Keep Warm This Winter With Silk Thermal Underwear

Published: 25th February 2011
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When the cold weather bites, it would appear that a lot of Britain delves into denial. As opposed to following the golden rule of layering, we hit the shops to find this year’s trendiest winter coat, shielded by the belief that this will suffice to see us through until March.

Layering is however a method which may maintain body temperature, and especially when you begin the layering with thermal underwear.

Many people have a tendency to link thermal underwear with being unflattering. And the image created if you consider thermal underwear is commonly thick, bulky white items worn by the older generation. But times have changed. While it is true that in the past, thermal clothing was made from wool (which of course meant that it was rather thick and bulky), silk is now a popular material in the design and production of thermal underwear, and while as effective as its woollen counterparts at keeping you warm, silk thermal underwear is in a completely different league, making sure nobody even need know that your undergarments are of the thermal variety.

Silk thermal underwear is superior to its woollen counterparts in several ways. Whilst the air may be cold, should you be physically active you may still sweat. Silk thermal underwear is a lot more breathable than wool allowing your skin to remain dry and comfortable. Silk thermal underwear also offers a more snug fit. This allows for great ease of movement, making thermal silk underwear an optimal choice for working outdoors, or for taking part in sports in cold conditions.

When you are considering acquiring thermal underwear then your choice is not restricted to silk or wool, there are other materials on the market. A disadvantage to both these options is cost, as they do tend to be quite pricey. If like many of us, you are trying to budget, or you are buying thermal underwear for children (who will quickly outgrow the clothing), then synthetic thermals may be the best choice.

Polypropylene and polyester are the most common synthetic materials. Polypropylene is effective at sustaining the body's temperature but it's not a breathable material. This means that the material won't absorb moisture if the body were to sweat meaning that the body temperature may drop as a result of the moisture against the skin. Polyester is more capable of absorbing sweat, but on the downside, polyester is lessable to retain heat compared to polypropylene.

Another choice is thermal underwear produced from a material made from a blend of fabrics. Usually the blend will incorporate a synthetic material with wool, meaning you get the advantages of all of the different materials. The only downside to consider here is that with the wool the garment will take a while to dry, and thus fabric blends will not be suited to activities for example camping.

This article was written by R. Deans on behalf of Patra, expert suppliers of silk thermal underwear and other silk clothing and accessories. For more information on silk thermal underwear please visit

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