What your sleep attire really means about you
- Boxers, PJs, an old t-shirt. What you wear to bed says a lot about you
- Just as every fashion choice comes with some sort of subtext – so too does bed wear
- This personal preference varies greatly among men and women, cultures and location
- Here’s a guide to what you should wear to bed
You’re back home after an exhausting day at work—crunching numbers, back-to-back meetings that could’ve been done over email, figuring out how many calories that trip to the office pantry cost you—and the last thing you’d want to spend your remaining energy on is figuring out what to wear to bed.
Let’s face it, when it comes to bed, style is a non-issue. If you’re single, it’s a private matter no one is privy to. If you’re partnered, it’s a routine that you’re both comfortable with. Yet, if every fashion choice comes with some sort of subtext—either done consciously or subconsciously—your choice of sleepwear does too. We break it down (truly professionally unprofessional opinions) so you know what you’re getting in bed with.
A curious choice but boxer wearers can be considered to be indecisive and impractical by nature. There is no actual use for boxers in any situation. They provide no support and are pretty much fancy loincloths used for modesty purposes. Having said that, is there something that you’re hiding?
The boxer briefs
You need support. And you like being in control of things that can be controlled. You also like that feeling of knowing where things are when you wake up in the morning. A pair of boxer briefs is like a snug hug that’s warm and comforting. There might be some underlying insecurity issues but they’re nothing anyone should be worried about.
The dedicated sleep shorts
It’s a pair that you hang on a hook behind the bedroom door. You wear it over underwear of course because you’re no barbarian. You’re also the kind of person who blasts the air-conditioning, sleeps under the cover of a decent comforter and yet leave your feet uncovered. You’re kind of weird but also harmless.
The matching set
The sole reason why brands such as Zimmerli and Derek and Rose exist, you’re what millennials call ‘extra’. You think you’re being style-conscious and fashionable, but in reality, you haven’t grown out of your Home Alone phase. There’s also a matching robe that you slip into in the morning while you’re making a cup of coffee. Like we said, ‘extra’.
Like most male leads in a horror movie, you prefer going topless with your sweatpants. How else could you best appreciate the hours spent at the gym? You think that letting your legs sweat throughout the night counts as ‘leg day’. There’s also a tendency for you to wake up in the middle of the night, sweating heavily from a nightmare.
The old tee-and-shorts combo
You’re a hoarder. Instead of donating old clothes during your annual wardrobe spring-cleaning, you smugly say, “I could use these as sleeping attire”. That pile has significantly grown and your wardrobe has never progressed to being as spacious as you’d like it to be. The upside is that, thankfully, you rotate your sleeping attire nightly.
The silky smooth
Whether it’s a pair of silk boxers, a pair of silk shorts or lounging in a silk robe in bed, you’re all about the luxuries of life. Just because you’re in bed, you don’t discount the pampering. Some might say that you can be superfluous but you just enjoy the finer things in life, especially waking up without any abrasions on your skin.