Last year’s visits to Massanutten Ski Resort near Harrisonburg, VA didn’t exactly overwhelm my sense of fashion appreciation on the ski slopes. It wasn’t like skiing out West where every woman looks perfectly made up and their hair doesn’t get matted down from their hats or helmets. Heck, they even seem to glide through the bar lounge areas and that’s with their ski boots still on.
But, perhaps if I get this article out in time, local stores order these new fashions, and women are able to purchase them, we might spy some high style on the ski and snowboard slopes of Massanutten and Wintergreen this year. Here are three of the biggest 2011 fashion trends for the season:
Fashionable & Feminine Touches Added to Functionality
While the fabric revolutions of the last two decades has added a remarkable degree of functionality to our ski parkas, pants and bibs, until recently designers have seemed to design only for the Michelin Man and his body shape. This year, things seem to be changing a bit. According to amazines.com, base layers have changed from the basic white silk long underwear and the black turtleneck to striking colors, feminine patterns, and even embroideries to get you noticed when you park your parka indoors. Après -ski wear is also colorful and feminine, such as this sweater.
Parka waistlines are even nipped and tucked so that you don’t resemble a rectangle.
Denim & Flannel?
Denim, or at least material resembling denim, is showing up everywhere, from slope wear to après-ski dress. This denim is contrasted by bright orange stitching, both functional and decorative. Burton has even released a denim and flannel-looking Gortex outfit for the US Olympic ski team which more closely resembles the grunge look.
Over and over, in descriptions of shows and pieces of apparel, clothing is described as earth friendly – either partially made from recyclable material or easily recycled.
Sophisticated Protective Helmets
Head protection and helmets have come a long way from the early look. Today’s offerings range from natural-appearing material as almost a hat, to sleek athletic gear that lends to the overall appearance as opposed to ruining it. Multiple new styles and examples are found at ski shops everywhere.
For those of you who simply can’t miss a call, the Jawbone ICON Bluetooth headset featured by SkiMagazine.com allows you “talk, tweet and text-hands-free” with only voice commands.