*Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples
I am very vocal about how much I love pyjamas. If you know me at all, if you’ve read any of my bios or spoken to me briefly, I’ll tell you that I live the pyjama life. I own more pjs than actual clothes and if it was acceptable to wear them outdoors, I definitely would.
On the odd occasion I have to get dressed and leave my much loved cosy attire to leave my house, as soon as I get back home, I’m straight back in my jarmies because I have to be comfortable.
I’ve been chronically ill most of my life and in adulthood, it’s much easier for me to not get dressed when I’m not going anywhere. People often think that I’m exaggerating when I explain how much energy is used up just to change clothing. I end up with an aching back, shoulders and hips before I’ve even left my bedroom, so why would I do that everyday when I’m not leaving the four walls of my living room? It doesn’t make sense. And I can use that energy doing something else.
Even though my boyfriend helps me get ready, it’s still a massive effort and hugely exacerbates my pain. I have certain days when I shower and even after that, I get back into my pjs because I’m often way too exhausted and in agony, so never go out the same day. Pacing, my friends, it’s all about pacing.
I can relax way more when I’m in pyjamas, I can add or take off layers if I’m too hot/cold and I can sit in my awkward positions without having to worry if my jeans are going to dig in or skirt ride up.
Pyjama life for me is hassle-free, comfortable and helps my pain levels. Pyjama life makes sense.
It’s also quite ironic that I’m writing about my passion (yes, I’m hella passionate) for pjs when I’ve been posting a few outfit pictures on my Instagram lately. Funny thing is, I only take those pics on days when I’m going out, even if I’m just popping to the shop, because I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. And as soon as I’ve got the shot and done what I needed to do, I’m back home and changing into my pjs.
With that, I’m always on the hunt for cute cosy-wear to add to my enormous collection, and Yours Clothing* is always my first stop for plus size nightwear (or all the time wear).
I absolutely love this ‘Nap Queen‘* top because let’s face it, when you have a chronic illness, you’re pretty much well acquainted when it comes to napping. It’s really light, soft material that feels nice against the skin and I have a feeling I’ll probably end up wearing this out under a hoody. On top of the slogan tee, I have a lightweight, textured cotton dressing gown* that is really comfortable and perfect for transitioning to the colder months. I love wearing this when I’m having a pamper night! It also has pockets (hooray) so can use both my crutches and carry whatever I need into another room unassisted. Small victories!
This penguin pj set* is one of my favourites; it’s made of soft jersey fabric that is super cosy and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. The glittery slogan top reads ‘leave a little sparkle wherever you go’ and the snowflake print bottoms with cuffed bottoms mean they don’t ride up. I always try to buy bottoms that are cuffed at the ankle as I need my knees to stay warm during the night. I’m such a fidget so I often find that loose fitting pj legs ride up to my thighs and I wake up in agony as cold has got into my knees. But not with cuffed jimjams. They’re the perfect bottom for anyone with aching legs. Not only that but this set is adorable and makes me think of Christmas.
I haven’t stopped wearing this purple star print dressing gown* since it arrived at my door. It’s fluffy, it’s cosy, it’s comfortable, it’s warm, it’s everything. If you want a new dressing gown this winter, you have to get your hands on this. I mean, look how I happy I am to be wearing it! I love that it has a hood and I’m usually found with that up because it adds to the snugness and I just love the fleecy warmness. It also has large, deep pockets which is an added bonus because I bloody love a pocket lol. When my temperature drops, this dressing gown goes straight on to save me from the cold.
A thick, warm dressing gown and a lighter, thin one are absolute must-haves if you’re chronically ill. Especially if you’re anything like me and can’t regulate your temperature. It’s also important for me to have a variety of different pyjamas because just like clothes, I don’t want to wear the same ones all the time.
Living with a chronic illness is tough so I want to be as comfortable as possible and having the right nightwear is essential; if something as simple as having a cosy nightgown can help, even slightly, then it’s worth it in my opinion.