Winter Wardrobe: Layering, Trendy Thermals And Putting The Vixen In The Veshhht

By Beautie | November 22 2013 | 16 Comments

I don’t have a walk-in wardrobe. My clothes have to live in more cramped conditions due to the their sheer (in both senses of the word) number. I swear they are replicating, shooting out tatty, cloth babies who feed on my socks.

And nor do I have a seasonal wardrobe. On last count, I owned only four winter jumpers.

Yep, just the four woolly abominations, and these are reserved for those you-could-crack-your-ears-in-half-they’re-so-cold days. My general winter wardrobe, you see, involves the ancient Irish art of layering.

And the foundation of any good layering starts with the thermals. These have long languished in the non-sexy category but these days they are having a racy revival.

Onslow rocks his veschhht

Onslow rocks his veshhht

There are some great thermal vesties on the market. Dunnes and M&S have a great selection. And if you want to avoid the chunky, cream options of yore (that are apparently designed to turn grey after the first wash), then you are in luck.

M&S have animal print, spotted, floral, beautiful bird print and sparkle options. Hallelujah for warm undies that don’t scream Granny. Or Onslow.

And Dunnes have slim-fit, coloured options that you wouldn’t be ashamed to have peeking out from under your geansaí.

From left: M&S Heatgen Floral Lace €26, M&S Heatgen Spotted Thermal Vest €24, Dunnes Heat Generated Long-Sleeved T-Shirt €12.

From left: M&S Heatgen Floral Lace €26, M&S Heatgen Spotted Thermal Vest €24, Dunnes Heat Generated Long-Sleeved T-Shirt €12.

Another necessity to our layering pastime is the common garden pair of tights. Whether they are patterned, plain or tan, we’ve investigated them all.

But my Holy Grail of non-holey legwear is the fleece lined option. These are BETTER than the sliced pan. Cosy, soft and comfy  – it is the tight trifecta. Dunnes do a fabulous pair for €8 but there are lots of options on the shelves.

From left: Dunnes 200 Denier Fleece Tights €8, M&S 40 Denier Body Sensor Opaque Hold-Ups €8, M&S Autograph 60 Denier Body Sensor™ Opaque Tights Made With Swarovski Elements €35

From left: Dunnes 200 Denier Fleece Tights €8, M&S 40 Denier Body Sensor Opaque Hold-Ups €8, M&S Autograph 60 Denier Body Sensor™ Opaque Tights Made With Swarovski Elements €35

M&S do a great velvet-feel pair, but my favourites are their “body sensor” offerings. These are designed to keep you cool when it’s warm, and toasty when it’s cold. No more removing your tights in the pub’s bathroom because you are about to pass out.

They come in cute hold ups (€8) or as regular tights (€11). You can even get them emblazoned with Swarovski crystals if you want some leg bling (€35).

With vest and tights in place, you can layer to your heart’s (and temperature’s) content. But maybe stop before you start channelling our friend Joey.

joey

Do you have a dedicated winter wardrobe? Or do you just add some extra layers under your regular clothes? Hands up if you love your thermals, to the comments to share the cosy love!

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16 Replies to "Winter Wardrobe: Layering, Trendy Thermals And Putting The Vixen In The Veshhht"

  • ZsaZsa says:

    Layering really is the nest thing ever – it means that it’s easier to adjust your temprature as you need! I do have jumpers but they are light to mid weight type things that allow for layering so they can bring me from autumn through to spring as required and then hid away during the summer (if we’re lucky that is!).

  • Gabby says:

    I have the Dunne’s fleece tights and they are fantastic, will have to pick up some of their heat generated tops at the weekend for layering which gets me through winter

  • Kittykat says:

    Yep have a couple of jumpers – lightweight ones and long sleeved t shirts and a couple of cardies so I can put on and take off as the temp dictates. Especially in work – it can get really warm in the office.
    I love the thermals featured here. Who knew thermals could be so gorgeous. I want.

  • hamsterfox says:

    I like layering, I have a selection of long sleeved t-shirt style tops in different colours and I wear them under cardies, see-through light lacy-knit jumpers and with heavier jumpers with short/no sleeves. I didn’t know about the fleece-lined tights, away to Dunnes with me!

  • Anita says:

    Aww love those tops! I recently bought a bodysuit (long sleeved jersey swimsuit) from Boohoo and its great, I find when layering you end up with lumps and bumps if you have a top tucked into your skirt or have a top under a dress, this is perfect-long sleeves and smooth, not one to be seen prancing about in tho esp if theres a combination of tights, socks and a cardi thrown in for good measure & warmth!

  • Aoife says:

    Yeah I basically wear the same thing all year around but add tights, vests and cardigans and substitute sandals/pumps for boots. I discovered those fleece lined tights last year and fell in love. I live in dresses for work so my 15 minute walk used to result in me sitting with frozen legs for most of the morning…until I randomly threw them into the basket on a trip to dunnes and I didn’t know myself! Those fancy thermals look pretty cool, I might have to drop into m&s on the way home!

  • Sk says:

    My best winter buy are scholl lambswool insoles. Like walking on two warm pillows. Haven’t suffered from cold numb feet since! So snug worn inside boots.

  • Deasa1 says:

    Fleece tights, lambs wool insoles that sounds to me like a taste of heaven right there ????

  • Deasa1 says:

    Sorry piece of h

  • Deasa1 says:

    Sorry – piece of heaven.

  • Jane says:

    Ooh I love that M&S one, the sleeves would look great under a t shirt or 3/4 sleeve jumper

  • Em says:

    Penneys also do the fleece lined tights.
    Did any of us ever think that we would be extolling the virtues of a winter vest :-) our mothers would be so proud.
    On the subject of layering I have a big blue scarf that I bought in H&M. It is a polyester/angora and wool mix. I use it like a shawl as an extra layer over a cress and cardigan combination at work. Love scarves for layering as like Kittykat I work in an office that can get very warm but have to be prepared for the luas to work dash.
    Love the idea of lambswool insoles will have to check this out.

  • Andrea says:

    Yay! I love the M&S veschhhhhhts – that polka dotty one is gawjus.

  • Shygirl says:

    Hahaha look at Onslow!

  • boo says:

    Im the queen if layering.im known for my mad tighrs but in the last week or two my little baby bump has been loudly objecting to ordinary tights.ive bought maternity but too stressed in wirk to add uncomfortable tights to the mix.so its leggings boots and big slouchy short sleeve tops over a long sleeve top.has anyone even seen that vest top in m&s in the shops.i went looking for it last yr but never found it.

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