Home com­forts

Thanks to the bath­room selfie, Net­flix-and-chill cul­ture and In­sta­gram, ‘sleepleisure’ is the off-duty look for 2018, says

The Guardian - G2 - - Style - Lau­ren Cochrane

What are you do­ing tonight? With the sun set­ting be­fore 4.30pm, the on­set of win­ter is enough to make even the most so­cia­ble of us want noth­ing more af­ter work than a sim­ple for­mula: sofa, sweat­pants, a se­ries on the lap­top and – depend­ing on whether your mood is more Olivia Pope or the Queen – a glass of wine or a nice cup of tea. Guess what? That is not a cop-out this year. In fact, it is the height of fash­ion. We have reached peak ef­fort­less dress­ing and are now at “can’t be asked”. Sofa dress­ing is the off-duty look for 2018.

The fash­ion site Man Re­peller calls it “sleepleisure” and is in favour of it. So is the re­tailer Far­fetch. “It’s a re­flec­tion of a big shift to­wards com­fort,” says Ce­le­nie Sei­del, Far­fetch’s mar­ket edi­tor. She cites 2012’s “cosy boy” phe­nom­e­non, which had the soft-sweat­pant- and base­ball-jersey-wear­ing hip-hop col­lec­tive A$AP Mob as fig­ure­heads. You could also credit Ken­dall Jen­ner and Ri­hanna, with their XXXXL hood­ies; Hai­ley Bald­win in a track­suit at the air­port; and Elle Fan­ning in one at a party.

The brand to know is Les Boys Les Girls, the la­bel by the co-founder of Agent Provo­ca­teur, Ser­ena Rees, which sells un­der­wear, but also hood­ies, T-shirts and shorts to sleep in. For­get hygge – it de­scribes it­self as “bed to street”. If you need a ref­er­ence, try kalsarikänni, or “pants drunk”, the Fin­nish anti-hygge, which is all about, well, get­ting drunk in your pants. Even if you are on a no-booze day and wear­ing a lit­tle bit more, the proudly slobby style sen­ti­ment is easy to get be­hind.

The move to re­claim com­fort clothes for out­side the home has been un­der­way for ages: py­jama dress­ing has gone from school gates s to Satur­day night, while the duster robe – essen­tially a dress­ing gown – has be­come a favourite with fash­ion n edi­tors and other peo­ple who are pho­tographed “out and about” for a liv­ing. But now it is the clothes you u re­serve for a night in front of the box that are in the frame. You know the kind – the big T-shirt you have had for ages, teamed with leg­gings and uni­corn slip­pers. The grey track­ies and match­ing hoodie. The py­jama shorts and dress­ing gown. The comfy night­dress you change into way be­fore bed­time.

This trend presents as the op­po­site of the per­fectly taste­ful, def­i­nitely-very-ex­pen­sive loungewear of your best life as pre­sented on In­sta­gram. There is no need for per­fectly groomed hair and makeup here. In­stead, this is a sit­u­a­tion for a top­knot, no makeup, a jade roller to hand and lights out at 9.30pm.

Be­fore you smugly put on your slipper socks, though, there is a dis­claimer. Sure, at home you are in a safe space with only your near­est and dear­est, but think­ing about your sofa dress­ing could fall un­der the zeit­geisty idea of self-care. Right now, con­sid­er­ing

Con­sid­er­ing what you wear around your in­ner cir­cle feels more mod­ern than dress­ing to im­press strangers

what you wear around only your in­ner cir­cle feels more mod­ern than dress­ing to im­press strangers in a bar – and, let’s be hon­est, In­sta­gram I sneaks in here. Thanks to t the bath­room selfie, Net­flix-and­chill cul­ture and #iwoke­u­p­likethis hum­ble­brags, nowhere is off-lim­its from the feed. As Man Re­peller puts it: “In­ner­wear is out­er­wear be­cause what we do in­side is no longer pri­vate.” Some form of game face needs to be main­tained at all times. So, your old faith­fuls for sofa dress­ing need an up­date.

How do you turn your no-sec­ondthoughts t so­fawear into some­thing more mind­ful? Ob­vi­ously, this is one where you can shop your wardrobe by b re­assess­ing your out-of-the-house wardrobe and bring key com­fort pieces in­doors. Al­ter­na­tively, have a re­fresh. Your shorts-and-a-bigT-shirt look can be up­dated with a glance at Stella McCart­ney’s most recent cat­walk, which fea­tured a crew-neck tie-dye T-shirt. (You will be ready for next spring, too, when tie-dye will be mas­sive.) There are loads of these on the high street. Pair with 80s-style run­ning shorts – the kind that Michael Cera wore in Juno – and col­lege socks, the chunky ones with the band­ing. Cardi coats are al­lowed, too, and look good over shorter lengths.

Leg­gings, mean­while, can be up­scale. Gap has a pair of vel­vet ones. They are styled with heels on the web­site, but would look equally good, if not bet­ter, with nov­elty slip­pers. There are some nicely min­i­mal ones in Alexan­der Wang’s Uniqlo col­lec­tion, too, which launches on Sun­day. Track­suits can be trad (Adi­das, Fila), for a foot­ball­man­ager-on-the-train­ing-ground look, or fun, with a mix-and-match at­ti­tude to pat­terns en­cour­aged. Asos has loads of these in its loungewear sec­tion (don’t let the name put you off ). For robe in­spo, look to Rami Malek as Fred­die Mer­cury in Bo­hemian Rhap­sody and Nigella Law­son at home. You can find sim­i­lar de­signs at Ar­ket and & Other Sto­ries. Pair with proper py­ja­mas – and wear bob­bly slipper socks with pride, of course. Sofa dress­ing is still about com­fort over style, re­mem­ber – even if In­sta­gram is in­volved.

Wool-blend coat, H&M, £60

Col­lege socks (£9, Nudie Jeans) and cot­ton shorts (£30, Les Girls Les Boys) à la Michael Cera in Juno (be­low)

Tie-dye at Stella McCart­ney (above) and Ur­ban Out­fit­ters, £24

A cot­ton robe (£59, Ar­ket) in the style of Rami Malek’s Fred­die Mer­cury (be­low)

Elle Fan­ning out and about in a track­suit (top); an Adi­das al­ter­na­tive, £60

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