Baby, it’s cold outside. If you’re planning a trip to the slopes, or just need to bundle up to brave the arctic winter temps, it pays to be prepared. That said, the right jacket is everything if you want to battle the elements and stay chic on and off the piste. With winter adventures in mind, we’ve put together an edit of the best ski jackets for women, based on warmth, weather resistance, high-performance features, ventilation, and yes, cute factor.
Why We Love It: Design and function come together in this technical ski jacket with a cozy removable hood by the masters of stylish extreme weather gear, Moncler. Genius wrist gaiters with thumbholes are just one of the many smart features, there’s also a two-way zipper for extra comfort and breathing room on the ski lift and the slim-fit silhouette will keep you chic when gliding down that powder-covered mountain. In addition to angled zip pockets, there’s also an interior pocket to store your ID, credit card, and keys. Fun fact: The name Moncler is an abbreviation of the town where the brand was born in 1952 – Monestier-de-Clermont in the French Alps.
Why We Love It: Former ski champion Willy Bogner launched his namesake line of “athluxury” in 1932 when his wife Maria lamented the lack of stylish ski-wear pieces for women. Today the brand is a go-to for luxury ski wear from their signature stirrup pants and statement ski jackets like this plush shearling-trimmed one with ribbed jersey cuffs and hems. The shell is water-repellent and packed with insulating down and feathers while adjustable drawcords lock in the heat so you can stay toasty on the mountain. The bad boy might be engineered for skiing but it’s so fashion-forward we’d wear it anywhere.
Why We Love It: Rossignol is another storied winter sportswear brand that originated in the French Alps in 1907 and over the past century or so has continued to create beautiful heritage pieces like jackets for ski and après-ski. This cutie in red, white, and blue rooster print will ensure you stand out on the slopes while keeping you completely dry —its technical design features high-loft down for ultra-warmth and a front zip closure with chin guard so you can keep your face protected when you ski. Style it as you see fit, the hood is removable and there’s an adjustable drawcord waist.
Why We Love It: Style and performance are the hallmarks of Perfect Moment ski-wear which originated from the enhancing mountains of Chamonix in France in 1984. What’s not to love about this black-and-white star motif bomber with its retro yet modern look and statement-making high-neck and elasticized hemline. Pair it with matching ski pants on your day time ski adventures and wear it again for evening après-ski drinks. The fit is true to size, but if you plan on generously layering underneath, choose a size up for extra space to get active with ease.
Why We Love It: Inspired by the Austrian alpine ski racer and winner of three gold medals at the 1958 Winter Olympics, the Toni Sailer brand (founded by Hans Taubenberger in 2004) is all about high-performance ski-wear with figure-flattering cuts. Before each piece makes it to store, it’s put through a long, rigorous testing process, you can be safe in the knowledge, it won’t let you down. This shiny baby-blue colored ski jacket for women is ideal for an alpine weekend getaway thanks to its weather-resistant, insulating materials and super warm hood. Multiple pockets also ensure there’s the perfect space to store your gloves, valuables, and camera for those Instagram worthy powder shots.
Why We Love It: Houndstooth print will forever be a classic. Hailing from Amsterdam, Goldbergh was founded in 2009 with a mission to celebrate women, independence, and expression. This jacket features a medium-weight water-repellent shell with quilted panels, which are not only the epitome of chic they are padded with insulating down and feather filling to keep you toasty. The removable hood has a cute faux fur trim and there’s plenty of pockets —in the chest area, near the waist, ski pass pockets, and internal pockets so this is definitely a case of fashion meets functionality.
Why We Love It: Turn heads on the slopes in a bold shade of cherry red courtesy of this ski jacket by the ethically-made luxury sportswear brand Erin Snow founded in 2003 by designer Erin Isakov, inspired by vintage ski gear and her devotion to leading a healthy, active outdoor life. This cool, retro-looking hip-length jacket is consciously made from recycled polyester shell and is insulated for optimal warmth. The zippers are waterproof too, so you can ski easy knowing you’ll not only look fabulous, you’ll stay dry. And bonus points, it’s machine-washable.
When it comes to ski jackets for women, fashionistas looking for designer luxury, style, and comfort will love this velvet leopard and paisley print jacket by the famed Italian fashion house, Fendi. Beyond making quite the fashion statement, on and off the slopes, this versatile, high-performance piece has a loose silhouette, so you can easily fit your base layer and mid-layer underneath and hidden zippers from the ribbed cuffs to the shoulders to allow for ventilation during all that high octane action.