THE SECRET TO MASTERING THE PAJAMA TREND

I HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN SUPPORTIVE of the practice of repurposing clothes. When the slip dress suddenly resurfaced few years ago and made the jump from your grandma’s drawer and onto the hottest trendsetters, I can’t say I was impressed. It felt like a desperate attempt at innovation, a silent cry for attention. When it hit the streets though, taking the bedroom secrets outside with it, it undermined the “under” in undergarments and it started yet another fashion rebellion. What was supposed to be kept in the dark and private, got introduced to the daylight and became public. The often sexualized nature of the slip dress gave daily outfits a very sultry edge, and as the trend became mainstream, we no longer rolled our eyes at it. We just learned how to appreciate its charm. It’s very sexy charm, by the way. >>

The I-woke-up-like-this messy indifference that pajama-inspired pieces bring to the table is a vibe I am often enthralled by.

The pajama trend did the same, but in a less shocking manner, of course. Unlike the slip dress’ seducing nature, pajama-inspired pieces communicated the most casual of comforts. I am guessing because my flirting skills equal those of a rock, the slip dress never attracted me - a person who has inherited an entire collection of slip dresses from her mother and grandmother, in all colors. “Perhaps I’ll try it in the future,” I told myself, shrugging. Being a comfort seeker, however, the pajama trend was something I gladly welcomed. The I-woke-up-like-this messy indifference that pajama-inspired pieces bring to the table is a vibe I am often enthralled by.

In an attempt to capture that vibe, I put together this outfit featuring a pajama shirt. I came to the conclusion that the secret behind being able to pull off the pajama trend is simply keeping the rest of the outfit formal. You have to counter the overbearing casualness with some elegance to avoid looking like you escaped your house in the middle of the night. As much as I love looking indifferent, looking disheveled is not up my alley.

And it doesn't get more formal than a black blazer and pants, now does it?

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