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Snow Show: Base Layers As Clothes? You're Covered For Next Winter

SIA 16The 2016 Snow Show has good news for those of us who love to wear our baselayers as clothes. The mountain lifestyle continues with even more adds to the fun vibe with colorful prints in both leggings and tops. 

We’ll see original hand-painted designs like those from Krimson Klover as we shed our ski duds and head to the bar.

Softgoods is the largest category in the snowsports market and sales continue to climb. Total apparel sales in 2014-15 was up for the fourth year in a row despite the drop in average days of snowsports participation. according to SIA Snow Sports Market Intelligence Report. 

SIA 16Gone are the days where all we could wear in winter were drab overcoats and rubber duck boots. Today’s market adores the soft, comfortable look and feel of clothing that moves and stretches with you. Versatility is key. Clothes will be functional and flattering. Even snowboard designers will add more tapered lines and stretch silhouettes to their collections.

Tactile And Textiles

Clothes for next winter are all about tactile and textiles as companies experiment with blending fabrics like Terramar’s Thermawool poly-wool combo, Kari Traa’s wool + DriRelease, and outwear brands like Dare 2B and Bergans of Norway mapping with down alternatives in strategic places and using four-way stretch fabrics.  

While manufacturers are letting the designs in base tops and bottoms pop, headwear is taking the opposite approach. Those classic fold-over knit caps are back in the limelight. They are simple and sweet with retro patterns and pom-poms. 

Burton is topping theirs with oversized puffs, Flylow’s Revival Line features branding from abandoned ski resorts and Chaos’ “Magic Machine” is weaving vintage colors and patterns like the Dayton and Toni. 

Retro Times

SIA 16As nostalgia for old ski resorts and simpler times holds strong, here come those classic “heritage” sweaters with updated styling and technical features. 

Dale of Norway is bringing a youthful flare to its classic collections with waterproof/breathable membranes. Woolblends and cute street-to-slope pieces and designers are finding renewed love for the 70s/boho style.  

The insulated winter skirt by Skhoop created back in 1999 actually made a huge splash a few seasons ago when companies like Smartwool, Alp n’ Rock and Patagonia made their own versions but with softer wools. You can have just as much warmth and a lot more fashion with hip new sweater skirts like those from Laundromat coming next season.

Colors are trending toward orange, dark blues and gray/slate. Even women’s pieces are showing more masculine colors opting to use feminine touches like waistbelts, prints and fur to distinguish the gender.

The industry packs up their booths, samples and supplies today and heads to Copper Mountain for on-snow action. We’ll wrap up the 2015/16 with a final report shortly.

Photos from SIA '16 (Ryan Freitas)

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