The best ski wear for whether you’re into black runs or après ski

If you’ve booked your first ski holiday since the event that shall not be named, then the search is officially on for the best ski wear. Finding the coolest pieces is one of the most fun aspects of planning, but it can be a bit tricky.

So I’ve done all the hard work for you and pulled together some pieces that are practical yet stylish, and work for all snow activities, from hitting the slopes to winter walks and those all-important après ski hot toddies.

Ski jackets

There’s so much around, for every budget. High street stores, like H&M, offer affordable ski wear without compromising on performance, though of course, it’s worth noting that specialised sports brands might have access to better technologies, which would be reflected in the price.

Ski suits

There’s literally a style to suit every taste, though I’m loving the retro vibes offered by the likes of Perfect Moment and Cordova. It is a higher price point for sure, but it will make you feel like you’re the next 007.

Ski boots

If you’re a regular skier, then it’s definitely worth investing in a pair of ski boots, even if you’re only going once a year. A custom-fitted pair of boots will actually reduce the risk of injuries and better your performance – plus it’s a more hygienic option.

I personally rate the Snow + Rock boot fitting service (opens in new tab), which is actually available all year round. It starts with a foot analysis and boot customisation, and a few questions about your skiing level (whether you’re a regular, go for black pistes, are off piste etc). Then you determine your budget, and after a few tests to see if the boot fits, have a custom footbed made to perfectly mould the contours of your feet.

Ski wear rental 

Of course, if you’re not a regular skier, one of the most cost-effective ways to fit out your holiday wardrobe would be to rent some ski gear. Rather than buying something you might not wear again, renting provides both a more affordable and sustainable solution. While you can rent ski wear from regular clothing rental platforms such as MyWardrobe HQ (opens in new tab) and HURR (opens in new tab), there are now also dedicated ski wear rental brands around including Blanqo (opens in new tab) and Eco Ski (opens in new tab)

Apres ski clothing

There’s nothing like a cosy Fairisle jumper, shearling jacket or knitted joggers to really make you feel stylish off the slopes. And who doesn’t love a retro Moon Boot, especially when it’s a pink one?

Pardon the pun, but the above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to women’s ski wear. Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best essentials, from ski goggles to ski jackets and suits.

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