How to pull off pyjama dressing in public
Easy to wear and decadent, pyjama dressing has been wafting around for some time, now. As someone who has never felt comfortable in formal attire, I find this low-key glamour hugely appealing – it’s just taken me a while to actually find the confidence to venture out in pyjamas in public. But if Julian Schnabel can do it, then so can I. Worn the right way, an easy-going, co-ordinated two-piece can take you from bedroom to boardroom. Pyjama dressing is also a chic way to stay fresh and unflustered when your kaftans are in the wash and it’s hotter than a palm house in a heatwave.
The trick to getting this look right is to think polished and professional, not pyjama party (Schnabel wears a tuxedo jacket over his PJs for red carpet events). The ease of the silhouette provides a nonchalant kind of slouch that encourages slinking around. Just add pulled-together hair and make-up to avoid looking like you’ve rolled out of bed – and steer clear of slip-on mules, or any footwear that could be mistaken for slippers.
Personally, I prefer to play pyjama pieces off against low-key, sporty accessories. My co-ordinates (Nancy shirt in green check and Peggy palazzo pants) are a gift from small independent label Phoebe Grace, a mother-daughter team based in South London who specialize in effortless glamour and gorgeous prints. I’m 5′ 10″ but I had to have the super-long palazzos shortened so that I could style them with flats and sneakers. The trainers are Adidas Everyn slip-ons, a few sizes still available on The Outnet HERE. My packable tote is from Arket. Worn head-to-toe this look can feel quite bold, so often I style the set as separates: the vintage-inspired silk shirt looks a treat with cargo pants and the pyjama bottoms work well with a military shirt (or cashmere sweater in colder weather). For pyjama style with pizazz, statement earrings take this look into evening.
And sometimes actual pyjamas will do. Toast are pretty good when it comes to print or plain cotton, as are Desmond & Dempsey. And I’m always eyeing up the lovely Liberty print versions HERE and HERE. Olivia Von Halle’s silk-satin sets are hugely popular (and reduced in the sale HERE), and Robin Wright’s Pour Les Femmes initiative has lovely cotton PJ’s and nightshirts, the sale of which supports women in war-torn regions of the world.
If you’re taking pyjama dressing to work, wear matching co-ords with pointed flats and a lightweight jacket – and try not to fall asleep at your desk.
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