No more bulge

> Why ski fash­ion is turn­ing to lay­ers

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

WHO wants a ski jacket that makes them look like a Miche­lin man who has fallen into a bucket of red paint? Bulging lol­lipop cloth­ing is get­ting to be a thing of the past on the pistes.

This sea­son, win­ter sports­wear de­sign­ers are fo­cus­ing on fash­ion that is light and func­tional and that looks great on and off the slopes. These are the lat­est trends:

Trend 1: No­body buys a jacket just for ski­ing Why choose an ex­pen­sive jacket that you’ll only wear one week a year? “Ski­ing is not a cheap hobby. Many peo­ple can only af­ford it once a year for a cou­ple of days,” says Jochen Sch­nell, a sports re­tail in­dus­try of­fi­cial.

“Con­sumers are there­fore think­ing about how much they’re spend­ing on ski­wear.” This is es­pe­cially true for fam­i­lies, whose bud­get is of­ten lim­ited. If you do de­cide to in­vest in an ex­pen­sive jacket, you’ll want to wear it as of­ten as you can.

This means ski­wear should be suit­able to wear in your leisure time – so as smart as pos­si­ble.

“The trend to­wards ur­ban styles is also ap­par­ent in win­ter sports,” says Sch­nell. “You should be able to wear the de­signs in nor­mal, ev­ery­day sur­round­ings.”

The fits and shapes in men’s fash­ion are more sporty and tech­ni­cal, whereas women’s ski­wear is more fo­cused on sporty chic. This in­cludes slim-fit and body-hug­ging cuts.

A trend item on and off the slopes is the ei­der­down jacket. This is what Me­lanie Rauch from the Ger­man Ski In­struc­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion has ob­served. “The jack­ets are in­cred­i­bly light, breath­able and warm.” You can wear them for warmth on the slopes un­der­neath a mois­ture­proof jacket – but also in the city wth some jeans, a shirt and a sweater.

Trend 2: Dis­creet colours are bet­ter than bold On the ski slopes you of­ten see brighter colours than else­where: rich red, bril­liant blue and loud green. This safety fea­ture makes it eas­ier to recog­nise win­ter sports ath­letes in the snowy ter­rain. “Off the slopes, things be­come much more sub­tle,” says Sch­nell. The trend is for dark to medium blue, bur­gundy, fir green, dark grey and black.

Trend 3: It’s all about lay­er­ing A big trend is the ma­te­rial. They are get­ting lighter but still have the func­tion­al­ity of their thicker pre­de­ces­sors,” ex­plains fash­ion con­sul­tant Louisa Smith. At the same time, the prin­ci­ple of lay­er­ing is not go­ing away: it’s all about thin breath­able lay­ers in­stead of one thick jacket.

For ex­am­ple, Ger­man ski­wear brand Schoef­fel has launched a ski jacket with a zip-in func­tion in­clud­ing a re­mov­able quilted jacket.

“When the tem­per­a­tures rise and there is lot of sun­shine on the slopes, it is pleas­ant to take out the in­ner jacket or to be able to go ski­ing with only the in­ner jacket on,” says Sch­nell.

A ma­jor in­flu­ence on this de­vel­op­ment is the trend to­wards ski tour­ing, ex­plains Rauch, since it puts heavy de­mands on the gar­ments.

“As you climb, you sweat a lot and your ski­wear needs to be made from breath­able ma­te­rial. On the other hand, it gets cooler as you head down, and the clothes have to keep you warm.” Lay­er­ing is ideal here and works for ev­ery­one.

Trend 4: Blurred lines In an ideal world, the cloth­ing you wear on the ski slopes and on the high street should also be suit­able for moun­tain climb­ing in warmer weather.

As ma­te­ri­als be­come bet­ter and the lay­ers of cloth­ing be­come thin­ner, in­di­vid­ual pieces can be com­bined ac­cord­ing to the sea­son. Thin Gore­tex jack­ets – de­signed for hik­ers and moun­taineers – can also be worn on the slopes, says Sch­nell.

“This has been a trend for a few years now.” The jack­ets are ro­bust and have tech­ni­cal fea­tures, such as a high level of wa­ter­proof­ing and pro­tec­tion against the wind.

“We see cus­tomers ask­ing them­selves:” Why shouldn’t I wear this jacket when I go ski­ing too?” – dpa

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