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The Big Ski Fashion Trends for 2019

Have you got a chalet ski holiday booked for this year, but you're not sure what to wear? Whether you're skiing down the slopes of Serre Chevalier or relaxing around Les Arcs, you want to make sure you look your best! So, here are our top picks for what will be in season for 2019.

The Skiing Fashion Trend of 2019

The Skiing Fashion Trend of 2019

Jackets have always varied wildly, from the baggy and cut down grunge style to the sporty, tight trims designed for fast and light backcountry skiing. Decent ski jackets, though, have always had functionality at the core of their design: water resistant zips or storm flaps are a must-have to stop the contents inside of your pockets getting soaked, and some extra outside pockets to hold your stuff is always a bonus. Lots of powder ski jackets even have ways to connect to your trousers to avoid them falling down or your jacket from riding up as you ski. Currently, functional, padded-down and cosy jackets are in.

Modern twists on retro themes are standard in every area of fashion at the moment, and the powder ski jacket is no exception. In particular, this year the hooded parka will be back with a vengeance on the ski slopes. The Schöffel Keystone 2 Ski Jacket is dominating the women’s ski fashion scene at the moment with its parka design and gorgeous, top-quality faux fur hood and lining.

By contrast, the Black Crows Ventus is a tough, waterproof and abrasion-resistant ski jacket in bright orange that stands out reminiscent of 70s retro styling. As monochrome colours are more popular this year, bolder skiers can take advantage and choose boisterous shades to stand out from the crowd! We’ve got more detail for guys in our guide to men’s ski fashion trends.

The New Ski Accessory of 2019

The balaclava is back in, ladies and gentlemen. Vogue Magazine’s 2018 Winter fashion show emphasised that balaclavas will be dominating ski fashion. Gucci and Calvin Klein have made a massive deal of showing off balaclava-clad models on the catwalk, with many other fashion houses following suit. It usually takes twelve months for these trends to appear in shops and on the slopes, so be ready for the balaclava’s return! The irony of hiding your face with loud, vibrant colours is not lost, and the contradictory notion of making yourself more visible by covering your face makes this trend stand out.

The balaclava is not just for hiding one’s identity but has been a staple of high altitude skiing for decades. Expect to see people wearing them at lower heights, however, as more skiers aim to be fashionable as well as functional.

The New Ski Accessory of 2019
The Skiing Fashion Innovation of 2019

The Skiing Fashion Innovation of 2019

Smartloft offers high-tech sustainable padding that will keep skiers warm and insulated this year. By switching up wool-based insulation to include more reused and recycled materials, Smartwool was able to reuse 23 tons of merino scraps to make new material to help slope-goers stay toasty.

The material was a standout this year at industry events as Smartwool emphasised not just good looks but good business practice. Their sustainably made, high-quality garments promise to last for years, and we predict it is going to be extremely popular among snowboarders and skiers.

What's Not Fashionable When Skiing in 2019

First and foremost, what is not functional is not fashionable. It is not functional, and certainly not fashionable, to not be able to see where you’re skiing. Invest in some decent goggles before you get to the slopes! Spy Optic’s new electrochromic goggles include push-button light adjustments on the band so you can see in sunny, mixed, or low-light skiing conditions. Oakley is also pushing innovation to the next level, with their auto-adjusting ‘Prism React’ technology. Available on their Fall Line XL goggle, these goggles are both superbly fashionable and make skiing that much easier. Likewise, don’t forget to get a helmet to stay safe on the slopes!

What's Not Fashionable When Skiing in 2019

High heels are, likewise, a bad thing to take to your ski chalet. There are no occasions where it is suitable to wear them around the chalets, even if you receive smart dinner invitations. Instead, look at the selection available at Penelope Chilvers for some super chic boot suggestions. For more detail on what to wear, check out our guide on women’s ski fashion trends in 2019.

Finally, if you have long hair, be prepared to tie your hair back into a braid, plait or ponytail and prepare your choice of outfits accordingly. That way, you can avoid getting helmet hair when you’re on the slopes and look great coming off that last lift.

We hope you enjoyed reading about the big fashion trends for this year and are ready to deck out your wardrobe in the newest styles!

If you now feel prepared for some après-skiing away, why not take a look at some of our chalet ski holidays? We offer lovely catered chalets in France with prices from £299 per person – get in touch and see what we have available!

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