are mainstays for winter activities, but for a fashion-forward spin, an all-in-one is a stylish alternative. “This season I am loving Cordova one-pieces,” says Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director of Net-A-Porter. “The brand’s designs are inspired by icons of the ‘70s and you can’t help but feel glamourous wearing their ‘Aspen’ belted ski suit on the slopes. They are not only chic but made for utmost performance, offering full flexibility and soft fleece lining to help lock in heat.” Base layers and moisture-wicking knits are a must underneath.

The Aspen Striped Ski Suit

$920

Cordova

Black Hooded Snow Suit

$320

Topshop SNO

Backcountry Softshell Ski All in One

$730

Sweaty Betty

Tignes Chevron-Panel Technical Hooded Ski Suit

$820

Perfect Moment

Grazzia Color-Block Stretch-Shell Ski Suit

$1,545

Fuslap

The Performance Pant

Any trip to the snow requires a superior snow pant whether you’re running black diamonds or taking the slopes by sled. A pant that cinches well around the ankles is key for keeping immobilizing snowflakes at bay. “Perfect Moment’s Aurora Skinny pant is perfect for tucking into your snow boots,” says says von der Goltz.

Aurora Flared Ski Pants

$400

Perfect Moment

Medaille Ski Pants

$369

Rossignol

Phia Flared Ski Pants

$590

Erin Snow

Pulse Plus Size Insulated Relaxed Fit Rider Pants

$64.99

Apline Curves

High-Tech Ski Trousers

$908

$454

Kru

The Aprés Ski Sweater

Be honest, you know après ski activities are the most fun part of a wintry getaway — mulled wine, fireside hangs, scrumptious meals. Peak cozy! And while performance-style knits are essential on the mountain, once you retire your skis for the evening, look to trendier styles for a stand-out moment.

“This past season, knitwear was made for skiers and chalet-dwellers alike with Fair Isle and hand-knit jumpers dominating the category,” says Celenie Seidel, market editor at Farfetch. “Good for both on and off the slopes, these patterned knits have a supremely cozy and nostalgic feel.”

Cold-Shoulder Fair Isle Wool Sweater

$1,290

Monse

Star Intarsia Knit Jumper

$984

$492

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC

Mount Houghton Sweater Coat

$179

$71.60

Eddie Bauer

Fair Isle Sweater

$79.90

Eloquii

Knitted Sweater

$1,000

$500

Prada

The Snow Boot

Ski boots are an obvious piece whether you rent them or have your own. But for those moments between runs, a water-proof pair of snow boots is essential. “I always complete my ski looks with Moon Boots – they really are the best and I’m excited for their new collaboration with Moncler,” says von der Goltz.

Shell And Rubber Snow Boots

$165

Moon Boot

Original Snow Quilted Boots

$255

Hunter Boots

Thermoball Bootie II

$110

The North Face

Highland Genuine Shearling Waterproof Bootie

$229.95

Ugg

Padded Ankle Boots

$180

Sorel

The Puffer

A ski jacket isn’t always the most comfortable layer en route to dinner, but an insulated coat is definitely key, like Aritzia’s super puff collection which is filled with super-cool styles. “These days, there are myriad puffer-jacket options on the market,” says Seidel. “These new belted styles from Perfect Moment and metallic numbers from Ienki Ienki are great for anyone looking for an alternative to traditional performance wear.” For something less flashy, a simple quilted jacket does the trick and is easier to pack in a suitcase. “I layer on my TEMPLA quilted jacket,” says says von der Goltz. “I’m a big fan of this brand as it is equally stylish and practical.”

Nano Hooded Quilted Shell Down Coat

$1,760

Templa

The Mega Puff Shorty Cropped, Oversized, Goose-Down Puffer Jacket

$228

Tna

Kanda Puffer Coat

$230

Universal Standard

Hudson Jacket

$250

Lolë

Dunlop Foil Puffer Jacket

$1,392

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