With fewer and fewer reasons to actually, you know, get dressed, loungewear is fast becoming the new everyday attire.
Fluctuating lockdown restrictions and the rise in remote working have forced men all over the world out of jeans, suits and shirts and into stretchier, comfier garments. And as we hurtle towards an uncertain Christmas, one thing remains clear: even if office parties, family gatherings and festive nights out are off the cards, sitting around watching Christmas films in your joggers is not.
With that in mind, now’s the perfect time to get shopping online for your winter loungewear wardrobe. Here’s what we’ll be chilling in as we head into the weirdest (but potentially cosiest) winter on record.
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Burton Long Sleeve Polo
A rugby top isn’t just for the Six Nations. It’s now a bona fide fashion item, crossing over from sports pitch to streetwear. It’s colourful, it’s cool and it’s perfect for layering when the heating turns itself off mid-afternoon – again. Wear it over a white shirt if you want to feel a little bit fancy.
BOSS Keen Tailored Sweatpants
Loungewear doesn’t have to be a byword for sloppy. With a tailored look, relaxed cut and comfortable stretchy fabric, these BOSS trousers bridge the gap between smart and stay-at-home. Wear them with black Derby shoes, a fine-gauge knitted bomber and a belted overcoat for a smart-casual post-lockdown look, or simply throw on a hoodie to unwind in style.
Birkenstock Boston Wool Felt Sandals
No longer are socks and ’stocks the exclusive preserve of anorak-wearing birdwatchers (nor are anoraks, for that matter). This ultra-comfy footwear combo is very much en vogue, which spells good news for your lockdown style credentials. This textured wool number is just begging to be used as a house shoe and will look the business teamed with a pair of plain jersey joggers and your jazziest winter socks.
Arming yourself with a classic pullover hoodie is loungewear 101 and this one from heritage sportswear brand Champion is about as classic as they come. The simple design means it’ll look good no matter what ill-conceived WFH outfit you throw it on top of, and it will blend seamlessly into your casual weekend wardrobe when lockdown finally eases. To ramp up the cosy factor, go one up from your usual size for a relaxed fit and wear it with jersey shorts, socks and slides.
Calvin Klein Lounge T-Shirt 3 Pack
The plain white tee has long served as menswear’s backbone and it can lay the foundation for your loungewear looks too. That means it’s something well worth stocking up on, which is why this three-pack of Calvin Klein T-shirts is such a smart buy. These particular tees are purpose-built for lazy days, and with a couple of spares on hand, it won’t be the end of the world when one of them inevitably gets salsa dip slopped down the front of it during a Sunday-night Netflix session.
The North Face Glacier Pro Fleece
The North Face designs equipment for scaling mountains. It’s just a coincidence that some of it is perfect for doing the exact opposite and lounging around at home instead. Take this quarter-zip fleece. It’s made from insulating Polartec fabric, so you can leave the thermostat alone, and is slim-fitting enough to slot neatly underneath some more substantial outerwear if you need to nip out to the shops…or do a spot of ice climbing on K2.
Polo Ralph Lauren Lounge Shorts
Somehow, grey sweatpants have become an unwitting symbol of autumnal sexiness, so we can only assume grey sweatshorts would be considered even sexier. Granted, that doesn’t really matter all that much when you’re cooped up at home with only the dog for company, but hey, it’s always nice to feel good about yourself. Wear these ones from Polo Ralph Lauren with some oversized knitwear for maximum lounging potential.
adidas Co Relax Tracksuit
Tracksuits were originally designed with athletic purposes in mind (the clue is in the name), but the same stretchiness that makes them ideal for working out also lends itself nicely to staying in. This adidas track-top-and-sweatpants combo is perfect for unwinding in style and can even be paired with luxe leather sneakers and a wool overcoat to nail that high-low athleisure look when you do need to venture outside.
UGG Scuff Sheepskin-Lined Slippers
If months of working from home has taught us anything, it’s that slippers aren’t a luxury, they’re a necessity. With a soft sheepskin lining, these ones from UGG are the perfect compromise for any man who’s ever found himself drawn in by the fleecy allure of a pair of UGG boots but hasn’t quite had the courage to actually put them on and parade around town. Best worn fresh out of the shower and paired with a nice thick dressing gown.
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