Let’s be real: a celebratory cocktail is well earned no matter how many runs you get in, so why not dress for the occasion? Before Halfdays, we were not impressed with the way ski wear was made for women. Fashion-forward pieces were too pricey and not technical enough, and the performance-driven pieces were ill-fitting, blandly colored, and just all-around…not the vibe. While functional and fashionable ski wear takes priority, après style is almost as important and just as much fun to embody.As ski culture evolves, après-ski style is becoming an aesthetic of its own. Picture a good handshake emoji moment where athleisure meets alpine-chic. Fashion-forward winter style can elevate your gear from bunny hill level to summit status. It might sound like a challenge, but a picture perfect après moment is more attainable than you think – especially with a few pointers from your on-mountain guide, Halfdays.
How to easily and effectively transform your snow outfit to après-chic:
Après can take many definitions, but when we break it down to a formula, it’s the same experience of hitting the bar after work with your friends. The mission? Look good and have fun. The circumstances post-skiing? Helmet hair, goggle lines, and a tad bit sweaty from hitting your runs. The secret sauce is selecting the right basic pieces and functional accessories to transform your active ski outfit into a snow-themed look. We kept this in mind when designing our own ski wear, so you don’t have to shed a thousand layers or switch out core pieces of your outfit just to grab some spiked hot chocolates and people-watch the slopes. We’ll break down the our best advice by clothing category, so you are best prepared for your next après endeavor. Just remember, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel and buy a completely new wardrobe for your ski trips. With a few versatile pieces, layering knowledge, and an accessory-saavy mindset, you’ll be ready to run that chalet bar like a pro.
Fashionable Foundations: Base Layers
If you’re a Halfdayer, you know your base layers are the key starting point for any cold weather outfit. A solid base layer provides insulated warmth and protection against wind exposure.Better yet, base layers serve as the foundation for your après outfit, so you can seamlessly switch out or remove other layers. Our Seamless Base Layers are compressive and cinching, like a favorite active wear set, but designed with mountain performance in mind. If you run cold or want something a little more soft and easy for lounging, our Merino Wool Base Layers are naturally insulating, moisture-wicking, and odor-resistant, so you can ski the backcountry and relax at base camp without changing a thing. @image_source@image source@image source
First things first - shed the bulky outer layers and pop on a jacket. Our Georgie Puffer is a great on and off the mountain coat: the hood and powder skirt are removable, making a street-style transformation instantaneous. We know enjoying an outdoor après by the fire is a whole mood- Georgie provides plenty of insulation and waterproofing to keep you cozy. =var('imageSource')Halfdays has you covered across the après spectrum. Waiting outside for a table in a borderline blizzard? Whip out the Tabei Parka. Just trying to block the breeze on a sunny spring afternoon? Go more lightweight with our Nellie Packable Puffer.@image_source@image source@image source
If you're headed to the lodge or the iconic ski bar at the base of the hill, you might want to switch from a jacket to your favorite crew neck or sweater. For a sporty-cozy look, pop the Halfdays Ski Club Crewneck or Pieper Fleece over your Seamless or Merino Wool Base Layers.
Of course, don’t skip the most satisfying swap of all: boots for boots. Your post-ski boot choice should be ready to handle the snow without compromising your show-stopping fit… We all know that UGG Boots are the footwear of choice for celebs taking Instagram pics in Aspen, but we think they’re the perfect combo of trendy and functional for your après outfit. With multiple heights, fabrics, and textures to choose from - they fit every occasion. Take a look at the Ashton Chelsea in Suede or Classic maxi toggle for a dressier feel. If you’re trying to add some sass or sparkle, you won’t be disappointed by the Adiroam Ankle Metallic or Tasman LTA. We don’t need to suggest Taffy pink to go with our Alpenglow line… It’s a no brainer. @image_source@image source@image source
If you’ve already found your perfect post-skiing boots (and they happen to be canvas or suede) here’s a Halfdays hack: do yourself a favor and buy some Pink Miracle Spray… a little extra waterproofing never hurts!
Last but not least: The simplest, most effective way to take your snow outfit straight to après is by ACCESSORIZING. And if you have a few staples ready to go in your boot bag, your base layers won’t know what hit them.