Pajama dressing is a fashion trend that some might have trouble embracing. But it shouldn’t be surprising. Designers have been leaning towards comfort for year. You can see the seeds of this trend in the prevalence of drawstring pants, lace trimmed camisoles under button down shirts, slip dresses, and lingerie as clothing. Even though it may have been coming for years and no matter how much you love to be comfortable, it just seems strange to wear pajamas out of the house and out in public. But, dressing comfortably doesn’t have to mean dressing way down and you don’t have to look like you’re ready or just fell out of bed. Pajama dressing can be the perfect combination of comfort and glamour. Here are some suggestions on how to wear pajamas as clothes.
If you are going to be successful at pajama dressing then you want to make sure that you have pajamas made out of the right fabrics. Not all PJs are appropriate for day wear. For example, flannel pajamas with cute little animals on them are not what we are talking about. Silk or satin work better than cotton because they look more chic and less like you are ready for bed. Also, you want to stay away from “cute” patterns. Your pajamas for day don’t have to be a solid color, but if you do choose a pattern make sure it is a floral, paisley, or something similar rather than cartoon characters or childish doodles. In addition, make sure that your pattern is bold. You are making a statement wearing this type of clothing and you want to get noticed. No one wears pajamas during the day if they want to blend in!
Another way to make sure that your pajama dressing doesn’t look too casual is to pair your PJs with the right footwear. You want to stay away from any show that looks like slipper because you need to make sure people are aware that you are making a fashion statement. If you are wearing slippers or shoes that could be mistaken as slippers then there is some confusion as to whether you really did just get out of bed. Pair your pajamas with a pair of heels or wedges so that it is clear you are wearing the pajamas as daytime clothing on purpose. An additional benefit to wearing heels is that the pajama bottoms tend to look better when they don’t bunch on the ground. You can Selena Gomez rocking this trend in the picture above with a pair of bright red heeled sandals.
What to Pair Pajamas With
You don’t have to go all in with the pajama dressing trend and wear a complete pajama set. You can flirt with the trend by pairing a pajama top or pajama bottom with other articles of clothing. There are several options that work well. Pajama tops look good with a pair of boyfriend jeans as well as with a pair of tailored trousers or a pencil skirt. Essentially you are replacing the traditional button down shirt with the pajama top and the common piping accents and more open neckline of a pajama top are far more interesting than a plain button down shirt. You can wear the pajama top tucked in completely, half tucked in, or loose and all three give a slightly different cast to your outfit. If you want to give the appearance of a plunging neckline you can leave the pajama bottom partially unbuttoned. You can also leave pajama tops completely unbuttoned and wear either a sultry bralette underneath for a sexy nighttime look or a plain white T-shirt underneath for a more casual look. You can see Jessica Alba going for the sexy look above.
Pajama bottoms paired with casual or button down tops have actually been a part of the fashion scene longer than the full pajama dressing trend. We have seen drawstring satin or silk pants in many a runway show. The picture above has a pair of pajama bottoms paired with an oversized sweater for a comfortable weekend look. You can also pair any regular outfit with a kimono style robe to get a piece of the pajama trend without going crazy. A belted robe can look chic with lots of different types of outfits as evidenced in the picture below.