Thanks to the athleisure and street-style trends, loungewear is making a comeback and is no longer restricted to just your bedroom. As we have all embraced working from home and spending more time indoors due to the pandemic, our fashion style has changed to meet our new lifestyles. Wearing pajamas or loungewear does not mean you have to compromise on style, and it is easy to elevate these clothing pieces to look gorgeous at home. At Especia, our range of loungewear includes two-piece pyjama inspired sets, midi dresses and loosely fitted jumpsuits. Especia is here to help you find the ultimate loungewear looks that suit your lifestyle, and that makes you feel gorgeous while staying at home.
Loungewear is both practical and versatile, making it an essential in every woman’s closet. The loungewear trend is no longer just velour tracksuits and fluffy pajamas for women, and instead is one of the biggest growing fashion niches. Women’s loungewear sets have appeared everywhere from the catwalks in Paris and Milan, through to the shelves of your favourite stores at the mall. Loungewear is one of the most functional and adaptable trends in fashion and has something to offer every woman, regardless of their lifestyle or budget. Loungewear for women is a popular fashion trend amongst celebrities, with Rachel Brosnahan, Selena Gomez and all the Kardashian-Jenner sisters having been spotted embracing the style. Even the Queen of Fashion herself, Anna Wintour, was photographed wearing loungewear for a virtual Vogue meeting.
Loungewear was a booming trend long before the pandemic happened, and its popularity has been continuously growing in recent years.
The popularity of the 'hygge' mentality, the Danish word for 'cozy', has seen millennials and Gen Z embracing loungewear and putting comfort first. The craze first appeared on social media in 2016 and has gained a growing following ever since. The 'hygge' mentality has been reflected in the increased popularity of the athleisure and street-style trends, with a greater focus on oversized clothing and with platform heels have been replaced by platform sneakers.
Our curated collection of loungewear is created using cotton and viscose materials, which makes every piece of clothing comfortable to wear throughout the day or to bed. Cotton is one of the best fabrics for both breathability and insulating heat, the material is loose-fitting and can be easily layered depending on the season. The fabric is also highly durable, meaning that your clothing piece is likely to last far longer and better withstand the effects of washing and general wear and tear. As well as being hypoallergenic, Cotton is an environmentally friendly product and is 100% biodegradable. Viscose is one of the oldest manufactured fibres and was created to drape seamlessly over your body, thanks to its lightweight nature which makes it both soft and comfortable. The combination of these two materials means that at Especia, our loungewear items are perfect for snuggling up in to watch some Netflix, or to wear for Sunday brunch with the girls.
The increasing popularity of women's loungewear is not just a reaction to the pandemic, but instead reflects a much larger change in modern lifestyles. As society moves away from the 9-to-5 mentality and towards a gig economy, with more people work freelance than ever before, our daily lifestyles have changed drastically from what they were ten or fifteen years ago. Tailored skirts and three-piece suits are no longer the daily workout outfit, and fashion is now become more focused on comfort than ever before. Today’s consumer requires clothing that can take them from meetings at the office, to coffees at Starbucks, through to a trip to the gym and then dinner with friends in the evening. This change in social culture and lifestyle is how women’s loungewear has become so popular both inside and outside the home.
As we all spend more time at home, either working or spending time with family, loungewear for women is a great way to make sure that you still look and feel gorgeous all day long. Our pajama tops are all Zoom and virtual meeting appropriate, with their feminine detailing and structured collars making them an ideal replacement for your usual blouse and blazer duo.
If you want to relax at home and have a change from your usual pajamas, then a midi dress is a simple way to add instant glamour to your look. Choose a midi dress with a baggy and less structured silhouette to make it loungewear friendly, and layer up with a knitted cardigan for added warmth. You can easily wear a loungewear midi-dress outside your home, and adding a pair of statement earrings and mules is a simple way to make it night-time appropriate. If gothic glamour is your aesthetic, then choose a black cover-up to add a dramatic twist to any outfit.
