Body and Fitness: Baby it’s cold outside

Posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 6:00am

Even in February, investing in thermalwear just makes good (fashion) sense


Pictured, from left, 2(X)ist Tartan, Frank Dandy Cavaleras, Proskins Active
and C-IN2 Prime.

Body-baring briefs are summer’s sexy staple, but even during a mild winter, you can still look fabulous. To keep you covered up, comfortable and totally cute, we picked our fave long underwear looks — even if you don’t need to stay warm, it’s nice to look hot.

— Mikey Rox

2(X)IST Tartan
Whether you call them thermal underwear or long johns (which get their nickname from the late-19th century heavyweight boxer John L. Sullivan because he wore similar looking garments in the ring), there are days when you need a double layer of protection against the elements on super-cold days. When they arrive, you can be ready with the 2(s)ist Tartan collection of separates (in red, black, or white) that include well-fitted long johns and long-sleeve henleys. ($25.50; available at

Frank Dandy Cavaleras
If you’re the type who likes to stand out even in your extended skivvies, Frank Dandy’s your man. The Cavaleras long john features a detailed skull pattern in various shapes and colors on a grey background, both festive and fitting for at-home scary-movie screenings in the dead of winter. The comfortable red jacquard microfiber waistband is embellished with a repeated Frank Dandy logo in light blue, and it has a bit of give just in case you stuff your face with too many munchies. ($59; available at

C-IN2 Prime
For long johns that perform as well on the slopes as they do under the sheets, C-IN2 has the market on lock. Its Prime collection is composed of soft cotton-modal fabric, providing a lightweight, body-warming, breathable undergarment that maintains its shape and support no matter your extra-curricular activities. C-IN2 Prime long johns also features a slim-fitting leg, allowing them to be worn under pants without adding extra bulk. Colors: violet, navy, hemp, grey and red. ($50; available at

Proskins Active Compression
Proskins Active Compression leggings and long-sleeve crew tops aren’t long underwear in the traditional sense — no easy-access flap in the front and they’re not made of cotton — but what they lack in old-school style is compensated for in high-performance design. Made from an innovative tech yarn, Proskins are light, smooth and aerodynamic, which reduces muscle fatigue during those cold-weather workouts and enables quicker muscle recovery after sports. These skin-tight suits also help enhance blood flow and suppress lactic acid to help muscles perform at their peak. Whether you’re flying down a double black diamond on the slopes or going for a jog around the gayborhood, Proskins will keep you covered and cozy. ($75-$80; available at

N2N Bodywear Campfire Cropped
For guys who like to stand out in style even in their long underwear, N2N delivers the Bodywear Campfire Cropped long john, which offers a comfortable athletic fit with a short leg that stops just below the knee. This collection is designed specifically for warmer weather — like those chilly nights in the desert — but the lightweight waffle-weave cotton stays breathable and absorbent to keep you dry as the temperature rises. This cropped long john also features a low rise, perfect for studs packin’ heat, and a small N2N logo tab on the front waistband. ($30; available at

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 14, 2014.

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