Loungewear has obviously become much more popular since the pandemic. Why? Because we are spending more time in our houses. Many are working from home and so the more formal work dressing has gone by the wayside.
It is true that casual dressing had been creeping into the workplace anyway. It started with ‘Dress Down Fridays’ in some businesses. And many companies took their lead from the young, innovative tech companies and got rid of the formal business suit completely.
Did it all start in America? Americans did casual way before the rest of us, I feel. Think hoodies, baseball caps and Converses. Think Gap, Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch.
So, when we talk loungewear what exactly do we mean? Is it leisure wear? Is it athleisure? The lines are a little blurred for me.
But I suppose loungewear is heading more towards nightwear and is more luxurious. The materials can range from fleece and cotton blends to silk and cashmere.
It can be what you like. It can be hoodies and joggers, it can be silk pyjamas, it cam be a matching two-piece, it can be a robe.
“When you dress to stay by your own fireside, you have licence to be as personal, as lively, as uninhibited as you like to be. It’s a game with no rules except please yourself.”– Vogue, 1945.
If you are interested in reading more about the history of loungewear click HERE
MY ‘STYLE NOT AGE’ FRIENDS
So let us look and see what my friends have to show us in loungewear.
Emma is wearing a new pair of joggers with a cute starry jumper and cosy slippers. And is happy to wear this out and about, as I am with my outfit too.
I do draw the line at the trend to wear pyjamas in public, though it is more of a habit in the younger generations. Well, almost everyone is younger than I am now! But back to Emma. How cute are those sparkly joggers. If you want to see where she purchased them and the rest of her outfit, pop on over to The Style Splash.
Gail is definitely lounging about in style, wearing a cashmere-look two-piece without the cashmere price.. She has been sharing her long walks in all kinds of weather over on her Instagram stories. I bet she changes into that cosy set on her return. And I also love those furry slippers. Head over to Is This Mutton and find out all the details.
Jacqui looks very on trend in her animal print loungewear set. I want one of those. If you want to find out where she got it, you need to click on her link at Mummabstylish. Jacqui recently shared a post on her Covid illness and recovery, which you might be interested in reading also.
And Anna is very much like one of those ladies in the vintage magazines in her animal print all-in-one. Looks like she could entertain at home in those, too. Seemingly that was all the rage. Once I have finished lusting after her fabulous loungewear, my eyes are immediately drawn to the paintings. Anna runs an Art Gallery on Tresco Island.
Definitely need to up my loungewear game. I will be clicking on Anna’s Island Style to find out where she purchased.
My offering is more casual than loungewear and I wear this out to the shops, topped by a big coat. Opting for an oversized Primark hoodie (current) I went for elasticated trousers (two years old) from Carraig Donn. Having always sworn never to wear elasticated trousers, I finally succumbed and love them. Must get my jeans out for a try on though.
Lounge wear can lure you into a false sense of security, can’t they?
Animal print slip-ons are Zara and are also a few years old.
I am on the look-out for a more luxurious loungewear set and have looked at Lucy Nagle and Theo & George. But they do not have my size (in the style I want) at the moment. My daughter (the stylist) recommended I go up a size for comfort.
I hope you are all surviving lockdown. I have to confess I am suffering a little from lockdown fatigue now. But I need to give myself a shake, put on my big girl boots and get on with it.
I did share a video and an article on how to deal with Covid if you are not in hospital from a reputable source on my OVERTHEHILDA Facebook page. Click HERE and go to my FB.
Stay safe my friends.