Fashion Friday :: Après Ski

fashion friday :: apres ski[trip style = ski]

{Editor's Note: We're taking some time off over the Christmas holiday. I wish I could say time away as in staying in a glass-bottomed hut in French Polynesia, but not this year. We'll be back with regular posts January 4th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!}

Friends of mine from California and Washington travel to Whistler every January. Unlike most mountain visitors, they don't ski and they don't snowboard - they "après". And these girls are serious about their après.

If you Google "après ski", you'll mostly find photos of women in ski suits and bikini tops. Unless you were an extra during the filming of classic ski films like Ski Patrol or Aspen Extreme, you've probably never seen these bikini-clad après skiers - at least this side of 1992.

There are a couple popular settings for après ski (which literally translates to "after skiing") - straight off the slopes on the patio, still in your gear, or inside the bar or hotel lounge, showered and changed into smart, casual and cozy clothes that will carry you straight to dinner. You want to be comfortable, but it's après, so you want to be noticed, right? Picture Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. (Just kidding.)

Now what to pack? (clockwise from top left) Aritzia Wilfred Free vintage fleece striped sweater, Aritzia T.Babaton silk cashmere tie cardigan, Vince sequin front sweatshirt, L.A.M.B. dolman sweater dress, Canada Goose kensington parka, Rag & Bone eleanor pants, Rag & Bone mallory lace-up ankle boots, Burberry double faced cashmere scarf, toque and gloves, Sorel torino waterproof boots, Super francis basic sunglasses (at Vincent Park), Free People cable beanie, Aritzia Wilfred leopard scarf

Note: Designers love coming out with moon boots or mukluk-style furry boots. Unless you'll be spending time in Moscow this winter, just say no. And while we're talking boots, yes - it is acceptable to wear Uggs on a ski vacation.

{Fashion Friday posts are published on the last Friday of every month and written by our resident fashion consultant Heather.}