School of Thought


Image from Gary Serafini.
Image from Gary Serafini.

Onesies for all, or only for one-year-olds?

By Natalie Serafini, Opinions Editor

In the last few months, I’ve noticed a fashion trend that is simultaneously appealing and humiliating. Fads like UGG boots and pajamas in public are far surpassed in coziness and mortification by adult onesies. The full-body cocoons, normally limited to babies and toddlers, have seen an unexpected rise in popularity amongst young adults. I’ve seen Facebook friends posting photos of their treasures, all with a confidence that is both admirable and bemusing. I own a onesie, and I choose to believe that my friends’ compliments are genuine envy rather than feigned enthusiasm.

As this trend gradually takes hold in the hearts and homes of young adults everywhere, what do students think of it? They’re generally the target audience, so will onesies soon be seen in the streets, or will they remain everyone’s cozy little secret?

Asked what she thought of the onesie fad, Jessica Hartle stated, “I think it’s fabulous, they’re the most comfortable things ever.”

With regards to wearing a onesie in public, Hartle suggested that “It depends if you want to be serious, or you’re joking around. You could wear a onesie to a Giant’s game or something just to have fun with it. But I probably wouldn’t wear it to school—it might be a bit awkward.”

Similarly, Sara Mirhashemi felt that onesies were best left at home. She asserted, “I think it’s alright if you wear it inside, but not when you see people wearing it outside, or like, to school with their boots.”

Moody Abdul wasn’t supportive of the trend, but stated that, “I would wear a onesie at home. It doesn’t matter, whatever’s comfortable.”

When asked if there should be an age limit on onesies, Ravi Brar thought that, “No, anybody can wear them.”

Meanwhile, Trudy Parnell argued that onesies were only appropriate for a certain age group, and that while they’re “adorable on a one-year-old,” they shouldn’t be worn by anyone over the age of three.

Although the onesie wasn’t exactly his style, Josh Wray could see the appeal: “I think it’s just an all-in-one thing. I think it’s just a package of comfort, you know? Just sweatpants and sweatshirts all put into one.”

Onesies aren’t the most attractive apparel around, and I must confess to worrying about unexpected visitors when I’m sporting mine. Nonetheless, my onesie has become standard garb. If I get home from a hard day and want to assert that no more cares will be given, I throw on my onesie. If I have a midterm, and I can’t allow myself to devote any time to having a good time, my onesie forces me to avoid any and all contact with the outside world while I frantically study. I won’t be wearing my onesie out in public anytime soon, but I’d say it’s a pretty fantastic piece of clothing. Especially in college life, where studying, sleeping, and hangover-curing are a part of most people’s wake cycles, the adult onesie is the way of the future.