Although Malaysia is a tropical country and will most unlikely see the cold touches of winter, long johns are essential if you’re going on a trip to a place with lower temperatures. It’s highly recommended that you wear long johns to places that would hit negative temperatures. Find out more about long johns, its origins, and more by reading the article below.


What You Need to Know About Long Johns in Malaysia

Long johns, also known as thermal underwear or long underwear, is are undergarments meant to be worn underneath your clothing but on top of your usual underwear. They are meant to give you extra warmth during the colder months. Long johns are worn so that you don’t have to layer up your coats or sweaters and avoid wearing bulky clothing.

Long johns usually come in a set: a long-sleeved top and tight-fitting bottoms. You can choose to purchase the sets or get them separately. Some stores would sometimes carry thermal tank tops, shirts, and shorts as well.

Why Are Long Johns Called “Long Johns”?

Long johns were reportedly created by John Smedley’s Lea Mills in Derbyshire, United Kingdom. Lea Mills were known for their production of cotton and muslin. When the company created the garments, after they expanded to creating hosiery, it’s reported that long johns are named after boxer John L Sullivan. A historian hypothesized that it was named after the boxer since Sullivan wore similar garments whenever he’s in the ring. Some also say that long john is an English version of the French term longues jambes which means “long legs”.

What Are Long Johns Made Of?

Long johns are made with a variety of fabrics. The most popular fabric used to make long johns is typically cotton or a blend of cotton and polyester. There are some European long john manufacturers who use flannel or wool, which provides higher insulation even when it’s wet.

What Are The Best Long Johns Available in Malaysia?

You can easily purchase a set of long johns in physical stores or from an online shop. One of the most popular long john or thermal underwear brand is the Heattech collection from Uniqlo. Items from this collection are made with a customized special blend of polyester, rayon, and acrylic. These fabrics will convert the kinetic energy from your body’s moisture into heat. There are also air pockets embedded in the fibers that will store the heat.