Up until the late 1800s, most males wore model baju batik to bed. India developed the concept of cotton "pajamas" which involved both top and bottoms to settle, 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. materials such as fleece and flannel attended into prominence, along with tie waistline, pockets and even bum flap! Probably the most interesting advances in the night time clothing industry provides been onesie pyjamas or full body pyjamas as they are also known.
Onesies were invented in the 1950s but not as normal adult pyjamas. These were made by the firm as tshirts for infants that fasten under the crotch. But the name "onesies" is now synonymous with complete body pjs for people of all ages.
Adult onesies are popular for older people who like snug fitting night time attire that keeps them warm and cosy, especially during the cold winter months. They often come footed plus some styles also have a hoodie and a bum flap, which lets you visit the bathroom without needing to strip right down!
Until recently, adult onesie pyjamas have been considered a little "nerdy" or "lame" and the negative connotations have avoided the garment from becoming a hugely popular bedding option. However over the last decade, its mainstream recognition has increased significantly and the item is currently considered cool by many.
I believe the Teletubbies movement went a long way in putting onesies back again on the radar, but I question they contributed to the coolness factor. Although Tinky Winky deserves mad props if you ask me! Another prominent tv star sporting a onesie can be Wilfred, the talking dog that has been a huge success in both America and Australia. His non-pc attitude and hilarious antics have generated him cult position and damaged the adult onesies back into the mainstream.
Recently, Brad Pitt was photographed in his individual onesies, which further proves that the attire is normally well and really in trend. As Hollywood celebrities 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 style 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 excellent as a gift to a friend or partner and good to get yourself. I've friends that work from home and actually sit around the house during the day within their onesies. Maybe casual Friday in the offices will start to see a few appearances of onesie pyjamas. You can only hope!