Ski Chic: How to Dress On and Off the Slopes

Dressing for the slopes isn’t rocket science, but it can go very wrong, very quickly. Go off piste in style with The Rake’s trustworthy guide to ski chic…

The Shah with his second wife, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, on a skiing trip in Iran, 1952 Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The secret to good style is owning it — being confidently you. As ancient stoic influencer and menswear commentator Epictetus famously put it, “Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.” Nowhere is this philosophy more applicable than on the snowfields, and in the post-piste social setting known as ‘après ski’. Ski season attire tends to draw on the cultural touch-points of the regions where the sport originated, and where it is most popular. In Europe, this means inspiration from the Alpen aesthetic of ye olde mountain-dwelling French, German, and Swiss folk. Think graphic-patterned jumpers and rollnecks, woolen bobble-top hats, sturdy lace-up hiking boots, voluminous pantaloons. In the United States, thanks to most ski fields being in the Old West, there’s a down-home cowboy ski chic vibe: Stetsons, denim, and fur embellishments aplenty.

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November 2021

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