The cosiest thermals to wear this winter

By Ciara Sheppard
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If there's one item that's sure to give you bang for your buck during the Scandinavian winter, it's a good pair of thermals

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Anyone that's experienced Nordic winters will know that just one layer of clothing isn't going to cut it. While you might be able to pass with pair of tights or a fine knit in London or Paris, Scandinavian winters require something a little more industrial – and this is especially true when you're hitting to the slopes.

Whether you're heading to Norway's famous Hemsedal, the Swedish slopes of Åre or Finland's magical Saariselkä this winter, a decent pair of thermals should be at the top of your packing list. Not only do they serve the practical function of holding in your body heat, they're increasingly becoming a style staple in their own right.

While thermals were once plagued with frumpy and uncool connotations, they're now seeing a chic revival. From Goldbergh's houndstooth zip up (that wouldn't look out of place on a 1970's Britt Ekland) to Fendi's luxe leggings, we round up the best thermals to take your from the slopes to those après ski drinks...



Ribbed cotton-blend leggings

Skims cotton leggings

If there's a time to jump in on Kim Kardashian's shapewear brand SKIMS, it's while shopping for your thermals. The figure-hugging creations provide that perfect extra layer of warmth to go under your skiwear. Case in point these high-rise, ribbed texture, elasticated waist leggings in a Bone.



Blanche houndstooth half-zip thermal top

Goldbergh thermal top

To elevate our ski-wear, we prefer to peek a power-punch print underneath our neatly zipped puffer coats. Here, the houndstooth print of Goldbergh's thermal top perfectly proves our point while lending some pizzazz to a usually drab category of clothing.


Perfect Moment

Mania zipped merino-wool thermal top

Perfect Moment top

If you're more of an après ski aficionado than going dawn to dusk down-hill, this thermal top in merino wool lays the base foundation of any colourful, slope-friendly outfit. Best worn with a glass of gluhwein in hand and a rolled down ski suit tied around the waist, this top makes for the for the perfect sartorial statement



Technical merino wool-blend thermal top

Falke thermal

Falke's technical thermal top proves that sometimes we need to go back to the basics. Sleek in silhouette, the black top is knitted from an insulating and temperature-regulating merino-wool blend. Who knew that when function trumps fashion it could look this good?



High-rise Karligraphy-print thermal leggings

Fendi leggings

Who said that logomania should remain in the city? We see ourselves, fuzzy snow boots paired with Fendi’s dark brown thermal leggings sipping hot coco infront of the open fire. Crafted from soft jersey emblazoned with the iconic Karligraphy print, they bring some serious sartorial gravitas to the slopes.


3 Moncler Grenoble

Star-print technical-jersey thermal top

3 Moncler Grenoble star print top

For a playful polar exploration, 3 Moncler Grenobles star-printed jersey top lays the perfect foundation. Cut to a slim fit with a high neck and thumb-hole cuffs – ensuring optimum protection from the elements – it is best worn with flared ski-trouser for a chic 1970s inspired look.



W's Wander Half Zip

When perusing base layers, a keen eye on material composition is essential. Houdini's merino wool top lays the perfect foundation for any and every down-hill adventure, the high collar with half-zip perfect when you need to air out all of that retained heat.



Heattech turtleneck long-sleeved top

Uniqlo heatteach top

Although affordable, Uniqlo's price does not imply a lack of quality. Their Heattech line is beloved by Nordic natives and visitors alike as it provides the perfect base layer for any winter adventure. Here, the navy blue roll-neck style will Gertrude over our coat collar and add depth to our outfits.