PJs are divine, it’s true. They’re warm, cozy and when you wear ’em, it feels like you’re being hugged by the most kind and gentle bear. Just a hug, no funny business. So, of course there has been, for some time, the impulse to wear them outside. Because if they make you feel like a goddess indoors, why wouldn’t the do the same outside?
In 2012, Vogue writer Lucy Hutchings wrote, “SEDUCTIVE, sensual and far too stylish to keep in the bedroom, pyjamas present an alluring new eveningwear option for spring.”
This feeling, or this nod to seduction and sensuality, has returned for 2016. As Christina Binkley from the Wall Street Journal notes, this trend has existed since the 1980s, but it is taking on new terrain, like the red carpet. And she’s absolutely right – it’s hitting high and fast fashion. Thakoon’s Spring 2016 collection treated pyjamas almost like a kimono. Meanwhile, Alexander Wang went more literal, and just had an over-sized pyjama top on the runway.
Then you’ve got Zara (left) and Anthropologie (right) in the images above, who take more accessible approaches to the trend. Zara’s pyjama trousers are casual, sure, but they could very easily be paired with a sweater if you didn’t want to go full-on pyjama. As for Anthropologie, it’s a much more modern take on the night dress, as it is slightly cinched at the waist, giving it a more a-line skirt. It would also be super-cozy by the fire.
So, yeah, pyjamas as outside clothes is a little unorthodox, but would you pull it off? First things first, you need to pull it on before you know if you can pull it off. Will you give it a try? Let us know in the comments below.