While it may still be warm and sunny outside (for the most part), now is the perfect time to start thinking about your autumn and winter wardrobe, particularly if you’re likely to be heading abroad to partake in a few winter sports. Indeed, it’s never too early to start thinking about the styles that you’ll be rocking as you whizz down the slope or indulge in a little après ski. The good news is that fashion bloggers and experts are already discussing some of the top trends to hit the slopes this year, so now is the time to start saving for that dream capsule wardrobe.
Function meets fashion this autumn and winter
Autumn and winter fashion is, traditionally, as functional as it is fashionable; after all, it has to keep the wearer warm and cosy, while keeping out the rain and other wet, and cold, elements. Luckily winter sports trends are no exception and, these days, it is incredibly easy to create a capsule wardrobe that is both practical and incredibly stylish – think waterproof gear, cosy thermals, and trendy accessories that will protect you when the going gets tough, yet allow you to be seen for all of the right reasons.
As usual, when it comes to winter sports, this season will feature bold, bright colours that make it easy to be seen on the slopes and in the alpine bar after a hard day’s skiing or boarding. Bright oranges, greens, blues, and purples will look great against the brilliant white of the snow, as well as making sure you never lose your family and friends. The modern, layered look is also in, combining different colours with insulated pockets that will keep you warm yet looking super cool; think contrasting colours, fur trims, and hidden, thermal layers, and you’ll be on your way to achieving alpine style.
Sophistication is key this winter, and tailored jackets make it incredibly easy to stay toasty while accentuating the curves of your body. Athletic detailing, often reserved for the professionals, is a great way to carry everything you need without weighing you down, and you’ll find secret pockets, numerous zips, and clever features abound on this season’s ski and board wear. If you want to draw attention to yourself, shimmery waterproof fabric is a great way to attract stares of admiration, while winter sports trousers are now more streamlined than ever before. Indeed, many styles now wouldn’t look out of place on the catwalk – leather effect ski trousers, for example, make the transition from slope to après ski easier than ever.
Of course, when it comes to winter sports, accessories are just as important as the clothes you wear. Skiing and snowboarding boots, for example, will probably be chosen upon their ability to match the outfits you’ve chosen, while they must also be comfortable and professionally fitted. In need of a little eye protection? Ski goggles are also a huge must, no matter what you plan to be doing on the slope; with goggle tech as advanced as it is now, there are a vast array of style options that offer fantastic protection while still being able to match your ultra-fashionable outfit.
Helmets, gloves, and insulated under-clothes are all essentials; the same rules apply here, and you should aim for clothing that is comfortable and does its job. That said, don’t be afraid to match functionality with fashion, and if you want heavily patterned leggings or bold, bright socks, go for it. The 80s is back in a big way this winter season, so never be afraid of a little colour!
The most important thing to remember is that functionality and fashion ARE compatible, and that you needn’t forgo one for the other. Comfort is essential; find clothes that fit properly and will assist you in whatever you’re doing, and then choose the colours that really complement your personality. This winter’s top trends include streamlined jackets and trousers, bright, bold colour combinations, and furry attributes, including faux fur and woolly trims – don’t ever be afraid to wrap up warm!