What Is Loungewear?

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What Is Loungewear?
Dress the family in comfortable, easy-care loungewear for at-home relaxing. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Raise your hand if Hugh Hefner comes to mind when you hear the word "loungewear." The 80-something bonvivant prides himself on living life in pyjamas, and guests might not recognise him if he were to come to his door in a suit. Of course, today's definition of loungewear has transcended Hugh, so whether or not you're looking to emulate him, find plenty of garment choices for yourself and your family so you're dressed comfortably around the house.

What to Wear Around the House

If you ditch your clothing the minute you walk into your home from work or play and throw on a specific mix of comfy separates, chances are you already own loungewear but you've never given it a name. Included in the definition of loungewear are the following: robes, muumuus, kaftans, pyjamas, lounge trousers, smoking jackets, wraps, yoga trousers, tees and hoodies. Some people wear these garments outside the home.

What Guys Wear Around the House

Men's loungewear is all about the lifestyle of the wearer. Some guys crave silk robes and silky pyjamas and own drawers full of them. Metrosexual men may boast a wardrobe of Middle Eastern-styled kaftans brought home from overseas trips. For other dudes, the dress code is a bit less fussy. Typical garments favoured by men for lounging are 100% cotton robes, PJs with pockets big enough for a remote control, flannel shawl collar robes and linen pyjamas, with or without designer labels. You prefer boxers? Sounds like you know how to lounge.

What Women Wear Around the House

Make it chic or make it collegiate, women don't usually flaunt their loungewear when they're looking to impress, but when the girls hang out or it's family movie night, loungewear is just what the doctor ordered. Flannel nightie? Pair it with hot cocoa and you've found paradise. Otherwise, loose, long PJs made of cotton with a touch of Spandex or a cute hoodie over a tank top with wide-leg trousers qualify as at-home chic at any age.

Discover Uniloungewear For All

You're going to yoga class. He's planning to crash at a friend's pad where six recliners circle the theatre-size TV screen. Today's couple may throw on loungewear for either occasion. Some call licensed sports leisurewear "sports chic," but you don't have to root for the home team if you hate their signature colours. Unisex hoodies, sweatshirts and lounge pants featuring drawstring or elastic ties can be interchanged, so if you and your honey wear the same size, consider yourself the proud owner of two leisure--time wardrobes.

If the Shoe Fits, Lounge

No lounge-appropriate wardrobe is complete without the right footwear. Even if you're the original barefoot beachcomber, you probably don footwear when the temperature drops, particularly if your house is short on carpeting. House slippers have become such a diverse niche, you'll have plenty to choose from when you shop. Uber-comfy moccasins, leather- or imitation-soled slippers, slip-on loafers and flip-flops are all considered loungewear, so snag a variety of looks, so when you sling your legs over the coffeetable, you're not embarrassed.

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