Okay, I know this is not exactly a fashion critiquing website but I just had to have my say over the latest fashion craze. And, I promise that this post does have psychological relevance.
Secondly, if they look so terrible, why the hell are people wearing them? Simple. Because its a status symbol. One that represents being fashionable, with-it, up to date, current, relevant and belonging. Yep, can you believe it? As humans, we are intrinsically built to follow and when a new trend is put out there, no matter how much we may dislike it or resist it, chances are that even the strongest wills can eventually cave. I did it. Not with this ridiculous fashion (not yet) but when boot-cut pants came back into fashion in the 90's. I was there the first time they were in in the 70's, so I still associated them with being old-fashioned. And when I saw them come in I couldn't bring myself to buy them. But, eventually, as the trend caught on and almost all pants became boot-cut (except for those housed in the sections of department stores reserved for the slightly more elderly of our society) I bought some. Not so much because that was all that was available, but because by sticking with the previous fashion, I was isolating myself from the throngs of people wearing different clothes from me. And I was standing out . . . and not in a good way. The same thing has been happening recently with high-wasted pants. For so long now the fashion has been low wasted, muffin top creating jeans and trousers. And as unflattering as they are/were, they were associated with youth and higher wasted pants were associated with grandparents (Harry and Harriet Highpants). So what you wear determines which group you belong to.
And regardless of what people say, most want to belong. Its a tribal blueprint of our DNA, and it helps secure our survival and evolution as a species. By belonging to groups, it means there are more of us to pool resources and share skills. This means that our chances of survival are greatly increased. And although the world we live in has changed and we no longer have to fight the elements in the wild terrain of nature, our DNA has not.
Even knowing all this, I still marvel at the power of fashion magazines, designers and labels to force new levels of ridiculousness onto the masses. The film Zoolander perfectly represents the power of fashion as it depicts a nonsense campaign, "Derelicte", showcasing homelessness, garbage bags and rubbish as the height of fashion. And people followed it. Yes, its a satirical view on the subject, but not far from the truth.
And sure, they might be warm, and they might be comfortable to sleep in (although I highly doubt this), but if their main objective is to protect you from the cold, think about having to bear your entire body to the freezing air just to go to the toilet! For me, the Onesie is a big, fat 'miss'. What do you think? Do you have one? Do you wear it outside? Would you? What do you love about it? If you don't have one, will you get one if its cold enough? And, if so, like me is 'cold enough' defined by hell freezing over? If you do have one, I can guarantee that in ten years time, you will look back at photos of yourself in it and say, what the hell was I thinking? Trust me, I know! I grew up in the 80's! And, frankly, the 80's has a lot to answer for!