Photo by Chris Schneider/Chris Schneider Photography, courtesy of SnowSports Industries America (SIA)

The ski slopes are just another place where you can really show off your own unique sense of style, while staying hip to the current trends. After all, it’s important to look good while on the hill – whether you’re a beginner or you’re landing sic tricks. The SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Fashion & Trends Show, which took place at the Colorado Convention Center on Jan. 26, spotlighted winter collections for 2012/13.

More than 30 companies participated in the show, including Descente North America, Icelandic Design, Krimson Klover, MeCo Designs, O’Neill, Planet Earth Clothing, POLARMAX, Sport Obermeyer and Zeal Optics. The hip and upbeat event also featured a live DJ, eye-catching multi-media video projections and old-school photography (think Hipstamatic) on the big screen. The cocktails, photo booth and overall vibe made for one helluva show.

Slope-style fashion trends to watch for in the coming year include bold colors (blue, red, green, purple and yellow ­– but in toned-down versions of 80s neon); plenty of patterns like plaid, linear graphics, stripes, camo, and faux-painting and water-color inspired prints; materials such as corduroy, flannel, velvet, lace and wool; and ski-boot inspired footwear (even Moon Boots have made a comeback). Color blocking has also taken on a bigger trend, but in more subdued ways than we’ve seen in the past year.

Photo by Chris Schneider/Chris Schneider Photography, courtesy of SnowSports Industries America (SIA)

Form-fitting jackets with welted down are all the rage, as well as skinny leggings in cool colors like turquoise. Details are also very important for 2012/13, with everything from kick guards on pants to contrasting zippers, and fur and leather accents on jackets. You’ll also start to see some updated retro looks with a more fashionable approach to the “Christmas sweater.”

Military-style and street-style jackets and pants are another hot trend on the horizon. Shiny neutrals, like silver and copper, are a big hit for the season and are great for après ski. Zip-front sweaters, cargo pants, sweater dresses, patterned tights, funny hats, and, yes, even leg warmers, are making their way to the bar for après ski cocktails. Try one (or all) of these hot new trends, and you’ll be in with the stylish set both on and off the slopes. Just be sure to also work on your skills so you look good in action.

Misty Milioto is affectionately known as Denver’s Fashion Gal. She covers haute trends and local designers in the Mile High City, all while keeping a close and critical eye on national trends that are currently rocking the runways and the major glossy magazines. Stay tuned for all the best in fashion that Denver has to offer.