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Nightwear as Daywear?

Author: Lauren Coleman

I wear my pyjamas when it’s not night time.
When I announced this at a recent team meeting, the resounding shock from Charlotte and Lolly prompted me to declare it to you too. So strong were the views we just had to share them and find out which camp you sit in.

Me {Lauren}

For those of you who think I’m going to confess to sitting around all day in my onesie, I have to stop you right there; for one I don’t own a onesie and second when I work from home I’m always fully dressed and most likely to have a full face of make-up on. I never know who’ll pop round or if I’ll have to make a quick dash in to the office. No, my confession is around what I do when I get home. Thankfully we’ve seen the back of those long dark winter nights (though they still seem to be as flipping cold) but a few months ago I could be found coming through the door around 6pm and dashing upstairs to put on my nightwear. A couple of reasons for this; supreme comfort and warmth but also the knowledge I’m going to get into PJs at some point during the night so why bother creating more washing by changing into an interim outfit? See I’m not being sloven just practical. I literally have tonnes of pyjamas, in fact they’re crying out for bit of a clear-out and I love donning a fresh pair to signify the end of the working day when I slip out of my professional attire into something all together more comfortable. I mean how pretty are the vintage rose ones in the image above from hush?!
Now I’m also partial to a bit of leisure wear too. I’d love to tell you I splash out on a luxury cashmere knit or the whole of the White Company lounge wear selection but in reality I have some woollen joggers from Gap, snuggly cuffed cotton bottoms from various places and cosy fleecy lined sweatshirts from H&M which I’m tending to go for now the evenings are lighter. These items never leave the house though, they are strictly in-house attire reserved for relaxation. Now I well and truly love a bit of loungewear, however Miss Lolly La Pop feels distinctly different…

Lolly

I don’t do loungewear. Full stop.
There are pyjamas for bedtime and there are actual proper daytime clothes and for me there is nothing in between. Yes I know, I can already hear the collective audible gasp from the majority of you (my family included!). If I’m being completely honest then I’m probably the odd one out when it comes to my nearest and dearest; my sisters own a plethora of various lounging clothing and stacks of pyjamas and Ste has been known to regularly come home from work and pop on his cashmere joggers after having a shower before changing for bed.
I don’t get it. At all.
Perhaps it’s a personality thing. I’m the kind of girl that jumps straight out of bed when the alarm goes (no snooze button for me). Why delay the inevitable? I cannot abide laziness. The same goes for situation appropriate clothing and we’re not just talking about the weather here.
Although the majority of my working hours are spent at home, I dress as if I was still going into the office…well the RMLtd office. We don’t necessarily don three piece suits regularly here. Nonetheless on goes the makeup, the hair gets ponytailed or braided or whatever else I’m feeling that day, and I put on actual clothes. And those clothes stay on right up until bedtime when I take them off and put on my pyjamas literally just before bed.
It’s a mental thing. As in mind over matter. I need to feel ready for the day ahead and I suppose that’s all about marking the separation from night to day. I do that by putting on ‘proper’ clothes; I just wouldn’t feel in the right frame of mind if I slipped into a pair of joggers for example or a sloppy jumper. I’d feel…lazy. Not exactly the right mindset for approaching a very exciting but nonetheless very long list of things to do and people to see.
But that’s the working week I hear you cry. What about weekends? What about relaxed Sunday mornings with decadent brunches. Surely you must sport some kind of lounging attire then?
Ermmm. No. No I don’t.
Weekends are pretty much the same. I still need to feel like I’ve got up in order to take on the day ahead. I’m not the kind of girl that can stay in her pyjamas throughout breakfast for example…I’d feel dirty. And not in a sexy way…think more Onslow from Keeping Up Appearances…and that’s not really the look I’m trying to channel by any stretch of the imagination.
Perhaps I’m strange. Maybe I just need to chill out. But with 32 years under my belt I really don’t see me changing my lounging habits any time soon.

Are you a lounge wear kind of girl? Have you worn your pyjamas when it’s not bedtime? Or do you share Lolly’s view that it’s all too lazy?

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51 thoughts on “Nightwear as Daywear?

  1. I’m on maternity leave at the moment so no workwear required, but even from the first day or so of being home with the baby I was getting dressed properly rather than staying in PJs – I still very much lounged (when possible!) but I wanted to wear proper clothes for my self esteem I think. Love a good pair of PJs for after an evening bath before bed though ? (Loved the reference to Onslow by the way ?)

    1. Hi Katie, I’m with you and Lolly there – I never stay in my PJs in the morning – I’m very much a get up and get in the shower kind of girl but I crave the evening lounging!
      We all had a good laugh about Onslow 😉

  2. Definitely with Lauren on this one!! I even own the vintage rose PJ bottoms from the picture above. I was also very excited when I opened a gift box from Hush containing fancy new PJs on my birthday!

