Reviewed – Heat Holders Thermal leggings

There is one big elephant in the room that needs to be revealed before I write this post. I hate leggings. I have tried to like them, I got a few pairs in black to wear under shorter length dresses that I thought were a bit too indecent for me to wear with just tights, but frankly, I hated them. They wrinkled on my knees, seemed to roll off my tummy and just about drove me to distraction. My leggings were very quickly consigned to the recycling bin.

But when I was asked if I wanted to review a pair of thermal leggings from Heat Holders, I said yes very quickly. Why? Well, I’d reviewed Heat Holders thermal socks before and I’d been really impressed by how warm and soft they were. (read that review here.) The second reason was school run. It had become increasingly cold on the school run in the mornings, and as I was still insisting on wearing dresses, I needed to improve my level of warm layering. Thermal leggings seemed a great idea.

SockShop Heat Holders Thermal Leggings £8.00 click to visit Site

SockShop Heat Holders Thermal Leggings
£8.00 click to visit Site

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And I was right, Heat Holder thermal leggings are brilliant. The first thing I would say about them is that the top resembles a thick pair of tights rather than traditional leggings, so that is how I wore them. They were also not as thick as I expected them to be, not bulky at all, so actually perfect for wearing under dresses and tunics. But they were just so warm and toasty due to the softly brushed inner which helps to lock in warmth. I first wore them on a really windy day, and although I was cold in general, my legs were not, and because my boots would easily fit over the leggings, the look was still feminine.

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Wearing the leggings under a dress – just peering out from underneath.

A bit of a Carry on Film pose to show off the leggings a little closer.

A bit of a Carry on Film pose to show off the leggings a little closer.

The leggings have so much to recommend them. They are stretchy enough to be comfortable to wear, and they do not roll down over the tummy, or wrinkle at the knees. (I spend a lot of time playing on the floor with my son so this is important to me.) I also love the fact that they are long enough to go right down to my ankles – I often find leggings come up too short on my legs – another reason I have hated them in the past. The plum colour was another plus point. I wear a lot of pinks and purple shades so these are a great match. I am now going to invest in a black pair which will be very versatile.

The lovely soft brushed lining.

The lovely soft brushed lining.

These leggings are long enough to reach to the ankles and contain plenty of stretch.

These leggings are long enough to reach to the ankles and contain plenty of stretch.

 

These leggings are just perfect for anyone who spends time outdoors, whether it be working outside, watching children playing football, doing the school run, or just taking long walks on cold winters days. They retail at just £8, which I think is really reasonable for such a great product.

 

 

Reviewed – Thermolactyl round neck sweater

It is almost as if the weather knew the calendar had turned to the November page. Or maybe it guessed that it was the weekend before Bonfire Night, and that this would require periods of time spent outside, trying to get as close to the bonfire as humanly possible without turning into a Guy Fawkes. Either way, the weather has turned decidedly cold, and our wardrobe now needs to react to this undoubted fact.

Which is why I am turning to my thermals. And in the year that they are celebrating  60 years of  production of their brilliant thermal range, I don’t think you could find better thermal products than those stocked by Damart. Damart have turned the image of thermals on its head, giving the products a sense of style that is far away from the idea of something that is just worn over underwear to keep us warm. Damart has managed to modernise the traditional thermal pieces, and to add an additional thermolactyl range that turns thermals into gorgeous pieces of outerwear.

Damart thermolactyl round neck sweater from £35 click to visit Damart

The product that I was sent to review was the thermolactyl round neck sweater. This sweater comes in two shades, a red/gold combination and a grey marl one, which is the colour I opted for. The jumper is a combination of  thermal and wool for a mix that combines daytime outerwear with the warm of thermal underwear. The jumper is also stretchy for extra comfort.

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The first thing I want to say is how much I love this jumper. It has a 1950s retro feel with the round neck and short sleeves, reminding me of the sort of thing that Grace Kelly would’ve teamed with a matching cardigan and pearl necklace for the classic twinset and pearls piece. The neckline is super flattering as it isn’t too high up the neck, whilst the short sleeves are not tight on the arms. I love the metallic ribbing on the hemline which gives it a dressy feel, and the thermalactyl makes it warm and comfortable.

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I teamed my sweater with a pencil skirt and heels for a smart look that could carry you from the office to the bar for after work drinks. You could easily add a blazer over this for a complete work look, but I also added a floral jacket for a look more suited to the weekend.

DSCN4880[1]With the weather only set to get colder, this is a great piece to add to your winter wardrobe.

Reviewed – Heat Holders – A total wonder sock!

I have discovered my first Christmas stocking filler that I am going to get for all the men in my life (hubby, dad, brother etc for those who were beginning to wonder..). This is a product that is both practical and affordable, but feels like one of life’s little luxuries. Let me introduce you to the Heat Holders socks.

Heat Holders have been marketed as the ultimate thermal sock. With a tog rating of 2.3, Heat Holders are almost twice as warm as normal thermal socks and claim to hold warm air close to the skin, keeping feet warmer for longer. Using my builder husband Peter as a guinea pig, I tested out the Heat Holders to check out if these really were the equivalent of a hot water bottle for your tootsies.

The simple answer has to be a resounding yes. Peter’s actual comment was that this is like working in the warmest pair of slippers possible. Your feet feel just so cosy and warm, even when the day turns out to be cold and wet. With a thick furry lining, and a warm woolen outer layer, these have a real luxurious feel, making them great to wear underneath work boots and wellies, and a particularly great choice if you happen to work outside. And the elastication around the top of the sock means that they do not keep rolling down the leg,instead holding the leg snugly without actually cutting into the leg.

But these are not just socks for workwear. They are great for people who enjoy country walks and rambling, those who enjoy camping. My dad attends football matches in all weathers and these will be just perfect in those cold stands come January when we hardly experience daytime. If you have a fisherman in the family – these are a fabulous gift, and I’m seriously considering getting a pair for my snowboard crazy brother-in-law.

Heat Holders come in a range of colours and patterns, and also have an extra long leg fitting that are perfect underneath wellington boots. I also love that they do these in girlie colours for us ladies, and that there is an actual Welly sock that I so need for school run in the snow and rain (yes, I’m getting prepared!) Even children have been catered for, with a children’s version, again perfect for under wellies, that starts from size 9.

To find out more about Heat Holders – visit the website http://www.heatholders.com/uk/index.php