If your new 9-to-5 attire consists of grizzly-bear-print fleece pyjama pants, a ripped Nirvana concert T, and the overized hoodie usually reserved for walking the dog, you’re not alone: all-day PJs is the new normal, thanks to COVID-19 and our flattening-the-curve duties.
Granted, you might not exactly be thinking of making a fashion statement during the current lockdown, with the pandemic crisis and the fact that working at home means your travel plans consist of moving from your bed to your sofa. But there are ways to feel better about this—to lounge like a boss. It’s extra easy in Vancouver, a design mecca for loungewear and all things chill, far beyond lululemon.
So, with that in mind, here are some feel-good wearables that can be safely delivered to your door—at least to get your mind off reality while you hunker down at home.
If you’re committed to staying in all-day sleepwear, check out some of the classics made here in Vancouver. Local brand the Sleep Shirt made it big in 2017, when Oprah picked its blue-striped Oxford-cotton style as one of her “favorite things”—even to wear to the office with sandals. Now, in these COVID-19-plagued times, it’s offering the Care Package at 40 percent off; the set combines a best-selling nightshirt and a few self-care items (an eyemask, a bamboo toothbrush); send it as a comfort to a friend or family member, with $15 from every package going to Food Banks Canada. The Short Sleep Shirt Set goes for $175 (regularly $288), the Long for $185 (regularly $303). If two-piece luxury PJs are more your style, we found a few remaining styles at Vancouver’s Kinda Sleepwear (on hiatus for maternity leave), which specializes in relaxed old-school button-up tops and high-rise pants, all crafted from soft Italian shirting cotton. The Mary Set in Raspberry Milk Stripe ($250 via kindasleepwear.com) rethinks men’s pyjamas with a V-neckline and cropped sleeves.
Not surprisingly, CBS News reported this week that trouser sales are down at Gap Inc. and Walmart. In what will come as news to precisely no one, loose casual pants are in. Lululemon.com’s lightweight Dance Studio Joggers ($98) fit the bill, in serene colours like Tidewater Teal and Ink Blue; with two-way stretch and a drawstring waist, they hit a balance of tailored leisure, moving easily from your living-room yoga practice to your video conference call. Elsewhere, at Vancouver’s Orb, the cropped Jenna supersoft knit black pant with a foldover waist, is on sale for $39.99; if you ever go back to the office, you can pull these off as gauchos.
This city is known for yoga pants, but it’s clearly cornered the market on leisure footwear, as well. Look no further than Malvados’s beach-vibing turquoise Delilah Slaya slip-ons ($34.99), with cushiony, moulded EVA footbeds, toe pillow, and a vegan polyurethane-leather strap. Not bright enough for you? Check out Vancouver-based Native Shoes’ chunky Spencer LX in screaming orange, with an EVA footbed and rubber insert—a look that says five-star Vegas poolside even while you’re confined within the four walls of a West End studio (regularly $35, on for 15 bucks at last check). And don’t forget that the coziest slippers on the planet are still hand-crafted at North Vancouver’s Padraig Cottage; the original, laced women’s bootie style is knitted from fine New Zealand wool, with a plush sheepskin lining, but it breathes enough for this time of the year ($90).
Say it with a t-shirt
And finally, you may just want to cut to the chase and announce how you really feel with a casual T-shirt. The foodbank-fundraising Ts emblazoned with an image of B.C.’s chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry sold out this week (via Alberta fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier). Instead look to T-shirts emblazoned with an NWA–vintage “Straight Outta Toilet Paper” ($29.99) or the nerdy “I was social distancing before it was cool” to capture the times ($33.87 via Amazon.ca), or go to design hub TeePublic.com for more in-your-face sentiments—including cotton versions emblazoned with the relatively calm directive “Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands”, the more exasperated “Wash Your Fucking Hands”, and the succinct “Fuck Coronavirus” ($29). That’s right, let it out. Maybe not for your next video conference call, but to each her own.