Whether you're looking for something to keep you warm on a chilly night run or you're needing to revamp your winter wardrobe, a thermal shirt is an essential piece for your year-round closet. A thermal shirt is made of a material that's insulating yet thin enough not to be bulky. This versatility means you can wear it by itself or under another layer of clothes.
We looked for the best thermal shirts for women and came up with a top 10 list of the best ones. Topping our curated list is Uniqlo's HeatTech Thermal Shirt, which packs a lot of heating power thanks to its unique blend of fabric. It also has anti-microbial and anti-static features! Give the rest of our top picks a look and don't forget to read our buying guide while you're at it.
A thermal shirt's fit, its material, and its extra features all work together to keep you warm and dry. Consider these factors when choosing one.
The fit of a thermal shirt has an effect on how much warmth it provides. A fitted thermal shirt will trap in your body heat, keeping you warm mainly using your own body’s temperature. A tighter shirt is also easy to layer over since it won’t crease under your top layer. Its thin material will give you a base layer that’s insulating but not bulky.
A thermal shirt with a loose fit won’t trap as much heat, making it a more comfortable alternative for temperatures that are cool but not exactly freezing. But if you plan on wearing a fitted top layer, then a loose thermal shirt might show creases under your outer layer, so it may be better to wear as a standalone top.
Trapped moisture can lead to the growth of odor-causing bacteria, clogged pores, and even fungal infections. A thermal shirt with moisture-wicking features will keep you warm while also working to prevent sweat from getting trapped inside.
Cotton is soft against the skin, absorbs sweat rather than wicking it away. However, some cotton fabrics are coated with an anti-bacterial finish that makes them counter bacterial growth.
A thermal shirt made of a blend that consists of some cotton and other fabrics with moisture-wicking properties would make a comfortable loungewear top.
Wool, on the other hand, is a great insulator that also has moisture-wicking properties. Though its natural thickness can make it a bit bulky and maybe even a bit too stuffy for weather that isn’t very cold, it’s great at keeping you warm and snug.
Fleece is lightweight and has moisture-wicking properties. It’s also a good insulator. Many thermal shirts have an inner fleece lining that feels soft against your skin.
Blended synthetics are extra stretchable and are great for keeping warm in damp or wet environments. Whether it’s a nylon and spandex blend or a polypropylene blend, synthetic fabric allows you to move around freely. This makes synthetic fabrics ideal for thermal shirts used for exercising and outdoor activities.
Some thermal shirts come with full neck coverage to keep your neck extra warm in cold weather by sealing in extra body heat. Other thermal shirts come with a crew neck collar, which is good for moderately cool temperatures where you don't really need to be covered from head to toe.
A button or zip-up collar allows you to adjust your neck coverage according to the temperature, which makes a shirt more versatile. Other thermal shirts have a lower neckline, which makes them more subtle when wearing an outer layer with a low-hanging neckline.
Air ventilation fabrics have mesh spots with tiny holes that allow just enough air to circulate, preventing sweat build-up in areas such as your underarms.
Wrist cuffs keep extra body heat from escaping while thumb holes give your palms insulation and prevent your sleeves from bunching up when you put on another layer. Pockets can hold a few items while you're out or even serve as an extra warm place to stuff your hands in when it gets too cold.
This list features a diverse collection of thermal shirts for women. From comfy loungewear tops to thermal running shirts, you're bound to find your match on this list.
HeatTech Crew Neck Long-Sleeve Shirt
Thermal Underwear Shirt
Midweight Thermal Shirt
Long Sleeve Thermal Henley Top
Fleece Lined Compression Base Layer
Fleece Thermal Running Shirt
ColdGear Compression Shirt
Compression Base Layer Top
Heat Scoop Neck Thermal Top
Heavyweight Double-Layer Thermal Shirt
A Thermal Shirt That's Got All the Coolest Features
A Subtle Thermal Shirt That Offers Support, Versatility, and Comfort
A Breathable Thermal Base Layer
A Sultry Thermal Shirt With a Split-Neck Collar
An Anti-Abrasion Compression Thermal Shirt
A Versatile Thermal Shirt for Sports Activities
Compression Shirt Designed to Circulate Your Body Heat
A Set of Two Moisture-Wicking Thermal Shirts
A Subtle Thermal Base Shirt With a Low Neckline
A Two-Layered Thermal Shirt With Anti-Microbial Fabric
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|Extra features||Moisture-wicking, heat generation, anti-microbial, anti-static||Moisture-wicking, four-way stretch||Moisture-wicking||Split-neck collar||Moisture-wicking, compression||Moisture-wicking, four-way stretch, thumbhole cuffs, mock neck||Moisture-wicking, four-way stretch, anti-odor technology, flatlock seams, quick-drying, mock neck||Moisture-wicking, four-way stretch, quick-dry||Moisture-wicking, scoop neck||Moisture-wicking, quick-drying, anti-microbial|
|Sizes||XXS - XXL|
|Material||Polyester, acrylic, rayon, spandex|
|Extra features||Moisture-wicking, heat generation, anti-microbial, anti-static|
|Sizes||XXS - XL|
|Extra features||Moisture-wicking, four-way stretch|
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|Material||Polyester, rayon, spandex|
|Extra features||Split-neck collar|
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|Extra features||Moisture-wicking, compression|
|Sizes||M - XXL|
|Extra features||Moisture-wicking, four-way stretch, thumbhole cuffs, mock neck|
|Sizes||XS - XXL|
|Extra features||Moisture-wicking, four-way stretch, anti-odor technology, flatlock seams, quick-drying, mock neck|
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|Extra features||Moisture-wicking, four-way stretch, quick-dry|
|Sizes||XS - XXL|
|Material||Acrylic, polyester, rayon, spandex|
|Extra features||Moisture-wicking, scoop neck|
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|Extra features||Moisture-wicking, quick-drying, anti-microbial|
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