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Have you started to think about how to dress for the slopes this winter? Here’s our guide to this season’s trends. 

Winter is on its way. You can almost feel those bright, crisp mornings with a quietness in the air. It’s the first sign that a ski holiday is also on its way. And that means a new skiwear wardrobe! But with so many options out there how do you choose?

Fur the right reason

Fur is back on the slopes. The winter warmer ensures that little extra ounce of cosy-ness to any jacket. But, as the origin and ethics of the fabrics we wear becomes more and more of a headline, there’s one overriding element to this fashion trend – any fur must be faux.

Eider is one of skiwear’s biggest brand names to announce it is no longer using real fur in any of its products. The news is great to hear, but it’s even better when you realise how soft and comfortable its faux version is. Look for Eider’s The Rocks Jacket or Squaw Valley Jacket - both of which show it off to the max.

Sustainability

In fact, environmental credentials across the board are becoming more and more of a permanent ‘trend’ for not only skiwear brands, but outdoor clothing providers as well. They recognise we’re outdoor people, enjoying the countryside and for that reason we want to protect it.

Since 2013, Eider clothing has come with a full lifetime warranty covering all defects. This means they will attempt to repair it before replacing it. And if you return an end-of-life garment to their After Sales Service and they can’t repair it, they will up-cycle instead.

This winter 68 per cent of Eider’s new collection is certified “low impact”. Up from 30 per cent last season. And the brand-new Eider Mission hoody, the perfect throw on for après ski, is made from Polartec Thermal Pro fleece – a fabric that’s manufactured from 100 per cent recycled plastic, woven into a material which produces the same feel and features as traditional fleece.

A Return to Retro Roots

This season you’ll notice a definite trend towards seventies style on the slopes. Retro is back. We don’t expect you to start skiing in platforms and flares; but a lot of skiwear designers have added a nod to this most groovy of decades in their designs.

Italian brand, CMP, is one to look out for if you want to keep up with this trend. They combine technical materials with retro European designs using iconic stripes of primary colours contrasted against monochrome.  Many of their jackets also incorporate the faux fur fashion trend. Have a look at their Women’s Jacket with Zip Hood.

Colour Your World

There are not one, but two colour trends this season. Monochrome and bright primary colours.

Eider has also divided its paint pallet in two – defining its colours as either “Energy” or “Emotion”. The Energy collection includes vivid, bright, poppy colours and tones that inspire dynamic spirit. Whereas, the Emotion collection includes more neutral, darker, urban tones and textured fabrics that exude modern elegance.

Look for colours like “Dandelion” yellow, “True Blood” red and “Dark Orange”, alongside “Dark Skyfall” blue. You can either choose to wear all brights or combine the two collections to make your colours pop even more. Eider’s Rocker and Edge Pants, and CMP’s Man and Woman Ski Pants fulfil this demanding rainbow of colour with many options to choose from.

Crossover

More and more of us are seeking a skiwear wardrobe that’s as comfortable off, as on, the mountain. Eider’s Crossover collection is designed with this sort of wearability in mind and with an emphasis on function and versatility. That means you’ll be just as snug and comfy wearing them in the après ski bar, or walking along the resort streets, as you would be high up overlooking a ridge. And when you fly back home you won’t be out of place wearing their collection for a local dog walk.

Eider’s men’s half zip Sidecut fleece top has excellent fit, durability, breathability and versatility. It uses Polartec’s Powerstretch fabric which was developed to increase the range of motion you can get from a base layer fabric. This fabric prides itself on its tensile strength so that as you move, it always recovers to its original shape. This means it’ll look just as good in the evening, despite a whole day of demanding physical activity.