  3. I am absolutely with Lolly. I work from home a lot and people assume I am in my PJs / lounge wear all day! NO – I need to be up, showered and dressed to start the day. I don’t feel “right” if I am not, I feel as though I am being lazy and don’t feel work “appropriate”. The same can be said for the weekend…don’t get me wrong, I am all for lazy days but I am up and dressed – not lounging around in PJs!

    (I am also with Lolly on the jumping out of bed – no snooze button for me, if I stay asleep until the alarm goes off!)

    1. Ha ha Rach – yep I’m with you both there – a shower and clean clothes is definitely the best way to start the day.
      I have to admit I hit the snooze button today though. Too late a night last night! x

    2. Rach I’m so glad you said this. Absolutely agree that lazy days can happen albeit dressed in proper clothes, I just feel too grubby staying in pyjamas any longer than it takes me to get up and out of bed.

  4. I’m with Lolly too – I think it’s a self esteem thing that I’d just feel a bit slobby in pj’s/leisure wear. Also I have so many nice clothes why wouldn’t I want to wear them over pj’s! Even in mornings, once I’m up I want to shower, then I’m definitely not going back into pj’s!

    1. Ahh Fran, maybe I need to fall in love with my day clothes a bit more. Some of my pjs are way nicer than the rest of my wardrobe! x

  5. I am sort of in the middle! I’ve just started maternity leave but when I worked I had an hour plus commute to London so as soon as I got home I couldn’t wait to get out of my work clothes, which felt constricting and grubby by the end of the day, and into something relaxing. Not necessarily PJs – a jersey maxi dress often did the trick. However, on the occasions I worked from home, I still got up and ready but somehow didn’t feel such a strong urge to change a the end of the working day. Now I am on mat leave I still like to be showered and dressed (though the bigger I get the more all the mat clothes that fit me resemble loungewear – all very stretchy!). I also can’t do a snooze button either – I’m straight in the shower as soon a the alarm goes off. I think its the only way I can get going!

  6. Yes, 100% agree with you on this Lauren. Clothes that have been comfortable all day suddenly, mysteriously become uncomfortable as soon as I arrive home!

  7. I am totally with Lauren on this one! I go even one step further and if I am lounging around on a weekend or having a chore day on a Sunday I take my PJs off in the morning have a bath and get dressed in…yep….freshly washed pjs/loungewear! In the week, after wearing a suit all day at work the first thing I do when I get home is get into my loungewear too…definitely couldn’t relax in the evenings properly otherwise x

  8. I absolutely love Hush PJs and have quite a few pairs. I know that they’re expensive but they’re the only pyjamas that I have every found that don’t shrink after a few washes and end up flapping above my ankles. I’ve got my eye on the flamingo print pair from the current collection.
    However my guiltiest wardrobe pleasure are my ‘lounge pants’ – a pair of tatty and rather unattractive M&S slim leg joggers that you find me wearing most evenings post 7pm. Comfort rules over style in my living room (provided that nobody can see me!) – lucky husband eh?

  9. Haaaaaaa this has cracked me up. I can regularly be found in loungewear (let’s be honest, pyjamas) at the supermarket, soft play, the park, various nursery and dance class drop off and pick ups etc…. Zero shame and I definitely don’t feel lazy. I’d chuffing love to be lazy for a day! I *think* I always look dressed rather than like I just rolled out of bed, I’m always washed and made up yadda yadda. Nothing more cosy than showering and pulling on super soft, clean cashmere (it counts if they’re, like, 8% cashmere, right?) joggers ?

    I just like to be comfy, tbh. Buttons and zips and denim and tights make me *shudder* especially rolling around after 4 kids.

    It’s funny, the things people feel so differently about!

  10. I wear a uniform for work but change into real clothes before and after. I /have/ considered putting my pjs straight on after a nightshift before but knowing my luck I’d need to get petrol on the way home!

    Getting dressed is the last thing I do before leaving the house so its up, tea and brekkie, check email and do day admin before shower and dressed then out so there is some morning pj wearing but not lounging!

  11. Definitely all about the leisurewear! As soon as i get home I have the uncontrollable desire to get out of whatever I’ve been wearing and put on pj’s. I work in a casual office so I’m probably only wearing jeans anyway but I just can’t bear to keep them on. I also have to brush my hair – it’s curly which means I can’t touch it during the day but as soon as I’m home I drag a brush through it and tie it up and it feels so good!
    Weirdly I have friends who go home and immediately remove all their jewellery (even wedding rings) as they find them constricting!

    1. Yup, I remove all jewellery, including wedding ring st the end of the day. I am also team PJs. Although I’m on maternity leave I still get dressed and put some make up on every day, I tend to get in my PJs when my husband gets home as we bath our baby and both get changed. It feels cleaner (and comfier!)

