Vacation makes everything more fun, especially getting dressed. And winter vacations are no exception. The culture and aesthetic of destination ski-resort towns like Aspen, Lake Tahoe, and Telluride have taken on a life of their own, particularly when it comes to fashion.
From the slopes straight to the runway, designers have leaned into skicore, including quilting galore, kitschy snowsuits, and sportswear accessories. However, you don't have to plan a grandiose trip or splurge on a pair of Miu Miu puffer pants to execute this playful winter aesthetic. These trends have trickled down, and I'm looking to play with this trend in my daily winter wardrobe without the expensive price tags.
I've broken down seven key trends that will help you get this après-ski aesthetic and picked the pieces that you need, on a budget. See my winter-wonderland shopping list below.
There's nothing more key to a winter 'fit than your outerwear, whether on the slopes or on the sidewalk. Printed, bright, and/or metallic puffers are a fun way to spice up your winter look and are essential to making skicore work.
Knitted hoods and balaclavas took the runways last season and immediately became a mainstay for après-ski style. Mine will be for walking the windy streets of New York City, but it's still just as practical.
Puffer Snow Boots
I've been seeing these puffer boots everywhere from the powder to the pavement. This trend doesn't require an investment, especially if you're planning to use them more leisurely.
Fair Isle Sweaters
The Fair Isle sweater is a quintessential winter piece for mountain getaways and holiday gatherings. Wear yours during a ski weekend or really any weekend this winter.
Big snow-bunny energy with the fuzzy-hat trend. Cute, furry bucket hats are the best topper for winter looks. I've already snagged one that will be put to use all winter long.