Onesie piece of advice for middle-aged men
Any music festival this summer saw thousands dressed in onesies, which have moved from just being for warmth and comfort on a night in to party wear for millions of youngsters. Middle-aged reporter Aled Thomas tried one on for size.
MY name's Aled Thomas and I'm wearing a onesie.
I'm 44, a former civil servant – now a news reporter – and I've never knowingly been fashionable.
But inspired by the youth craze of the onesie, I spent all day yesterday dressed in a giraffe one, to see if what works for lithe youngsters at festivals and clubs would go down well on a 40-something in an office.
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After a normal morning routine, I was dressed much more quickly than normal. No messing with belts and buttons and ties and jackets – just jump in, wriggle the top up, zip and away.
Though as I turned from the mirror to my wife to see what she thought, I didn't get the admiring glances I'd hoped for.
I have never been as grateful for a dismal autumn morning as I was for yesterday's rain, which gave me the chance to wear a long coat on my walk to work.
Later, I went out to chat to shoppers and workers in Cheltenham, in all my oversizedBabygro glory.
Student Molly Kent said she didn't wear them, but did have that other piece of special occasion wear, the Morphsuit.
She added: "My friends all have onesies and my sister; they wear them all the time, at home, to parties and to clubs."
Did the 18-year-old from Bishop's Cleeve think they'd ever become work wear as the onesie generation grows up?
Molly said: "Well, maybe at some very creative companies like Google or something, but I think it's probably just a fad."
Office worker Richard Kertigan was more receptive to the idea.
Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and red tie, the 47-year-old said: "I don't wear one, but I think they're kind of great.
"I wish I could have worn one when I was in my 20s. It looks really comfortable – much nicer to wear than a suit and tie.
"I've been wearing a suit for nearly 30 years now and it would be nice to be able to wear something more comfortable.
"I wouldn't wear one now though, it wouldn't flatter me; it really doesn't flatter you."
Thanks for that.
Another office worker in Jessop Avenue, Catherine Birch, 41, said: "There is a reason you're wearing that, isn't there? I wouldn't even get one for my children, I think they look terrible."
Hmm, maybe the all-in-one for adults needs some work before the festival-wear becomes something we will commonly see on our morning commutes.
Kerry Croft, 35 said: "I hope they don't become workwear. It really doesn't look professional."
My suggestion that a plain, dark fleecy one-piece could perhaps be practical for work was met with a shake of the head.
Kerry added: "I suppose it might, but no, I really think they're not the thing at all."
It looks like fleecy, full-size romper suits may not become everyday and workwear for the more mature of us. I can't say I'm that surprised. But after my day in mine I have to say I'm ever so slightly sad about that.