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Chalet-chic styles for hitting the ski slopes

February 2, 2017

From Aspen to Zell Am See, ski fashion on and off the slopes this winter delivers on both style and performance, promising to please as it incorporates the latest in fabric technology with breathable, bold and bright designs…

On the towering mountains of Whistler, the epic inclines of Chamonix, and the steep trails of Saalfelden, the slopes are set to be a rainbow of striking colours this season, from primary block reds to sky-bright turquoises and deep charcoal greys. Diagonal stripes inject contrasting colours across coat designs and colour pops are introduced through clashing bright zips and outlined pockets.

The overall look of ski jackets is streamlined for the new season on the slopes, as new ways of treating down guarantee ultimate insulation and water resistance in a less bulky appearance.

This season sees little change for boot and trouser trends as they remain complementary to ski jackets in lightweight and breathable fabrics. A familiar feeling is also present in 2016/17’s off-the-slope looks, as cosy comfort continues to underpin styles from chunky knits to fur-lined snow boots.

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Off the slopes: chalet-inspired chicness

Après ski style continues to play a large role in winter fashion and what better place to become inspired than in a cosy chalet surrounded by blankets of soft white snow?

Whether sipping hot chocolate in a charming lodge or enjoying a posh cocktail, comfortable, warm and stylish are the three main requirements holding the key to off-the-slope looks for men and women. Snuggly knits work wonderfully under plush Parka coats with fur-lined hoods and simply altering the heaviness of the knit allows for convenient layering.

Fair Isle knit designs appear on a range of men’s jumpers and chunky-knit cardigans, whereas this winter’s top off-the-slope trend for women is natural coloured fur-lined snow boots. Both are perfectly matched with jeans for a casual downtime look while warming up and relaxing after a brilliant day on the slopes.

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On the slopes: wear the trend (Men)

The classic ski jacket draws upon the clean lines of the anorak for men this winter, with laser-cut zips scattered across chest and arm panels for useful but discreet ventilation and storage solutions.

Bright summer-grass greens, undersea blues, primary reds and mustard-tinted yellows are the focus of men’s ski wear this season, with neutral hues of storm greys, dusty navy blues and sharp blacks popular in the bulkier Puffa jacket styles. Designs carry on through outfits into trousers with men’s trends favouring a complementary pant pattern to accompany their jacket of choice.

The beauty of an unassuming leg makes room for creative footwear, with colour splashes highlighting the bright pops in coats and artistic skis.

On the slopes: get the Look (Women)

Women’s classic ski jackets receive a touch of tailoring this season, with fabric panels cleverly cut and positioned to hint at the silhouette beneath. This softer shape for women’s ski fashion, coupled with new blends of down, allows for a less bulky look that is accentuated with a playful, expressive palette.

Neon-green zips sit against saturated tulip-purple trims, while hot-pink colour pops contrast against bright cyan coats to applaud the energy of winter sports.

Taking a cooler approach to the colour contrast trend, bright white pocket, panel and zip trimmings stand out against a range of sunset orange, velvet green and midnight blue colour-blocked coat bases and offer a perfect counterpoint to the crisp white snow all around.

Subtle neutral tones are introduced in parker-inspired ski jackets, which benefit from a slightly longer length, streamlined down padding and waist ties. They also come equipped with removable powder skirts for full temperature control. Trousers contrast in a block colour often highlighted in the jacket with ski boots taking a back seat in this trend.

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