'Tis the season to be jolly, especially if you have a ski holiday planned. Escaping to lashings of white powder, glistening blue skies, cosy log fires and wood cabins and super chic spa hotels, are all just a suitcase away.
But when it comes to holidaying in chilly winter climes with minus degree sports on the agenda, packing is no easy feat. Not only is there the ubiquitous, and always bulky, skiwear to fit in amongst your Sorel boots and Fendi fur (both essential for the hike from chalet to ski lift), but après skiwear in all its finery must also be given equal attention. Help is at hand, thanks to Net-A-Porter and their latest Winter Sports Selection, and what a stylish hand it is. With super chic ski wear from 15 brands including Emilio Pucci, Lacroix, Adidas by Stella McCartney and Fendi you can be assured of looking as chic on the slopes as you do off.
The key to a style driven mountain ensemble is your jacket. Gone are the days of neon all in ones, contemporary ski fashion is all about gorgeous jackets, with monochrome and colour blocking failsafe options. Snowboarder style mannish jackets are both practical and cool (we love Stella McCartney's animal print number) or for a more feminine approach, go for a belted cinched waist jacket. Emilio Pucci's bold and bright quilted print jacket with a pair of white ski pants makes a striking combo, while Fendi's all black quilted shell jacket oozes ladylike elegance, especially when worn with black pants. It also doubles up as a great après ski option.
And if you have chosen your resort for its après ski action, well why not, fur wraps, coats and gilets, slim knits and cosy cashmeres (we love Chinti & Parker), skinny jeans and moon boots (Karl Lagerfeld's faux shearling and leather boots yes please!) and fluffy hooded Parkas and biker boots are all essential for looking the part. Marc Jacobs has also teamed up with Yestadt Millinery to create a collection of felt beanies with molded tops (and pom poms if you insist), which are a great alternative to the classic beanie or wooly hat.
But après ski is no longer simply defined by a cheeky glass or two of Glühwein at the bottom of the mountain, but shopping at Prada, pre-dinner cocktails at Les Barmes de l'Ours in Val D'Isère, dinner at Chamonix's two Michelin starred restaurant Albert Premier and dancing the night away in the Gstaad Palace club. So make sure you have all wardrobe eventualities covered with plenty of luxe layers – think cashmere, merino wool, lace, soft leather, animal print and glistening metallics, a black LBD, leather pants, a sleek shift and top of the list, an amazing warm, but wow, coat. A pair of oversized black shades (or ski goggles for the sporting of mind) is also a pre-requisite and will be your friend come morning on the slopes, hiding a multitude of après-ski sins.
See below for our 'Ski Chic' collection in pictures: