When it comes to appropriate occasions to wear lounge/sleep wear, opinion seems to be divided into two camps. Those who thinks it’s fine to lounge around all day, wearing loose fitting fleece/flannel and microfibre garments, designed for sleeping in, versus the ‘bright eyed and busy tailed’ early risers, for whom, not being fully dressed by 8am, is unthinkable.
I am firmly in the ‘get up, get dressed and always put your shoes on, even when you have nowhere to go’ camp. When my dad retired someone told him the shoe rule, and he always puts his (newly polished) shoes and clothes on, first thing every morning. In fact I have only ever seen him in pyjamas when he is ill, and as for slippers, forget it. That would be like relaxing and how ridiculous would that be!
Teenagers however, think it is perfectly acceptable to lounge about all day in leopard print PJ’s (girls) or pants/boxers (boys). It’s almost the law on Sundays, to rise at noon and spend the day on the sofa, only moving occasionally, to get snacks or to pretend to do homework! In fact, they are so in love with sleepwear, that they now even wear it out to clubs, in the form of a onesie – a kind of oversize baby grow, which comes in nasty prints and strange colours.
These onesies are apparantly very comfortable and cosy and are often accessorised with ears and tails! I have always been a fan of a tail, and ears too, if I’m honest, but not attached to a unshapely romper suit! Surely a sleek, ginger, smooth haired tail, worn with jaunty little pointy ears, is far more of a fashion statement, than giant floppy lugs and a huge swinging Eeyore tail.
It seems that adults are also indulging in, what can only be described as a verging on slovenly trend. The worst culprits seem to be people who work from home, who have moved on from spending their whole day in PJ’s, to looking like those strange men who visit brothels and pay to wear nappies!
I cannot stress enough, how wrong this is. Getting dressed mentally prepares you for the day ahead and says ‘I am a person capable of getting out of bed and putting an outfit together, I may have taken children to school or walked a dog, and I am certainly able to do a good job.’ Wearing fleece all day says ‘I am relaxed, cosy and possibly a little bit lazy, and I will get round to work, after I have made a hot chocolate, buttered a crumpet and had a little snooze.”
My friend Sarah and I always say the best bit about going to work, is choosing what to wear, if we could dress up, have coffee, tit about on FB and Twitter and write the occasional blog post, we’d be happy to call this work! And if M.A.D is reading, no, this is not what I do all day!
It is possible however, to wear both formal work wear and lounge/sleepwear all in one day, but timing is crucial. While gainfully employed, one should wear appropriate, real clothes, until all meaningful activity is done, then and only then, is it acceptable to change into loose fitting clothing designed for relaxing. If your work day ends at 4pm and you want to wear your PJ’s, so be it.
The same rules apply on weekends, but be careful when popping out to the shops in brushed cotton. One friend, a well respected journalist, who is a huge fan of his PJ’s, (so much so, he has toyed with the idea of launching his own loungewear range for middleaged men) recently popped out for a pint of milk around 6pm wearing his best flannelette two pack, and found himself in the middle of a crowd outside a one night only, pop up gallery – which had popped up right next to his local convenience store – it’s like that in Stoke Newington!
Onesies may be ok in a hip Dalston basement, but frankly, no one wants to see their dad in his long Johns at a party!
You have been warned!