What to wear skiing: the womenswear edit

Anna Prendergast

7 January 2020

Apparel with attitude andstreamlined sportswear that translates on andoff the slopes

7 January 2020 | Anna Prendergast

Retro revival

Forget salopettes and separates, no one can miss you on the mountain in this season’s retro ski suits in sporty shades of racer red. Look to Bond girl Lynn-Holly Johnson’s original Bogner all-in-one (above) in For Your Eyes Only for pitch-perfect eighties inspiration (although we remain unconvinced by her headgear).

Marei ski overall, £1,330, bogner.com; Apres ski overall, approx. £1,500,
ienki-ienki.com; Allos ski suit, £375, perfectmoment.com

Get your kicks

Bally’s high-performance hiker-style Hady boot draws on archives from the 1930s and incorporates a chunky lug sole and mountain motif. The Swiss brand knows a thing or two about alpine style, but these are a winter-proof staple wherever you spend the season.

Hiking boots, £740, bally.co.uk

Find out everything you need to know about hitting the slopes in 2020 here 


Piste de résistance

Give any outfit a lift with Chanel’s AW19 minaudière, in the form of a strass-studded, quilted cable car with frosted windows. Harry Winston’s 18k white gold Diamant de Neige earrings are as unique as the snowflake formations that inspired them, while Ambush’s silver carabiners are a tough, androgynous take on the cross-country skier’s hardware essential.

Harry Winston earrings, £40,873, 1stdibs.com; Chanel cable car handbag, POA, chanel.com,Ambush carabiner earrings, £1,325, farfetch.com; Celine retro sunglasses, £290, matchesfashion.com
Chanel AW19

Silver lining

Atena jacket, £1,645, Moncler, net-a-porter.com; Sassy ski jacket, £445, bogner.com; Metallic gilet, £870, Sportalm, harrods.com; Silver ski boots, £950, fendi.com 

Slim Shady 

Don't be that person that wears their skiing goggles everywhere off the slope. Transitions Light Intelligent lenses are a great addition to standard everyday specs as they only darken when exposed to UV rays.  By upgrading your glasses with Transitions lenses you won’t need to worry about swapping from specs to sunnies…paired with a pair of frames that suit your face, we think they’re a great way to add panache to anyone’s specs. And just to clear up any misconceptions: gone are the days of your uncle bumping into things indoors because his frames didn’t lighten up - Transitions clear and darken rapidly, reacting to your environment with effortless ease. We rather like Cubitts’ frames, which are all handmade in England and look killer with tints.

Cubitts Matilda with Transition Lenses, £350

Click here to find your perfect pair of Transitions Light Intelligent lenses

Soft play

Perfect Moment’s playful collection filters flattering iridescent shades through a soft-focus lens, proving that practical can be pretty, too. A welcome gear change for performance wear.

Parka jacket, £540, perfectmoment.com
Overstoke ski jacket, £180, planksclothing.com; Cozette dickey, £294, Tibi, modaoperandi.com; Pink snow boots, £85, Moon Boot, luisaviaroma.com; Tempo helmet, approx. £75, picture-organic-clothing.com

Sugar coated

Ienki Ienki’s breezy block colours and voluminous proportions are backed up by a cushy, cosy goose down that protects against windchill but remains remarkably lightweight. Keep your blood sugar topped up on the slopes with these saccharine pink overalls. 

Overalls, approx. £1,500, ienki-ienki.com