There are those that ski. And there are those that ski. The latter spend every available moment on the slopes, call nice snow ‘powder’ and talk about places with very exotic sounding names like Val d’Isère, Courchevel and Zermatt. If you couldn’t tell already, I’m not one of them.
But it doesn’t really matter how familiar you are with the sport. Because this season, skiwear is going off-piste. Thanks to the likes of The North Face and Canada Goose, 1980s snowsuits have been replaced with streetwear-inspired, modern pieces that sit just as well with your snowboots as they do jeans and a tee. Plus, all the arctic-fighting function is still there.
Volcom Pat Moore Insulated Snow Jacket
Who knew skiwear could tick all the boxes? Not only will this jacket let you mimic the utilitarian vibes of street style savants, it also packs an on-trend burst of burnt orange.
Available at Surfdome, priced £174.99.
The North Face Nupste Jacket
You don’t need to cop Yeezy to rejig your silhouette. Add some bulk up top with this North Face Nupste jacket and keep your jeans or joggers slim to create a look-twice contrast.
Available at Footasylum, priced £179.99.
Christopher Raeburn x Clarks Khulan Snow Boots
If you prefer your winter threads more Bill & Ted than Bond, opt for Christopher Raeburn’s latest collab with Clarks – a monochrome move that’s far too cool for the chalet disco.
Available at The Natural Shoe Store, priced £180.
Planks Shred Base Layer
Base layers are more about function than form. But Planks’ variation has the added bonus of a design that isn’t all skin-tight geometric shapes, topped off with a varsity influence that makes it straight-up streetwear fare.
Available at Surfdome, priced £34.95.
O’Neill Retro Ski Jacket
1970s-inspired skiwear isn’t all pom-poms and fur hats. As O’Neill proves with this throwback offering, a block-colour stripe is just as nostalgic as any bell-bottom jean. The only difference is you’ll actually look good in it.
Available at O’Neill, priced £189.99.
Fila Heritage Bormio Roll Neck
Thermal roll necks belong on the back of geography teachers/mums on a camping trip. Unless you buy Fila. This design’s dual stripe hits sportswear and alpine notes in equal measure, letting you transition from skiwear to jeans as appropriate.
Available at Yoox, priced £56.
Craghoppers NosiLife Sherman Gilet
If you prefer your skiwear without the fluoro-induced headache, channel a heritage vibe with Craghoppers poaching pocketed gilet instead.
Available at Ellis Brigham, priced £69.99.
Fendi Bad Bugs Hooded Ski Jacket
Not to generalise, but skiing isn’t exactly the most proletariat of pastimes. Which is why luxury brands like Fendi always make room for some slopes-ready garments in its seasonal collections. Crafted from technical stretch fabric and lined with soft fleece, this jacket is as at home on a chairlift as travelling first-class.
Available at MatchesFashion, priced £1,220.
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