While we may not be spending as much time home as before, there’s no denying the allure of loungewear.
They’re comfortable, easy to throw on and they remind you that at the end of that long WFH day, you’ll be treated to a good night’s sleep. What more could we ask for in the clothes that we wear everyday? In 2020, these casual shirts and shorts provided us some peace of mind to see through a fairly terrible year confined to our homes. In 2021, it the loungewear trend is lingering, perhaps because we’re all now realising the luxury of a good pair of pyjamas.
Many Singapore fashion brands have caught on, too. That’s good news for us; we have plenty of options when it comes to choosing the clothes to laze in all day. Some of them are sustainably made, and others are versatile enough to be worn when you’re heading outside. They’re certainly a lot more stylish than your basic sweatpants. Check out our selection of the best loungewear you can get from local labels below.
Local womenswear label Rye has applied its less-is-more philosophy to its new loungewear collection, comprising belted linen robes, lapel collar shirts, jersey tank tops and drawstring trousers in soothing muted hues. We’re a big fan of their menswear-inspired cotton boxer shorts, which come in a classic blue pinstripe. There’s also a matching shirt, complete with pockets, that you can get together as a set — one of many staycation-ready sets that Rye has on offer.
Sojao x Benjamin Barker
Sojao has won us over with its luxury organic bedsheets, but the Singapore bedding brand is now taking on sleepwear through a new collaboration with Benjamin Barker. “Shirts and shorts for men and women” may not sound like much, but these aren’t your ordinary pyjamas. Each piece is made with the same sustainable cotton used in Sojao’s beloved sheets, which boasts a super soft and satin-like feel. The collection also comes in sumptuous hues like forest green, stone grey and navy, offering that elegant touch often seen in Benjamin Barker’s tailored pieces.
The Editor’s Market
The Editor’s Market’s Easywear line is designed for all-day comfort, which is perfect for anyone who would rather not think too much about what to wear. There are wide knit pants, stretchy tank tops and airy shirt dresses, all of which are versatile enough to be worn when relaxing at home or stepping out for a quick errand. It helps that they all come in neutral hues — easier to mix and match, and clearly living up to the collection’s name. While many of the Easywear pieces are made with soft and breathable fabrics such as cotton and viscose blends, there are also sustainable styles made with Lyocell for eco-conscious shoppers.
Her Velvet Vase
If you’re not into the minimalist styles above, turn your attention to Her Velvet Vase’s loungewear offerings. It’s florals galore: Whether you’re looking at the pyjama sets, the sash tie shorts or the various belted kimono robes, you’ll be treated to a dreamy watercolour print specially designed by the local brand. The pieces are just as exquisite to touch, having been made from silk satin that is “as soft as a cloud”. We recommend pairing the kimonos with one of Her Velvet Vase’s equally luxurious slip dresses.
There are even more feminine styles to be found in Love Bonito’s loungewear line, which include floral slip dresses and lace-trimmed camisoles. The boxy printed shirts are great for both indoors and outdoors — especially the latter, considering that they’re made from breezy rayon. Love Bonito’s Avyanna pants (with pockets!) are also seriously wide, which is a plus for anyone looking for the ultimate pair to lounge in. For nap time, you could consider the contrast piping collared shirts and matching shorts.
Header photo credit: Sojao