Need inspiration for your next ski trip packing list? Then read on. I’ve condensed everything that’s been running through my mind on creating the perfect après-ski snow outfit into this post.

Now is it me, or do certain locations come with a bit of a uniform attached?

I think they do.

Go to a British sailing destination and everyone is wearing Quba jackets. Surf locations – it’s all hoodies and board shorts. Ski resorts – naturally its ski gear.

I’m the first to admit that I do somewhat conform to some of these uniforms – I wear way more Breton stripes by the seaside than I do anywhere else.

But I also see these uniforms as a chance to really shine. You wear something stylish, out there or cool in London and no one bats an eyelid. You wear something stylish, out there or cool in a ski resort or anywhere snowy and you look like a rock star!

So creating a knock-em-out snow outfit should be a piece of cake. But in case you’re looking for inspiration, here’s some things to think about when planning your ski holiday/mountain packing list:specimen book.

1. It’s all about the coat (think fur, think fur!)

Where there’s snow it’s usually cold, so chances are your snow outfit will include a coat. So I think it’s perfectly reasonable to take at least two. And because it’s damn cold, it’s also a good excuse to wear something ridiculously warm and cozy looking.

Fur springs to mind immediately. If that’s not your bag try fur trimmed hoods, or a teddy coat would be a great choice at the moment. So long as you are thinking big, warm and casual, you’re probably on to a winner.

2. Use layered knitwear as a stylish alternative to a coat

This is what that poncho you bought and hardly wear because it won’t go under a coat is born for! Think chunky cardigans layered over more slimline knits, or a blanket wrap over a cosy jumper, perhaps with a wide belt to pinch it all in and keep out nippy eddies (wind currents, not men!). Hats, scarves and gloves to finish it off.

This type of outfit works beautifully in neutral shades. The more cashmere the merrier. Just imagine yourself in a White Company Christmas brochure and you’re there.

Don’t forget to layer a pretty thermal top underneath as extra protection against the elements.

3. Use hats, scarves and gloves to elevate your outfit

Hats, scarves and gloves take up slightly less room in your suitcase than a coat, but they can give the your snow outfit a totally different look. Big fur pom pom hats are so cute.

Or why not go for a baker boy cap or a beret? Matching sets are a safe bet, but don’t be afraid to mix and match. Hell, go crazy!

4. Hunt out stylish, practical footwear

With hiking style boots currently bang on trend there’s no excuse for reverting to your old Merrells. You can finally get a pair of boots that look great and are going to serve you well when stomping through the snow.

The styles I’m loving at the moment are generally leather or suede. I particularly like all the earthy shades – caramels, fudges, chocolates (white choc included in this). They are somehow softer and less aggressive than black ones. But if you want a to add a bit of biker punk to your snow outfit, then go for black.

My personal favourites are white ones. So feminine they make hiking boots look pretty!

House of Holland x Grenson – Snake Skin Print
Snake croc hiking boots
Prendalind
House of Holland x Grenson – Snake Skin Print
Snake croc hiking boots
Prendalind

Let’s talk soles briefly. The chunkier the better. And I love it when they have a line of a contrasting colour within the sole.

I also am drawn to styles that have D ring lacing systems as a pose to bog standard holes. Even better if the D rings are quite far apart with a nice layer of fur in between. And if they are brass. Ooooh.

And finally, laces. Bright colours or black and white on a white leather background.

Crikey who’d have thought I could have this much love for the detail of a hiking boot?

One of the pairs I’m wearing in these photos (above brown, red laces) came from ebay for just £6 and I just added some fur trim and a pair of shiny new red laces. I think they are pretty close to some of the ones I’ve been lusting after online, I hope you like them too.

5. Slim ankle skimming jeans are your friend

Now I’m very happy to be proven wrong with this one, as perhaps there are ways to make long, wide, flared etc jeans work in the snow. But, from a practical point of view, you don’t want your jeans dragging in the slush – the ombre look isn’t cool when it’s wet soggy trouser leg ombre. And the words wide leg bring those nippy eddies back to mind.

If you’ve chosen some great boots then you will want to show them off, so think about the length of your jeans. Your socks might show, so use them as a way to add an element of style to your outfit. A bright colour perhaps, or just chunky and alpine worthy.

The safest denim cuts are slim, skinny, straight leg and boyfriend. So my advice is to throw in two or three pairs in different colours or shades and you’ve then got your ski holiday staples at the ready.

6. Dazzle with your sunnies

Chances are you’ve got some sports sunglasses or goggles for the day time ski action, but don’t forget to pack some stylish après-ski sunnies. Unless you are a die hard skier or boarder with no kids, you’ll probably find your day on the slopes might finish before sunset, and so it’s good to have more stylish sunnies to hand to complete your outfit.

I hope this has been helpful. And fingers crossed your other halves will be more understanding than mine when you direct them to the three suitcases you have packed for yourself. I often hide a few things in the kids bag – makes it easier to get it under his radar!

SHOP THE SNOW OUTFIT

Here’s where I sourced what I’m wearing.  And below find a carousel of similar items you can buy now. Text in italics is the brand, text in bold below indicates where I bought the items.  Sometimes the same if I bought the item new, sometimes not.

 

 

  • Vintage fur coat from Sue Ryder Charity Shop £15
  • Zara leopard print shirt from eBay £12
  • Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jeans eBay £15
  • Hiking boots eBay £6
  • Bag Heart of Kent Hospice Charity Shop £3
  • Powder sunglasses £30

SHOP THE SNOW OUTFIT

Here’s where I sourced what I’m wearing.  And below find a carousel of similar items you can buy now.  Text in italics below indicates the brand and bold indicates where I bought the items.   Sometimes the same if I bought the item new, sometimes not.

  • Citizens of Humanity white jeans eBay £10
  • White Stuff blue poncho £59
  • White Stuff mustard jumper £29
  • Boohoo snake print hiking boots £25
  • Powder sunglasses £30
  • Joules crinkle mustard scarf eBay £16 

SHOP THE SNOW OUTFIT

Here’s where I sourced what I’m wearing.  And below find a carousel of similar items you can buy now. Text in italics is the brand and the bold indicates where I bought the items.  Sometimes the same if I bought the item new, sometimes not.

  • Topshop leopard fur coat from eBay £40
  • Cashmere jumper from Hospice in the Weald £4
  • Zara Straight leg Jeans £5.99
  • Boohoo snake print hiking boots £25
  • Roxy Bag -old 
  • Accessorize sunglasses £3.50
Leather Leopard Print Belt
High Neck Cashmere Jumper
House of Holland x Grenson – Snake Skin Print
Snake croc hiking boots
Ribbon Loverboy
Leopard Faux Fur
Leather Leopard Print Belt
High Neck Cashmere Jumper
House of Holland x Grenson – Snake Skin Print
Snake croc hiking boots
Ribbon Loverboy
Leopard Faux Fur
Leather Leopard Print Belt
High Neck Cashmere Jumper
House of Holland x Grenson – Snake Skin Print
Snake croc hiking boots
Ribbon Loverboy
Leopard Faux Fur