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If there's one thing the pandemic has perfected, it's the art of dressing down. Tight waistbands, restrictive jeans and underwired bras feel like products of a by-gone era, so long ago was it that they formed an essential part of our wardrobes. As loungewear has become a greater part of our lives, so too has it become big business, with fashion brands taking cues from comfort for their latest collections. From Ganni to Madeleine Thompson, these are the best loungewear sets to wear during lockdown 3.0 – and beyond.
Olivia von Halle
We’d happily spend all of lockdown – and, indeed, our lives – swanning around in Olivia von Halle’s silk pyjama sets, which work just as well outside of the house as they do in. For the winter months, however, the designer’s tracksuits can’t be beaten. Worn by the likes of J.Lo and Bella Hadid, the cashmere two-piece is the sartorial equivalent of a hug – and as there aren’t many of those going around these days, this is surely the next best thing. The latest iteration, the hooded Gia, comes in a range of colours; this Monaco shade is inspired by the cerulean blue waters of the French Riviera.
The queen of cashmere Madeleine Thompson has been unwittingly prepping our lockdown wardrobes for years with her luxurious knits in zany prints. This mix-and-match polka dot set is part of her latest collection, a range of joggers, jumpers and cardigans in bright hues and kitsch patterns. There’s a co-ordinating jumper for the trousers, and a second style in black and yellow, but we love the contrasting colour pop of these two pieces. Wear with Vibi Venezia's velvet slipper shoes for a look that takes you from the sofa to the supermarket and back again (because where else is there to go?).
Ganni is the grand master supreme of oversized Peter Pan collars and gingham maxi dresses, but with little occasion to wear such finery (a collar seems positively formal these days) the brand has turned its hand to loungewear. Tapping into the logo trend, Ganni has produced a range of sweatshirts, joggers and co-ordinating tracksuits with its moniker stitched on the breast and leg. There are styles in black and grey that make for excellent wardrobe staples, but we love this baby pink hue to brighten up lockdown days. Team with Eberjey’s sherpa-lined slipper socks and an Asceno silk eye mask.
You may have already seen, or indeed own, a pair of Sleeper pyjamas – the brand’s feather trimmed two-pieces have been loved and lauded on Instagram, with many opting to wear them as alternative New Year’s Eve and Christmas Day outfits last month. The brand’s linen sets are equally cute; wear indoors now with a pair of Sleeper’s sheepskin slippers and a Johnston of Elgin cashmere water bottle, and outdoors with sandals and a wicker bag when the weather warms up.