Onsies - is it purely a UK phenomonen?

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I see constant references to onsies on my fb newsfeed and sometimes on MN chat...

Is everyone in the UK wearing babygrows outside working hours?

Do people over the age of 2 wear "onsies" where you live?

I wanted to ask on "living overseas" because it sounds as if onsies have become "normal" in the UK, but I've never seen them in the shops here in Germany, and children who stay at ours for sleepovers don't bring babygrows onsies, so I don't think they exist.

Am I the only one living overseas who thinks the UK population have possibly gone a tiny bit loopy, with their apparently wholesale rush back into nursery sleepwear, or is it in fact perfectly normal?


LidlAngel Fri 22-Nov-13 20:31:03

Order one from Marks and Spencer. You need one in your life. You really do.

Liara Fri 22-Nov-13 20:34:33

Never seen one in France.

:D I honestly don't Lidl - we have a woodburning stove for a cozy living room, and thick winter duvets... plus I'm a size 18, I'd look like an enormous actual baby... sad I think my DD might like one, but my DS1 would probably have to be sedated to get him into a babygro onsie

AnnoyingOrange Fri 22-Nov-13 20:39:42

There are no onesies in the Orangery

SirChenjin Fri 22-Nov-13 20:43:03

They are the latest novelty items - no-one round here wears them outside, and only a very few adults I know have one (or will admit to having one grin).

Btw - isn't it spelt 'onesie'? Onsie = on-see, no? confused

BIWI Fri 22-Nov-13 20:46:11

I have a lovely fleecey onesie. It is so comfortable.

It doesn't have feet in it though. That would be seriously weird.

Sorry Sir (haha, apt name) you are absolutely right about my onesie/onsie spelling error blush

SirChenjin Fri 22-Nov-13 20:48:35

Sorry - just re-read my post and it sounds v cheeky blush. I was really just wondering out loud - is it onesie or onsie? confused

So Lidl are you in Germany? Or the Uk? Or elsewhere? Where are you other onEsie grin wearers? BIWI?

Hehe you were right though Sir grin

What I really want to know is whether they are "a thing" outside the uk...

SirChenjin Fri 22-Nov-13 20:57:18

I suspect that they are probably "a thing" in certain US States wink grin

MacaYoniandCheese Fri 22-Nov-13 21:04:56

Ugh. They are everywhere here (Canada). I passed a shop the other day that had a fleece camouflage one in the window. I almost vomited into my handbag. What happens if you need to go to the toilet?

MacaYoniandCheese Fri 22-Nov-13 21:07:12

...I've never actually seen anyone wearing one though. Are they meant to be streetwear or pyjamas?

tabulahrasa Fri 22-Nov-13 21:07:30

I don't know any adults that wear them, just children and teenagers.

I have seen adult ones for sale, but never actually seen an adult wearing one!

SeeJaneWin Fri 22-Nov-13 21:13:05

I have to say I haven't seen this in Europe outside of the UK. But I am ROFLing at your post.

I also love the fact that the marketing depts somewhere have decided that now 2-person onesies are THE THING for this season.

Christmas 2014, three-sies. You saw it here first.

Ah! Canada too... and possibly dodgy US syates? grin

You haven't seen adults weari g them, but all those fb statuses about wanting to get home and into a onesie...

Actually I am almost more surprised ultra self concious older kids and teens wea what looks like r baby sleep wear, than adults...

lovingmatleave Fri 22-Nov-13 21:17:00

They are indeed everywhere here in the uk. I bought one just today in fact as its so cold. I will wear it with PJs under and a dressing gown on top! I think you need to start a business importing onesies into Germany. Sounds like a huge untapped market!

LamaDrama Fri 22-Nov-13 21:17:36


I think these were the original ones, from years ago - start at £98 up to £150. Norweigein.

probably for posh people that go skiing

SeeJane seriously! 2 person onesies... that's a fire hazard surely? Call Health and Safety! How do you get off the sofa when the house burns down?

