I have made a decision. I am going to stay in my pajamas all week long. Now I need to clarify this decision a little bit. This does not mean that I’ve decided to Netflix and chill all week, just lounging in comfy clothes. On the contrary…I’m talking about wearing my pajamas…IN PUBLIC! I’ve recently become obsessed with pajama dressing, ever since it’s made it’s way to the runways, I’ve decided that I am FINALLY justified in spending all that dough on a set from J Crew (I have wanted them for YEARS but kinda felt like maybe I was a lunatic. Verdict’s still out on that, but I finally have a reason to buy the jammies at least!)
Now, I get that given my intense love affair with kimonos, this isn’t a large leap to actual pajamas. However, this is a slightly different idea, given that these more structured, menswear style pajamas aren’t something that you generally just throw on over a graphic tee and a pair of jeans. And I’m not gonna lie…this trend does have it’s challenges! It’s not a hard one, but there are some pitfalls to avoid when you’re workin’ the lounge wear, so let’s get going!
Let’s start with where to buy. There’s one rule in life that I’ve found to be quite true. Once you spend money on something, you will inevitably find a thousand more, and cheaper, at a thrift store. This is exactly what happened to me! However, I am SO glad I did buy this set I’ve been coveting from J Crew, because it is PERFECTION and I have yet to find any pajama pants that fit me well from a thrift store. That’s not to say that it can’t be done, but I’m just tall and have long legs, so sometimes vintage pants are challenging for me! If you’re looking to buy a new set but don’t want to spend that kind of money, I also found a cheaper top and pants pair at Asos. The thing that IS however not hard to find at thrift stores, are pajama tops. I’ve gotten some fabulous ones that are actual vintage, and some fabulous ones that are just second hand Banana Republic and Gap…so keep your mind open when you’re looking! There are no rules to which style to buy, except what you like! What I have been looking for is the traditional, collared button down, menswear look with contrasting piping around the edges.
Here’s a few ground rules, just to keep you from getting (too many) weird looks. I mean, to me, if I’m not getting at least a few weird looks, then I’ve gone soft! But I know not everyone loves to push the boundaries as much as I do, so I’m gonna try and keep this simple and wearable…then you can add the boundary pushing on top of it if you want!
Don’t wear your set…at the same time. This is key, because if you’re wearing pajama bottoms AND a pajama top…well, then you’re really just wearing pajamas aren’t you?! The ONLY way you can break this rule is by buying one of those super swanky pricey SATIN sets, and wearing them with super tall heels and fancy jewelry. This, is really the only way to look like you are not ON PURPOSE rolling out of the house in your pjs. We are not Paris Hilton circa 2001, people, just…no. Ok. Remember. Pajama top with OTHER pants or a skirt, pajama bottoms with another tee. Easy as pie!
Watch your accessories. Don’t wear shoes that look like slippers, and please, do not wear a scrunchie. I’m just gonna say this and hope I’m not offending anyone…but the second half of that statement probably should be followed, like 365 days of the year…FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Just think about accessories that would never be worn to sleep in, and you’ll be just fine!
Rock it. This is easy. When you have a moment of “oh my gosh I’m wearing a pajama shirt…OUTSIDE!” just remind yourself that it’s honestly not that much different from a regular collared shirt! The piping and pocket are really all that sets this shirt apart from a basic button down! Panic moment over!
So here you have it…all week long I’ll be showing you different ways to wear pajamas. Partly because I’m obsessed, and partly because, well, you guys…once I start looking for something, I literally can NOT STOP finding it, and then, well each piece I find is better/different than the last and…my closet is full of pajamas now! For today, I’ve got two ways to wear the traditional, men’s style long sleeved pajama tops. If you want an easy way to start trying this trend, THIS is the piece you want to buy. Because it’s the easiest to mix in to your wardrobe, AND the easiest to find at a bargain at thrift stores!
Because pajama shirts are typically pretty oversized an boxy, the best way to counter that is with some slim fit pants! I wanted to add a little element of grunge to it, so I added a gold choker and some Converse as well. Destroyed skinny jeans add a nice balance to the very structured top. See how easy that is though? Just add a pajama top to your jeans and sneaks and you’re all set to go!
By the way, I don’t iron. Like ever. So please forgive the wrinkles. I justified it that you’d never actually iron your pajamas (right? If you do, then I’m kind of in awe…) so I didn’t need to iron these. Another reason to love pjs right!? On this look, I kind of did a little bit of a “cheat” on my rules above…I wore some pajama STYLE pants with an actual pajama top. This works though because the pants are definitely not pajamas. The BEST place to get pajama style pants is Zara (where these are from) and you could definitely wear them to nice places and no one would ever actually think you were in your jammies. I added espadrilles (these are CLOSE to slipper style, but the large platform on these kind of makes them a little nicer than actual slippers). See how I’m kind of toeing the line on those “rules” I gave you above? Those are just general rules of thumb just to keep things simple. But rules are meant to be broken. Except the scrunchie rule. That one is not meant to be broken. Ever.
Okay. Now that I’ve offended scrunchie wearers all over, I hope that you are gonna go try the pajama trend! And if this isn’t speaking to you, then just wait, I got more for ya…have no fears! I got more jammies that will never be worn to bed where these came from!
HAPPY MONDAY AND STAY IN YOUR JAMMIES!