You Can Thank Classic Christmas Movies For The Onesie Trend

Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in ’Elf.’
Photo: Warner Bros.

This year, celebrities contributed an immeasurable gift to the greater good by making it acceptable to wear baby pajamas in public. Often long-legged, lined with fleece and sometimes in the form of an adorable animal, the onesie has been embraced by everyone from Justin Bieber to Beyonce. Hey, grown women deserve to be cozy and cute, too! Yet despite their growing popularity in 2013, we’re pretttty sure that a few classic Christmas movies (like Elf, for example) ~actually~ tried to make onesies happen YEARS ago. But alas, no one paid attention—until now. Thanks for your help, celebrities! We’d definitely consider this a Christmas miracle.

Tim Allen in ’The Santa Clause’ and Justin Bieber with Lil Za.
Photo: Disney/@theworldshero’s Instagram

Fight it if you want, but we’re standing by our theory that Justin Bieber was 100% taking style cues from Tim Allen in The Santa Clause earlier this year. I mean, the red onesie Bieber “walked” out of a hotel in with his pal Lil Za is pretty much a spitting image of the one Allen wears—but with two very important upgrades: the first, a zipper for ease and convenience, and the second, a hood for head warmth and increased cool factor. If you need any other proof of The Biebs’ Christmas influence, take a spin through his SEVERAL year-long dedication to the holidy all the way through to what he wore to the premiere of Believe last week. #festive

Rita Ora, Miley Cyrus and Jessie J.
Photos: Getty Images/@mileycyrus’ Instagram/@isthatjessiej’s Instagram

The ladies went RULL luxe with the onesies this year, wearing plenty of prints and scouring for vintage designer finds. Rita Ora rocked a loose-fitting, floral onesie for a radio interview in August and paired it with a gray Honour Over Glory beanie, geometric-print shades, gold accessories and a fresh pair of Air Jordans. Repping for #TeamSolidColors, Miley Cyrus showed of her “most prized possession“—a short, grey, button-up onesie—on Twitter with the caption, “Don’t hate. Appreciate. #Chanel1Z.” Yup. Chanel onesies exist, and Miley has one.

In March, Jessie J wore a red and white floral onesie while recording in New York City, and while the white band in the middle gives the illusion of separates, we can officially confirm that that thing is definitely a one-piece. (And a really comfy-looking one, at that.) Jessie kept her look simple and color-coordinated with a pair of red Converse high-tops, a swipe of red lipstick and later, a white leather jacket.

Peter Billingsley (as Ralphie Parker) in ’A Christmas Story’ and Beyonce.
Photo: MGM/Beyonce’s Tumblr

Ralphie Parker from A Christmas Story was clearly born in the wrong decade because we’re pretty sure most people would be THRILLED to get a pink, floppy-eared bunny onesie in 2013. (Those feet! We’re dead.) I mean, we at least know that Beyonce—who took a cue from the film with her cozy, leopard print one-piece by Topshop—would for SURE appreciate a gift like that.

Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora.
Photos: @mileycyrus’s Twitter/@caradelevingne’s Instagram/@ritaora’s Twitter

Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora also channeled A Christmas Story this year with their adorable animal onesies. Aside from being super cute and super comfy, onesies are good for twerking. We learned this little bit of information when Miles filmed herself dancing alone to “WOP” in her unicorn one-piece.

BFFs Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora both showed their love for Japanese animal pajamas with their fuzzy one-pieces from Kigurumi. Cara goofed around in the Fierce Yellow Tiger (which is still available here), and Rita was a hoot (heh) in the baby blue owl version, which will be available again in mid-January, so you can take your renewed love of the head-to-toe outfits into 2014.

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