3bunnies Fri 22-Nov-13 21:26:15

Half the girls wear onesies home from swimming lessons in the evening and most of the girls and some of the boys 8/9yr olds, wore them to pyjama/ onesie day. One bonus though is that they stop the life cycle of threadworms! <lowers tone of thread with worms>

3bunnies Fri 22-Nov-13 21:27:40

We are in uk though.

Wow Lama those are ... expensive. I know a Swedish lady here who has set up an internet business and is trying to persuade everyone they need designer scandinavian snow suits to survive German winters, but people just keep spending 12.99 on Aldi ski jackets and 9.99 on ski trousers ( with all the fun of a near scrum to get them when they are in stock) instead of 200 on the Scandinavian version, and having the cheek to survive the winter smile

How on earth do they effect the life cycle of threadworms 3bunnies? Are threadworms a big problem in the UK atm? ;) Is that what the onEsie epidemic is all about? Is that why people can't wait to get home yo put a onesie on? Itchy bottoms? grin blush

Bradsplit Fri 22-Nov-13 21:38:11

only common people wear them IME

BIWI Fri 22-Nov-13 21:39:33

I'm in London. In SW19 which is vair posh.

But I would only ever wear mine at home!!!

Bradsplit Fri 22-Nov-13 21:40:13

they are terribly naff

all that acrylic

RibenaFiend Fri 22-Nov-13 21:46:22

I'm wearing mine right now.

It's from Primark... It's a men's one. (I'm 5ft8)

I look like a dinosaur and I am never taking it off!!! until tomorrow when I get dressed

SirChenjin Fri 22-Nov-13 21:48:41

How do they stop the life cycle of thread worms? <intrigued>

I always get the feeling that adults who wear onEsies are the same adults who bore everyone with their claims of being "mad, me" <sweeping generalisation alert>

Bradsplit Fri 22-Nov-13 21:50:33

yes agree
they have a naff wooden sign saying " watch out chocaholic" and feel sexy drinking pink Grenache

very naff and flammable

Oh my goodness I've just had a flash back and realised that not long sfter DH and I got married my mother appeared to us in a onEsie... shock it was at least 10 years ago and she looked like a terrifying aged baby from a horror film, carrying my father's cornflakes and 2 cups of coffee on a tray and grinnkng down at us as we lay, struggling to wake up and process the vision, on a very uncomfortable fold out sofa bed in her conservatory... could this memory in fact be a premonition, or were there onEsies in existence 10+ years ago (outside Norway)

Brad might the wooden sign say "The Lady of The House is in the Garden" ... that's what my mothet's aka Hyacynth Bucket says...

3bunnies please come back and tell us about how they stop threadworms! Do they suffocate them? grin

Have we established onEsies don't translate but are found across the English speaking world (allowing for the anomoly of starting in Scandinavia, where it is ridiculously cold a lot of the year so they are sort of excused, as ling as you ignore the price they try to charge to export them)?

LamaDrama Fri 22-Nov-13 22:07:02

I saw one in Joules today £30 & not 100% cotton.

might get one

tabulahrasa Fri 22-Nov-13 22:07:40

They'd stop threadworms because you wouldn't be able to scratch while wearing it.

I haven't seen any adults in them when I've turned up unexpectedly at night or anything either, whereas DD and her friends all wander off to each others houses dressed as monkeys, tigers and all sorts of things...I don't see many baby grow types, more fuzzy fancy dress, lol.

qazxc Fri 22-Nov-13 22:10:20

i've just seen one in home and away so they must international. Also seen one in Scrubs, so they've made it to US.

They stop threadworms because you can't scratch your bottom in them? Really? [Shock]

LaFataTurchina Fri 22-Nov-13 22:12:41

None in Italy either.
I went shopping with my Italian cousin (visiting us in England) the other week. She thought onsies were daft because you'd get really cold when you needed a wee. She was impressed by the wide variety of pjs, dressing gowns, and boot shaped slippers though.

Hmmm they appear to be popping up all over tbe English speaking world quaz - but why? No sightings in non English speaking countries aside from the expensive Norweigen website?

meditrina Fri 22-Nov-13 22:18:03

What happens if you need to go to the toilet?

You buy one with a trap door. Easy access to nether regions for any purpose.

