Finally we are getting our winter cold snap here in the South East — there’s snow already in some part of the United Kingdom, and it’s predicted across most of the country from tomorrow (Sunday.) The temperature at the moment (hovering around 0C or 32F) won’t impress anyone from say Minneapolis, Minsk or Montréal, but we just don’t cope enormously well with being chilly in London, as there aren’t that many days in the year when one has to worry about thick coats, bobble hats or thermal knickers.
And although it’s miserable being cold, and a huge worry when it comes to heating bills for our generally badly insulated houses, being colder than normal allows us British people the chance to indulge in two of our favourite past times: talking about the weather, and moaning.
I do however have a solution to being cold and sky rocketing heating bills: it’s not exactly new and most of you will already know it, but for those of you yet to discover Uniqlo HEATTECH and down layering jackets all I can say is BUY SOME NOW.
(My full edit is over on LLG Recommends: Fashion, including pieces from the limited edition Orla Kiely HEATTECH collection of long sleeve Ts)
It works by converting moisture evaporating from the body into heat which is then trapped in invisible air pockets in the fibres, to ensure heat is kept on the skin without the need for cumbersome layers. So not only does it keep you toasty warm, it means you don’t look like a Michelin man or woman. It is also anti-microbacterial, so no sweaty whiffs, anti-static, soft to the touch, and stretchy so it fits well.
It’s pretty much all in the sale right now, so I advise buying tout suite. I was horrified last year when I went in mid-Jan to stock up before I visited Montréal, and they were already promoting the spring/summer ranges, with all the HEATTECH in the sale — meaning it was squished into corner upstairs with a lot of sizes unavailable.
Still, I say this smug in the knowledge that I still managed to drop £250 in the sale buying Uniqlo down jackets and HEATTECH in every single permutation possible, both for Montréal and to ensure I was covered for this season too.
I now possess a huge lightweight down puffer coat, a matching thin Ultra Light Down layer jacket which squishes down to a small ball (which is also excellent, I discovered last weekend, for running), and HEATTECH jeans, socks, tights, leggings, vests, knickers, camisoles, long sleeved Ts, short sleeved Ts…
(Do not be misled by the sometimes alarming single colours on display on the section pages for each style: if you click through they will give all the colour options available for each style.)