Are the ski slopes the new runway?

As we enter the depths of autumn / winter 21, the newfound idea that comfort overrides all is still apparent as fashion once again tests the limits of athleisure. It’s time to retire the infamous quarantine sweatsuits and retro-chic tennis skirts of the summer and enter the realms of ski apparel.

Channeling the 60s chalet glamour of films like ‘Downhill Racer’, Chanel’s nostalgic ready-to-wear winter 2021/22 collection ‘celebrates the joy of winter sports’ with its display of slope-ready outerwear that will illuminate such a gloomy season.

CHANEL Fall-Winter 2021/22

Similarly, Miu Miu held a fall 2021 slopeside runway show in the Dolomites, “Miu Miu Mountain Club”, which brought the norms of skiwear to a new fashionable height. Here, the ski slope was literally the new runway.

Miu Miu fall 2021 look 3

Prada’s collection expressed a chalet party-girl feel with their glamorous elbow-length gloves, snow boots and sequined fur shawls- all capable of elevating any winter look.

PRADA 20mm Blow Padded Nylon Snow Boots via @bethanjroberts – instagram

Meanwhile, more affordable brands have also taken note of this winter’s ski-craze. ASOS’ winter collection features Moon Boots, as well as full ski suits in a biker style, giving more of an edge to usual ski apparel. Faux fur headbands are also apparent this A/W, so it’s no surprise that ASOS have included these in their ski collection.

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Missguided’s selection, including winter-proof bodysuits and ski trousers, can be worn in an everyday setting, as well as on the slopes- which is the beauty of the trend. 

While not everybody will be in a mountain cabin this winter, ski wear is becoming more accessible in fashion, and is being enjoyed whether you partake in the sport or not. This winter, get inspired by the unassuming fashion that comes with it. 

Jordan Ricketts