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Rocking it in Thermal Underwear

28 January 2011

In preparation for my Copenhagen trip, I was advised by many, many people to invest in some woollen thermal wear – including several readers of this blog! Thanks for e-mailing!

Now in Western Australia, where I live, day time winter temperatures really only ever get down to 10C – 14C. I’m pretty susceptible to the cold, but even I can get away with wearing regular leggings under my jeans, and wearing a big jacket and scarf.

In fact, I have had no desire to buy woollen thermals, because to me, woollen thermals mean big ugly grandma knickers and chunky leggings that are itchy and scratchy.

Plus I like to wear skinny fit pants and jeans, and I suspected that chunky leggings wouldn’t be so welcomed in my wardrobe.

However the more people I talked to who have lived through a Northern European winter… the more they advised that I buy WOOLEN THERMAL UNDERWEAR!!

Okay, Okay, I’ll do it!

Karen in Woollen Thermal Underwear!So this is me, wearing 100% Pure Merino Wool Ultra Light top and leggings, from Ice Breaker.

Merino is the finest kind of sheep’s wool that there is (apparently). And the wool for my thermals was taken from merino sheep who lived on top of cold New Zealand mountains. The cold weather makes the sheep grow especially fine wool, which (apparently) makes it even warmer than ordinary merino wool.

It is the middle of summer here in Perth and the temperature for today is 38C (100.4F).

There is NO winter gear anywhere to be seen in the shops!

I had to go to a camping and hiking store to find this set. Seriously, this is where Perth people go to buy clothes for climbing Himalayan mountains.

I got talking to the sales guy. After a bit of chit chat, he asked me where I was preparing to go to. I could tell that he was hoping I was going somewhere amazingly adventurous and cold and dangerous. So I had to reveal where I was going.

No I’m not going hiking in the Alaskan Rocky mountains. I’m going to Copenhagen for a fashion show! Ha!

The top cost me US$90 and the leggings were also US$90.

So all up this outfit was US$180.

I must admit, I was a little grumpy about having to spend so much money on “clothing” I didn’t have my heart set on. And that nobody will ever see, because it’s underwear.

And what was even more irritating, was that there were a zillion choices to choose from. Long sleeve scoop neck, with print in black? Or short sleeve v neck, with no print in a coral colour? Or 3/4 sleeve with a hoodie, print on the side in navy or nude?

I just wanted something plain and black! Sheesh.

Anyway I got home and they fit fine under my skinny jeans. Phew.

I could also successfully layer up with pants, a shirt, vest, jumper, cardigan and coat. So all good there.

The top and leggings felt light and were comfortable to move around in.

However I found the fabric was still a little prickly and itchy. Even though it says “Silky soft, non-itch”. I guess I’ll just have to get used to it.

Now I’ve got them, I hope it is SUPER cold in Copenhagen, and all the events are outdoors. Otherwise, I’ll feel like I have wasted my time and money.

But if I don’t need them this time…

I’m sure I’ll use them the next time I’m say, hiking in Antarctica?