Friday, March 25, 2016


I recently wrote a rather lengthy ode to the pajama dressing trend of spring 2016 over on I just bought a pair of "sloafers" from Sam Edelman and spent just north of $100 on the cutest set of pajamas from Three J NYC. Not to mention my favorite coat is actually a kimono jacket which is basically just a robe you can wear out of the house.

To me, the pajama dressing trend is like luxury's answer to the overwhelming athleisure movement of late. It's only natural that we'd turn to sleep—the virtual opposite of sport—for our next trend. If you keep the comfort and slouchy silhouettes but ditch the athletics—you're left with loose blouses, silky, elastic-waist pants and the aforementioned sloafers—a slipper-loafer hybrid you can wear out of the house.

If you're reading this and fully convinced that this idea is ridiculous, I'll defer to Gucci. The Italian design house has gone through a major return to relevance the last few seasons (thanks to a new creative director)—and for SS16 sent several models down the runway in silk, pajama-like matched sets. Furthurmore, everyone is buzzing about another Italian brand—F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers—who showed their line of actual pajamas, robe dresses and belted jackets during Milan Fashion Week. Not surprisingly these luxe pieces run in the range of $400 to $1200 per, putting them ever-so-slightly out of my grasp.

Sleepy Jones is also currently putting a California-meets-New-England spin on luxe sleepwear, and I'd like to think that some of their sleep tops would work great with a pair of black jeans and pumps for my next dinner on the Lower East Side. Ditto the silk sleep sets from Equipment that are so divine I don't know how anyone could possibly just sleep in them. Or, take sleepwear designer Olivia Von Halle's $500 sleep sets, for example. This feels like a fortune to pay for something you wear to bed, but if you wore each piece separately (the top with wide leg trousers or jeans at the office, the bottoms with sandals and a silk camisole all summer) your cost per wear would go way, way down.

Which brings me to my next point: This trend feels kind of wild at the onset because we see all these street style stars wearing the matched sets out and about with heels and clutches acting like it's totally normal. In real life, that's much easier said than done. The real girl's way to make the pajama trend work is to werk one piece at a time: the top, the robe jacket, the pants or the slipper shoes—wear those with your everyday jeans, skirts, flats, etc. Honestly, leave the bolder looks to those who get their picture taken for a living.

While I sit and ponder if I can wear my seersucker Three J NYC pajama top with my denim shorts and white Birkenstocks this summer (methinks yes), why don't you ponder a few of the choice pajama pieces I rounded up below. I have my eye on a few cool pieces from J. Crew (I need this top and matching pants) and even Forever 21 (this top is so pretty!) has some gems.


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