Fashion Director, Flora Macdonald Johnston
Picture this. The sun is shining, the snow glistening and you’re en route to have a fabulous wine-fuelled lunch at that newly opened slope-side restaurant. But most importantly, you're decked out in devilishly fashionable and high-tech ski wear - from your cosy base layers to your all-in-one ski suit and sleek helmet. The holiday is good, the snow is good - you look and feel good.
Ski wear trumps resort. Why? The layers of course! Ski wear is essentially having 10 looks in any outfit. Start with your base layers for example, I’ve got my eye on Aztech’s tie-dye number, pair with Moon Boots and a large puffer jacket and you’re ready for the après. For those who like a shop perusal (who doesn’t), swap Moon Boots for chunky tread snow boots and a trench coat. For dinner, simply exchange your coat for a cashmere turtleneck, add earrings and voila! You’re good to go. Do I need to go on?
"SKi WEaR TRuMPS ReSOrT. WhY? THe LAyERS Of COuRSE!"
Another win for me - and nerdy I grant you - is the way ski wear combines the technical with fashion. Cult ski label Cordova, instantly recognisable for their figure hugging ski-suits, developed a high-tech fabric in their Italian factory which allows for stretch, whilst also compressing the body. It’s water resistant and yet retains heat. They also create their base layers from repurposed coffee beans - neat! Hestra, in my opinion, is one of the few brands that provide high-quality, long lasting gloves that actually look stylish, utilising leather (and non-leather supplements) and Primaloft (an insulating material developed to keep fingers extra toasty). My pair has lasted me for years.
So, would I take a freezing cold mountain over a sunny beach? You bet I would.