Choosing Your First Onesie

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Onesies are nothing to be ashamed of anymore, with a huge variety of styles and colours now available, more and more people are embracing the all-in-one loungewear; donning onesies for lazy days around the house. 

So, for those of you who are just catching up with the trend of wearing what is essentially an adult baby-grow, here's how to pick your perfect onesie: 

When is it Acceptable to Wear a Onesie?

Good question. The trend for wearing onesies outside the house by celebrities has long since died and the all-in-one pyjama concept has now become exactly what it was originally intended for...
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As Pyjamas or Loungewear

It's perfectly acceptable to be found on a Sunday afternoon, stretched out on the sofa, binge watching Breaking Bad and ordering a takeaway at 5 o'clock because you've been too lazy to cook.

This is the definition of the perfect time to wear your onesie. They are definitely considered as loungewear so you probably shouldn't leave the house wearing yours anymore. That time has passed.  
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As Fancy Dress

Many onesies come in fun animal or character designs and therefore work as a cheaper alternative to a full  fancy dress costume. Superman, Batman, Jedi knights, dinosaurs and various other animals can all be bought as onesie designs, so, when Halloween rolls around you really don't have an excuse for not turning up in costume. 

Did You Know?

The onesie was developed in 2007 by three Norwegian men who decided to sew their jogging bottoms to their hoodies whilst relaxing at home and we've basically been wearing adult baby grows ever since. 

There are some big decisions to make when it comes to choosing your onesie though:
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Material is Important

Choosing the right style and material for your onesie is of great importance. You need something that fits correctly, is warm but not so thick that you overheat. Plus you want a design which is easy to get out of when you need to use the bathroom. 
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Fleece...

Warm, cosy and very soft. Fleece material onesies are perfect for keeping you sheltered from the cold, but you might find them uncomfortable and not practical for sleeping in. Save this style for when you get home from a long day at work and are looking for something comfortable to slip into. 

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...or Cotton?

Light, cool and versatile. Cotton onesies are ideal for the summer. They also make it easy to add or remove layers beneath or on top, according to the weather, and are perfect for those of us who warm up quickly.
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Hoods...

Onesies with hoods make or break the all-in-one experience, especially if you choose a design featuring animal print. Nothing completes a onesie more than a design featuring a hood with the face of a cow to match the black and white print (and possible udders) on your chosen design. 
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...or Tails?

Tails can make sitting down on the sofa pretty cumbersome, but are great if you are choosing a onesie to wear to a fancy dress party. Just watch you don't knock anything over whilst moving around and keep a close eye on your tail when going through doors. 

Sizing Up Your Onesie

Onesies are all-in-one pieces of clothing, so you need to take into account your height first of all. If you buy a onesie that is too short then it will cause trouble when trying to sit down. Take a look at this video guide on how to choose the right size for you: 
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Open or Closed Feet?

Choosing to buy a onesie with open or closed feet should be pretty straightforward. Chances are, you might not even notice the style until you first try it on. 
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Open Feet

This is the original onesie style. Simply tuck the legs of your onesie into a pair of long socks to keep the warmth in and the cold out. However do not, we repeat DO NOT, pair UGG boots with your onesie. It's considered the ultimate fashion disaster and it doesn't matter if you are just nipping to the corner shop. 
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Closed Feet

For the complete all-in-one experience, closed feet are a must. But for those more focused on practicality, you might want to give this variety a miss. Your whole onesie will need washing if you get just one foot dirty, which could get a tiresome very quickly.  
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Shorts

Who likes short shorts? You will,  if you don't want to feel restricted by your all in one ensemble. Reminiscent of a playsuit, a short onesie is great for when you've just got out of the shower and also when you still want something cosy to wear, even in the summer months. 

Onesies for Everyone

Everyone can enjoy the comfort of a onesie - even the dog! The craze for dressing up our pets doesn't look to end anytime soon and with an all in one ensemble your pup can lounge around with you in the house in matching outfits, on a Sunday afternoon. 
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Pet Onesies

It's probably not acceptable to wear your onesie outside the house - except for fancy dress purposes - but the rule need not apply for your furry friends. Dog onesies are pretty cute and can help keep smaller dogs warm in the cooler weather. Just make sure they are happy to wear it before leaving the house. 
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