I keep getting questions about what to wear for après-ski. This is a tricky question because there is definitely more than one type of après-ski situation. If your idea of après-ski involves a shower, a hair dryer, and, ideally, something faux-fur…then we’re likely not at the same place.
Après-ski, to me, is usually a beer (or two) with friends after a long day on the slopes. It’s usually slope-side, the kids are running in and out, and I’m lucky if I’ve remembered to swap sunglasses for ski goggles. So my whole après-ski look, if you will, has gotta revolve around my existing ski gear. The same stuff that I’ve worn (and sweated in) all day.
5 Tips To Look Cute Après-Ski
1. Start With Cute Baselayers
I swear by Sweaty Betty baselayers. They’re seriously cute, warm, wicking, and are now the only baselayers I use. I wear them in 50 degree Spring skiing, and I wear them in -20 degree up North skiing.
I’ve gotten a few questions about the “strings” inside a few of the sets. Yup, they’re there (in the turquoise star pair, specifically), and not only do they NOT bother me (still super-soft to wear)…but they’re a bit warmer than the other sets. They also wash up just fine.
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2. Throw On a Slouchy Cashmere Sweater
Sometimes I just leave my snow pants on, especially if we’re doing après-ski outside. No cold buns for me, thanks. However, if I’m ready to ditch the snow pants (and after a whole day of skiing…I’m READY), then I always pack a slouchy, slightly longer sweater in my ski bag.
My go-to pick is usually my Equipment cashmere sweater. Sounds crazy, but that one is durable. Three years running, and it still holds up the best. In general, I’ve found that cashmere sweaters seem to maintain their drape over time, even with use. And, if it’s really cold, I’ll ski in that same sweater (layered as a midlayer over my Sweaty Betty baselayers).
But the general idea here is to spoof the whole long-sweater-over-leggings outfit. But instead of leggings, use cute baselayers and upgrade with sporty accessories. (You can see more après-ski gear here.)
3. Swap Ski Boots For Comfy-Chic Winter Boots
The first thing to come off? SKI BOOTS. Dear god. The perfect après-ski boot is soft, comfortable, and doesn’t necessarily need to be worn with socks (that feeling when you peeeeel off your ski sock, amiright?). Yet it should be boot-like enough to walk around in snowy conditions. My favs are Sorel’s Kinetic boot.
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4. Cover Up Helmet Hair With A Cute Hat
The only people I see not wearing helmets these days are either old guys stubbornly attempting to relive their youth (complete with 1982 ski suits and Oakleys)….or a few mediocre snowboarders. Why guys, WHY?
Don’t be those guys. Not only are helmets SUPER COOL (I will stand by that statement forever and ever) but they give you the opportunity to rock a cool hat for après. I like my après-ski hats with a quirky pom-pom or cheeky writing.
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5. Sitting Outside? Don’t Forget the Sunnies
I almost always forget my sunnies. I started keeping them in the pocket of my ski jacket…but that was a giant mistake. Now I have them stashed in my ski backpack. RIP, Ray-Bans.
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These are basically all rubberized and durable. Because…ski life.