The term après ski originated in the French alps, and technically refers to any sort of entertainment activity that occurs at a ski resort at the end of the day. If you're not coming in straight off the slopes, still in ski clothes, then looking mountain-appropriate is key. No fussy footwear, tight dresses, or suits here—think relaxed, but polished. One easy way to pull together a challenging outfit is to work around a color scheme.
Clockwise from top left: Vintage Cable Turtleneck by LL Bean, $60, llbean.com; Tissue Turtleneck T-shirt by J.Crew, $25, jcrew.com; Unisex Cuffed Acrylic Lined Beanie by American Apparel, $20, americanapparel.com; Bouclé Coat with Tie Belt by H&M, $70, hm.com; Travel Wrap by White + Warren, $298, whiteandwarren.com; Heattech Knee High Socks by Uniqlo, $13 for two pairs, uniqlo.com; Kesey Boots by Ugg, $160, uggaustralia.com; Stretch-Suede Leggings by Vince, $945, netaporter.com; Wave Spray by Ouai, $26, sephora.com; Stone Column C Slider by Lele Sadoughi, $240, lelesadoughi.com; Suede Patchwork Shopper Bag by Asos, $77, asos.com.
For girls, we suggest sticking to lighter hues. There's very little that looks cooler with a snowy backdrop than a snowy white outfit. This white wrap coat does the trick nicely, and will look great against a classic white cable-knit turtleneck. Layer it over a gray turtleneck, and let the gray peek out around your neck. It's all in the details!
Also, since you (presumably) spent the entire day exercising in the snow, you'll want something comfortable on your legs. Suede leggings feel like yoga pants, but look much nicer. And, they work well with this creamy neutral color scheme. Pull on a pair of really warm socks—these have Heattech technology from Uniqlo, so they're extra warm—and bunch them around the tops of a pair of cozy, weather-proof boots like these Uggs. The black boots will keep the entire outfit from feeling too studied, but also works with this fun patchwork bag. As far as beauty goes, less is more. Focus on having great, natural, beachy waves and keep your face bare.
Clockwise from top left: Green Puffa Jacket by Topman, $130, topman.com; Double-Faced Cashmere Scarf by Steven Alan, $138, stevenalan.com; Cashmere Knit Ribbed Beanie by Coach, $63, coach.com; Jacquard-Knit Sweater by Club Monaco, $150, mrporter.com; All-Purpose Facial Moisturizer by Anthony, $30, sephora.com; 6-Inch Double-Collar Waterproof Boots by Timberland, $170, timberland.com; 770 Jean in Riverton Wash by J.Crew, $125, jcrew.com; Ragg Socks by Eddie Bauer, $10, eddiebauer.com; M24 Watch by Miansai, $215, miansai.com; Sunglasses by Persol, $300, sunglasshut.com.
Guys get the same advice—stick to a color palette. We like hunter green because it's wintry and more unexpected than blue. This dark green puffer, knit beanie, and watch strap will all work together beautifully, meanwhile a Fair Isle sweater is appropriately mountain-y, but isn't precious.
A good pair of solid denim is dressier than a distressed pair of jeans, and the dark color helps tie everything together. And last but not least, don't forget to moisturize! After a long day outside in the cold your skin is likely parched. Giving it a little boost will help everything, including your outfit, or your limp, look just a bit better.