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Get in, we’re going shopping: Laura Whitmore makes a convincing case in favour of the pyjamas-as-clothes debate

Pyjamas as actual clothes? Count us in. As Laura Whitmore says herself, "pyjamas, but make it fashion".


by Sarah Finnan
02nd May 2021

Laura Whitmore / Instagram

Get in, we’re going shopping: Laura Whitmore makes a convincing case in favour of the pyjamas-as-clothes debate

My sister and I often joke about how we have more pyjamas than actual clothes and while some people may see that as a problem, I think that pretty much tells you all you need to know about my at-home dress sense. 

Flashback to my secondary school days and I’d arrive home from school, brush past my parents and head straight to my bedroom to change into something more comfortable. Pyjamas, in case that wasn’t abundantly clear. This routine continued for six years before I headed off to college and the constant influx of visitors put a stop to the habit. Not indefinitely, just for the first few years as I tried to make friends and camouflage my love for wearing fluffy Christmas PJs year-round. 

My post-college days were usually packed full of social activities in an effort to distract myself from the looming threat of adulthood, so once again pyjamas were reserved only for bedtime. Then the pandemic hit and I reverted back to my old ways, faster than some might have expected. Working from home has its perks, you know. 

Now reasonably well-adjusted to lockdown life, I’ve been dreading the day when “real” clothes will be necessary once again. I’ve succumbed to the comfort of loose waistbands and soft fabrics like you wouldn’t believe, so the thought of shimmying my way into a pair of jeans is not one I like to give much airtime to – it only makes me sweat. 

Thankfully, Laura Whitmore has since helped to quell my fears. Lighting up my Instagram feed with a bright green feathered co-ord, she makes a convincing argument in favour of pyjamas as appropriate leaving-the-house attire. That red lip too… heart eyes. 

pyjamas as clothes
Laura Whitmore / Instagram

So, I’ll be pressing pause on my loungewear purchases and will be investing in colourful pyjamas instead. Please feel free to join me and we can all give each other a knowing wink when out and about this summer.