I love autumn evenings. I think that by the time they come around I’m ready to snuggle down and get all cosy in an evening with a spot of crochet, a good book or watching something on TV. I guess it may all link into the Danish concept of Hygge that I am rather in love with. A while back I read a book all about A Year of Living Danishly and I found learning all about the country and the way people live there utterly fascinating, but the bit that stood out for me most was this idea of hunkering down in the autumn and winter and just staying at home with family and friends.
It’s a concept that really appeals and one that I’d love to embrace more. Getting everyone home for the evening, locking the door, drawing the curtains and making the most of being at home knowing that no one has to venture outside again until the next morning. Getting into your pyjamas way before bedtime and just snuggling on the sofa with a blanket and a hot chocolate and those you love around you. Add in an open fire and life would be perfect.
It was this love of hygge that had me agreeing instantly when I was asked if I wanted to choose a pair of pyjamas to review from Hunkemoller. Now Hunkemoller do some absolutely gorgeous lingerie which really is the sort of stuff that I’d keep for “best”, but they also have a lovely range of nightwear which I took quite a shine to just as soon as I saw it online.
I was primarily looking for something to wear in an evening when at home and two opted for long sleeves and trousers and so chose the cuff twill pyjama pants and the long sleeved Granddad rib top that they happened to be pictured with. A package containing both arrived very quickly and it was lovely to receive something nicely boxed up rather than just a plastic bag style of packaging, which so many mail order clothes seem to be sent in.
As for the pyjamas themselves, they’re exactly what I was after. The pyjama pants are 100% cotton and so incredibly soft to the touch. There is a reasonably wide elasticated waistband to them which sits perfectly at waist level on me. I’ve always hated trousers of any type that are very low waisted as they just don’t work with my body shape. The legs were cut generously, without being too wide and the elasticated cuffs at the bottom meant that it didn’t matter that they were possibly a tad too long for me, as the cuffs meant that I wasn’t tripping over the bottoms and yet they still looked good. There’s a fake tie fastening at the front which is a nice detail without being too fussy and the pockets are actually quite handy for popping a hanky into for when you have a touch of the snuffles.
The grandad rib top was equally soft to the touch and comfortable. Made in a mix of viscose, polyester and elastane it has a really nice amount of stretch to it meaning that it fits really well. The front fastening is press studs with a couple of extra ones up towards the next opening as decoration, and was exactly the sort of pyjama top that I was looking for just after Master C was born. Back then I wanted something that was easy to open for breast feeding, but warm enough for wandering around the house in the early hours of a winter morning in when trying to settle a crying baby. If I’d had to describe the top I was looking for then it would have been this one. Just a shame it’s five years too late for that!
With the pyjama pants costing just £20 and the rib top £18, both items are really good value for money. Now the clocks have changed I think we’re allowed to officially embrace all things hygge, so what are you waiting for?
Disclaimer: I was sent a set of pyjamas from Hunkemoller for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own.