Every year, my closest friends go skiing, and although I receive an invite, I've come to realise that such a trip is simply wasted on me. I've been skiing a handful of times in my life, and although it's undoubtedly fun, I've never quite got the hang of it—at least not enough to join the rest of the group on trickier runs. However, this year I fully intended on tagging along, if only to sit in the après ski bar in my finest ski-esque apparel.
I've always had a thing for the outright '80s ski ensembles that Princess Diana wore so well, so it seems fitting to pay homage to HRH with my own array of brightly coloured separates and cosy add-ons.
From natty knits that'll look just as good with jeans as they will with salopettes to boots that will work for the pavements of London as well as the snow-covered trails in La Plagne, keep scrolling to shop my edit of the chicest après ski style buys that require zero time on the slopes.
No ski-inspired ensemble would be complete without a puffer jacket. Pastel shades feel suitably retro—look for details like shearling, belts and contrasting panels to up the '80s ante.
Nothing says cosy like a pair of mittens. My personal preference has to be Urban Outfitters' knitted duo joint by string, but sleek styles like Cos's leather pair will keep your hands warm, even when clutching an ice-cold glass of bubbly.
Ensure your leggings never ride up your leg and out of your boots by investing in a stirrup pair. Go all out with a bright stride, or play it save with an AllSaints black iteration.
Practical boots are thankfully all the rage this season, with snow boots fast becoming the must-have style. With tracker tread soles and toasty sheepskin linings, wear them once and you'll never want to take them off.
Roll necks are a must in cold weather. Instead of muted hues, embrace primary colours to really achieve piste status.
If there's ever a time to don an OTT bobble hat, it's when you're surrounded by snow. Zara's multicolour number will give any outfit a playful spin.