Although they would never call themselves naturists or nudists (but then neither do I, so that’s fine by me), more and more people are starting to admit to spending time at home naked. This is not about stripping off the moment they come in through the door, but simply a more relaxed attitude to nudity when it happens. You get up in the morning, have a shower, eat breakfast, and only then think about getting dressed for the day. Maybe you leave the bathroom door open when you’re in the bath so you can carry on a conversation with people outside, or perhaps they even come into the room with you to use the sink or talk whilst you’re in the shower. However it happens, the important thing is that the people who do this see it as nothing sexual or provocative, it is simply another choice of outfit that makes life a lot more relaxed around the house.
This is something that my partner and I have done, for as long as I can remember. There never seemed to be much point in getting dressed in the morning to come downstairs, or to fight to get clothes on over a damp body that just climbed out of the shower. Nude was always more natural, and that’s now just the way we are at home.
Funnily enough though, it did surprise me the first time it happened to me at someone else’s house. I was away on business, and ended up stopping at a friend’s house on the way home for the night. She rarely wore much more than a bathrobe around the house, and so there was plenty of her visible when I arrived, but I’d known her for years and that was hardly unusual. What surprised me though was in the morning, when she left the robe in her room and went to have a shower, then left the door open and started talking to me about what she was going to be doing that day. There was no flirting or anything like it in what she was doing (I’m not her type… I’m male), it was just that she felt just as comfortable talking to me nude as she did clothed.
It has happened a number of other times since then, in both directions. Sometimes friends have walked in on me, and sometimes I’ve walked in on them. There was one occasion where I was away in Wales in a large tent, and a friend came to stay with me for a few days. It was a big tent with several ‘rooms’ and I was in one of them getting changed when my friend wandered in. We chatted for a few minutes before she suddenly said “Oh, sorry, I didn’t realise you weren’t dressed,” and went to turn away. “If you don’t mind, I certainly don’t,” I said with a shrug. “And anyway, neither are you.” She glanced at herself in surprise, laughed, and we sat down to drink a naked morning coffee.
Being naked at home, or anywhere you’re comfortable and that nakedness makes sense, is a great way to start getting comfortable with your own body. Body confidence is always being challenged these days, and being naked at home – on your own first, and then with family and friends – is a great way to cut through it all and get to what’s important.