The Highsnobiety Winter Wardrobe Manual is a guide to dressing well when temperatures plummet. Expect big coats, padded pants, snug accessories, and hibernation-ready homeware.
We have the English to thank for the phenomenon of long johns, and we have Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada for reviving the ailing garment. With Shia Labeouf making a recent outing in thermal leggings, long johns were definitely on the come-up, but a forceful nudge in the right direction by way of multiple thermal looks in Prada's FW21 show means it’s never been a better time to lay claim to a pair of winter-ready long johns and wear them all day, every day.
Worn against the skin as a base layer when the mercury drops, it’s essential to find a pair of long johns made of high-quality, soft material. Historically this would be pure cotton or fine wools like merino. Nowadays, with the wealth of technical bends on the market, long johns are more effective and comfortable than ever, meaning that that pair of baggy cotton cargos that had to be retired for winter is now very much back on the cards.
Shop our favorite long johns below.
Zimmerli Tapered Long Johns
Tapered Long Johns
When you’re shopping for long johns, a quick litmus test for quality is where they’re made. Copping long johns from mountainous regions is a life hack because the hikers have perfect thermals over centuries. Zimmerli’s wool & silk long johns are made in Switzerland — easy.
Tom Ford Long John Cotton Pants
Luxury long johns are so over-the-top, and that’s one of their greatest pulls. The fact that Tom Ford’s name is stitched into the waistband of your not-so-elegant grey long johns is pretty amazing.
Arc'teryx Motus AR Bottom
Some long johns are built for more, and these Arc’teryx tights definitely fall into that category. The quick-dry fabric works as a base layer but is also thick enough for standalone usage if you’ve got the bottle.
HEMEN BIARRITZ Organic-Cotton Thermal Leggings
Hemen Biarritz's classic thermal long johns are cut from a soft, organic cotton-blend jersey which is well suited to base-layer or nighttime wear. This pair takes things back to the beginning with a minimal, authentic long johns feel.
Organic Basics Lite Tencel-Blend Jersey Thermal Leggings
The stretch jersey construction of Organic Basics' Thermal Leggings containers biodegradable Tencel fibers made from wood pulp. With a more modern aesthetic, this pair is a safe bet for workout gear, too.
CDLP Pack Of 2 Stretch-Jersey Thermal Leggings
CDLP's domination of the men's loungewear world continues. From luxurious pajama sets to this pack of two stretch-jersey leggings, no branding is needed because the craftsmanship and materials do all the talking.
Houdini Desoli Merino Wool Thermal Ski Tights
Houdini opts for a merino-wool build for its pair of ski tights. unlike the earlier Fendi selection, this pair looks to a minimal black & white color palette to stay out of sight.
Falke Ergonomic Sport System Thermal Ski Tights
The wonders of a pair of long johns can dissolve quickly into discomfort without the right ergonomics. Falke has got you covered in this department with a technical virgin wool-blend construction portioned into ergonomic perfection.
UNIQLO Heattech Long Johns
UNIQLO's proprietary HEATTECH comes into its own at this time of year. This pair of HEATTECH long johns is super lightweight and boasts moisture-wicking, anti-microbial qualities.
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