Would You Wear...Pyjamas as outerwear?
Iggy Fenech is a 24-year-old student and freelance writer. He is the sub-editor of a prominent Maltese fashion magazine and has worked at the Daily Mail's fashion section. He hates overalls and loves cashmere.
First of all, let me begin by saying that the right spelling of ‘PJs’ is the British ‘pyjamas’ and not ‘pajamas’, although I do understand that many might be tempted to use the American version of the spelling seeing as this trend is as ridiculous as getting a litre (not ‘liter’) of Coke with your super-sized Big Mac. With that rant over, let us begin.
If there were a book out there that was to fashion what the Bible is to Christians, the apple in Genesis would be pyjamas worn as outerwear. As it goes, taking a bite out of that apple will make someone fall from grace, but it CAN be moulded into something better (as Swedish style blogger, Elin Kling showed us). Others, however, got it catastrophically wrong.
So, should you wear them?
My instinct is to say: NO! But, we are here to make hard-to-wear trends wearable, so instead, here are ways to actually wear them and look out-of-bed-fabulous!
The most important thing is to ACCESSORISE. You’re wearing pyjama bottoms, so your handbag, your shoes and your jewellery have to look every inch the person you want others to see you as.
Wear skyscraper heels with your bellbottom pyjama pants to give you a more elegant and constructed look. The trick is to always look sophisticated - wearing a hoodie with your pyjama pants will make you look lazy and hobo-like; wearing a beautiful, expensive(-looking) handbag, chunky necklace, or heels will show the world that not only are you not a sloth, but that you go that extra mile to rock your outfits.
Should you not wear them?
The one rule about wearing sleepwear as outerwear - yes, believe it or not, there are rules - is to look ‘relaxed’ in them. Wearing really tight PJs as outwear defeats the purpose of the trend.
Be careful with your pyjamas, though. Don’t forget that the fabric used to make these is very different to what is normally used to create other garments. They will probably not help you hide those wobbly bits nor enhance anything God-given. Again, use accessories to help you achieve your desired look.
Meanwhile, wearing flats with pyjama bottoms is not a sin, but heels will make sure your legs look leaner and longer and your bum firmer and plumper. Your handbag can also help in your quest to rock this pyjama-craze (for more information about this, check out this article.
Tips and hints
Just because you’re wearing sleepwear to go about your daily life, does not mean that you can be excused for the lack of effort. If you want to make the most of this trend, make sure that everything that is bringing this outfit together - hair, make-up, accessories, attitude - are executed to the nines.
The truth is that most people can wear pyjama pants and still manage to look good, but remember that these do not do anything for your figure. What you’ve got is what people will see, so make sure you find the right type of pants and accessories that will give the illusion of a better canvas.
Pyjamas are made from tops and bottoms, if it’s short and skimpy, it’s not a pyjama and this post does not apply - Je suis désolé!
The Iggytruth of the Matter is...
Sleepwear is sleepwear, no matter how amazing it looks on someone, that fact doesn’t change. Therefore, make sure that you choose pyjamas that are stylish and made out of luxurious materials. Fleece should be avoided and so should cupcake prints. Opt for silk in a classic pattern, such as flowers, and make sure the rest of the outfit is coordinated with them.
Also, there is a reason I only talk of pyjama bottoms and not of pyjama tops or whole pyjamas. Wearing a complete set of pyjamas, or a pyjama top with jeans, is too much. I doubt anyone could really make it work.