Fashion Forecast: What to Wear for the Weather in Whistler
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 4:27 PM -
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This week’s Fashion Forecast takes us to wonderful Whistler, B.C., with its enchanting views, adventurous slopes, world-class restaurants, cosy resorts and charming shops. Skiing and snowboarding reign supreme in this town, but even if you don’t plan on hitting the slopes, proper apparel is essential to staying warm and blending in with the West Coast crowd. The forecast for this weekend is calling for light snow with a 90 per cent chance of precipitation with lows of around -4°C.
In terms of selecting an appropriate jacket, recycling your parka for snow sports simply won’t do. You need styles that are built for aerobic levels of activity with proper vents, flexibility and breathable fabric. While you might think that these features would equate for some less-than-chic looks, slope style has reached new levels of design in recent years.
To wit, snowboarding giant Burton has released a capsule collection with Gwen Stefani, which combines runway designs with rider-savvy details. We think this houndstooth jacket is ideally suited to fashion prowess and fresh pow. Pair with white boarding pants to complement its checkered pattern (also look for details such as critically taped seams to keep the elements out).
Once those key components are taken care of, you’ll need to consider your layering strategy. It’s crucial to have a thermal baselayer with moisture-wicking properties that will help keep you warm and dry. This shirt by Columbia comes in a handful of fun colours and features ergonomic seaming designed to move with your body. For those of us who are especially susceptible to the cold, add a fleece top to increase warmth. Arcteryx makes great, classic styles that can be worn on the slopes and around the chalet.
Finally, your accessories will need to do double duty by being fashionable and functional. We think these metallic grey gloves from The North Face are the perfect blend of sporty chic, while their PrimaLoft insulation will be sure the keep your fingers nice and toasty. Cap off your look with a chunky braided Merino wool knit beanie, which is très après, and you're set to hit the slopes. Happy riding!
Weatherproofing with Fashion:
- L.A.M.B. Down Jacket,$400, burton.com
- Descente Strut Pants, $187, sportinglife.ca
- Baselayer Midweight Long Sleeve, $65, columbia.com
- Delta LT Zip Neck, $120, arcteryx.com
- Metropolis Glove, $70, thenorthface.com
- Sunghee Bang Rodney Beanie, US $235, barneys.com
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