Achieve the Ultimate Après-Ski Outfit in Just Three Steps

You have to pack a lot of ski gear and, of course, après ski outfits for any ski trip–no matter if it’s a week-long vacation or weekend escape. From bulky ski boots to large pieces of outerwear, hard-to-pack helmets, and your actual equipment (skis, poles, and snowboards!), there are too many items on the checklist to count. And after mindfully maneuvering (stuffing) your suitcases and duffles with these sporty necessities, there may not be much room left for the most essential items of all—the gear and garb for those very important après-ski outfits. Even if you don’t plan on skiing at all, you can still achieve the look when following these three easy steps.

Step 1: Double-Duty Ski Sweaters

To start, a stylish ski sweater will do just the trick when it comes to layering up for a few runs in the morning and stripping down for a few fireside hot toddies in the afternoon. Save room by packing sweaters that do double duty both on and off the slopes. Sunny powder days in America’s West would pair perfectly with a retro-inspired jumper. Meanwhile, a Fair Isle turtleneck can help combat Vermont wind chill in style. And a graphic argyle pattern knit will look right at home in the Dolomites and Alps. No après-ski outfit is complete without one, and they’ll look super layered under a pair of salopettes or bib ski pants. No matter what resort you find yourself at, all of these are perfect for lounging around at the lodge or chalets or layered under coats shopping in the village. 

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Jil Sander Fair Isle-intarsia wool-blend sweater

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Perfect Moment Chopper turtleneck sweater

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Alanui Arctic Ocean jacquard wool sweater


Polo Ralph Lauren logo mockneck sweater

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Banana Republic Skye Fair Isle sweater

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We Norwegians Setesdal Fair Isle sweater


Lafayette 148 New York Fair Isle cardigan

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Step 2: Slopeside Salopettes and Ski Pants

The second step is choosing the right bottoms. While leggings are a nice nod to a sporty look to pair under sweaters, properly insulated pants made for snow will keep your legs and body extra warm for any wintertime activity, be it snowshoeing, walking, shopping in the resort village, hanging out in the lodge, or passing the time at the après-ski hot spot. Many of the silhouettes feel like leggings, such as Moncler’s pair of stirrup ski pants. We recommend bibbed salopettes, which have a similar fit to flared trouser and has all of the essential technical details of a proper snow pant. Whether you wear the overall straps up or down, they’ll certainly look chic with one of those aforementioned ski-ready sweaters.

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Perfect Moment Thora softshell salopettes

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Moncler Grenoble tech-twill stirrup ski pants

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Fusalp Tipi III flared ski pants

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Erin Snow Kris striped bootcut ski pants

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Goldbergh Pippa ski pants

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Jetset Tiby flared ski pants

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Step 3: Alpine Accessories

Last but not least, top off your ski look with mountain-ready accessories. Keep your head and ears warm with a retro-inspired pom pom topped beanie or ear-warming headband. And what better way to hold a hot drink than in a pair of faux-fur-trimmed mittens?

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Moncler Vitesse shield sunglasses

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Mackage Zev-Z monogram logo headband

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Yve Salomon shearling-trimmed padded shell mittens

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FP Movement Show Off puffer mittens

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Max Mara pompom beanie hat

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Ruslan Baginskiy wool-blend hat

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Max Mara Camel hair and silk ear muffs

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No Ski Boots, Yes Snow Boots 

Ski boots are notoriously clunky, uncomfortable, and usually not allowed in restaurants. For skiers and non-skiers alike, you’ll want a durable and waterproof shoe to wear to and from the mountain. Trust us, you’ll look forward to putting one of these stylish yet practical pairs on after a long day on the hill. 

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Fendi Signature FF lace-up snow booties

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Ugg Neumel platform Chelsea boots

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Proenza Schouler storm hiking boots

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Loro Piana Ben Nevis genuine shearling boots

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Moon Boot Low padded-nylon snow boots

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Diemme Balbi shearling-lined suede boots

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Bally Chambery long boots