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Six of the best thermals can be warm and winsome

Thermal underwear may conjure up thoughts of your grannies big knickers, but now sexy undies have to be thermal. From lace trims to satin straps thermals today are anything but dowdy. The traditional labels are producing some of the best designs. Companies like Damart are striking it boldly with red and Hanros' lacy cream vests are too nice to be worn just as underwear. Wear all of the above with a little cardi or under a strappy dress for a warmer winter look.

1Above: Red long sleeve thermal top, pounds 11.99, by Damart, 235 Regent Street, London W1, and branches nationwide (enquiries 01274 510000). Below: Red thermal long johns, pounds 11.99, by Damart, as before.

2Above: Cream short sleeve thermal top with lace trim, pounds 69.50, by Hanro, available from Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW1 (enquiries 0171-245 6231). Below: Cream thermal long johns, pounds 55, by Hanro, as before.

3Above: Black thermal vest with satin straps, pounds 17.99, by Damart, as before. Below: Black thermal knickers with lace trim, pounds 10.99, by Damart, as before.

4Above: Cream sleeveless vest with satin bias trim, pounds 36.50, by Hanro, as before. Below: Cream thermal knickers with lace trim, pounds 49.50, by Hanro, as before.

5Above: Grey long sleeve thermal top, pounds 12.99, by Knickerbox, 467 Oxford Street, London W1 and branches nationwide (enquiries 0171-284 1744). Below: Grey thermal knickers, pounds 7.99, by Knickerbox, as before.

6Above and below: Cherub print nightie, pounds 29.95, by Knickerbox, as before.

Stylist: Holly Davies

Photos: Tony Buckingham