Functional Pajama Sets
One of the best things about women’s loungewear sets is how easily you can integrate them into your closet, and add in each piece to your daily look for added comfort. Do not be afraid to mix-and-match your pajama sets for ultimate versatility, and experiment by changing up the classic loungewear look with some of your closet staples such as t-shirts and capri pants. When choosing your loungewear pieces, do not be afraid to go up a size or two to get an oversized fit. Oversized loungewear tops are a simple way to make your outfit functional for both at home and on-the-go. Pair with cotton shorts or a skirt to be super comfy or to make the look street-style ready with a pair of jeans and sneakers. If your pajama sets feature a camisole, you can focus on adding dainty jewellery for an ultra-feminine look or take your loungewear on-the-go by throwing a fitted jacket or blazer over-top. Camisoles are a great staple to have in your closet and can be worn either for lounging around in or even for drinks at the bar with friends.
Shorts and skirts
The majority of pajamas set for women come with shorts, and these are great for dressing up or down during the warmer months. Styling these shorts the right way can take you from running errands at the grocery store, all the way through to a visit to a fancy dinner with friends. Shorts are also a simple way to embrace the athleisure trend, and a great way to add a vacation essential to your closet. Throw on a sweatshirt or a hoodie to wear around the house, or to run errands. If you prefer skirts over shorts, keep an eye out for cotton skirts with loose fits, as these are just as functional as shorts and can be styled the same way. Do not be afraid to keep your outfit simple, and instead make a statement with your shoes and accessories; this is a great way to be both comfortable and stylish.
If you think you are going to spend more time out of your bedroom than in it, then a jumpsuit is your best friend to make sure you always feel comfortable and confident. Jumpsuits are one of the most adaptable pieces of loungewear for women and can be worn anywhere at any time of the year. The jumpsuit can be styled with sneakers or flip-flops (even slippers) for an off-the-clock look. If you want to elevate your outfit to take you from day-to-night, layer some statement jewellery and add your favourite blazer or leather jacket over the jumpsuit, and slip into your most worn pair of heels.
To give any of your favourite outfits a loungewear feel, add a cover-up that is sure to complement any look. Unlike traditional dressing gowns or housecoats, these cover-ups are light wear and transparent, adding a sense of old Hollywood glamour to any look. When you are out-and-about, these cover-ups can be worn over dresses or even a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt. The cover-up is not just a piece of clothing to take with you to the beach to wear over a swimsuit and has now found a new lease of life in the loungewear trend.
Loungewear for travel
One place that you are most likely to see loungewear for women being worn is at the airport. If you are going to spend several hours on a plane, not to mention sitting around at the airport terminal, you might very well want to wear your pajamas. Former model Heidi Klum has been seen wearing her loungewear pajamas at the airport, and they are the perfect way to guarantee that you will arrive at your destination feeling well-rested and relaxed. For travel, choose pajama inspired sets with elegant detailing, such as mother-of-pearl buttons and lace cuffs. For ultimate comfort, swap your classic slippers out for a pair of slides or ballet flats and layer up with a blanket scarf.
If you want to get straight off the plane and head to the poolside bar or the beach, we recommend picking up one of our jumpsuits or a midi dress. Elevate your outfit by changing up your accessories once you arrive at your destination, and you will be all set for the first adventure of your vacation. If you are looking to create a capsule wardrobe, or want to be able to pack lightly, these loungewear pieces are ideal for investing in as their versatility is practically endless.
Adding loungewear to your closet is a great way to add some minimalism to your lifestyle. Each piece in our curated collection of loungewear is highly adaptable and multi-purpose, and are sure to spark joy whenever you wear them. If you want to give your loungewear a luxury feel, keep your look monochrome or opt for natural colours like beige and pink. These single coloured outfits are great to wear either with your favourite fluffy slippers around the house or to pair with your trusty platform sneakers for a day out running errands.
The loungewear women have to choose from is constantly growing, and the trend is here to stay as our lifestyles change and we embrace a society where we all wear more than one hat or have more than one job. If you want to start investing in loungewear staples that you can wear in the comfort of your own home, or when you are on the go, then we recommend checking out our curated collection of loungewear for women.