Call it the House of Gucci effect, but skiing has never been a cooler hobby. And us snow bunnies are very here for it. Whether you’re hitting Deer Valley or Stratton, it doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a seasoned shredder — you’ll want to get kitted out so you can hit the slopes in style.
Skiing and snowboarding are notoriously expensive sports to take up, but quality gear can be found in places you may not have thought to look: From H&M to ASOS to Free People, you don’t need to break the bank to find functional, fashionable pieces to cool you down while you’re ripping double black diamonds (one day) or keep you warm while you’re doing the après thing.
Ahead, we’ve picked out some of the best items you need for any snowy trip: outerwear and suits, base layers, socks, gloves, and goggles. You’ll, of course, need your actual skis, poles, a helmet, and boots — but let’s leave that to the rental shop.
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Sweaty Betty Peaks Half Zip Ski Base Layer
Let’s start with the basics: Once you start moving, you’ll quickly shed that jacket and want to feel more free and agile on the slopes. Formfitting base layers that are thin, smooth, moisture-wicking, and odor-resistant will allow you to do just that — and in style when you shed your jacket at the lodge.
Sweaty Betty Peaks Half Zip Ski Base Layer Top, $, available at Sweaty Betty
Sweaty Betty Peaks Ski Base Layer Leggings, $, available at Sweaty Betty
Mountain Hardwear FireFall/2 Insulated Pant
You’ll also need waterproof but breathable ski pants, which will keep the snow out while zippered vents let your body breathe as you get warm dipping and diving down those slopes.
Mountain Hardwear FireFall/2 Insulated Pant, $, available at Backcountry
FP Movement All Prepped Bibb
Another option: Overall-like bibs, which are perfect for adjusting length while also being extremely chic.
FP Movement All Prepped Bibb, $, available at Free People
OOSC Rainbow Road ski suit in white
Ski suits don’t just play to our inner peacock; they’re an instant H2T ‘fit that’s equal parts retro and Instagram fodder.
OOSC Rainbow Road ski suit in white, $, available at ASOS
Lululemon Down for It All Vest
Layers are absolutely key when it comes to staying comfortable on the mountain. A puffer vest like Lululemon’s down version will keep you warm while adding minimal bulk underneath a waterproof shell.
Lululemon Down for It All Vest, $, available at Lululemon
The North Face Dragline Jacket
A high collar is preferable on a jacket to protect your neck from both sunshine and snow getting in and dripping down your back (yuck), but other than that, it’s all about playing around with print and color.
The North Face Dragline Jacket, $, available at The North Face
Alo Aspen Love Puffer Jacket
Bring on the brrr with this cropped puffer, which features zippered side pockets that are key for holding your phone and valuables secure while on the slopes. Plus, a removable hood allows you to keep your noggin warm — or not.
Alo Yoga Aspen Love Puffer Jacket, $, available at Alo Yoga
H&M Jacquard-knit Sweater
This pullover half-zip is quintessential après-ski chic but at a decidedly affordable price.
H&M Jacquard-knit Sweater, $, available at H&M
Perfect Moment Star II Suit
If you’re looking to be the most stylish person on the slopes, look no further than this sleek printed suit.
Perfect Moment Star II Suit, $, available at Shopbop
Smith Optics Goggles
Look for goggles that have side vents and double screens so condensation doesn’t build up inside and cloud your vision. The darker the lens, the better for tackling brighter, sunny skies, too. And remember to apply sunscreen all over your face to avoid awkward tan lines.
Smith Optics Skyline, $, available at Smith
Dakine Fleetwood Mitten
Pretty self-explanatory, but do make sure you buy gloves with cinched wrists, whether it’s toggle ties or elasticated fabric. Because if snow gets in there, you’ll have freezing cold mitts all day. Our favorites include insulated, quilted mittens like this Dakine pair.
Dakine Fleetwood Mitten, $, available at Backcountry
The North Face Shelbe Raschel Etip Gloves
If mittens don’t give you the flexibility and mobility you crave on the slopes, insulated gloves are the way to go. We love this reliable North Face pair that has e-tips so you can still take selfies from the chairlift.
The North Face Shelbe Raschel Etip Gloves, $, available at Nordstrom Rack
When it comes to keeping your face protected, buffs and balaclavas are all you need. Look for ones made of a technical, lightweight fabric that allows for easy breathability while shielding you from harsh wind and snow.
Spyder Pivot, $, available at Spyder
Smartwool PhD Ski Medium Pattern Socks
Socks may not seem like a make-or-break thing when it comes to skiing, but trust us — your feet will thank you for investing in a pair (or two). The extra cushion, moisture-wicking fabric, and reinforced shin area all help to support your foot and offer respite from uncomfortable rented snow boots.
Smartwool PhD Ski Medium Pattern Socks, $, available at Dick’s Sporting Goods
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