Trending: '80s-influenced skiwear

The metallics and bright colors the decade is known for are making a comeback.

There was nothing restrained about fashion trends in the 1980s. Embellishments were big (think: all those zippers on parachute pants) and everything from sweaters to handbags sparkled with sequins while colors were bold and blocky. Now, that playful flamboyancy has returned—to the slopes.

“I missed the glamour of skiing that I remember from the ‘80s,” says Erin Isakov, founder, designer, and CEO of Erin Snow, which revived the stirrup-style, in-the-boot ski pants a decade ago. “Magazines made fun of me for doing it, saying it’s a trend that died and should never come back,” she recalls. But this winter, many designers are offering similar versions. “We’re seeing a lot more sexiness come back to the sport,” adds Isakov. For instance, metallic fabrics recall the decade's love of lamé gowns. And there’s no slowdown in sight: Previews of the ’17-’18 lines reveal even more ‘80s influence.

bogner fire + ice ski jacket camaro, $600

Bold colorblocking riffs on ‘80s tracksuits, but this men’s jacket is optimized for powder with zippered vents and a snow gaiter.
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erin snow jes pant, $548

Wild prints call to mind pop icons, but the fabric technology is no throwback: High-performance Schoeller with 4-way stretch repels water and wind.
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tecnica moonboot w.e. low dance moon boot, $200

Moonboots were all the rage back in the day, and this update to the classic features a shorter cuff and a glittery finish that brings some sparkle to après.
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obermeyer dawn insulator vest, $129

The floral pattern incorporates all the pastel hues that Miami Vice made popular. Meanwhile, the high collar and down-like synthetic insulation feel cozy.
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skea hillary jacket hologram, $499

The opalline finish on this water-repellant topper puts a colorful twist on metallic lamé.
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spyder painted-on softshell pant, $300

This in-the-boot ski pant style uses shimmery stretch fabric that doesn’t feel binding or constrictive.
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toni sailer henriette fur jacket, $2,499

Waterproof leather, gleaming satin, and flashy zippers bring one of Madonna’s most infamous looks to the slopes.
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vuarnet 02 sunglasses, $215

A fixture on the ski slopes throughout the ‘80s, these sunglasses disappeared from circulation when Vuarnet left U.S. markets. The company returns this year, offering its standard-setting combination of sporty style and optical clarity.
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