Après-Ski Accoutrements

Cable-knit beanie with faux fur pompom for a chic après-ski look. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Après-Ski Style

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve gone skiing, but we’re planning a trip to Colorado in early February. I’m well set for ski gear, but my après-ski accessories could stand to be updated. This cable knit cashmere cap with a faux fur pompom has potential. (Also available in grey and navy.)

Slouchy cable-knit cashmere beanie. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

But I’m also thinking this slouchy style might be less “hat head” inducing…

Cashmere lined leather tech gloves. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I like the longer length of these cashmere-lined leather tech gloves, but I wonder if they’ll be warm enough for Colorado mountain evenings.

Shearling tech gloves. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

 

I’m thinking these might be warmer and the better move.

Sorel winter boots for women. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I have some fleece-lined ankle boots, but always end up wishing for something higher. I don’t want to get too spendy, since they’re not something I’d have opportunity to wear often. But I do want something that will look nice enough to wear out in the evenings à la “Ski Resort Chic.” These lace-up boots have caught my eye.

Silk and cashmere neck warmer. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I can no longer tolerate wearing turtlenecks, so have been considering a cashmere snood (neck warmer). It’s less bulky than my warmest cashmere scarves.

Yes, I’m sticking with neutrals. You can take the girl out of the city…

What’s your après-ski style? Do you go for warm and practical, or sleek and elegant?

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20 Comments

  1. December 21, 2017 / 4:39 am

    Wow I bet Colorado is awesome for skiing? We’ll be skiing late this year since we’re moving from London to New Jersey in Feb there’s no time to holiday before then! Luckily I’m all set with ski gear etc although I do quite like the look of those boots in brown 😉 No no no must not buy another thing to pack! Have a great trip & happy new year xx

  2. Laurel
    December 21, 2017 / 5:16 am

    Warm for sure. And if you want warm feet, you can’t beat Sorels!

    • December 21, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Sorels are great, but do you really want such high boots? I’m as short as you are and find them (high winter boots, not Sorels) very uncomfortable.

      • Susan B
        Author
        December 21, 2017 / 7:01 pm

        I just received them today and they’re great! They hit me mid-calf (and I’m short), and lace up so can be adjusted for comfort.

        • December 23, 2017 / 5:15 am

          That is wonderful. They looked higher than that in the photo, and that kind of boots, unlike dressy boots of soft leather, can be uncomfortable if they come up to the knee.

          In your climate, you’ll have them for the rest of your life! They are very sturdy, even in climates like ours where they get much more wear.

          Sorel makes quite a range of footwear nowadays.

  3. Donna
    December 21, 2017 / 5:32 am

    I look forward to reading each edition of your blog!! Your sense of style and taste is impeccable! Although I just learned you will not wear turtlenecks any longer, would you include some from time to time? I love turtlenecks and have struggled to locate ones of quality construction and fabric. I bought one from Anne Taylor, vermillion silk knit, about 15 years ago. Had retained its rich color and shape, but, alas, literally falling apart at the seams this season. I’ve not thrown it out because of its color. I use it for comparison shopping. Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    Donna

    • Denise
      December 21, 2017 / 8:06 am

      Donna, for my recent winter vacation, I needed to keep drafts off neck and I love cashmere. I found jewel tone cashmere turtlenecks online from Lands’ End. They did not pill during my two week vacation and I stayed warm.

    • Ann Marie
      December 23, 2017 / 5:30 am

      Donna, try Uniqlo. I bought one of their cotton turtlenecks and they are great quality. I plan to buy a few more.

  4. Jane2
    December 21, 2017 / 5:57 am

    As a person who lives north of the 49th parallel, I recommend ditching the gloves entirely and getting mitts.

  5. P T
    December 21, 2017 / 6:12 am

    Agree with Jane2. Mittens are ALWAYS warmer than gloves. And agree with Laurel. Sorels.

  6. Denise
    December 21, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I just returned from a winter vacation in the Laplands of Finland where it was subzero Fahrenheit. We figured it out for clothing. I found a similar knit cap at REI that had an interior invisible fleece headband. I work it under hoodie when doing sporting events. Otherwise I wore a tightly woven beret that kept the cold out and didn’t flatten hair style.
    For gloves, when not doing sporting events, I wore Patagonia fleece lined fingerless mittens so I could keep them on and expose fingers when I wanted to take a photo with smart phone. Very convenient. My serious mittens are Outdoor Research from REI, which includes a fingerless liner. Inbetween mittens I toss a hand warmer packet to keep the air and hands warm.
    Turtleneck cashmere sweaters are great, baselayer merino wool if too cold, and a snug muff for neck to keep the drafts out. On top of that I had a large square warm scarf that worked great outside the coat or as a shawl in restaurants. My coat for sightseeing was full-length down so I had no complaints on the weather.
    My snow boots were lightweight North Face. The resort provided Sorels for snowmobiling.

  7. Kelly
    December 21, 2017 / 9:55 am

    We’re heading up to Banff in January (best early season snow since 1950 they say!) I used to live in Utah & ski a lot but haven’t skied much the past 10 years or so, so have been updating my ski & apres-ski wardrobe a little too. Have dark green suede Sorels from 1995 that are still gorgeous & warm – those are coming for sure! I also don’t wear turtlenecks – gaiters for skiing and scarves for apres are fine for me….Have fun!!

  8. December 21, 2017 / 10:13 am

    I need that snood!! Thanks Susan. I love when you find fabulous things for me:). Nothing wrong with neutrals. They’re the most versatile.

  9. Sheryl
    December 21, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Those are my Sorel boots! I love them. They are very comfortable and will keep you fashionably toasty. Ironically, I’m in the market for a fleece lined ankle length pair!

  10. Jane
    December 22, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I live in a Canadian ski resort & prefer shearling lined suede gloves, merino wool “tube” as a neck warmer (great on the ski hill & afterwards). Sorels are the right choice especially with cashmere or merino wool socks. I have a cable knit “toque” with fleece inside which does not itch. All necessary for our snowy winters.

  11. Ellen
    December 22, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Agree with Jane. When it is cold, I wear my shearing lined Ugg gloves. Kittens would be warming but not practical in terms of dexterity. The others you pictures will not be warm enough for prolonged time in the car. And a merino wool or cashmere tube style cowl that can scrunch about your neck is warmer than a turtleneck and generally more flattering to the neck/ chin area, plus it’s easy to pull on and off as the temp changes.

  12. Ann
    December 22, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Some great commenter sagacity here, y’all. Makes me want to head for Taos.

  13. December 22, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    After many seasons skiing in CO, esp.in Crested Butte, and standing slope-side while kids raced in New England, you cannot beat Sorels, but, as others have said, you don’t need the tall ones which look cute but are a nuisance to get on and off. Also, mitts are much better than gloves for apres, but gloves may be preferred for the slopes (better control). Have you considered good PolarTec and/or PolarFleece? We lived in Turtle Fur neck warmers in all colors-warm and washable and affordable. We also preferred fleece for hats for the same reason. Helmets are a must on the slopes. Also, don’t forget long underwear-Smart Wool or good silk long johns & tops are a necessity. Layers, layers, layers. Staying warm makes the vacation all the better-enjoy!
    PS-and don’t forget great sun screen, 50spf is a must.

    • Susan B
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      I have a couple of Turtle Fur neck gaiters for skiing, and I agree, they’re wonderful!

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