The best ski wear for whether you’re into black runs or après ski

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With the colder months finally upon us and the festive break a distant memory, the search is officially on for the best ski wear, whether that's ski jackets, snow boots, salopettes or a cosy jumper. However, finding cool pieces that don't compromise on the sports tech can be a bit of a trick business.

So we've done all the hard work for you and pulled together some pieces that are practical yet stylish, and work for all snow activities, from hitting the slopes to winter walks and those all-important après ski hot toddies.

The Best Ski Jackets

No matter your budget, there are so many ski jackets to pick from this season. High street stores, like H&M and Uniqlo, offer affordable ski wear without compromising on performance, though of course, it's worth noting that specialised sports brands might have access to better technologies, which would be reflected in the price. Designers such as Prada and Louis Vuitton are also joining in on the slope action, with Insta-worthy outfits that will keep you snug and stylish.

The Best Ski Suits

Whether you want retro salopettes or chic ski jumpsuits, there's literally a style to suit every taste, though we're loving the retro vibes offered by the likes of Perfect Moment and Cordova. It is a higher price point for sure, but it will make you feel like you're the next 007.

The Best Ski Boots

If you're a regular skier, then it's worth investing in a pair of ski boots—even if you're only going once a year. A custom-fitted pair of boots will actually reduce the risk of injuries and better your performance—plus it's a more hygienic option.

Contributing Fashion Editor, Penny Goldstone rates the Snow + Rock boot fitting service, which is available all year round. It starts with a foot analysis and boot customisation, and a few questions about your skiing level (whether you're a regular, go for black pistes, are off piste etc). Then you determine your budget, and after a few tests to see if the boot fits, have a custom footbed made to perfectly mould the contours of your feet.

Here are some snow boots for general walks and hikes for maximum comfort and warmth. 

The Best Ski Wear Rental

Of course, if you're not a regular skier, one of the most cost-effective ways to fit out your holiday wardrobe would be to rent some ski gear. Rather than buying something you might not wear again, renting provides both a more affordable and sustainable solution. While you can rent ski wear from regular clothing rental platforms such as By Rotation, MyWardrobe HQ and HURR, there are now also dedicated ski wear rental brands around including Blanqo and Eco Ski

The Best Après Ski Clothing

Don't get me wrong, I love skiing, but there is nothing I love more than a picture-perfect Slim Aarons moment. There is something about the delicately chic images that makes me want to ditch the slopes for some après ski hot chocolate and music. Add a cosy Fairisle jumper, shearling jacket, or knitted joggers to really make you feel stylish off the slopes. 

Keep scrolling for our edit of the best essentials, from beanies to warm knits. 

Sofia Piza
Fashion Writer

Sofia Piza is the Fashion Writer at Marie Claire UK. 

Sofia Piza is a Fashion Writer with experience working across runway trends, shopping picks, creative production, and celebrity fashion news. Born in Mexico and raised in five countries, Sofia decided to settle in London after spending four years at the London College of Fashion, studying Fashion Journalism. When she's not sourcing inspiration from social media, you will most certainly find Sofia anywhere from a local vintage market to busy central London streets people watching - the possibilities are endless. 

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