Look Chalet Chic in Apres Ski Style

Whether you’re an avid skier or just an armchair winter sports fan, I’m sure you’d agree that the best part of a day skiing is Après Ski. There’s nothing like cozying up by a roaring fire with friends and family, hot chocolate and munchies in hand, feeling relaxed and ready to party.


Looking at the part is vital for many of us to set the mood. So, what do you wear to look cute and festive in the wintertime?  Here are some modern ideas for looking chalet chic at the ski lodge or from the comfort of your home.

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1. Cozy Up in a Big Turtleneck

The easiest way to get Chalet Chic style on or off the slopes is to build your outfit around a cozy, oversized turtleneck and snuggly puffer coat. This cute outfit is from Talbots which always has a great selection of Apres Ski looks in the winter.

red and pink faire isle sweater

2. Wear a Snuggly Fair Isle Sweater

Another way to get an instant Nordic vibe is with a toasty Fair Isle sweater. Pair a Fair Isle patterned sweater with black skinny Ponte leggings or jeans. Add chic leather booties with a stand-out buckle and a stylish shoulder bag for a warm, refined look. Neutral-colored Fair Isle sweaters are classic. But right now, brightly colored Fair Isle Sweaters are trending, like this red and hot pink one.

For an edgier version of this outfit, try leather pants. They’ll give this look an unexpected bite. Black velvet jeans can work if you want a softer, more romantic vibe.

Apres Ski - Striped Sweater

3. Embrace Faux Fur Trim

Whether it’s a pair of white fuzzy earmuffs, a faux fur hat, or this classic red winter coat, a touch of faux fur trim is all you need to nail the Swiss slopes look.

APres Ski - Plaid Vest

4. Be Playful with Plaid

Plaid is a perfect choice for the Après Ski style, but it can often fall into the predictable category. To make sure that doesn’t happen, try plaid reimagined. For example, plaid in a new shape, like this cute puffer vest. Wear it with a wooly tunic sweater and skinny jeans. Then, pump up the excitement with a bold red crossbody bag. Talbots is just one of many brands with a Chalet Chic collection this winter.

5. Kick up Your Heels in Cute Utility Boots

The finishing touch to any Chalet Chic outfit is a pair of cute boots. For a more natural, outdoorsy look, go for a utility style. For example,  suede shearling boots with a cool buckle, like the ones above, lace-up hiking booties with thick woolen sock insets, or mukluks are ideal.

6. Sprinkle in Cozy Accessories

Finish off your Chalet Chic look with these snow bunny details. Don’t forget:

  • Cute knitted hats with playful pompoms
  • Long wool-blend cardigans
  • wooly ponchos
  • Snuggly cable knit leggings
  • Sweaterdresses
  • Touch screen-friendly knit gloves
  • Bright, colorful wooly scarves
  • an excellent pair of sporty sunglasses
  • quilted bags


7. Throw in Some Red

The holidays are a popular time for apres ski dressing, so throw in some bright Christmas red for a festive look. Red is one of the signature colors of the Apres Ski style, and a sporty striped Apres Ski style sweater is fun and energetic looking. It’s striking when worn with neutrals like black, white, taupe, dark green, navy, and gray.


8. Create an Après Ski Beauty Look

Once the sun goes down, freshen up with some tinted lip gloss and a dab of shadow. A touch of shine in your make-up will make you glow in front of the fire. Fluff up your hair at the crown with your fingers. If you’ve been out in the cold, it’s probably been smushed from wearing a hat all day. You’ll look intentionally undone, in other words, more youthful.

nordic patterned prints


In summary, The critical pieces in this cozy, athletic look are chunky, patterned knits. There are plenty to choose from.

Be on the lookout for argyle sweaters, fair isle prints, cable knits, and nordic woolens that make you feel like curling up in front of a roaring fire.

To look cool and current like you belong in Aspen (and not kitschy), remember:

It’s all About Texture –Nubby, fuzzy, chunky, and furry are all great words to describe your ideal sweater this fall. The best-patterned knits are playful and fun to touch.

Big and long sweaters and oversized “boyfriend” knits make these ski lifestyle sweaters modern and new. Turtlenecks and funnel neck sweaters are also on trend. Ponchos are fabulous. Fringe is fun.

Color and Pattern – Neutrals are chic, especially shades of gray, but there’s room for splashes of brights, too, if that’s more your personality. Patterns give your casual wardrobe pizzazz.

The Right Mix – Alpine-style sweaters look edgier when worn with leather leggings, silky jogging pants, skinny jeans, maxis, and short skirts.

Accessories that Work With It – Woolen hats, giant infinity scarves, fur, and shearling complement this style. A faux fur vest is a fabulous accessory.

Finally, remember cozy looks aren’t limited to the ski lodge.  They will look just as fab at home as at the Chalet. That’s because the Après Ski style is more than a way to dress. It’s a state of mind.

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4 thoughts on “Look Chalet Chic in Apres Ski Style

  1. Hello- I love the black and cream sweater with reindeer and the skinny jeans in the chalet chic look. Also, I saw you wearing a pair of perfect leopard pumps!! Keep up the great work!
    Xo, Min

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