From M&S’s fleecy blanket capes to Uniqlo’s toasty HeatTech range, scroll to shop our edit of the best cosy loungewear to keep you warm this winter.

With energy bills and shop price inflation rising to its highest in 30 years, we’re all feeling the pressure of the UK’s cost of living crisis. In previous years, we’ve joked – even felt a little smug – about holding off putting the heating on until November, but for most, that’s now very much a reality.

So, in an effort to heat the person rather than the room this winter, we’ve edited out some of the best high-street loungewear that’s indulgently toasty. From special heat-tech fabrics to fussy bouclé, fleece, and shearlings, there are plenty of pieces that will keep you warm when chilling at home. Invest in a few key pieces, and there’s little reason to go out again.


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Layering is key when dressing for warmth, so look to base layers of fine long-sleeved T-shirts – we love Uniqlo’s seamless ribbed tops that come with HEATTECH thermal technology. They use moisture released by the body to retain heat to keep you warm in colder months – genius – and are super soft to the touch and come in loads of colourways. The range also has a selection of leggings, jumpers and even thermal underwear, plus they wash brilliantly and last for years.

Then add a layer of knitwear. The high street has some incredibly well-priced cashmere right now – ARKET and M&S are favourites and can double up as jumpers to wear out of the house too. We’re also loving COS’s wool wrap-over cardigan that plays into the ‘Balletcore’ trend perfectly. Wear with a high-neck thermal vest, leggings and cashmere socks.

For cosy nights on the sofa, you can’t go wrong with a hoodie. Go up a size or two for extra comfort and choose shearling-like or fleecy fabrics. COS’s teddy hoodie is the closest you’ll get to actually wearing your coat indoors, but without the bulk.

And finally, if you’re working from home a lot this cold season and want to feel snug but pulled together for zoom calls, invest in a long-length, oversized cardigan. FreePeople have a chunky pale pink number, roomy enough to fit over a cashmere knit sweater, while Oysho and Mango have some great retro-inspired v-neck styles that can elevate a T-shirt and leggings looks instantly.


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