It's officially ski season. This weekend hotels across Europe opened their doors and slopes to the glitterati and the chicest of snow bunnies. The winter sport features in the most popular destination holiday of the season and sees some pretty extreme kit: those enormous metal and often fluro (and not in a good way) boots, flared plasticy trousers in a similar palette and often way-too-cropped padded ski jackets.
BUT as we learnt from 1950s, après-ski is an entirely valid activity, in fact there's an entire world on top of those slopes that does not involve sweating. Instead it's all about blow-dries, immaculate make-up, some fabulously fluffy (faux, please) fur and the chunkiest moon boots. Wining, dining and lounging are a truly competitive sport up there and it's just as important to have the right kit as it is out there on your skis.
Chelsea Leyland with Tali Lennox out on the slopes in Gstaad this weekend [Instagram @chelsealeyland]
1. Choose your palette
When shopping for both before-and-after-ski, firstly pick your core colours (we recommend black and white) and then add your secondaries: burgundy, cream and khaki add sophistication whilst pops of orange or bright blue will keep you looking alpine fresh.
2. You'll need a fabulous fake or two
The key to a fabulous fake is the texture: the finer and glossier the better. If in doubt go for black - it's depth will provide an expensive look where a natural brown might not. A coloured fur is also the most on-trend way to wear it.
3. Sunglasses are essential
Sunglasses are the most-oft forgotten item when packing for a winter holiday but without them you'll be snow blind. They're also essential for extra A-list sass.
You WILL burn up there - wear factor 50 or else.
Slope-chic is one of the most enjoyable wardrobes to embark on so we implore you to get involved! It will burn post-Christmas calories too...! What's not to love?