Lounging is an artform. You need a sharp eye for style to do it right, otherwise you just end up looking like a couch potato draped in holey, moth-nibbled rags. Think Hugh Hefner in his pristine PJs rather than Jim Royle in his sweat-stained vest.
Women have long embraced the joy of joggers, the wonder of onesies, the perfection of pyjamas, but the male of species has taken a little while longer. Until now.
This Christmas was the one retailers realised comfy, cosy but chic relaxation-wear was big business for blokes. Weekend knows more than a few men out there who received PJs, robes and slippers under the tree – and couldn’t be happier about it. Well, other than getting World Cup tickets.
Checks are the biggest trend. Supersoft trousers in patterns of red, blue or grey are great to slob around the house in while still maintaining an air of sophistication. Or at least common decency – those torn and tatty boxer shorts have no place on the front room sofa. Or anywhere else for that matter.
Team your cosy trews with soft, plain T-shirts. But, if you’re a slogan fan, these ‘Grumpy Old Bear’ PJs from Tesco are the only way to go. Not bad for just £16.
For something a little more classic, a little bit more Don Draper, a traditional pyjamas set is right on the money.
For the true gentlemen, these multi-stripe PJs by Paul Smith are perfect. Yes they cost £127 but, frankly, who cares when they look so utterly spiffing? Get them at House of Fraser.
A little more wallet-friendly are these £20 grey wonders from BHS. Come on, you know you’d love to watch Match of the Day in them. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.
And if you get chilly while carrying out all this lounging? Well fear not, this super-toasty robe is just £35 at BHS. And there’s also a great selection of slippers out there too, our favourites are this £20 mules from Fat Face and £29.99 Hamnetts from Jacamo.
And if you’re still not convinced by all this loungewear, just consider all the greats who have embraced PJs over the years: the aforementioned Hugh Hefner, Morecambe & Wise, Father Ted, Father Dougal, Homer Simpson, the list goes on and on.
Need we say more? After all, if it’s good enough for Homer . . .