Essentials: Slipping into something chic

The Time: This winter

The Place: The slopes

The Essentials: Ski wear is more stylish and colourful than ever this season. Whether you're a beginner or a dedicated skier there are prices to match every pocket.

Here's some of the latest gear to make you look chic on the slopes.

You shouldn't lose these bright yellow Eassun Stuka sunglasses in the snow, price pounds 80. If you want to save on hiring costs, invest in skis like these K2 pro carve at pounds 269.95 and Raichle ski boots at pounds 299.95. All from Snow & Rock, telephone 01932 569569.

It's important to keep your head and hands warm, so try the Red Avenger nouveau gloves pounds 29.99 and Bishops hat pounds l8.99 by Ami Chaud, available from Europa Sports Systems, telephone 01539 740083.