You would, wouldn't you LaFata? They should have poppers on the inside legs lile well designed baby sleep suits, to allow nappy changes without excessively disturbing a half asleep baby who poos after a night feed

Jenny70 Fri 22-Nov-13 22:18:31

Australia has the, juding from fb comments, but probably not so big in summer!

med did people used to wear onEsie like long underwear, with said trap door, night and day, long, long ago, in the days of being sewn into your clothes for winter?

SirChenjin Fri 22-Nov-13 22:21:11

Now I have a ghastly mental image of adults in sweaty nylon onEsies desperately (but unsuccessfully) scratching at their anal regions.

It's too grim.

3bunnies Fri 22-Nov-13 22:21:23

Yes tabula ds occasionally brings home visitors from nursery - they come out at night lay eggs, make it itchy, they then scratch and then transfer eggs everywhere. Although he has caught them since onesies he hasn't reinfected himself. Now to bring out a new fashion craze which stops headlice!

Lots in Ireland too. Though not outside on adults (yet. It's only a matter of time)

It <is> all rather worrying, isn't it Sir? grin

Balaclavas 3bunnies?

SirChenjin Fri 22-Nov-13 22:26:56

MrTumble - you're safe there in lovely Bavaria. Pity us poor souls over here living in a world of nylon fleece and thread worms grin

tabulahrasa Fri 22-Nov-13 22:28:53

Balaclavas and onesies seems a bit, well hot, lol.

Besides DD is a teenage girl - I can't see her covering the hair it took an hour to straighten with a balaclava...though to be fair, I'd you'd asked me beforehand I'd have laughed at the idea of her wearing fuzzy monkey clothes to her friend's house, so maybe it could catch on?

qazxc Fri 22-Nov-13 22:29:35

thepig oh i'm in ireland and sadly seen them on adults. it started at festivals, then people on nights out being "hilarious", but now some of the "pyjama brigade" have switched to onesies, most recently seen one in supermarket with fake uggs and faceful of orange slap.

Qazxc shock NO! I really thought we were safe from that phenomena...
Where abouts are you?

meditrina Fri 22-Nov-13 22:32:19

"did people used to wear onesie like long underwear, with said trap door, night and day, long, long ago, in the days of being sewn into your clothes for winter?"

I have no idea! But it would be quite pratical, wouldn't it? Maybe that's why it's more popular in UK than elsewhere in Europe - the cost of fuel and other ways to keep warm.

qazxc Fri 22-Nov-13 22:33:47


IHadADreamThatWasNotAllADream Fri 22-Nov-13 22:35:26

I have seen them twice in the street in London - once on a hungover student type grabbing a lunchtime patty from the bakers - he clearly lived just next door, and once on a bunch of people attending some kind of sporting event with a dress as an animal theme. They were all on the platform at Clapham Junction in broad daylight, it was most disconcerting.

DD wants one for Christmas sad.

Does one sleep in a onEsie? Or are they like dressing gowns? If one sleeps on them, doesn't the risk of yeast infection or dehydration outweigh the anti threadworm powers? If not how do they prevent scratching?

I never knew onEsies were such a health benefit/ hazard minefield, only that they look like fancy dress babygrows...

I don't usually say "one", btw grin

qazxc Fri 22-Nov-13 22:37:08

also i am worried as DP has expressed interest in getting one for christmas, hopefully not to out in. And i've just found out he knows all words to cheryl cole's fight for this love. Am i living and reproducing with a twat?

You are overdressed in normal clothes at the local co-op where I live I havent got one but every other person seems to have one where I live though it feel it is a stage up from pjs and dressings gowns and wellies on a sunday morning getting the milk bread etc

Also see loads of people wearing them at motorway service stations

They have them in the Netherlands. They seem to be some kind of dressing gown. I'm not convinced...... hmm

Onesies don't fit me sad. I have a ridiculously long body and they are a bit, ahem, uncomfortable.

But I want one!

tabulahrasa Fri 22-Nov-13 23:02:43

You can't scratch like you could in pyjamas because they cover everything and zip up at the front...not because they have anti-scratching powers, lol.

