If you’ve got an upcoming ski trip or are looking to refresh your look, I’ve got your outfit guide to being toasty warm and looking uber chic on the slopes. Prefer to sip hot toddies in the lodge…no problem! My favorite resource for cold weather gear is Saint Bernard. I recently made a trip into the Dallas store and today I’m sharing a basic guide to help you dress for success on the slopes.
How To Dress For Skiing:
- Start with undergarments and socks. I recommend a sports bra, comfortable seamless underwear– my favorites are from EBY (best under fitted ski pants) and a pair of Merino wool ski socks. Regular socks don’t cut it. Invest in a high quality Merino sock that comes up to just under or right above your knee.
- Base layers are key to keeping you warm. Layer a pair of hot chili leggings over your socks. Attempting to put your socks on after your leggings just leads to trouble and sock slippage. Plus you will be après ski ready as soon as you peel off your ski pants at the end of the day.
- Next comes your extra fine Merino ski sweater. Merino is Mother Nature’s technical fiber. Moisture will wick away from your body, you will be stink free throughout the day and enjoy the natural climate controlling benefits of this miracle fiber. On a very cold day you can layer a thin Merino crewneck top under your sweater or a fleece on top to add an extra layer of insulation. Tuck your sweater into your pants for seamless and secure coverage. It’s not fun ending up with snow up your back or down your pants.
- Now for your ski pants. This is a very personal choice but I love a fitted, flare, over the knee boot with lots of stretch. No extra bulk needed here! I am swooning over the Erin Snow Phia Ski Pant. These come in black or white and the snug fit, flare leg and racer stripe down the sides make these the most flattering ski pant I have ever worn. I also love the Obermeyer The Bond Sports Pant for a more budget friendly option and seriously couldn’t decide between the two.
- Up next is your jacket. This is where you can really go crazy. From loud prints and colors to more subtle styles, there’s really something for everyone…and at every price point. You’ll want to invest in a jacket with breathable, waterproof fabric that will protect you in any conditions but also adapt and breathe with you when you heat up while skiing – so you stay warm when you need to, but also let off some steam when your heart starts pumping and you’re working hard. The goal is to stay dry on the outside and inside. I also like synthetic insulation…no down on the slopes for me. Since I live in Dallas, I decided to invest in a jacket that not only was perfect for ski conditions, but would be a great winter jacket for Texas winters. There’s something about a white jacket and my new Bogner Fire + Ice Saelly2 Jacket does it for me. I adore the iridescent sheen and the black accents and hardware. This jacket also comes in a beautiful black sheen. Want to forego a separate pant and jacket…check out the uber cool ski suits…you’ll look like a bond girl on the slopes!
- Finally accessories. Even though it might not show off beautiful, long hair I recommend a balaclava under your ski helmet. Keeping your head warm will keep your entire body warm – plus chapped cheeks and chins are a nightmare. Cover your head and face at all times! Pull that sucker up over your nose so only your eyes are showing. Throw on a high quality, safe helmet and finish with goggles for a seamless, protected barrier against injury, damage and discomfort. Last but not least come your gloves. I really love a mitten with interior finger tip separators. When waiting in the lift line or on the chair you can fist up your hands inside the mittens to warm up.
Do you have a ski trip planned soon? If so, be sure to visit Saint Bernard so you’ll look totally ready AND chic on the slopes!
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Ski Outfit Guide