We've all seen it - some ageing Euro skier clumps his way into a mountain restaurant and starts to peel off his layers. Before long he's down to his thermals, and it's quite a sight - often a multi-coloured abomination, and never leaving anything to the imagination. It's all you can do not to choke on your schnitzel.

If you're looking for a less disturbing way to stay warm, there's this DC Aravis base layer.

While it may look like a fairly understated tee, in reality it's a warm-but-breathable base layer (95% polyester, 5% spandex) that you could feasibly wear in public without making nearby children cry. It's also long enough to prevent snow getting down your bum, but thankfully stops short of crossing into uber-gangsta 'tall tee' territory. So next time you see bright green fabric stretched to breaking point across G√ľnter's beer-belly, point him in the direction of one of these....