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Guide to ski fashion: what to wear on the slopes

25.10.2018

Our favourite season is just about to kick in and we are already buzzing over what ridiculous amount of money we will be willing to invest for ski trips:  from new bindings, new ski sunglasses, new helmets, new boots, new skis, we always tend to be left with little finances to restyle our ski wardrobe.

But this is a problem: having the best ski boots of the range won’t make you happy if when you get out of that cable lift you freeze till death takes you because you wanted to wear that ski jacket that really looks good on you but does nothing against the unforgiving snow conditions found at 4.000 m.

That’s why while we were looking for what to buy this year in terms of ski jackets, ski pants and ski masks, we have had you in our mind and put together some of the earliest models we have seen being released.

Now, we know you know too that Burton is more for cooler people – sorry, but not sorry – we mean those who have only one big thing attached to their feet instead of skis. But, what if this snow version of Ariana Grande’s oversized vs skinny proportion is too cool not be copied or to inspire you: an Oversized, relaxed, regular, slim, ski jacket is matched with next to skin ski pants.

 

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A lot of brands have turned to eco-friendly materials and adopted a production line that aims at respecting the environment: other brands have gone beyond any of these measures and opted to source only the finest recycled polyester for their outerwear and organic cotton for their soft goods for the 2018/2019 season. This ski jacket does not look like anything remotely coming from something that has had a past life, does it? .

 

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And what about ski suits? Fashion has been reviving the 80s and 90s in full this year so we don’t see any reason why skiwear should not be affected by this: the best part of not wearing ski pants and ski jackets is that you won’t get any freezing cold snow in your knickers. This ski suit is the dough.

 

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If instead you want to stick to the classics with some of the most famous ski brands, Helly Hansen is where to look at: but this doesn’t mean you will be looking at neutral colours as in dark blues and black. 2018/2019 snow showstoppers will be actually fiery colours and some of the best materials technology can guarantee too: the news is the LIFALOFT™ a 20% lighter yet warmer than standard insulation professional athletes will be wanting this year.

 

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Camo, camo and more camo. Too bad snow is white though and you will be ending up standing out at the coolest powder glider in the resort: not just a matter of fashion month catwalks, camo is as big as ever on the slopes too, with the iconic print being reinvented in different shades and bright colours for some of the cutest ski jackets to have this winter.

 

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Put some black oversized pockets and the camo ski jacket takes the name of inferno and becomes the statement ski jacket for him.

 

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In terms of technical equipment, Salomon is one of the favourite brands from professional skiers and before you look into buying new ski boots you might want to check out their new bindings and what kind of snow experience they guarantee you, up and downhill.

 

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Swedish brand Elevante offers a wide range of colours to suit any type of ski pants you might already have, so that you can invest in one piece of ski wear only for the time being.

 

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In terms of ski masks there’s one place to look first before looking anywhere else and that’s Oakley: Lindsey Vonn has hers shaded in pink, but that doesn’t stop her eagle eye spotting the perfect inch where to put pressure on her ski to master a flawless 100kmph turn.

 

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If you are also looking to get a new pair of ski gloves, don’t limit yourself to design and performance, let one of the most successful skiers of last decade in Italy inspire you into buying cool prints, as in his tiger ski gloves for racing.

 

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