What to Wear When You Go Skiing, So You Stay Warm, Dry, and Stylish

Okay, now I'm ready to hit the slopes.

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You've booked your ski trip—a cabin, good friends, and some hot chocolate...winter bliss. Now, it's time to get down to business: what to pack. Before you hit the slopes, you'll want to suit up properly in warm and waterproof gear. Not sure where to find such things? We've got you. Here's a narrowed-down packing list that includes only the most important items, from a high-tech jacket to ultra-cozy gloves, and where to buy them. (There's even a pair of Fendi ski goggles in here, if you want to be fancy.) Once you're done shopping, reward yourself with an Après cocktail.

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A Snow-Ready Jumpsuit

Perfect Moment ski jumpsuit, $750

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Take the guess work out of matching a top and bottom with this Perfect Moment “Tignes” jumpsuit. It’s made of a waterproof and breathable fabric complete with four-way stretch, so you can show off those moves on the mountain with ease. The one-piece also has fleece lining for insulation and a helmet-compatible hood. Though this is a bit pricey, for aficionados with season passes, it's worth the splurge.

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A Helmet

Bern ski helmet, $49

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Before you attempt to cliff-huck in the French Alps, strap on your helmet. There are fancy ones for over $100, but you don't have to spend a fortune for good, protective head gear. This $49 piece from Bern does the job.

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A Warm Underlayer

Alexander Wang heat tech bodysuit, $40

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This Alexander Wang heat tech bodysuit will deliver an extra dose of warmth. Wear it under your ski jacket or top with a sweater first for another layer of coziness. It's designed to wick moisture away so you don't feel clammy, and the stretchy material fits comfortably on your figure as you swish down the slopes.

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A Cheeky Sweater

The Great Alpine Ski sweater, $295

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Done skiing for the day? Slip on this sweater and sit in front of the fireplace with a hot toddy in hand. It's on-theme and can even be worn back at home with jeans and booties. I love the vintage feel and bold lettering, since it sends a clear message to everyone that you enjoy the sport (even if, let's admit, you're better at the après part).

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Leggings for Layering

Mammut go dry tights, $55

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Double layering your pants is a solid idea, especially if we're talking single-digit temps. This lightweight pair of tights from Mammut has anti-odor properties (important if you plan to spend the whole day outdoors) and is quick-drying, so you’re not coated in your own sweat. Perfect for wearing under a pair of waterproof ski pants or under your ski jumpsuit.

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A Pair of Ski Goggles

Fendi mirror goggles, $437

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Avid skiers will want to invest in their own gear, and one of the most important pieces are goggles. This sporty pair features wide lenses with a blue tint. The label's name is stamped on the straps, lest you forget who makes this fashionable eyewear.

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A Waterproof Jacket

Columbia insulated jacket, $170

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If you're going to spend a few hours on the slopes, tumbling around in the snow, you need a waterproof jacket. Columbia makes this affordable one that will repel water and keep you warm, thanks to the synthetic fiber insulation. The jacket also has zippered pockets for your wallet and knitted cuff sleeves for extra comfort around the wrist.

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A Knit Hat

Plush beanie, $66

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A good helmet will keep your head warm (and safe) while skiing. When you take a break from the run, however, stay cozy (and hide helmet hair) with a knitted beanie. This one will keep your head and ears toasty and looks ski-lodge chic. If you're not a hat person, give these furry earmuffs a try.

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An Affordable Pair of Ski Pants

Columbia storm pants, $50

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First time skiers looking for affordable ski pants: Scoop up these basic bottoms. They're only $36 and come in a simple, stretch-waistband design. Ski-approved features include waterproof technology, breathable fabric, and a lightweight design. Wear with a long-sleeve sweater or hoodie and you're good to head to the chair lift.

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A Luxe Pair of Ski Pants

Toni Sailer stirrup ski pants, $399

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Toni Sailer's ski pants blur the line between fashion and function—they looks like a regular pair of leggings but have the technology of advanced ski gear. The bottoms are designed with a water-repellent fabric to keep ice out, while a proprietary lining keeps warmth in. Thanks to the tailored fit and a stirrup style, these pants are ultra stylish (honestly, I'd wear these even if I wasn't skiing).

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A Pair of Gloves

Marmot gloves, $65

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Gloves are necessary for ski trips, so don't forget to pack yours. This cute leather pair is not only machine washable, but also has grips on the fingers for better control. And that icy blue design has me ready for wintertime.

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A Pair of Cozy Socks

Bombas snowboard socks, $24

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These performance socks were designed by a professional snowboarder, so you can count on them to meet all your ski or snowboarding needs. They're made of merino wool and have built-in cushioning. Plus, there's a charitable aspect: for each pair of socks purchased, one pair is donated to homeless shelters.

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A Thermal Pullover

Icebreaker hooded pullover, $180

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Layering is key for staying comfortable in the mountains. This pullover can be worn over a tank top and under jacket, then taken off if you're feeling toasty indoors. The quilted pattern also has a secret function: it regulates your temperature by trapping and releasing body heat. Whoops...I guess that's not a secret anymore.

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A Two-Tone Scarf

& Other Stories scarf, $89

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A scarf might not be the best idea when you actually ski, should it become tangled with your equipment. Instead, save it for when you hang out on the deck of your resort, sipping those après-ski drinks. This two-toned wool scarf from will keep you warm and snug and looking stylish as you take in the snow-covered scenery.

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