How to Incorporate Après-Ski Aesthetic Into Your Mild Winter Wardrobe

Here in Atlanta, we're currently knuckling through the (hopefully) last really cold week of winter. And in pulling all my coats and sweaters back out, I got to thinking - can those of us with milder winters still splash about in the shallow waters - erm, snow drifts - of the sartorial wonderland that is après-ski style without an expedition-worthy duvet coat?

Below, I present to you four alpine-inspired hors d'oeuvres to whet your appetite and inspire you to serve all your transitional weather conundrums with a side of whimsy. Bon appetit!

Sweater: vintage, bike shorts: Under Armour, socks: Smart Wool, sandals: Chacos, sunnies: Ray Ban, bag: Cracker Barrel

Sweater: vintage, bike shorts: Under Armour, socks: Smart Wool, sandals: Chacos, sunnies: Ray Ban, bag: Cracker Barrel

Look 1: The Fairisle Sweat-er

For when your neck still gets chilly, but you want to get a jump-start on your Spring Break tan. Pair your bike shorts with your favorite festive sweater for a look that's equal parts comfortable and confusing. "Where is she going?" they'll whisper. Where aren't you going, more like.

This outfit is probably the most wearable of the group. It's all about juxtaposition: a chunky sweater with shorts, snowflakes with lemons, socks with sandals, and Nordic braids with Ray Bans. Perfect for brunch, morning walks, and lazy Sundays by the pool.

Sweater: vintage, bike shorts: Under Armour, socks: Smart Wool, sandals: Chacos, sunnies: Ray Ban, bag: Cracker Barrel

Sweater: vintage, bike shorts: Under Armour, socks: Smart Wool, sandals: Chacos, sunnies: Ray Ban, bag: Cracker Barrel

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Look 2: Little Black Diamond

I love a bit of technical clothing thrown in with an evening look. It shakes up the whole "dressy top and jeans" versus bodycon dress dilemma. Let your hair down - but keep your ski pants on!

This 'fit was my favorite to put together. I love these pants. They are great for climbing and hiking, but also happen to be super flattering and high-waisted. You could also treat them as streetwear and pair with chunky sneakers and a crop top, á la Gigi and Kendall.

Pants: Black Diamond, bodysuit and top: Urban Outfitters, hoops: Cult Gaia

Pants: Black Diamond, bodysuit and top: Urban Outfitters, hoops: Cult Gaia

Look 3: Baselayers are Outfit-savers

When it's still too nippy to wear your favorite shorts to brunch, just pull on a baselayer. My fabric of choice is merino wool, which works well for the widest range of temperatures of any natural fabric. Top with whatever your spring-craving heart desires - be it a sundress, a Hawaiian shirt, or jorts and a rugby t.

This idea was born of wishful thinking. More specifically, "how can I wear my favorite summer look without freezing my kneecaps off?" I encourage you to embrace the spirit of this endeavor, and slide some baselayers under your go-to mid-July pieces. Who says sundresses are just for summer?

Leggings: Icebreaker, turtleneck: Madewell, shorts: DIY American Eagle, top: J. Crew, socks: Smart Wool, boots: Blundstone

Leggings: Icebreaker, turtleneck: Madewell, shorts: DIY American Eagle, top: J. Crew, socks: Smart Wool, boots: Blundstone

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Look 4: Technical Curves

Quiz time: Let's combine everything we've learned so far to make the ultimate ski-inspired, South-friendly lewk. Start with your trusty baselayers, add a wink of flirtiness with some evening wear, and mix playful knits with technical fabrics.

This one may definitely draw some raised eyebrows unless you live in NYC, but it's so much fun! I say have your sartorial cake and eat it, too. Leopard-print socks are the cherry on top.

top: REI, skirt: GF Collection, hat: Columbia, stockings: Tranparenze, turtleneck: Madewell, socks: Stance, boots: The North Face

top: REI, skirt: GF Collection, hat: Columbia, stockings: Tranparenze, turtleneck: Madewell, socks: Stance, boots: The North Face

Did you too catch the après-ski bug this winter? How are you styling your winter wardrobe? Summer isn't the only season that should have all the fun!

Hannah Moseley