Just in case you were not aware,
loungewear is NOT the same as
Loungewear is loose clothing in which one can lounge.
This type of clothing can be worn to sleep but it is primarily intended for
lounging around the house and occasionally being worn outside.
It is not completely uncommon for someone to run out to a
local retailer to grab some groceries in their lounge pants. But they most
likely are not going out to the store in their nightwear such as a negligee.
This is why nightwear / sleepwear is categorized differently than loungewear.
A major appeal of loungewear is
its versatility & comfort. Although some people may classify these garments as
sleepwear or nightwear it is important to note that loungewear and sleepwear are
technically different. Loungewear
can be worn to sleep but also as active wear during exercise and other day to
What is the difference between loungewear and sleepwear?
These terms are often used interchangeably, but there is
a distinct difference between “loungewear" and “sleepwear" according to the
Harmonized Tariff Schedule. The customs agency in the United States
distinguishes sleepwear and loungewear are different. In HQ H140735, dated
December 29, 2015, CBP added some definition to each term.
You can search for customs
rulings about sleepwear or loungewear at the
rulings page (to see the system in action type loungewear into the search at
the top of the customs rulings page). Some of the relevant rulings will be
Why does the classification matter to the fashion
The classification can affect the duty rate that needs to
be paid when importing merchandise to the United States. If the duty rate
is higher, the clothing company will unfortunately charge a higher price to the
retailer which in turn will charge a higher price to consumers.
Do lounge lizards where loungewear?
The loungewear we are discussing
on this page should not be confused with clothing worn by a “Lounge
Lizard". The term lounge lizard is usually used to refer to lounge musicians.
Its first appearance as American slang in 1917, "lounge lizard" has shown up in
nearly every decade. A "lounge lizard" is typically depicted as a
well-dressed man who frequents the establishments in which the rich gather with
the intention of seducing a wealthy woman with his flattery and deceptive charm.
The term presumably owes something to the cold and insinuating quality of
reptiles or the fact that they are hanging out in establishments that are often
references as lounges.
You may also want to learn more about boxer
shorts which are acceptable for lounging around the house.
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