Don’t sleep through this trend – it’s a real wake-up call

Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - FASHION -

I MUST BE THE ONLY ONE OF MY FRIENDS who’s never done a quick dash to the cor­ner shop with a jacket over my py­ja­mas. I like to think I’d be brave enough but I do strug­gle with the no­tion of raggedy cot­ton co-ords with any­thing other than my dress­ing gown and a big mug of tea. I have given a silky py­jama shirt from Whis­tles a crack with heels and jeans but oth­er­wise I found fash­ion’s ob­ses­sion with day­time lounge-wear a hard trend to em­brace.

Day­time metal­lic, I can do. Hideously shiny se­quin blouses be­fore 7pm, I have trail­blazed. But py­ja­mas? Hon­estly, they have al­ways scared me. Worn on count­less cat­walks – who re­mem­bers Ce­line’s first flir­ta­tion with cream vel­vety py­jama pants worn with heels in 2012? – it’s been re-in­ter­preted by ev­ery­one from Ri­hanna to Gigi Ha­did. The idea of luxe silky sep­a­rates tucked into midi skirts or worn slop­pily over frayed jeans and loafers has proven pop­u­lar, par­tic­u­larly in be­tween sea­sons. Why? Be­cause silk is ver­sa­tile. It’s adapts well to heat and it’s equally good when the tem­per­a­tures drop lay­ered under a fit­ted boyfriend blazer or a tai­lored trench. It’s also uni­ver­sally flat­ter­ing and is about the only style that looks just as good tucked into a fig­ure­hug­ging pen­cil skirt or under loose dun­ga­rees when you’re ex­pect­ing.

As with any eye­brow-rais­ing trend, of course, how you wear it is key. The py­jama story only works when it’s jazzed up ei­ther with ac­ces­sories, state­ment heels or jew­ellery. Switch up any­thing that looks too cosy and team with more tai­lored, struc­ture-fit­ting sta­ples that will in­stantly pol­ish a loungey, ef­fort­less aes­thetic. Sim­i­larly, ca­sual shoes kill the vibe. As clever and com­fort­able as Con­verse are – espe­cially when you’re rush­ing in the morn­ing – back­less loafers, em­bel­lished boots or chunky wedges tell a much more grown-up story. Geisha-style pumps and heels are also are the per­fect fit, and have enough fash­ion credit to make peo­ple re­alise you haven’t just rolled out of bed. See any­thing by Stella McCart­ney and Yves Saint Lau­rent in Brown Thomas or in Arnotts’ shoe garden, re­launch­ing next week.

For peo­ple like me who love the look but haven’t found the right way to wear it, there is good news. Top­shop, Mango, Pen­neys and Zara are ex­pect­ing sets in flo­rals, pais­ley and ori­en­tal prints. Some au­tumn ed­its have al­ready landed on to rails. More luxe ver­sions in Whis­tles and The Kooples at Brown Thomas will morph into fancy track­suit bot­toms with draw­string waists and tex­tured blouses with jazzy col­lars.

They aren’t for ev­ery­one, un­der­stand­ably. Even as some­one who works in fash­ion, I’m still rel­a­tively fright­ened of the con­cept, but as soon as I pass some­one look­ing cool in a slouchy vel­vet shirt that looks fit for bed, I’m won over. Now to put into prac­tice what I preach.

The py­jama story only works when it’s jazzed up with ac­ces­sories

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