Yes children definitely sleep in them as well as just randomly...no clue about adults.

3bunnies Fri 22-Nov-13 23:22:35

I can turn the heating down lower when they are in onesies so I save on heating and threadworm medicine - the onesie is a fabulous invention just don't make me wear one!

I wear a onesie when it's cold. It has feet and a hood with a leopard face/ears. Inside the house unless nipping to the corner shop for milk (with no orange slap). It's lovely, I'm snug as a bug in a rug. grin

Oh and I'm in England!

prettybird Sat 23-Nov-13 00:57:35

One of the local rugby clubs near me has a club onesie! shock.

Only saw it 'cos I was at the sports shop that does all the local kits getting a base layer for ds.

goodasitgets Sat 23-Nov-13 01:03:16

I wear them but more cotton/jersey ones than those disturbingly static fleece ones, and they don't have feet
I get freezing in bed when my top rides up, they're comfy and I wear a vest under for toilet trips. Would never ever leave the house in it grin

WallyBantersJunkBox Sat 23-Nov-13 01:18:06

None in Switzerland yet.

I was amazed at the choice there is this year online. My DH wants one too. He'll look like bloody George Dawes in one. hmm

In H&M they have always sold a footless version for kids up to 11 years old.

I bought DS a cute one in H&M when he was 3. It was a dinosaur skin pattern and the back had scales sewn in up the spine. I went upstairs one night in the dark, and he must have crept out of his room for a sneaky post lights out play on the landing.

He was fast asleep stretched out on the floor with this Dino onesie on.

I nearly shat myself. I thought it was a giant lizard. I nearly drop kicked him. blush

BeCool Sat 23-Nov-13 01:22:07

I don't sleep in mine. Think if it as the new jogging bottoms and sweatshirt/lounge ware

AdoraBell Sat 23-Nov-13 01:53:31

I've seen them here in Chile, but only in the shops and only since Top Shop, Wharehouse et al arrived earlier this year.

MooseBeTimeForSnow Sat 23-Nov-13 02:44:36

Here in Canada they call the ones with the trap door "flapjacks"

TheZeeTeam Sat 23-Nov-13 03:02:17

I hate to tell you all this, but Onesies are another American import. They have been around for years in the US. I don't know any grown adults that would actually wear one though. Here, it's for the kind of family that also wear matching Christmas sweaters and then go to a local "beauty spot" to take photos for their cards. My kids love 'em though!

T-shirts and ugly fleecy pants (ie pajama bottoms)? I'm right there.

TheZeeTeam Sat 23-Nov-13 03:06:03

Also, you need to look out for ugly pants (trousers) made out of towels for the pool. They are HUUUUGE over here.

You swim, you shower, you don a hoodie and towelled pants and you go home. Not me, obviously. But the kids love it.

WallyBantersJunkBox Sat 23-Nov-13 03:35:43

DS used to love his Boden toweling hoodie on the beach, so I can see how the pants would catch on.

I had always thought the Onesie was a US thing first actually, as was the Slankie - I remember seeing the ads consistently on TV in Vegas years ago, along with the super annoying Chia 'Erb Garden ones.

TheZeeTeam Sat 23-Nov-13 04:09:10

Re slankies. Google Snuggies. Have been in every Walmart for years. And then Amazon, etc. Pillow Pets, Stompeez.
It's all exported and advertised from the same company. And made in China.

In the same mall stands at the mo, we now have Froyo (frozen yogurt), Rainbow Looms and a brand new weird LED interconnecting light thing.

SconeRhymesWithGone Sat 23-Nov-13 04:12:03

I am in the US, and I don't know anyone who owns one, have never seen anyone in one, and haven't seen them for sale. But I am in Florida so I think it would be too hot most of the time to wear one.

Lavenderhoney Sat 23-Nov-13 04:15:28

Surely people don't have sex much? It would put me right off, especially with a flap thing. Like the lion in wizard of oz.

