New York Times Article! You Don’t Have to Be a Skier to Dress Like One (from the ’80s)
Neon and metallic designs have become so popular among skiers and nonskiers seeking “the vibe” that they’ve become hard to find.
Written by Alyson Krueger, Style Editing by Tanner Curtis
Once a month during the winter season, Laura McDonald, owner of Rad Max Vintage, hosts a pop-up shop at a bar named Le Chamois, at the base of Palisades Tahoe, a ski resort in Olympic Valley, Calif. The crowd there — a mix of skiers and nonskiers — comes to party, dancing to classic tunes and taking “shotskis.”
Some revelers are harder to miss than others, wearing neon or metallic one-piece snowsuits straight out of, or inspired by, the ’80s. “If I see four people in a friend group, usually three are in regular ski clothes and one is in a onesie,” Ms. McDonald said. (Regular ski clothes, for those who don’t partake, tend to be pants and jackets in neutral colors.)
But after a few drinks, those wearing traditional ski attire opt to swap their neutral clothes for the bright onesies Ms. McDonald sells. “People are like, ‘Should we try them on because they are so fun?’” Ms. McDonald said. “And then they always buy them.” In one day, she can sell as many as 40 vintage snowsuits, most of which costs between $100 to $300 apiece. They always sell out, she said.
“It used to be that people would wear them on the last day of the season” — which tends to be April or May at many resorts — or “at a frat party or bachelorette party,” she said. “Now people wear them all the time.”
This ski season, vintage and vintage-inspired snowsuits have been all the rage both on the mountain and off. Skiers and nonskiers alike are donning them to attract attention, to stay warm — and to find one another more easily. A number of Instagram accounts like @microwavesofaspen now track their popularity, and TikTok users rack up millions of views for videos showing off their goods (the louder and more colorful the better).
High fashion brands are getting on board. HEAD, the Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn’s brand, for example, released neon ski clothes with Gucci this season.
So are start-ups. OOSC, a British brand, now specializes in making retro-looking snowsuits out of plastic bottles.
Websites that sell or rent vintage-style snowsuits have also been doing brisk business. Rent the Runway, a secondhand fashion site, confirmed it rented more snowsuits this year than any before. Revolve Clothing said its snowsuit sales jumped 35 percent this year from last.