How to make your ski wear work just as hard off the slopes 

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Streetstyle during Copenhagen Fashion Week 2018  Credit: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Going through my wardrobe at the weekend I came across a couple of pieces I'd bought for a ski trip last year. It seemed a shame that they wouldn't be getting an outing this year, so I put on a jumper I'd last worn in an apres-ski situation and headed to my local pub, where there was no snow, instead. 

With its oversized acetate zip and stripes in red, black and baby blue the piece has a sporty retro feel, but when I teamed with jeans and pointy flats, it didn't feel out of place in its new setting.

Buoyed by this sartorial success, I started thinking of all the other ways that I could incorporate the (relatively small, but largely unused) ski section into the rest of my winter wardrobe. There turned out to be myriad ways. So if you've got a trip booked for the season ahead and have yet to buy any gear, here are the pieces to look out for to ensure that once you're back on everyday terrain you'll still be able to get wear out of them.... 


Think a nod to chalet chic rather than a full on cheesy fondue vibe. Look for items in merino wool or something with a merino and cotton mix to avoid feeling sweaty.  Anything with the words “Ski” or “Snow Bunny” should be saved for the slopes. Instead, go for subtle references. Knits with a sporty stripe are ideal. This one from Perfect Moment would look great with a black tailored trouser and a pair of pointy flats.

Perfect Moment  Credit: Net-a-Porter

Orelle striped jumper, £235, Perfect Moment at Net-a-Porter 

Retro-looking ski team colours are also fun. If you don’t want to look too casual, go for something with a slim fit. Vaara has a brilliant red, white and black zip top, that is very flattering. Arket have a similar colourway but with a much cheaper price tag. Styled with a white jean (as per the lookbook below) looks fresh.

Arket  Credit: Arket 


The cycling short may be trying to battle their way onto the trend radar, but the much more sensible and frankly less scary, legging is still having a moment. Off the slopes, they don't just have to be reserved for a base layer. However, you want a pair in a thick knit fabric, anything else just looks flimsy. A higher waist is also a good idea as are deeper hues. I’ve got several pairs from Gap Fit that pass the see-through bum test, plus don’t lose their grip even after several spins in the washing machine.

Gap Fit Credit: Gap

On the spennier end of the scale LNDR have some lovely options that are slick but warm. If you like a leather look these stirrup pants from Toni Sailer won’t look too out of place when paired with a chunky boot outside of a red run.


With their chunky zip-pull ties these neckbands from JW Anderson nail the ski throwback vibe. I’d wear it under an oversized shirt, then add a blazer. Or pair it with a crew neck sweatshirt in a similar hue for a pulled together feel.

JW Anderson  Credit: JW Anderson 

Whilst, I would usually suggest saving the technical ski gloves for when you're off-piste, this week's freezing temperatures totally justify them for commuting. And a colourful beanie. And that giant scarf. And yes even a ski sock hidden in a longer boot is a necessary survival tool this month. 


Nowadays, practical ski jackets don’t look too overly utilitarian, meaning you can get lots of wear out of them off season. The joy of a padded puffer is that you can wear something much thinner underneath, like a silky top or even just a t-shirt. Ideal, if your commute is chilly but your office is sweltering.

Weekday  Credit: Weekday 

Padded jacket, £90, Weekday 

Ienki Ienki is a favourite among the jet-set crowd who sport them just as easily on the Swiss slopes as they do for streetstyle shots come fashion month. The price isn’t on the cheap side, but having been lucky enough to borrow an azure version once for a week, I can confirm you will get stopped and complimented a lot. And feel a little bit smug. 


In case you’ve been living completely off-grid, hiking boots are back in a big way. Everyone from Kate Moss to Holly Willoughby is wearing them. They've literally gone from the runway to the school run. And whilst Grenson are still adding people to a waiting list for their Nanette boots, Sorel have plenty of good alternatives. Penelope Chilvers also has a string of covetable styles.

Penelope Chilvers  Credit: Penelope Chilvers 

Pioneer boots, £329, Penelope Chilvers 

The Pioneer boot with its punchy red laces and faux shearling would look really good worn with cashmere socks and a ditsy printed dress. Who needs a ski holiday after-all?