Cara Delevingne is a fan if wearing Onsies....
After dominating British sleepwear throughout AW12/13, the onesie now seems to be heading for global domination: according to Australian News, the 'onesie' was the most popular search term on eBay in May.
With onesies acceptable as streetwear, clubwear and lounging-around-the-house-wear, the multi-functionality of the garment alone is enough to recommend it. On a budget? Get a onesie, you can wear it everywhere! Hungover? No need to change your clothes, just crawl out of bed in your onesie and pop to the shop. Completely lacking in any preoccupation with style, elegance, or sophistication, onesies are fun and creative in a way that adult clothing rarely is. Whether you dream of being a tiger or Spiderman, there's a onesie to make your dreams come true.
But with onesies as the new go-to comfort wear, what does this mean for its humble predecessor, the dressing gown? Why would anyone bother with the unreliable dangling girdle and constant risk of exposure associated with such an item? Granted, it's easier to throw on a dressing gown than struggle damply into a onesie when you get out of the bath, but chances are you won't get cat ears on your hood. It's much, much harder to pretend to be a penguin in a robe.
Luckily for the dressing gown, not everyone is a onesie fan. The Daily Mail went so far to say that our infatuation with such an infantile item of clothing is a sign that the pressures of the recession have turned us all into big insecure babies.
More practically, they really do make using the toilet something of an issue, which is not something that was ever a problem with dressing gowns. Not to mention how to cope with needing to scratch your foot - would the whole onesie have to be removed? For something seemingly designed for days when the wearer is feeling lazy or hungover, this sounds like an awful lot of hassle.
In terms of keeping warm and snuggly, they seem to be pretty much on a par. Isme's dressing gowns are full-length, fleecy numbers definitely just as effective at preserving body heat, and some designs even zip up for a onesie-gown mash-up. Perhaps that's the way to get the best of both worlds - still kitsch and cosy, but much better suited for everyday life.