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Warm clothing

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ExD Sun 08-Nov-20 14:21:37

I used to go to the Damart catalogue for warm, thermal clothing but recently it's turned into another of those boring catalogues for clothes you can buy anywhere.
Is there a firm who specialise in real thermal underwear these days, or will I have to look for an outdoor pursuits specialist?
The older I get the more I feel the cold, and I'm freezing already. It makes the man/woman "it's hot in here" debate even more exaggerated in our house, as DH never seems to feel cold.

bmacca Sun 08-Nov-20 14:49:27

I would recommend Uniqlo heattech, you can get it in varying degrees of warmth. I find it’s great as you can just wear the tops and joggers under your ordinary clothes

Jaxjacky Sun 08-Nov-20 14:58:09

I bought a Damart thermal long sleeved vest, on now and brilliant, previously used M&S not so good, I use HotHands individual warmers for hands if wearing gloves, they do them for feet too.

Pantglas2 Sun 08-Nov-20 15:23:07

Lidl had a special offer on merino wool long johns and long-sleeved tops a couple of years ago for around £15 each. I can’t tell you how warm I’ve been wearing them on really cold days - well worth the expense.

Septimia Sun 08-Nov-20 16:43:10

Try the base layers advertised by outdoor shops.

welbeck Sun 08-Nov-20 16:49:40

Lidl do some good layering clothes.
try them. check first as they are weekly specials, when they are likely to be in store.
they had some last thursday.

Oldbat1 Sun 08-Nov-20 18:02:51

Not really cold here yet. Had some lovely days during the week where I didn’t need a coat - in Northumberland.

MrsThreadgoode Sun 08-Nov-20 18:08:11

I’ve just bought 2 Thermolactyl black long sleeved T shirts from Damart, they are very smart and you can’t tell that they are Thermal.

ayse Sun 08-Nov-20 18:16:29

I use a long sleeved vest from M&S, thinner jumper (wool/merino) and then thicker woollen jumpers over the top. I have built up quite a collection. Natural fibres are more pricey but they are definitely the best option for keeping warm in the winter.

Thermal tights under trousers and walking boots with double socks keep my toes relatively cosy. Last year I bought a beautiful lamb skin jacket from a charity shop, hardly worn. My next purchase or make will be a cosy hat, again non-acrylic.

It is worth investing in natural fibres. Woolovers have some good jumpers in their sales.

NotAGran55 Sun 08-Nov-20 18:33:10

The Uniqlo Heattech range is fantastic quality and value .
Assorted designs and colours at different levels of warmth .

Iam64 Sun 08-Nov-20 18:33:11

Ive found M&S ok.
The various climbing/walking suppliers are all on line now. you will be able to find good recommendations

Sarahmob Sun 08-Nov-20 19:24:20

As I’m getting older, I find I’m suffering really badly with cold feet. I try to keep moving them but it doesn’t seem to help. Any recommendations out there?

Septimia Sun 08-Nov-20 19:35:14

Sarahmob - what about legwarmers? I find if my ankles are warm then my feet are, too.

Saxifrage Sun 08-Nov-20 20:16:54

Sarahmob At home I live in my slipper boots from this firm They are fur lined and keep my feet very warm.

Shrub Sun 08-Nov-20 20:49:50

I have brick floors in my house so consequently my feet get cold. I bought some wool slippers which are lovely and warm - Mahabis or Birkenstock.

ExD Thu 12-Nov-20 14:43:20

I'll have to look for online mountaineering suppliers I think. M&S and Damart just aren't warm enough, and I think I said I'd been wearing these for years.
If you live on a farm with an open fire for heat you'll understand how cold it can get even in the UK, especially in the morning when you get up!
I'm a fussy bugger person and can't abide long johns, so thank you to the person who suggested leg warmers. I'll look up mountaineering retailers and see who to contact for vests and suchlike.
Thank you.

Blossoming Thu 12-Nov-20 18:37:29

Those do look good NotAGran55 and good prices too.

Alexa Thu 12-Nov-20 18:45:27

Sarah, I use a large enough size of trainers so that I can wear them with thick fleecy insoles.

Shoes and trainers should be big enough to put warm socks inside, without feeling the trainers or shoes are tight.It is the still air pockets that keep you warm.

Lisagran Thu 12-Nov-20 19:14:31

They have good sales offers at Mountain Warehouse online, ExD - 20% off everything at the moment I think. Good bae layer stuff there.

Baggs Thu 12-Nov-20 19:18:36


Sarahmob - what about legwarmers? I find if my ankles are warm then my feet are, too.

I find this too. Always have, in fact. I used to wear ankle warmers when I was warming up for dancing. Now I wear them rather a lot in the winter months.

Fennel Thu 12-Nov-20 21:18:04

I have some silk teeshirt vests from John Lewis and wear them with one of my Woolovers pure wool jumpers when it starts getting cold.
And below that I have one of 3 wool tweed skirts, home made, that never wear out. And wool knee highs.
Thank God I don't feel the cold not like my husband who always wants the heating on high [angry}.

Sarahmob Sun 15-Nov-20 07:11:17

Thanks for your suggestions everyone, I’ll definitely be trying some of these out.

Kalu Sun 15-Nov-20 07:53:05

As I was beginning to feel the cold more I bought a thermal T-shirt and long johns from M&S bit found the long johns too bulky under my trousers. This year I bought two sets of silk T-shirt’s and long johns. They are like a second skin and feel much smoother under clothing.
Cashmere, although pricey, lasts for years and keeps me warm all day. I buy cashmere wool to knit a very simple to follow pattern for hats as I end up with sore ears, especially on a windy day, if go out without a hat. Another easy to follow knitting pattern is a triangle shaped shawl to go over my shoulders if I feel chilly. I have made two now with alpaca wool and instantly feel warmer without having to put on another jumper and just leave handy it on the back of my chair. One in the bedroom to cover my shoulders when sitting in bed reading.