Oh for the love of skiing. Swishing down a mountain in the breathtaking scenery, lunching in cozy chocolate box Alpine restaurants, feasting on fondue over a delicious bottle of vin rouge and not feeling guilty because, well, you earned your turns.
I love skiing so much I did two seasons. I even at one point, with somewhat limited success (!), skied downhill for my Uni. It’s in my blood – and even now when I return to the mountains in a funny way it feels like I’m home.
Skiing’s always been cool. And traditionally it was super chic. But things changed slightly with the day-glo 80’s (full on flouro Elho jackets and Nevica numbers). Then came the baggy, boardie, 90’s – where Roxy was the in-thing (mine was lurid green). Now though, with Moncler and Fusalp, slope style has got its groove back. Sleek, stylish, technical, monochrome – more James Bond than Basildon Blonde.
If you’re heading off to the snow any time soon, here’s a round-up of the key pieces that will make you stand out slope-side for all the right reasons.
The all-in-one (never a ‘onesie’) has been a forgotten friend for a number of years. But now it’s back and never looked so good. I had to start with this number from Topshop which is a triumph of sleek styling and illusion cut detailing – making sure that no matter how many layers you have under your suit you’re as streamlined as your turns.
Skinny All in One by Topshop SNO, £165.00
Founded in France and recently rebranded, Fusalp seamlessly blurs the lines between style and performance. Their beautiful ski-ware lines are now being sold through Net-a-Porter, so this French fancy is available to us all. I’ve again picked this all-in-one suit as I recently saw a beautiful lady killing it in this very outfit, but the whole collection deserves a peep!
Fusalp Ingrid women suit £1400
Moncler was founded in a French mountain village so although this now global outerwear brand brings style and sophistication to any wardrobe it looks its best in its natural habitat. Super-luxe down jackets are the perfect way to keep warm on the mountain while still keeping your cool. From ski holiday to City-break, this is an investment piece not to be regretted.
Moncler Grenoble Armonique fur trimmed quilted jacket, £1225.00 (Available at Harvey Nichols)
Perfect Moment is a brand that has burst on to the scene with it’s pop up shop in Harvey Nichols (strangely only selling men’s gear?). Luckily, their online store has plenty of garb to grab your attention and get you ready for the mountains. (Their kids range is also to die.)
Ski Sweater £150.00
Stardust Sweater £275.00
Bear Turtleneck Sweater £245.00
The all important base layer is not only there to keep you cozy but looking super cute as you lounge around the chalet in style. Each year, Sweaty Betty bring out some fab designs that don’t disappoint. I love that they are high-high wasted (literally under the bust line so no drafts are getting in). But for me the trophy goes to Topshop SNO for best dressed base layer. It’s in high demand and currently sold out at Topshop, but there are some still available over at Net-a-Porter, so grab them while you can.
Topshop SNO printed stretch Jersey Leggins & Top, both £21.00
Sweaty Betty Mountain Top Ski Base Layer Leggins and Top, Both £60.00
Once you’ve retired for the day, there’s nothing better than pulling on a comfy knit and curling up next to the fire with a vin chaud. Below are four jumpers that you should be packing.
Bella Fraud Roll Neck 1970 Sweater, £295 available from Matches
M&S Funnel Neck Flute Sleeve Jumper, £35.00
Claudie Pielot Meribel Fair Isle Jumper on sale at Selfridges, £130.00 (Editors Pick)
Any Lingua France Knit, collection available from Net-a-Porter, £265.00 (Trending)
Move over the knitted pom-pom – the Sass Cap is where it’s at! I adore Charlotte Simone and this reworked baseball cap will see you well at apres even if you have helmet hair!
Sass Cap £95.00
I always slightly struggle to know what to wear on my feet in the resort. Will I be wading through snow or able trot around town in normal-ish footware? These two choices have all bases covered – looking at once fab and practical. Inuikii boots are super cool and on my shopping list for my next trip to the slopes in a few weeks. I’ve also been lusting over these Isabel Marant concealed wedge trainers.
Inuikii Leder Boots, Available at mytheresa.com 285.00 Euros
Isabel Marant Bobby Suede Wedge Sneaker, Availabe at Harrods £365.00
If you’re off to the slopes enjoy. And if you’re taking your little ones for the first time do have a little read of Learning to ski with Big D for some hints and tips and to get you in the mood.
Love Mummy B