Whoa!!!! I’m getting ahead of myself this week! It’s only Autumn but I get so excited when I see something that twigs my hopelessly romantic imagination. So prepare for a little winter treat….
It’s Terminology Tuesday again and this week in the spotlight is…
“A French term pronounced ah-pray’ meaning “After Skiing.“In fashion it describes clothing and accessories typically worn when relaxing after skiing. This look first became popular in the 1950’s at famous resorts such as Sun Valley, Lake Placid, and San Moritz. As more people began to ski, the look increased in popularity. Elements included colourful, glamourous sportswear items such as vests of fur or embroidery, pants of velvet, printed fabrics, and suede, as well as sweaters in jacquard knits and unusual boots. “
“Après-ski Boot.“Bulky insulated boot often calf length and made of long haired, shaggy fur worn for warmth after skiing.”
“Apres-ski Slipper.”also called slipper socks”“Bulky knit socks, frequently handmade with lightweight leather or urethane soles, worn after skiing or around the house. Also called Mukluk slippers or Flokati.”“Mukluk”“Boots reaching to lower calf worn by alaskan Eskimo’s, made of walrus hide or seal skin in moccasin construction, tanned with the hair left on. Copied for winter wear for men, women and children in the same style since the 1960’s.”
“Flokati”“Handcrafted Greek slipper sock in above-ankle length, made of fuzzy wool in bright colours and used as after ski slipper.”
My mum also had some socks like this that she knitted for herself for wearing in the lodge. From memory, Mum’s had no elastane knitted into them and they would fall off! Ah the technological advances of today.
They are from this gorgeous book called Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick that a friend of mine gave me (thanks Jo!). Also in the book are these little beauties……
And now to round out our vintage ski scene vision, here’s one from that oracle of all things for the 1950’s women, Women’s World” by M.A.White (that has no publishing date on it!!)
“every girl looks ten times prettier than normal when she has a snow-inspired bloom in her cheeks”
Oh dear, love the fashion but am seriously glad I’m bringing up daughters in a different world.
So in conclusion, my Mum tell’s me that all of this must be enjoyed with a mug of Mulled Wine in hand or we are simply not doing things properly!
So here is a my mum’s Mulled Wine recipe
2 bottles red wine
250g Castor Sugar
orange and lemon rind
In a muslin bag: 6 cloves, 1 nutmeg, 2 sticks of cinnamon
Pour wine into a saucepan, add sugar, rind and muslin bag containing spices. Stir well and heat until nearly boiling. remove bag and rind and ladle into wine glasses.
Enjoy with a log fire, cute jumpers, warm socks and excellent company.
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* Bibliography: The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion 4th Edition by Phyllis G. and Sandra J. Keiser
FASHION: The Ultimate Book of Costume and Style. Dorling Kindersly
Woman’s World by M.A. White
That woman is definitely wearing my seal skin boots! And is that my Woman’s World you refer to? Love this post – brings back lovely memories, but yes, it’s good that today’s girls are being brought up differently
Yes, it is your Women’s World, although you were always a bit more strident in the female equality department as a parent. Perhaps it had a reverse psychological effect on you? It’s a bit of a Mother’s day post! Happy Mother’s Day!