Covid-19 completely transformed the way we engage with clothing. Body-con silhouettes disappeared and tailoring took a backseat with most of us working from home.
Enter printed twin sets, slinky slips and dandy robes and all of a sudden we are re-sensitised to the charm of comfort dressing to the point that slipping back into those skinny jeans seems questionable now.
Who wants discomfort at this stage when we have got so addicted to the oversized pieces? PJs have always been a significant sartorial piece not just in fashion but also in cinema.
Who could forget Gene Kelly's striped PJs in "An American in Paris" or Audrey Hepburn's oversized shirt in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? The twin-set manages to make an incredible impact with its louche, languorous appeal.
Cut to the present. From Dolce & Gabbana's Autumn Winter 20 collection to Manish Malhotra's royal loungewear line titled Tabān to Monisha Jaising's printed kurta twinsets to the recent collaboration between Dandelion and Param Sahib - the elevated loungewear seems to be having a moment like never before.
Bring a sense of individualism
And it is not hard to understand why. The lounge suit or the co-ord set has become a staple in the last year because it is easy, versatile and comfortable yet has you looking impossibly chic.
Fashion entrepreneur Samyukta Nair observed, "Since we are spending most of our time indoors, I believe it is nice to bring a sense of individualism to the new normal. My go-to choices during this time have been relaxed styles in bright hues or bold prints that can be amped up with statement jewellery or added layers while stepping out or worn as is when lounging indoors making them apt choices given the current situation we are faced with."
A versatile category
The world has adapted to working from home, attending Zoom meetings, working out at home and stepping out for essentials and grocery runs.
Loungewear is functional, allows you to be comfortable and yet look on-trend while managing to multitask.
Riddhi Jain, Co-Founder NeceSera observed, "With people finding a new need for comfort at home, loungewear as a category has grown with new additions like travel wear, work from home wear and yoga wear. Loungewear is the most versatile clothing category, it can be styled for work from home meetings by adding a scarf over a tee-shirt, they can also be paired with blazers for immediate Zoom meetings. It helps you look stylish while you are still in your pyjamas."
Boudoir chic could be incredible if styled right. Remember Sarah Jessica Parker's lilac silk tank which she layers with a long strand of pearls in "Sex and the city"? A great reference point, is not it? Most importantly, have fun with your twin-set.