Why I Don't Want To Get Out Of My (Ethically Made) Pajamas
I’ve always admired those who have beautiful pajamas. It seems as though if you’re stylish in bed, you’re stylish in life. Is that just a myth I’ve created in my own mind? It may sound strange, but I think it’s the ultimate fashion win: being stylish even when no one sees you.
Up until now, I was miles away from this. I wasn’t even endearingly wearing my husband’s old shirts: they were old t-shirts from my study abroad program, paired with shorts from The Warehouse that I had since a pre-teen… the epitome of sexy and stylish. Heck, in winter I even wore second-hand gypsy pants from my younger sister, with a hole in the crotch that ripped down to my knee. Get the picture?
I’m thrilled (and my husband is relieved) to have partnered with a PJ company I’ve had my eyes on for a very long time. After seeing them at Eco.mono, I put them on my wish list and have been scanning their Instagram feed for months.
Now, I’m proud to announce: I’m stylish in bed.
The brand behind my style: Eight Hour Studio. Originally inspired by their love for traditional Indian woodblock printing methods, and the desire to create an enterprise that was local yet global, socially responsible and environmentally aware, Eight Hour Studio offer the world some of the most elegant and beautifully made PJs you’ll ever come across.
Calling these garments PJs is an understatement. Eight Hour Studio have created these garments to be your loungewear, holiday wear, beachwear and sleepwear. Trust me when I say you’ll legitimately never want to take them off: you can get away with wearing them anywhere, so why not?
How are they made?
Eight Hour Studio fuse a thousand-year-old printing technique with a contemporary, slow fashion edge. They’ve captured the hand block printing technique, which is unfortunately dying out, and strive to preserve the craft in their garments.
Their production houses in Jaipur, India, use 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, to print the designs with AZO-free dyes, many of which are vegetable-based with no heavy-metal mordants.
Eight Hour Studio’s fair trade supplier, Mehera Shaw, has a mission: "working specifically with artisans to develop upcycled textile products, and to create co-operative, micro-social enterprise and mentor-based education and training centres for artisan communities".
These PJs aren’t just special because of how they look; they’re thoughtfully made from seed to garment.
That’s why I love them.
I’ve been living in this set since the warmer weather has begun, and I’m not surprised to hear it’s one of their best sellers.The tie on the shorts is nice and long, so you can keep it loose, but the elastic is strong enough for them to sit comfortably on your hips without falling down.
The cut of the top is my favourite part about the set, as the rounded hem line means it drapes beautifully. There’s also a little tuck (not sure of the technical term!) on the back at the top, adding another elegant feature, and reason for staying in these every day.
I’m certain my flatmates don’t even notice I’m wearing PJs anymore.
Wearing: Size M
The shirt dress makes my old t-shirts weep with embarrassment. Organic cotton, agoya shell buttons, and… wait for it… POCKETS. The perfect go-to for winter (add some leggings and you’re good to go!), autumn, spring, and I’ve still been wearing it on the cooler nights in summer. The tailoring is oversized and cosy, but the classy way it’s been cut, means you don’t feel or look like you’re drowning in it.
Wearing: Size S
Understandably, based off all the above… I don’t not want to get out of my pajamas. And you know what? Maybe I won’t today!
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As a rule, I only work with brands I love, use, and can whole heartedly back. This is a sponsored blog (I can't pay my electricity bill with free products), but 100% my own words, photos, and opinion.