Thermals thankfully are not what they use to be – you can now look cool whilst keeping warm.
Main picture: Thermals are most associated with underwear, but Uniqlo have updated to t-shirts which can be worn under layers or on their own, depending on how cold you are.
Their thermal innovation is called HEATTECH and is a blend of rayon rich fibres which absorb body moisture turning it into heat. This heat is then locked in by the tiny air pockets between the fibres. Besides t-shirts, other garments available featuring Heattech are polo neck tees, leggings, socks, tights and skinny jeans.
Here the model is braving the snow in an off-white Heattech crew neck tee at £14.90 and black Heattech skinny fit straight jeans at £19.90.
The t-shirt fabric is 38% polyester, 345 acrylic, 19% viscose and 9% elastane. Colours: off white, light grey, dark grey, black, red, beige, khaki, brown, light and dark purple.
The jean fabric is 68% cotton, 20% polyester, 6% viscose, 4% acrylic, and 2% elastane. Colours: black, blue and navy.
Also teamed here with their beige Premium Down ultra light jacket which comes with its own tiny bag so you can roll the jacket up and pop it in when you get to your cosy destination. Price £59.90.
Fabric: 100% polyamide with 90% filling down and 10% feathers. Colours available: off white, black, raspberry pink, beige (light & mid), dark brown, blue (light & mid), navy and mustard. Being the proud owner of the gorgeous raspberry pink shade, I find they are slim enough to wear under a winter coat on those really cold days without looking bulky.
Available from Uniqlo stores and online: www.uniqlo.com/uk
Above: For those casual days we all turn to our jeans because we know the right fit with a pair of boots and chunky knitwear can say warm but glam. However we may look cosy but denim is not the best material for keeping the heat in.
Angels & Men brought their thermal lined jeans to the UK last October, providing warmth but with the fit and appearance of regular premium jeans. The jeans are lined with a soft black Duothermalate fleece fabric which retains heat whilst still being fully breathable.
Styles are the boot cut with a deep double button waistband and the straight cut. Both styles come in dark and worn wash shades. Fabric: 98% cotton and 2% elastane. Price £175.
Available online: www.angelsandmen.co.uk
But let’s not forget the thermal underwear because although they started from practical beginnings and were definitely kept under wraps, you can now find styles which you may want to show off.
M&S have a range of feminine thermal underwear such as this very sexy looking long sleeve thermal lace top at £18. This would look great under a sleeveless dress or top to show the lace sleeves, or just wear it on its own.