Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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The onesie has brought Britain one step nearer faineant infantilism than the slanket. The slanket, a portmanteau of sleeved and blanket, reached a height of popularity in 2009.

I t looked like a monk's habit, except it fastened at the back, like a hospital gown.

The slanket's purpose was cosiness while watching television, which people in Britain, apart from us, dear reader, do for more than four hours a day.

I admit that during the recent wintry weather I put on my tweed overcoat one evening at home. Unlike the overcoat, the slanket was not intended to be worn in the street.

The onesie has been worn in public by some rich celebrities.

I 'd expect it to be worn publicly by the sort of people who go out in shellsuits or more recently trackie bottoms. An intermediate stage was to wear it in the car, a species of private space, but one step to the supermarket. Soon, not only in China, supermarkets became uneasy about customers shopping in 'pyjamas'.

The triumph of the onesie is the name.

It is really no more than a jumpsuit. Jumpsuits were the spectator fine for parachutists when they were adopted in 1948. …

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