Skiing and snowboarding clothing has long been a good indication and reflection of trends in the fashion world.  This season is certainly no different.  Here are some of the hottest trends for the 2013/2014 snow season.

Let’s start off with the hot colors for this season.  For women mint has already proven itself to be big coming in from Spring and Summer, and it’s rolling right over into some cute pieces for Fall and Winter as well. Orange is up and coming as a hot color for women as an alternative to the traditional reds and pinks of girl world.  For men, the big color this year is green, mainly of the forest or olive variety, deeper and more muted. Mens-and-Womens-Ski-Fashion

In general, solids and color blocking are taking over patterns.  This allows for more versatility in your outfit options, making mixing and matching pieces easy and quick.  But as usual, there is an exception to this rule: camo.  Camouflage patterns are dominating this year, in men’s, women’s and even kid’s.  And it comes in all forms, bold, digi camo, floral camo, bright and muted.  And for a more women’s specific print trend, it’s Aztec/tribal prints that are ruling right now.Camo-Ski-and-Snowboard-Gear (2)

A couple of clothing styles are making a big comeback this year, namely flannels and sweaters.  Flannels started coming back in style in a big way a couple years ago and now that trend is in full swing, with the plaid variety dominating the scene.  Sweaters used to be the big thing in skiing fashion back in the day, but they faded out.  Now, they’re back, and in an awesome way.  Woven prints are big for ski sweaters, as are zip necks and full zip sweaters, to allow for versatility. Ski-Fashion---Flannels

For women specifically, softshell pants are the hottest new pants right now, in popularity and looks.   They give you a very slim look without actually being true stretch pants, Smartwool-PHD-Skirtbut the softshell material still allows for plenty of movement.  Also, a new up and coming piece for women this year is the insulated wrap skirt, which is a down or synthetic insulated skirt that wraps around your waist or can be pulled over the hips.  It is the perfect après skiing piece, as you can just take off your ski pants and put in on over your long underwear bottoms, turning them into instant leggings with a cute and warm skirt look.

Across both men’s and women’s fashions an exciting technological trend is the incorporation of 4-way stretch into ski and snowboard outerwear materials.  Flexibility and movement in outerwear has been a long standing issue for skiers and snowboarders, but with the invention of 4-way stretch, jackets and pants move more freely with your body.  This type of material is being used in more and more brands and pieces, and is also allowing for slimmer or more fitting cuts to be on the upward trend this year, since movement is no longer an issue.

And last but not least, let’s talk about black.  Black has also been one of the most popular colors in the fashion world probably since its inception, and this is especially true in regards to the skiing and snowboarding world.  Black goes with everything, and therefore it is always going to be popular.  But, this year try switching up your black match up piece with something gray instead.  This year, gray is the new black, with hits of gray popping up everywhere from gray pants replacing boring black ones, and gray hits on jackets to spice up your color choices.

There you have it, the trends for the 2013/2014 ski and snowboard season.  Now that you know what’s hot, go find your perfect look for the mountains.

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