Lavish winter trips may seem like a travel trend from yesteryear, but people are starting to embrace the outdoors again and are increasingly looking for wintry snow gear and outfits they can rock outside the house. Whether you're hitting the slopes or strolling along snow-covered sidewalks, this season is all about donning ski-inspired pieces.

Pinterest has seen an 83 percent rise in searches related to ski outfits over the last few months, while trend forecasting company WGSN is predicting an outdoorsy lifestyle boom in the coming years. Designers have also cast their votes with the release of ski lounge looks — Helmut Lang and Thome Brown are among the few taking the slopes by storm with metallic outerwear and sculptural designs.

From snow boots to puffer jackets, there are a few ways to elevate your winter fashion to après-ski levels. Shop TODAY talked to celebrity stylist Samantha Brown on why this trend is making a resurgence and how to make snow-ready athleisure look luxurious and chic.

Why is après-ski so popular right now?

While boredom is the main culprit of a rise in travel activities, consumers are becoming aware of the importance of mindfulness and spending time in nature while adopting a long-term ecological approach to life.

"The après-ski trend is popular right now because it piggybacks on the comfort of athleisure, which we’ve all grown to appreciate with our work-from-home lifestyles," said Brown. "It combines luxury and comfort, two key factors when dressing in 2022. Skiing is also a relatively Covid-safe sport, and people are excited to be hitting the slopes again."

With limited opportunities to dress up indoors, consumers have refocused their interest in outdoor activities, especially skiing. According to Brown, this gives shoppers a chance to re-engage with fashion after being consistently home over the last two years. "YSL recently released fantastic shearling accessories that nod to the après-ski wardrobe trends. Cozy boot companies like Inuikki have also made the look accessible, even for city dwellers. You may have also noticed a turnaround for Uggs, which is back in popular fashion again."

Other contemporary brands incorporating ski-inspired pieces this winter include Free People, Asos and J.Crew.

How to choose the right après-ski outfit

According to Brown, an après-ski outfit should "reflect the vibe and tone of the meal or gathering taking place after a day on the slopes." But even if you choose a staycation over a Colorado trip, you can take advantage of the trend with a "cozy off-the-shoulder cashmere sweater paired with leather leggings and booties."

If you're at a more casual hangout, "you can opt for something sportier like a graphic sweater or Fair Isle sweater, straight pair of jeans and a shearling accessory like boots or an oversized clutch," added Brown.

How to look luxurious during a ski trip

One of the best ways to minimize space and avoid overpacking is to choose a signature color palette for your trip so you can easily mix and match and make your outfits cohesive. Brown suggests that you "consider the number of days that you’re away and minimize the packing by re-wearing your sweaters and denim throughout the trip and committing to two pairs of shoes (a flat for the day and something dressier for the evening).

Also, consider the layers you're planning on wearing. Brown recommends packing travel clothes that will have multiple uses. "[For example,] a cashmere travel shawl can be worn from airplane/car travel to dinners over the shoulders and around the neck for daytime exploring."

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