  12. Team PJs!! I really look forward to putting on my pjs after work. I just love feeling warm and comfortable at home. I have an occasional Sunday where I love to lounge/slob around all day but generally at weekends I put on a touch of make up and make myself presentable – even if I’m not going anywhere.

    But if you are taking it to the extreme I know someone who has daytime pjs and night time pjs. She has been know to get up and showered then put on fresh pjs. I secretly envy her!

  13. I’m a little on the fence here – on the days I work from home, wouldn’t work in pyjamas or loungewear – but I will go for a comfy version of a casual outfit – by that I mean jeans and a sweater (obviously with slippers, that doesn’t count as pyjamas, right?!). However after work it is all about the loungewear! I was really excited recently when I got an excuse to buy a new pair of cuffed joggers (hello, 27 hour flight to Australia!) to add to my lounge wardrobe. I guess the difference in my eyes is that these aren’t my pyjamas even if they are technically pyjama items, as I don’t sleep in anything *blushes*. So I don’t feel like I’ve been wearing them all night, as I still change for bed! 🙂

  14. Definitely a lounge wear fan! I need to be quite smartly dressed for work and my personal style is a lot more casual anyway. As soon as I get home I get changed (I also feel that clothes I sat in the office with for 9 hours plus a here hou commute in total are just grubby at the end of the day…) in some cosy bottoms and jumper/tshirt. None of my lounge wear is so scruffy that I wouldn’t leave the house with, it’s just very casual ?

    And whilst I am very much an alarm snoozer, I’m strictly in the pjs are for bed only camp!

  15. I change out of my work clothes the second I get home but it’s mostly because I have two cats and the hair gets everywhere – I try to minimise that by either putting my work clothes straight into the laundry basket or hang up to air (like cardigans, jeans etc). And then I either get into my PJs or similar (maybe yoga pants and a top or smarter joggers). Most of the time, once I’m in for the evening I’m not going back out so there’s no need to be in anything presentable! My husband is the same as well – straight into shorts and t-shirt!

    When I’m working from home, I don’t do a full face of make up but I always have a shower and get dressed into jeans and t-shirt as a bare minimum. Even if it’s not my usual work style outfit, I definitely feel more in work mode than I would if I was in my PJs.

    Weekends though – Saturday’s I’m normally out and about but Sunday is my lazy day and I will spend the majority in my PJs… I just don’t see the point in wearing normal clothes if I’m not going out or seeing anyone! Also the chances of anyone popping by is extremely low as none of our friends/family live close enough!

      1. I’ve got a mix from H&M and New Look. Although a couple of them are looking less smart and more tatty now as I’ve had them a year or two – time for a refresh I think…! I quite like that you can dress them up or down too – love a versatile item like that!

  16. Team PJs here (literally at the moment!!!). Love coming home after work and getting changed into something comfier, and like others have said think it’s a waste to put on another daytime outfit for a couple of hours!!!! I also don’t like sitting around in my pjs in the morning though!!!!

    1. I think the whole leisure wear thing has heightened since I started doing the capsule wardrobe Amy. Definitely can’t waste an outfit when you’ve only got a limited selection! x

  17. How has the post-work removal of the brassiere not been mentioned yet?! Or am I just some sort of slattern?

  18. I think it may have something to do with what you wear for work. I’m a lawyer so on weekdays I’m in a suit and can’t wait to change when I get home. But at the weekends when I’m dressed more casually I just don’t see the need.

  19. Camp loungewear! Not in the mornings but if I’m ‘in’ for the night – makeup off, jewellery off, hair up, bra off and giant hoody and skanky joggers on! How people can relax in the evening in a pencil skirt and control tights is beyond me. I force my husband to change his shirt and tie too as it makes me uncomfortable looking at him! Since starting maternity leave I’ve come up with a clever trick: If I’m having a lazy day I would still feel far too slovenly to wear my actual pyjamas or loungewear, but I feel my ‘normal’ clothes would look plain odd without makeup/ jewellery. So I wear sports gear (sports leggings/ t shirt) you can get away with no makeup and a messy bun if it looks like you’re off to the gym after the supermarket/ baby group – I go nowhere near the gym ? Shhh

  20. Hi, I came across your blog and was really surprised that you are discussing nightwear as a daywear as I recently got into a conversation with my girlfriends about this! I love lazy days at home and sometimes I feel I will stay in my nightdress the whole day! But depends whether I am on my own, with kids or friends. I had many nightdrersses which would be inappropriate but I recently bought a beautiful nightwear perfect for evenings or even lazy days! My new nightdress looks like a normal dress and I am not asshamed to wear it when a postman arrives with new mail 🙂 See it yourself, I am so pleased! Now I do not have to hide while in my nightwear! So colourful and comfortable ! mymoniq.com

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