Retro Ski Style

January 20, 2022

It can be hard to find a good reason to leave the house and get outside in below-freezing temperatures, let alone put any thought into what you’re wearing since it’s likely to be layered underneath a giant winter coat and not see the light of day. It can definitely be hard – but there is one really good, really fun reason to get dressed and get outside – and that’s skiing! Honestly, I don’t know how people can bear the winter without skiing or snowboarding. I love strapping on my skis and getting out on the slopes. And what’s better than spending hours feeling like you’re flying down a mountain? The après, of course. Stripping off your jacket, loosening your boots, and enjoying some well-deserved drinks and camaraderie after a long day of skiing.

Another thing I love about skiing? The return of retro ski-wear! Gone are the days of extremely baggy and loose-fitting snow pants and ski jackets, which concealed any sort of figure and truly weren’t flattering on anyone. Back-in (and I hope to stay) are fitted ski trousers and slimming one-pieces, belted jackets, bold colors, glamorous balaclavas (think Audrey Hepburn), avant-garde patterns, and more. The styles now are spanning the ’60s through the ’80s, which means there are decades worth of styles to choose from (or mix and match) – but they all have one thing in common: they are made to stand out and create a flattering silhouette.

I love my flared ski pants and how they elongate my legs (a few sizes left here, but similar here), and how the colors and stripes match my cropped padded jacket – each from two different brands but work extremely well together. I have wanted one of these ski sweaters for a while and I’m so glad I finally purchased this one (to match the rest of my ski outfit, obviously). It’s made of 100% wool and is the perfect layering piece – and the turtleneck is extra thick. My favorite base layers come from Cordova – they’re thick, super warm, and ribbed which I love! When I’m not wearing a helmet and goggles, I swap them out for this camel-hair hat and cat-eyed sunglasses. Although after looking at photos of Audrey Hepburn in a balaclava, I really want to imitate her retro glamour so I think you’ll see me in one of those soon.

Here are some more of my favorite retro ski pieces and accessories xx