When it comes to après-ski style, nothing beats a substantial wool sweater. Wool keeps you toasty and has natural deodorizing properties that tamp down the smell of sweaty long johns. With the right Nordic sweater, even a green circle skier can look like Stein Ericksen, the hippest alpine racer in fifties Oslo. Dale of Norway‘s new Sochi collared zip-up is that sweater.
Dale has been the official sweater supplier of Norway’s Olympic and ski teams since the Cortina Olympics in 1956. So when their country walks into Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony or mounts the podium – it’s called Nordic skiing for good reason – athletes will be rocking their country’s colors in all their woolen glory. Lest the crowd forget a competitor’s affiliation, the sweater even has a Norwegian flag inner collar, a nice conversation piece when you’re drinking at a lodge.
The sweater also comes with some history: Dale has been hand making sweaters in Bergen, Norway, since 1879, using a process of scouring the wool to remove shorter fibers and increase the wool’s durability. The wool is then spun into yarn and knitted in a way that helps the sweater keep its shape over time. That all means that this sweater will last you at least until the Olympics of 2022. And it’ll still be in style. Dale doesn’t chase fads, because there is no need. A structured sweater always looks great, even if you’re rooting for Team USA. [$318; daleofnorway.com]