David and I have been skiing together since before we were a couple, so we try to squeeze in a ski trip every year for nostalgia and adventure. At this point, I can confidently say that the fun of snowboarding has surpassed the frustrations, but if I’m honest, I look forward to all things après ski just as much as I do being on the mountain!
There’s nothing better than changing into a stylish, comfortable après ski outfit after a day bundled in ski gear. Today, I’m sharing what to wear for après ski with five outfits that can be tweaked for everything from fireside cocktails to exploring town to a nice dinner. Here are a few easy looks for your next ski trip and a roundup of après ski fashion staples to shop.
Après Ski Outfits
1. Wool Coat + Coordinating Sweater + Beanie
I’ve been leaning into monochromatic winter outfits more than ever this year, so it’s no surprise that I packed the look below for our day exploring town. You can recreate my tonal après ski outfit below with any color—I started with my wool coat and beanie, then I added a coordinating sweater. The darker, walking-friendly jeans and booties help ground the look.
2. Puffer Jacket + Leggings + Waterproof Boots
A waterproof jacket and boots is the most practical après ski look of them all, especially if it’s a snow day or there’s ice on the ground. I try to look for boots that are stable and hit mid-ankle to accommodate leggings, straight leg jeans, and skinny jeans. I wore this pair by Sorel in Colorado for lunch slopeside on a day off.
3. Faux Fur Coat + Turtleneck + Chelsea Boots
Faux fur is your best friend when you want to add an elevated touch to your ski trip outfits without fancy footwear, jewelry, or accessories. For an après ski dinner look, coordinate your shoes and sweater for continuity, then add white jeans for a pop.
4. Shearling Jacket + Base Layers + Snow Boots
This is the après ski look I received the most compliments on during our trip to Vail! If winter white jeans or all white outfits intimidate you, you can easily recreate this outfit with black jeans. Size up at least one full size in the Inuikii shearling boots.
5. Statement Sweater + Pants + Booties
Even the five-star restaurants in Vail are fairly casual (we saw people in ski bibs straight from the slopes), but I packed one nicer winter date night outfit because Valentine’s Day coincided with our trip. For a dressy dinner, layer a statement sweater with pants and heeled booties underneath a wool coat.
Après Ski Clothing: What to Wear
The more I’ve paid attention, I’ve realized that the best après ski outfits are just a casual spin on cute cold weather outfits. The list of what I suggest packing for a ski trip is nearly the same as what I consider winter fashion essentials with a few subtractions and additions.
Here’s what to pack and wear for après ski:
Après Ski Tops
- Base Layer Sweaters—I’ve all but completely stopped packing any tops other than long sleeve, neutral base layers for our ski trips. On our most recent trip, I took J. Crew and Everlane turtleneck and crewneck sweaters in white, black, and gray.
- Statement Sweaters—The latest ski fashion trend is all about vintage 80s ski style, which is why you see swiss-alp-inspired brands like Perfect Moment popping up. If the weather is mild, you can totally get away with a statement sweater (think nordic patterns and fair isle) and bottoms.
Après Ski Bottoms
- Jeans—Consider packing rigid jeans for winter weather as they’re thicker and therefore warmer. I like Levi’s, Everlane, AGOLDE, and RE/DONE.
- Faux Leather Leggings—Commando leggings are a great staple and have a light sheen that makes them look more put together than your average legging.
- Athletic Leggings—I wear Lululemon wundertrains under my ski pants. They’re great for going directly from the slopes to lunch or drinks.
Après Ski Shoes
- Shearling or Sheepskin Boots—Classic Uggs will be your best friend for walking around town (I have minis and love them). I bought a pair of Inuikii boots for Vail—they’re adorable on but make sure to size up!
- Winter Boots—Moon boots are all the rage, but they’re so ski-specific that it’s hard to justify the cost. I recommend packing waterproof boots (I love Sorel and Sperry) with a grippy soles instead.
- Block Heel or Flat Boots—A waterproof block-heel bootie or chelsea boot makes the most sense for walking around town. I bring black boots as they go with just about everything.
Après Ski Accessories
- Mittens—If it’s a particularly cold year, you might want mittens or touch-screen leather gloves in addition to your ski gloves.
- Beanies—Depending on your budget and your style preference, there are so many beanies available in everything from affordable pom styles to slouchy cashmere beanies. A few of my favorites are from Nordstrom, Lululemon, Blue + Cream, and White + Warren.
Après Ski Outerwear
- Puffer Coat—Waterproof/resistant puffers are a must in ski towns, and you don’t have to splurge on Moncler or Canada Goose to look chic. The North Face, Bernardo, and, Save the Duck make beautiful puffers.
- Faux Fur or Shearling Jacket—These textures just scream toasty, and I see them often at nicer restaurants in ski towns.
- Wool Coat—I always pack one long wool coat for our ski trips in a go-with-everything color.
Après Ski Style
See below to shop an edit of what to wear for après ski from this year’s collections!
I hope this après ski clothing and outfit roundup gave you some fresh inspiration for your next trip to Aspen, Vail, or another mountain!
If you’re a regular skier or snowboarder looking for new ski gear, see my guide on what to wear skiing and snowboarding for the ski wear I’ve had for years. It includes links to my exact ski jacket, ski pants, base layers, socks, ski goggles, balaclava, headband, and more.