The Skiwear Every Chic Girl Wears on the Slopes

Packing for a ski trip can be tricky enough, let alone if you aren't actually sure what a snow plough is. Attempting to ski for the first time as an adult means you are without the luxury of your parents packing for you—you have to work it out for yourself and try not to end up looking like Bridget Jones hurtling down a mountain dressed like a comical Ski Barbie.

When packing for a ski holiday, you want to look stylish, of course, but practical considerations must always come first because nobody wants to spend the entire day shivering needlessly. The gallery below is filled with the ultimate dos (and don'ts) of packing for your first (or millionth) ski trip, with snow-day inspiration from our favourite influencers, including Aimee Song, Chiara Ferragni and Pernille Teisbaek.

Scroll through the gallery below for a complete guide to packing for your first ski trip, and shop the best pieces around for on and off the slopes.

1. Avoid attention-seeking skiwear.

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Instagram/@Hannelim

Style Notes: Catherine Baba might have hit the slopes in a pair of PVC trousers, but you could translate this look into a classic black pair of ski trousers worn with a basic-but-bright top. Jazzy fur coat optional, but you can always let your accessories do the talking.

2. But have fun with your après-ski looks.

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Instagram/@ChiaraFerragni

Style Notes: While you might not want to invest in expensive ski wear (what if you hate it?), you can use this as an opportunity to buy those winter pieces you've been hankering after for the après. Chiara Ferragni struck the perfect balance in a bright pink beanie, rainbow-striped jumper and parka with a fuchsia hood—all pieces that will bring a smile to your face throughout January and February. 

3. Make your base layer a priority.

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Instagram/@SongofStyle

Style Notes: It's wise to be careful about your purchases for a first-time ski trip (the lift passes are expensive enough), but there are certain things every beginner must buy, starting with your base layer. Unlike a cotton T-shirt, these tech-savvy polyester or merino wool tops and leggings ensure you stay both dry and warm. Bring at least two sets for your trip. 

4. Stick to a monochrome colour palette.

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Instagram/@PernilleTeisbaek

Style Notes: You might be tempted to go for a garish lime-green ski jacket (we all have moments of weakness), but follow Pernille Teisbaek's lead and stick to monochrome. Not only does it look chicer, but black and white is also a great foundation for if you decide to go again and want to expand on your skiwear collection.

5. Don't underestimate how cold it will be.

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Instagram/@Hannelim

Style Notes: Bring more layers than you might think, as beginners, in particular, can get even colder as they use more energy from all that practising and inevitably falling over. Pack as much cashmere and as many cosy wool jumpers as you can fit into your suitcase.

6. Pack practical boots, and not only trainers.

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Instagram/Hannelim

Style Notes: Trust us, you don't want to spoil your leather ankle boots, so instead, pack a pair of practical all-weather boots preferably with a rubber sole. Sorel boots are the fashion editor's choice. 

7. Don't do the Balenciaga shrug while skiing.

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Instagram/@GildaAmbrosio

Style Notes: For A/W 16 Balenciaga brought the puffer jacket back, with an oversize blue coat worn off the shoulders. Gilda Ambrosio might be able to get away with posing in the Alps in a fashion puffer jacket, but let's leave that one for the Instagram stars rather than beginners. Buy—or borrow—a proper ski jacket and wear it zipped up like a good girl. 

8. Add a hidden layer of warmth.

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Instagram/Songofstyle

Style Notes: For an extra layer of warmth, Uniqlo's ultra-light down coats are an inner secret layer of padding that are so compact they will take up no room in your case.

Click through the gallery for our edit of the best buys for on and off the slopes…