Here are a few simple tips when it comes to buying the perfect winter outfit for your children.
Bright and Fun – Almost certainly children will love the idea of skiing or playing out in the snow but may be less convinced to dress appropriately for the occasion. Kids’ ski wear should therefore be bright, funky and fun, meaning they’ll be pulling on their own salopettes rather than you having to chase them round the room to get them on.
Be Safe on the Slopes – There’s a safety point here too, bright or patterned outfits will ensure you can easily spot your children on the slopes or at the ski school. But just in case they do head off down the mountain without you and you don’t want to go as far as investing in an electronic tracking device, it’s always worth making sure you have your name and mobile written somewhere obvious in their clothing just in case you do get separated.
Kids’ Salopettes – Kids’ ski pants can be the least favoured item in youngsters’ winter wardrobes due to the fact they can be heavy, bulky and unattractive. Look for salopettes that are lightweight but still offer protection against the elements. Didriksons' Idre Ski Pants have a low bulk insulation, are waterproof, windproof and breathable with a high waist for a comfortable fit.
Kids’ Ski Jackets – Ski jackets should be waterproof, windproof and WARM! Most brands will have detailed technical information regarding the type of material used. It is worth reading through these details to ensure what you’re buying actually is waterproof, windproof and breathable, if this is what you expect it to be. Look for taped seams and additional features to keep the elements out such as a snowbreak on a jacket or ankle gaiters on salopettes. Don’t forget pockets too, skiers always need pockets for passes, lip salves and snacks etc. Dare 2B's Reckless Ski Jacket ticks all these boxes and more.
Baby Snowsuits – For babies think of a one-piece snow suit which is often the most practical and offers the most protection against the wind, cold and snow. Babies and young children tend to be less active in the snow too and remember that they can’t control their own temperature as well as you can, so think about an easy to add extra layer. The Break the Ice Snowsuit by Dare 2b is available from 0-6 months and is a very popular mid price range snowsuit.
Saving Money – Ski wear is expensive, it has to be to include all of the features mentioned above, but one way to save money is to consider choosing unisex outfits which can then be passed on to siblings once they are outgrown. Didrikson’s also have an amazing ‘extend size’ feature on some of their ski wear, including the popular Bjornen snowsuit. Just cut away a designated seam and the arms and legs will extend by one size. Two years for the price of one!
We hope this blog has given you some tips, but we don’t have all the answers so would love to hear your ideas too. If you’re staying in the UK this winter or lucky enough to be going further afield (we know some of our customers are heading to Lapland soon) we hope you have an amazing time and stay safe and warm in the snow. If you’d like to share some of your experiences/photos with us, we’d love to see them. Happy Winter!