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How to get dressed- The Times

posted on Saturday, 15th January 2011 | find under 
downhill- but not in the style stakes...When I first went skiing in the eighties, the clothes tended to be Dayglo all-in-ones and as bulky as wrapping a duvet round youand cinching it with rope. This was accessorised with fur headbands , as pointless a bit of gear as as ever invented, because they left most of your head uncovered. Which idiot popularised those? Step forward, Sarah Ferguson.
Thankfully, things have moved on. Sarah Ferguson now popularise nothing, and it is perfectly possible to look stylish on the slopes and not like a well-insulated Buffalo preparing for the worst.
But some things don't change, salopeets have always been a terrible idea because you have to take your jacket off to go to the loo. Not a great plan at the best of times, it's a definate no-no in a frigid stall halfway up a mountain. All-in-one's don't work for the same reason.
Second, colour : neon is crass unless you're young, good-looking and an olympic level skier, in which case its cool, albeit a tad smug and people may snigger if you fall over. Patels and whites don't work against snow. I don't know why, but they don't. You need bright block colours like the raspberry pink Dare2b salto jacket or Schoffel's Women's Granite Jacket, though please, for the love of God, don't wear it with matching bright pink pants.
Alternatively go for for Dark Blue or Black jackets. Sweaty Betty's Hailton jacket with a fake fur collar (£360; sweatybetty.com) would look good with the snug (£190) or Purdey (£170) Ski pants, and the same site is a good source of fleeces. Think three layers- thermal underware from M&S, then a thin top like those at chillfreeski.com or a fleece, then your jacket.   
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