Blog: A blog on togs

Joe Ayling | 26 August 2010

An unseasonable August day at the just-style newsdesk has resulted in some debate about air conditioning, the end of summer and, believe it or not, duvet togs.

So far in life I have avoided any confusion over when to crank up my tog-ratings by simply owning one duvet. However, my associates are in strong agreement that my approach to duvets is a naive one.

For those unfamiliar with duvet tog values (surely I can't be the only one), the general idea is to switch your low-tog duvet for a higher rated one when the cold nights creep in.

"Of course I have two duvets, everybody does," one colleague said, trying to work out whether August was too early to switch over to his highest tog winter duvet.

So what does all this have to do with fashion, I hear you ask, aside from a tenuous link with pyjamas - and the argument that wearing a Heat-Tech thermal suit from Uniqlo, for instance, might serve the same purpose and free up some storage space during summer?

Well, on the back of just-style's previous blog about the origins of denim, the word 'tog' originally traces back to clothing. According to duvet retail giant Dreams, the tog was invented by workers at the Shirley Institute, Manchester, in the 1940s, to measure the thermal properties of materials.

One question remains though, which may result in my eviction into the office car park, but if it's a warm evening then why do you need a duvet at all?


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