We’re about halfway into lockdown-lite, and in the suddenly-appropriate words of Olivia Rodrigo’s chart-topping hit, we are starting to feel the déjà vu. While hunkering down at home for both work and play though, there’s at least one thing that might lift your mood — new loungewear.
Now, it might sound vain, but changing out of your old camp t-shirts and into something that looks as good as these pajama and casual wear sets can do wonders to boost your mood, especially when these local labels have set out to make theirs as soft and ultra-comfortable as can be. Here are our top picks of loungewear pieces, all from homegrown fashion brands, including the new kids on the block.
This Singapore-based womenswear label does basics and capsule wardrobe pieces so effortlessly well, that we expect nothing less from their loungewear sets. A classic blue stripe pattern features on a short-sleeve cotton shirt and matching lounge boxers, which take after menswear details, from the boxy fit to the stripes and pockets. Their lounge robe manages to nail a flattering relaxed fit as well, thanks to details such as the kimono-inspired sleeves and mid-calf length. When paired with an ethereal linen fabric that’s slightly sheer, just so, we see how these can make even Monday mornings infinitely more chill.
Did you know that the popular local womenswear brand has a dedicated loungewear collection as well? Compared to the trendy fashion pieces they’re dropping every week, Love, Bonito’s loungewear collection introduces comfortable yet functional basics made for staying at home. Their fifth series sees soothing colours of camel, lilac and sage across silky separates and two-piece sets made from a soft jersey material. What we do enjoy is that these are versatile enough to be worn out as well, should that need ever arise — a kimono outer keeps you breezy-chic while working from home, but can be layered over a seamless knit top and wide leg pants when running errands.
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For the classic PJ look, look to Rawbought and their buttery-soft modal pajamas — we’ve tried these, and they’re truly as luxuriously buttery on the skin as promised! Interestingly enough, the fabric is made from beech tree pulp, and known to be an eco-friendly alternative to cotton, while boasting better comfort and breathability for a good night’s sleep. Of course, you can roll out of bed and get right to work with these on too, knowing that they’ll help against day-time humidity. The Je Dors collection features various styles of short- or long-sleeve shirts, shorts, pants, and sleepshirts, available in pastel colours of chalky blue and lilac, or standout hues of jewel green and bright pink that flatter all skin tones.
The latest loungewear brand in town, Selenightco is out to make comfortable and sustainable wear a mainstay in our wardrobes, thanks to a sleepwear collection made from responsible, thermoregulating fabrics. More than that, the founders know exactly how it feels to want to look good — whether you’re jumping on a quick Zoom call, or switching out your tattered old t-shirt to one of their thoughtfully-designed loungewear pieces. The debut Signature Collection sees in-house prints of dandelions, a symbol of hope, and candy pastel stripes in relaxed fits. These pajamas are made with 80% TENCEL™ Lyocell and 20% Eco Responsible Viscose, as well as plant-based Corozo buttons, while there’s also a slouchy, soft kimono set for you to layer over blasé attire.
Local bedding brand SOJAO now does comfy, easy loungewear, with a debut Casual Loungewear Line of organic cotton t-shirts and lounge pants so we get to relax in utmost comfort. The brand’s committed to using 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton across their bedsheets and wear, a material that’s ethically made in India, grown without synthetic pesticides, and finished without harmful chemicals during the production process. These new tees are jersey-knitted and all natural without synthetic blends, and come with a printed tag for added gentleness on your skin. They also get softer with every wash! As for the lounge pants, they’re sateen-woven and made with the same material as the brand’s classic bedsheets, with a full elastic waistband and deep side pockets for added functionality. Both womenswear and menswear options are available in a range of soothing colours.
Perk By Kate
Here’s a beloved homegrown lingerie label we love. Known for their padded bralettes, Perk By Kate’s pieces are all about “a perfect cut, good support and quality fabric”, all qualities we can find on their range of loungewear as well. The La Femme coord set features a delicate hand-cut lace appliqué, for a sultry set made with soft brushed satin. For a more presentable, yet no less sensual, sleepwear pairing, the brand has extended their popular Harper style to a form-flattering 100% cotton padded camisole and peekaboo-cut shorts. The lace’s rose motif is exquisite and gives off the most luxurious look.
With the hope of bringing even more comfort and solace to those stuck at home, the brand has also specially curated a limited edition “Love and Light” Home-Care Kit, featuring the Mia Soft Bra set, and a couple of other surprises, available online from 29 May 2021.
What’s Love Co.
For a cheeky take on unisex apparel, we’re looking to What’s Love Co. and their series of playfully-designed boxers, stamped with some entertaining yet important words to live by. The Morning Mantra Boxers remind us to “be kind, work hard, stay humble, smile often”, while the army-green Hu$tler ones feature the wisest universal truth out there: “some day I want love, everyday I want money”. The shorts are made with 100% cotton with a button fly and elastic waistband, complete with a concealed heart-shaped button as well. A little peek of these cute quips though should be enough motivation for you to start your day, even if you’re confined to the four walls of your room.
Banner images: Rye ; Love, Bonito ; Rawbought.