Up until the late 1800s, most men wore nightshirts to bed. India came up with the concept of cotton “pajamas” which involved both top and bottoms to sleep in, and soon caught on in London and other major cities in Europe.
Over time, there have been a number of advancements and innovations with pyjamas. Different materials such as fleece and flannel have come into prominence, along with tie waist, pockets and even bum flap! One of the most interesting advances in the night clothing industry has been onesie pyjamas or full body pyjamas as they are also known.
Onesies were invented in the 1950s but not as normal adult pyjamas. They were made by the Gerber company as tshirts for babies that fasten under the crotch. But the name “onesies” is now synonymous with full body pjs for people of all ages.
Adult onesies are popular for older people who like snug fitting night attire that keeps them warm and cosy, especially during the cold winter months. They usually come footed and some styles also have a hoodie and a bum flap, which lets you go to the bathroom without needing to strip right down!
Up until recently, adult onesie pyjamas have been considered a bit “nerdy” or “lame” and the negative connotations have prevented the garment from becoming a hugely popular bedding option. However over the last decade, its mainstream popularity has increased significantly and the item is now considered cool by many.
I believe the Teletubbies movement went a long way in putting onesies back on the radar, but I doubt they helped with the coolness factor. Although Tinky Winky deserves mad props if you ask me! Another prominent television star sporting a onesie is Wilfred, the talking dog that has become a huge success in both America and Australia. His non-pc attitude and hilarious antics have generated him cult status and broken the adult onesies back into the mainstream.
Recently, Brad Pitt was photographed in his very own onesies, which further proves that the attire is well and truly in trend. As Hollywood stars and more prominent people are shown to have this type of bed clothing, it will undoubtedly make them even more popular. Sales in Australia have increased significantly in the past couple of years, a trend that is probably
similar in America, England and other big economies.
They are a versatile item that not only looks fun but is very practical. Full body adult pyjamas are great as a gift to a friend or partner and good to buy yourself. I have friends that work from home and actually sit around the house during the day in their onesies. Maybe casual Friday in the offices will start to see a few appearances of onesie pyjamas. One can only hope!