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How To: Look Stylish on the Ski Slopes

by andrew November 2010 - last edited February 2013 by Community Manager

Ski season is upon us and we've been dreaming about America's best resorts this year, but whether you're planning to hit the slopes in the States, Europe or further afield, you'll want to look the part.

Luckily, we have Sarah Curran, founder and CEO of my-wardrobe.com on hand with with this season’s top trends to help you stay stylish on and off piste. Over to you, Sarah...



"A big trend for the Autumn-Winter 2010 season is layering and it's almost a necessity on the slopes to keep warm. The key is not to layer up thick tops and sweaters that will leave you looking four dress sizes larger than you are. Invest in luxury fabrics such as cashmere and wool and silk mixes when it comes to jersey tops and knits. Layer two or three jersey vests or tees under a cashmere sweater, your ski jacket and even a gilet, to leave you with a sleek silhouette, while allowing you the option to take off a layer if the sun comes out at the top of the slope. Look for beautiful cashmere mix jersey tops by Splendid and American Vintage and the exquisite collection by Madeleine Thompson, whose beautifully soft sweaters, dresses and accessories are a must-have for any wardrobe.



Lavenham gilet exclusive at my-wardrobe.com

Lavenham gilet exclusive at my-wardrobe.com


The season's menswear collections by the key contemporary designers featured printed t-shirts, fitted knitwear and chunky jumpers.  Look for jersey pieces by McQ, Universal Works and knits by John Smedley and Lyle and Scott.  Many of the contemporary collections featured padding from shirts, to gilet, to jackets and coats.  British brand Lavenham has designed an exclusive tweed patchwork gilet for my-wardrobe.com and Belstaff has a luxurious ripstop down puffa jacket, which is the perfect outerwear for the style savvy skier.


The Fair Isle Knit

Woolrich Fair Isle knit at my-wardrobe.com

Woolrich Fair Isle knit at my-wardrobe.com


An interesting story this season has been the fair isle knit, which gives an almost humorous, off-duty twist to knitwear. D&G and Joseph feature fair isle knits heavily in their current collections. Team with a thick black trouser/legging hybrid for a relaxed off or on the piste look.

Menswear shoppers should look to designers such as Marc by Marc Jacobs and Woolrich who have created luxurious fairisle knits in their collections.


Faux Fur

Jaeger Faux Fur exclusive at my-wardrobe

Jaeger Faux Fur exclusive at my-wardrobe


The year's collections were full of shearling and faux fur. From shearling-lined jackets, boots and accessories to faux fur gilets, cardigans, hats and coats. Faux fur is just such good quality now, it's hard to tell the difference and apart from injecting a bit of glamour, it's one of the warmest trends of the season and will transform your ski look from sporty to chic. Look for faux fur hats and gloves by Paul Smith and UGG and beautifully cut cardigans by Sportmax and Jaeger London.


Paul Smith hat at my-wardrobe.com

Paul Smith hat at my-wardrobe.com


Shearling featured heavily across this year's menswear collections, led by Christopher Bailey at Burberry with his now iconic aviator jackets. Look for the APC collection by APC who have incorporated shearling into the lining and collars. KG by Kurt Geiger has also created a fur-lined brogue boot, which works well under both trousers and jeans.


Best of the Boots

Ugg biker boot at my-wardrobe.com

Ugg biker boot at my-wardrobe.com


Boots are an essential winter purchase and are always a good investment. This season has put the boot firmly back on the top of the style list with designers giving the trusted biker boot a luxury edge with shearling linings, killer heels and multi-straps. A biker boot with a shearling lining is an ideal choice for your après ski wear, which will be comfortable, warm and stylish. UGG created their first biker boot with their signature cosy lining, which has been a best-seller this season. Look for other styles by Belstaff, Day Birger et Mikkelsen and D&G.

The key boot trends for men this year were biker boots, hiking-style boots and Vibram sole boots, which all work for Alpine conditions, as they're are warm, stylish and practical. Look for styles by Grenson, Belstaff and Redwing."

Well, that's the wardrobe sorted, now where to wear it? Luxurious Lake Tahoe in California and Vermont's Killington - the USA's largest ski area - in gorgeous New England are just a couple of places we’ve had our eyes on.

If, like us, you fancy skiing Stateside this year, Virgin Atlantic fly direct to San Francisco (for Lake Tahoe) and Boston (for Killington). Also be sure to check out the wide range packages from Virgin Holidays, covering all the best ski spots in USA and Canada.

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but not what to wear, head over to our guest post from my-wardrobe founder and CEO, Sarah Curran: How To Look Stylish on the Ski Slopes.What are your favourite American ski resorts? Let us know in the comments below. Share this post:
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StefyBiber October - last edited a month ago Moderator

I have visited Aspen in last September with my family. For Ski lover this place is like heaven. Everyone should try it. For Aspen Ski Rentals I would personally suggest Whitman Fine Properties, their services and hospitality are really impressive.

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NishaMishra October - last edited a month ago Moderator

Impressive post. I have visited Aspen last month with  my family. I love to do ski. Aspen is the perfect place for ski lover. Try once. And specially girls and women, if you are looking for fashionable ski wear for women , Miller Sports is the best place, this is my personal experience.   

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hamiltonsports7 3 weeks ago - last edited 3 weeks ago Moderator

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.




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Andrew is an occasional contributor to the Virgin Atlantic blog. He lived in the Japanese countryside for two years until he could no longer resist the pull of London's galleries, pubs and clubs. He likes to pretend he can speak Japanese and also sometimes writes about music.