Associate shopping editor Anina Hee from PORTER magazine brings us the latest trends on what to pack for your ski trip.
For the slopes
Skiwear first and foremost needs to be functional. No matter how chic your outfit it is never a good look if you are shivering and who wants to spend their ski holidays in bed with a cold? Luckily there are brands that do both – keep you warm AND good looking!
One of my favourites is Perfect Moment. I love the retro yet modern vibe of the brand. The piece I most rely on are their Racing II pants – I love the shoulder straps, they make the pants fit perfectly during every movement. I’d go for the black version as I am a classic dresser but to make my look more interesting I like to add colour with a great ski sweater. My go-to is Bella Freud’s red 1970 wool turtleneck – perfect to complete that vintage-inspired ski look.
On the slopes I wear a helmet and goggles from POC – safety first – but I always take my sunglasses with me for a lunch break in the sun – currently these are Le Spec’s Last Lolita and Zephyr Deux.
Dressing appropriately for skiing is all about layering, but no matter how cold or warm it is I always start with a stretch-knit top and leggings from Falke’s Ergonomic Sport System as well as their wool socks and then add as many layers as the temperature requires.
For après-ski – and I mean après-ski as in returning to the chalet after skiing not partying in a mountain hut – it’s all about the perfect loungewear. You want to wear something comfortable to warm up by the fireplace or to play board games but you still want to look chic.
I recently discovered Ven Store a brand that specialises in cashmere travel essentials and their tracksuit is perfect for that. I am so in love with the brand I bought the navy and the charcoal version.
For the evening
I love cosy winter nights in the chalet but when we go out I love to walk to the restaurant or take a sleigh. Nothing compares to a starry night up in the mountains in the snow. The silence, the crisp air and the crunching sound of the snow beneath your feet – for me it doesn’t get much more romantic than that. So again I don’t dress up too much in the evening as I need to wear a look that works. I save silky dresses and high heels for the city.
Therefore my go to mountain-style evening outfit consists of great denim and a luxurious cashmere sweater. One of my favourite brands, Khaite, does both really well. Their pieces are casual but luxurious at the same time so perfect for this occasion.
When it comes to snow boots I rely on Sorel’s Caribou boots for many years but I also like the Nowly from Isabel Marant.
To add a little extra to my otherwise casual evening look I like to wear statement earrings by Alighieri and my stacking rings by By Pariah. I also like to update my hairstyle with a simple velvet ribbon that I tie to a bow. It doesn’t need much to elevate a look.