It’s January. It’s cold all over America. We need to snuggle up. And I’ve got one question for you.
Why are so many flannel pyjamas clown-like? Why do PJ makers assume that when you seek comfort you want to be covered in cartoons? Why cover our jammies with veritable billboards of anti-appeal? I think the question is answered the moment it’s asked.
But let’s pause, let that conversation about women and sexuality and seduction play out in our minds as it has over the years, and then move on to the practical. That’s what Sturdy Gals do, especially in the High WASP culture when we have exhausted our yearly single permitted use of the word “sexuality.” Onward.
I declare it Flannel Pyjama Season, and I say we should go find ourselves a few nice pairs.
Nope. Those are silk, from Olivia von Halle. Remember? We can’t be sophisticated and fuzzy at the same time.
Brora has these, from Liberty of London. Gorgeous and sophisticated, right? But that’s a wool/cotton blend. Princesses who find peas under mattresses really hate the thought of wool next to their lounging skin.
After extensive research, including some conferring with Mater on Twitter, I did find a pair or two of cotton flannels worth your consideration.
Those Alhambra-esque fuzzies are from Pine Cone Hill.
These in gentle plaid from Elizabeth Cotton.
And these, which I recently purchased and will wear with a camisole like this, are from Bedhead. What the heck. If we’re going with a big pattern I might as well dress like the wallpaper in my London bedroom c. 1967.
That’s another story.
If nothing I’ve shown you appeals, Munki Munki is also in the game – albeit highly um, figurative, and the racks at Old Navy often offer nice patterns, although the flannel will get ratty pretty quickly. Old Navy jammies make a memorable Christmas present for family gatherings – all 18 of you can match.
As a final point, if any of you are dying to go into the garment trade, might I suggest a line of flannel PJs in in one of these patterns?
Until then, we’ll cuddle up warm and at least presentable, albeit a good 20 degrees from elegant. A tradeoff Sturdy Gals have gotten quite comfortable with, thank you very much.