Pajama Game

Pajama Game

by Melissa Magsaysay

You Asked, We Answered. The Best Size-Inclusive Style Advice To Solve Any Fashion Conundrum.

Q:

I’ve recently had an increase of work-related dinners and evening events and want to break up the jeans and blazer look for something less “blah”. I don’t want to do a dress as that’s not my style, but am having trouble thinking of other alternatives. Is there a pants option that’s slightly dressy, but not a corporate black suit look? I get overwhelmed when thinking about the right top with the right pants and the fit not being too restrictive. Also, comfort is key.

Sincerely,
Margot
- Chicago, IL.

A:

Dear Margot While “wear your pajamas to work” day sounds like a recurring nightmare where the only fun part is the party snacks, the look is also a massive trend that’s taken over the way we think about and approach chic and sexy dressing. We’re not talking about plaid flannel pajamas and Ugg boots a la college sorority days, but PJ inspired looks that are effortless and elevated.

Consider this printed silk blouse and pants from Baja East. Wearing the pieces together makes for a dramatic all-over print look that is dressier than your average jeans and blazer combo. Wear this for day with a stark white sneaker and for night slip on a high heel black sandal - preferably something sleek and with an ankle strap. Thin gold hoops would take this look into resort or vacation territory not to mention you could Get more mileage out of this ensemble by pairing the pants with a white or grey t-shirt and some cool slides and the blouse tucked into those favorite jeans (white jeans would be especially chic and spring-y).

La Ligne’s navy top and pants with white piping is a more classic take on a pajama set and sets more of a blank canvas to work with. Each piece is easily paired with jeans or leather leggings (with the blouse) or a great cashmere sweater (with the pants) and truly works from day to night. Try a nude or metallic sandal for evening and for day, that white sneaker still works as do chic mules in gold or nude. Tuck in the top for cleaner lines and get ready to impress your friends with how well you pull off the entire look. A breezy duster coat also emulates the loungewear look but without having to go full (sexy) sleepover. This Dima Ayad metallic duster jacket can literally be thrown over anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a crisp white trouser and muted silver silk tank top. Take it on holiday and wear it as a swimsuit cover up; it’s beyond versatile and provides instant polish. With this coat, we think more is more. Play up the gorgeous metallic hue with statement earrings for an “art gallery” vibe. Whether you’re playing hostess at home or actually hitting a gallery party, it’s a no fail look with just the right amount of drama and all the comfort you could imagine.

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