Phew, what a relief, they aren't British after all, we can blame the Americans! grin Still a bit mystified by how they've apparently taken off though confused

ben5 Sat 23-Nov-13 07:15:56

Popular in my part of Australia !! ( 45 km south of Perth )

SconeRhymesWithGone Sat 23-Nov-13 13:45:28

we can blame the Americans

Not according to wikipedia grin


Ok, we'll blame the Norweigens grin Its less satisfying though grin

I don't see any evidence they've spead to mainland Europe as the Wiki article suggests though. Aside from the 1 sighting in a shop in the Netherlands. Definitely still think its a very odd phenomenon... confused

SirChenjin Sat 23-Nov-13 17:27:08

No, I think we can in fact blame the Americans grin

According to Wiki, this most attractive of garments has its origins as a "one-piece underwear invented during the mid-19th century and worn by cowboys and American Civil War soldiers". I suspect they were the real reason for the war starting - bad tempered cowboys and soldiers with thread worms in sweaty undergarments.

MacaYoniandCheese Sat 23-Nov-13 20:44:43

Oh, Zee, I'm so glad that someone else on MN knows about the fucking Rainbow Loom. Every surface in my house is covered in millions of microscopic, neon rubber bands angry.

WallyBantersJunkBox Sat 23-Nov-13 21:15:12

Lavender when did the Lion on the Wizard of Oz have sex???shockgrinshockgrin

WallyBantersJunkBox Sat 23-Nov-13 21:16:10

Hope you've all got a Chia Herb Garden across the pond too!!wink

vikinglights Sun 24-Nov-13 08:00:46

Definitely exsist in norway..... I do not own one but the kids do. I do however own an all in one snow suit which is blissfully warm but makes me look worse than a teletubbie...........

SirChenjin Sun 24-Nov-13 10:34:02

What's a chia herb garden? confused

specialsubject Sun 24-Nov-13 10:56:18

I've never worn one and never noticed anyone wearing one. But then I rarely shop for clothes and take no interest in what others wear unless it is something really noticeable. Which usually means something ridiculous.

glastocat Wed 27-Nov-13 05:14:51

Yes they are popular in WA, think I must live near ben5. grin I did see someone wearing one while changing planes in KL and thought it was a great idea for long haul flights.

EmilyAlice Wed 27-Nov-13 05:26:53

We live in France. My OH has white hair and beard and small children in shops get very excited when they see him in December. (Even Père Noel in the shopping centre saw him and said, "it's Pere Noel). Our GDs in England wanted to buy him a Father Christmas onesie to complete the look.

AuldAlliance Thu 28-Nov-13 13:12:07

We saw some on a stall at the market last week. DS said, "Look, baby clothes for adults!" and laughed a lot.
I have never seen anyone wearing one, indoors or out, though.
I don't think they'll catch on here (South of France). Not quite chic enough.
Must be a serious fire hazard if you have a Gauloise in your hand...

If you wear them in bed, do you wear knickers underneath??

bigbrick Sat 30-Nov-13 22:02:35

Happy to find this thread - I looked at ordering nightwear from some uk shops and I couldn't believe that kids wear these all in one outfits. I'd never get these for my kids or anyone else - going to the loo would be cold and a hassle and not so easy for little ones

babied Sun 01-Dec-13 15:47:20

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They are popular here (in Oz) but still it caused quite a stir when one of the mums turned up at kindy pick-up in a bright yellow Pokemon one complete with hood & tail. I kid you not shockgrin

livingzuid Tue 17-Dec-13 10:30:29

We are in the Netherlands and DH works in sales. A onesie his n hers was up for grabs as an incentive prize. He picked something else. Colleague at work is about to get the same for DH for Xmas. Awful!

babied Sun 22-Dec-13 16:09:58

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VivaLeBeaver Sun 22-Dec-13 16:27:35


I just reported him Viva ... Look at his profile...

VivaLeBeaver Sun 22-Dec-13 16:44:56

Oh the profiles gone now. Never saw it.

nessus Sun 22-Dec-13 17:06:56

Bought my first (and so far, only) onesie this time last year in a Vietnam boutique store. Have been known to wear it out and have other variations of the onesie I have 'rocked' in the past [no shame] [blush[

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