Just when we thought we got away with it this year, the cold and snow have hit. The best way to stay warm is to dress right! There are plenty of good quality but cheap base layers that help to keep the chill away whilst regulating the body temperature; many of them can double up as t-shirts as well. These tops can be costly with huge brand names, however we’ve researched the rails for great bargains, so we can feel toasty in our tops, whilst not burning a hole in our pockets.
This discount sports shop has the benefit of having its own brands and has plenty of cheap base layers available. One example is Campri, which come in various colours and sizes for children and adults. Online you can get a good discount with a standard delivery charge of £3.95, unless you spend £75 or more when free postage is available.
Ladies from £5
Men’s from £6
With over 200 stores this retailer is likely to be reasonably close by. They have a heat-generating thermal long sleeve black top for £8 and a thermal long sleeve white t-shirt for £7. For a couple of pounds more you can get a zip neck micro-fleece for men. Sizes range from small to XXXL for men, and 8-18 for women. Standard delivery is £3.50, but is free when you spend £50 or more.
Uniqlo is a Japanese company with around 10 stores in and around London, though you can order online. They created Heattech with textile manufacturer Toray and have various garments that use this technology including a short sleeve t-shirt for both men and women, which has been reduced this week to £9.90. If you order online, postage will be an extra £3.95.
Women’s Heattech t-shirts from £9.90
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Purchasers have given this short sleeve crew-neck sports vest for men a good rating; the top can be used in the gym or as a t-shirt. It’s only £10 if you buy in-store, however you can order online for a further £3.50.
This sports superstore has thirteen outlets in the UK, and like Sports Direct they make their own kit. Kipsta is one of their brands and they do sporty base layers for juniors and adults alike. If you order online, delivery starts from £3.99.
Juniors from £9.99
Adults from £12.99
Millets online do a range of base layers and Peter Storm is one of their main brands. For £15 you can get a long sleeve base layer in purple, black or white for women or a stripy one for men.
As an outdoor specialist, Cotswold offers many base layers, however I spotted this short-sleeved Rab purple ‘silk-weight’ base layer for women at £19. They also offer a Berghaus Men’s relaxed short sleeve top for between £22 and £25, though Amazon is cheaper for certain sizes and colours. Postage with Cotswold is £4.95; unless you spend £30 or more, at which point it’s free.
Ladies Rab base layer for £19 via ‘click and collect’
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Marc Lockley is a coach and money saving writer. He is the author of How To Pay Less For More, a book showing people how to negotiate in shops, showrooms and even with the boss over working part-time. As a dad of two, Marc values his work/life balance and is a dab hand at using money saving techniques to keep the bills down.