Could go either way - Long Johns

We'll be the first to admit it; we've been a little scared of long johns. We know they won't bite but a mental image of Steptoe & Son always appeared when we saw a pair. We'll also be the first to admit it: We were wrong.

After getting over the initial issues of wearing long johns (LN-CC, £106) - namely those silly mental associations - you begin to see them for what they truly are, a winter essential. Especially if you like cheaper electricity bills.

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While there's a few options on the market, one of our favourites has been German brand Merz B Schwanen.

The brand started back in 1911, using special circular knitting machines that produce items that feel softer against the body than other machines.

Although they're now owned by a duo outside of the family, all of the clothes are still made in the same machines, keeping the quality Merz B Schwanen was known for in their heyday. All of which makes for a great story for when you're explaining why you look nothing like Wilfrid Brambell.