There is no escaping the freezing conditions of an Alpine resort in winter. Even a roaring log fire and slug of Glühwein does not take the chill factor away. So what is the stylish answer to dressing for such wintry conditions? Simple – luxe layers, lashings of fur, statement snow boots and a decent all-weather jacket (a hat, gloves and a scarf go without saying). Cashmere sweaters, oversized knits and ponchos make great après ski partners for the ladies and if in doubt, throw on something fabulous and furry.
Image courtesy SOS Sportswear, AW15 SOS Sportswear
For the gents, polo necks (yes they have received a modern rebirth), cable knit sweaters and Fair Isle knits paired with jeans or wool trousers take you effortlessly from snow to fireside glow. Even for the gents, retro style moon boots are back on the style radar and are not only super practical, but add a contemporary twist to your après ski gear. If you are hitting the slopes, chances are you already have your gear in the bag. But if an all-in-one salopette ensemble circa 1985 has made its way into your Alpine capsule wardrobe, ditch it. For a surefire root to sartorial slope success, hit the boutiques and deck yourself out in block colour trousers, a contrasting block colour or patterned jacket and some neon-injected skis.
Image courtesy Pal Zileri, Pal Zileri AW15 campaign
If business is on the agenda, opt for a woollen suit complete with a statement scarf and leather gloves.
Images courtesy Zeal Optics
Zeal Optics’ camera goggles and the built in 12-megapixel camera allows you to take action shots and videos while zipping down the mountain.
Image courtesy Marni, Marni AW15 campaign
Even when it comes to being suited and booted, Marni adds fur to contemporary tailoring for winter-ready elegance.
Pair a cozy and warm shearling-lined hat with a pair of moon boots for ultimate sophistication and practicality. Then stay on track while off piste with Suunto’s digital watch complete with compass, altimeter and barometer.
Image courtesy COACH, COACH AW15 campaign
Off-duty and après-ski, layer up with fine knits, cashmere and leather.
Do not step out in snowy climes without a pair of statement snow boots.
Image courtesy Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren AW15 show
For a subdued approach to your winter ensemble, take your cue from Ralph Lauren and layer wool, fur and cashmere in subtle shades of brown.
Image courtesy Mulberry, Mulberry AW15 campaign
Mulberry combines grey checked shearling with soft grey nubuck leather, for a tactile finish this winter.
Sturdy all-terrain Sorel boots are a winter staple that stand out with a hooded parka or quilted jacket -- the epitome of laidback cool for the ladies and gents worn over a suit or après ski. When on the slopes, don’t be afraid of a bolt of neon especially when it comes to your board or skis.
Image courtesy Carolina Herrera, Carolina Herrera AW15 campaign
Carolina Herrera beautifully combines rich textures and luxe fur for chic winter elegance.
Image courtesy Michael Kors, Michael Kors AW15 show
Michael Kors proves that a fur overcoat is pure sophistication.