The pajama trend is popular with celebrities but it hasn’t worked its way into the masses the way crop tops and overalls have. We’re not talking PajamaJeans, although you should try those, we’re talking printed silky bottoms that are often paired with matching tops. Rihanna was recently photographed leaving a recording studio wearing printed pink pajamas, a kimono, bra and fuzzy heels. This is one of those looks that only people like RiRi could pull off. However, you can wear the PJ trend out in public too. Just leave the furry shoes at home and follow these tips.
Here’s how to pull off pajama dressing without it looking like you’re ready to catch some shuteye:
1. Choose a pajama-inspired top or bottom.
To try out the trend, break up the pieces. Start off with either pajama trousers or a blouse in the style of a pajama top. Mix the pieces into your regular wardrobe. i.e. You can pair the pajama top with your skinny jeans or the wide-leg PJ bottoms with a crisp blouse. When you get comfortable with that look, try wearing both coordinating pieces together.
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Flowing wide-leg trousers and a loose top are the classic pajama dressing look but if you’re concerned about that looking too “ready for bed,” choose pieces that are more tailored. Look for skinny trousers and blouses with details not normally found on pajamas such as darts or princess seams.
3. Choose dressy footwear.
UGGs may be coming back, but this isn’t a look you should be wearing them with. Same goes with any sort of fuzzy shoe. Rihanna can wear them because she is Rihanna. Classic pumps dress up your PJ separates but a pair of gladiator sandals or chic flats would also work.
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If you want to wear your pajama pieces together and really don’t want anyone asking, “is it past your bedtime?” layer other pieces with the look. A structured jacket in a coordinating color is a great option, or you can always wear your versatile motorcycle jacket. Avoid anything too big and oversized otherwise you’ll end up looking like the times you actually go out in your real pajamas to grab milk and try to hide them with the largest coat in your closet.
5. Remember your hair and makeup.
You want to look chic not sleepy. Bedhead veers into the “sleepy” realm so it’s best to avoid it and choose a sleek hairstyle or updo. Part of pajama dressing’s appeal is that it looks effortless but you can also dress your PJs up with a statement lip or eye.