Snow girl style: the coolest looks for chilly weather

March 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Snowsports are definitely the most style conscious sports around, as Dolce and Gabbana are obviously aware, even if their lovely model has forgotten her trousers. Working as a seasonnaire in the Italian Alps, I’m constantly exposed to a fashion parade of girl skiiers and boarders in the latest look-at-me labels.

From vibrant clashing patterns to ultra colour-coordinated ski bunnies, there’s a look to suit every taste, and a huge range of gear on the market that will get you noticed in the snow. Before you go on a shopping spree, though, there are some sartorial ski rules that I suggest you adhere to, to avoid being laughed at on the gondola.

1. Onesies will never be cool. You can try all you like, but you’re basically wearing a padded boiler suit.

2. Highwaisted salopettes, in a similar way to one pieces, effortlessly divide skiers into those who care more about warmth and those who care about style. A higher waist will keep your kidneys warm and protect you from cold and iceburn. But they will also make you look like you are wearing a nappy.

3. Be wary of bobble hats. Striped and knitted numbers with a discreet pompom can look brilliant. Bridget Jones style Mickey Mouse ears are best avoided.

4. Shiny puffa jackets are. Just. Awful.

5. Fur and fake fur are tricky to pull off. A cute lining on your jacket in white fake fur like Jillian, good. Looking like you are Chewbacca, not so much.

There’s also a misconception that gear that magically manages to be both warm and stylish has to be pricy. Not true. There may be skiiers out there who are stupid enough to spend $3,600 on Chanel skis, but sensible shredders head to more reasonably priced places for their gear.

TK Maxx does a fantastic discount on last season’s salopettes and jackets, and is worth checking regularly for new deliveries, whilst Argos offer a huge variety of bright and beautiful women’s clothing, including ski jackets, ski pants and accessories at great prices, and brilliant baselayers from around £10. Online, the regular offers at Mountain Warehouse include big reductions on great basics, and Snow and Rock stocks all the big names.

If don’t mind spending a little more and you’re desperate to show off your love of labels, Roxy cater just for girls and are big on surfer-style colours and patterns. They’ve got a bevvy of pro girl boarders riding in their stuff, too, who are great to stalk for a bit of inspiration.

Fans of the elegant monochrome look should check out the collection at Sweaty Betty, including some gorgeous pieces by Stella McCartney, whilst less girlie girls should go for Billabong’s current winter collection, a great set of more boyish pieces (and absolutely nothing pink and fluffy).

Personally, I’m a big fan of bright, clashing patterns, graphic designs and primary colours. Not only are they more fun to wear, they’ll ensure your mates can spot you on the piste. This is my pick of the coolest stuff on offer this winter season.

1: Argos Billabong JACKET £150: A good jacket will get you through an entire season in style – this bright geometric number from Billabong at Argos is nice and cosy, and even comes with a choice of free ski pants included.

2: Anon Hawkeye GOGGLES from Snow and Rock, £75.99 Anon goggles are fantastic value for money, and these green beauties are super comfortable and reduce fogging and sun glare. Plus, you get to look like Kermit the Frog. What’s not to like?

3: Roxy Ollie Pop SNOWBOARD, $449.95: A girl can dream, right? The biggest problem with being a skiier is board envy – snowboards like this one are just so much more beautiful than skis, and none more so than Roxy’s stunning range for girl boarders.

4: Dakine Electra GLOVES from Two Seasons £34.99: My favourite feature of these cheerful gloves are the ‘nose wipe thumb panels’. Nice. Besides that useful extra, they are great for warmer days, have fantastic grip, and are perfect for bringing out your inner ski hippie.

5: Roxy Fiesch CARDIGAN from Extreme Pie, £70 Superwarm, fleecy and reversible, this red printed jacket is the cutest way to stay warm at après ski ever. With its stylish folky design, it’ll look as good in the resort as out.

6: Argos SALOPETTES £39.99 Make sure your mates can spot you on the mountains in these retina-burning neon salopettes – acid yellow is always a better sartorial choice than black, fact.

7: Ellis Brigham Miss Conduct K2 SKIS, £176: I am completely and utterly in love with the look of these skis. They have candy-coloured wolves, lions and deer on them, for god’s sake. Add to that the fact that they are ideal for shredding both park and piste, and you have the perfect all-rounder ski.

8: Argos Dare2b Drop Ear HAT, £14.99 Keep your ears warm and cosy in this gorgeous grey woolly hat. The folk print and yellow zigzags are adorable and the snug design is ideal for wearing goggles over.

9: Keen Snowmass BOOTS from Webtogs, £55: Super comfortable, fuzzy and miraculously, still stylish: these gorgeous Keen boots will be just as happy stomping around in the snow as taking you on mulled wine escapades.

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