I Don't Ski, But I'm Still Very Much Here for These Chalet-Girl Trends

Every year, my closest friends go skiing, and although I receive an invite, I've come to realise that such a trip is simply wasted on me. I've been skiing a handful of times in my life, and although it's undoubtedly fun, I've never quite got the hang of it—at least not enough to join the rest of the group on trickier runs. However, this year I fully intended on tagging along, if only to sit in the après ski bar in my finest ski-esque apparel


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I've always had a thing for the outright '80s ski ensembles that Princess Diana wore so well, so it seems fitting to pay homage to HRH with my own array of brightly coloured separates and cosy add-ons. 


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From natty knits that'll look just as good with jeans as they will with salopettes to boots that will work for the pavements of London as well as the snow-covered trails in La Plagne, keep scrolling to shop my edit of the chicest après ski style buys that require zero time on the slopes.


No ski-inspired ensemble would be complete without a puffer jacket. Pastel shades feel suitably retro—look for details like velvet timings, belts and contrasting zips to up the '80s ante. 


Nothing says cosy like a pair of mittens. My personal preference has to be Rag & Bone's knitted duo joint by string, but playful styles like COS's colour-block pair will also keep your hands warm, even when clutching an ice-cold glass of bubbly. 


Ensure your leggings never ride up your leg and out of your boots by investing in a stirrup pair. Go all out with khaki strides or play it safe with Fusalp's navy iteration. 


Practical boots are thankfully all the rage this season, with snow boots fast becoming the must-have style. With tractor tread soles and toasty sheepskin linings, wear them once and you'll never want to take them off. 


Roll-necks are a must in cold weather. Retro-style slogans will give your ensemble an edge. Easy, colour-block styles will also do the trick. 


While bobble hats are a must should you intend on hitting the slopes, a chic, on-trend knitted headband will suffice if you plan on remaining chalet-bound. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

Next: If you actually intend on hitting the slopes, here's the ski apparel you'll need.

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.