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What to pack for après ski

Winter is (finally) coming. Here's how to look the part...

by 22 December 2015

Once the day’s mountainside alpine adventures are over, it is time to hit the après-ski scene for some well-deserved off-slope alpine action. We’re talking fireside vin-chaud, chilled cocktails on heated rooftops and chef prepared log cabin dinners. Slip off those salopettes, throw over the fur and let the après-skier in you go wild...

There are no set style rules for getting après-ski wear right. If you know you are partaking in a spot of après-ski pre-ski, make sure you choose a fabulous jumper or sweater, which you can reveal once the ski jacket is no longer required and simply swap you ski boots for some fur-tastic moon boots. For an old-school elegant and vintage ski vibe, whites, greys and taupes topped off with fur are a classic combo. Chunky knits and oversized capes, scarves and sweaters all add to the subtle sophistication.

What to wear for apres skiLeft to right: Trousers by Chloe, coat by Stella McCartney, boots by Jimmy Choo, sweater by Temperley London, bag by Lanvin, poncho by Lemaire, scarf by Gucci, hat by Karl Donoghue 

For another slope-slurp style, black is forever chic. With a blank black canvas, you can hone your individual style too with accessories and embellishments. Keep your ski pants and sweater figure hugging and streamlined, then add leather details, studs and fringing for a tough-luxe edge or add a more playful and quirky feminine feel with a fun pom pom wooly hat and lashings of fur. A loud patterned or coloured scarf will also add a dash of off-piste pizzazz.

What to wear for apres skiLeft to right: Trousers by Perfect Moment, jacket by Balenciaga, boots by Phillip Lim, hat by Eugenia Kim, top by Helmut Lang, bag by Marni, scarf by Etro, gloves by Valentino.

For a more relaxed and boho feel, opt for fairisle, fringing, sheepskin, denim, ponchos and suede. Simply cozy up with a fairisle or ethnic patterned chunky knit under your ski wear and come vin-chaud o’clock, swap your ski jacket for sheepskin, and throw on some cool yet warm, Sorel boots.

What to wear for apres skiLeft to right: Trousers by Fusalp, hat by Canada Goose, bag by Saint Laurent, boots by Sorel, gilet by Tory Burch, sweater by J.Crew, scarf by Equipment, coat by Chloe, gloves by Rag & Bone.

Of course, if your après-ski session is all about post-midnight revelry, then of course a speedy at-chalet change is required, and then pretty much anything goes. If you do opt for a flesh exposing mini wool dress, don’t forget a scene-stealing (and warm) all-weather coat to wear over the top, and forget tottering on skinny heels in snow and ice, fluffy or chunky heeled boots are all the rage with the ski style set.

What to wear for apres skiLeft to right: Hat by Visvim, jeans by Maison Margela, gloves by Lanvin, boot by Moncler Grenoble, gilet by Canada Goose, sweater by J.Crew, parka by Coach.

For the guys, the same pretty much goes... If you are heading straight from the piste to the bar, simply ditch the ski boots for some sturdy snow boots and strip back your ski jacket to reveal a chunky sweater, cable knit or ribbed jumper or a slick 007 style polo neck. Keep colours muted for a more subtle style, or go for bold brights if you want to make an impact. If you are planning an all night affair, a quick change into wool trousers or jeans will be worth it for a dapper yet fitting style. A parka or down jacket is always a failsafe option when the evening calls for something more de rigueur than that neon ski jacket.

What to wear for apres skiLeft to right: Trousers by Kolor, boots by Sorel, coat by Burberry London, sweater by Etro, gloves by Loro Piana, scarf by Dolce & Gabbana, hat by Thom Browne.