Just like a good night’s sleep, fashion offers a much-needed outlet for refreshing your look every morning. Now, pyjama dressing—silky, loose-fitting dress shirts and matching pants—is no longer confined to the bedroom. The sleek, tailored pieces seen on the Spring/Summer 2012 runways (from Stella McCartney to Lanvin), prove that the trend is a chic work-to-weekend option. The key to nailing the look? Avoid excess patterns and fabric. Stick to thin pinstripes in pastel hues or fine-printed fabrics in tailored silhouettes. And don’t forget to swap your slippers for heels!
With a little finesse and thoughtful accessorizing, you can achieve a sleepwear look guaranteed to make people sit up and take notice.
Pyjama trend challenge: Beginner
Lanvin Silk Oversized Blouse ($1,095), at mytheresa.com.
How to wear it: The chicest type of comfortable dressing, the pyjama-style blouse is one of the easiest ways to nail the bedroom look. Wear this trimmed top with slim cut, tailored trousers or with structured shorts. A long-sleeve option offers a more formal approach while a short sleeve blouse can be a breezy alternative. Top off with a blazer for those cool summer nights.
Where to wear it: On a night out—whether it’s a hot summer date or an evening out with the girls.
Alessandra Rich Crepe-de-chien shirt dress ($627 USD), at net-a-porter.com.
How to wear it: A floor-length dress with white piping details makes this nightgown-inspired number a perfect day look for summer. This ensemble doesn’t need much more than a simple pair of wedge heels and a structured ladylike bag for a luxe, laid-back look. As the motto goes, less is more.
Where to wear it: To the office. Its modest length and delicate detail make it an appropriate business-casual option.
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Pyjama trend challenge: Intermediate
Diane von Furstenberg print trousers ($368), at farfetch.com.
How to wear it: Slouchy, silky and tied at the waist, the lazy pyjama pant has evolved into a surprisingly sophisticated piece. Counter the relaxed fit with a fitted tee in a solid shade. Let the pants be the focus with great patterns in luxe fabrics. Throw on a set of strappy stilettos and oversized cat-eye sunnies for an ultra chic get-up.
Where to wear it: On a weekend outing with friends—Sunday brunch on a patio or a a lazy window-shopping afternoon.
Pyjama trend challenge: Advanced
Stella McCartney vest top and Dotty trousers ($294 and $536), at farfetch.com.
How to wear it: This isn’t for the faint of heart. Be bold and layer on the print. Remember to stick to fabrics like silk and crepe to avoid the flannel-plaid pyjama set look. Try combining fine printed trousers with a matching top with slightly different colouring. Or, if you’re a total sartorial daredevil, pair two contrasting prints for a bold take on the summer trend.
Where to wear it: Somewhere fun and artistic, like checking out a new exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery or the Royal Ontario Museum.
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