The start of the plunge towards single-digit temperatures means it’s time to swap your wardrobe lightweights and bring out the heavyweight options. Heres our top 5 chill beating fabrics that you should have in your wardrobe.



We all know Cashmere’s expensive, but you get a lot for your money! It’s three times as insulating as wool, so you don’t need bulky layers to stay warm, and at quarter the width of a human hair, its fibres are super-fine so it feels great against the skin. Beware though of cashmere mixed with lambswool and don’t pay top price for it as it will feel itchy. An oily feel is a dead giveaway.

For most of us that cashmere overcoat is but a dream, but an affordable cashmere sweater will keep you toasty warm without giving your bank manager a coronary! If even that is a bit steep, just stick to accessories. A scarf in cashmere will protect you from the winter chill and will also offer a great contrast to the textures in your tailoring.

Merino Wool


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If cashmere is beyond your reach, then reach for the merino as an alternative. No surprises merino wool comes from merino sheep and in its finer forms is almost as soft as cashmere. It’s also breathable and super-absorbent, so it makes the perfect base layer. Just ask a plethora of runners and cyclists who may space-age up their bikes but prefer merino to space-age fabrics.

These same attributes make it not just the perfect sportswear as merino roll neck will regulate your body heat on those awkward seasonal transition days and a merino tee is the ideal layering piece for the windy hills or a slightly breezy beer garden!


The fabric of geography teachers, we hear you cry! But, no longer – its now a fashion staple if done right. For tailoring, it should incorporate a narrow wale (that’s the space between the ridges), to give a lightweight texture.

Heavier fabrics with a thicker wale (there it is again) trap more heat and should be saved for outerwear, fitting perfectly into the current AW15 utility trend.


Flannel is perfect to counteract plummeting temperatures as its texture of lifted fibres trap both air and heat. This texture is achieved by running fine metal brushes over the fabric woven. Even better than its feel, it’s matte appearance is also bang on trendfor tailoring you can wear from autumn to spring.


Prior to this groundbreaking fabric, waterproof clothing was rubberised, which kept the rain out, but the sweat in! Gabardine is treated before it’s woven, making it breathable without compromising protection from the elements. Today, it is synonymous with durability and gabardine suits are hard-wearing and hold their shape, making them ideal for damp commutes when you want to avoid arriving at the office wrinkled. Certain blends are even machine washable, for those days when you can’t seem to avoid the muddy puddles.