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Whether you’re running out for groceries or just looking for a comfy, stylish outfit, nothing beats pajamas. Yes, even in public. The nightwear-as-daywear trend has seen some of the most stylish celebrities rocking pajamas all over town, even before the quarantine. Here’s how to wear your pajamas outside of the house without looking like you’ve just given up.
1) Choose Elegant Pieces
It’s easy to look chic in your PJs when you choose elegant pieces.
Think long, slinky negligees with lace detailing at the décolletage, or sleek slip dresses in silk or satin.
A nightgown with spaghetti straps and an understated pattern says “date night” when paired with strappy heels and a structured jacket. A pair of wide-leg, silk pajama pants with lace cuffs or a short slip dress with beadwork around the bodice travels seamlessly from night to day with the right shoes and accessories.
2) Pair Night Pieces with Day Pieces
The nightwear-as-daywear trend has seen fashion-forward ladies stepping out in pajama sets. You know the type, with the matching long pants and an oversized, button-down, long-sleeved top. But if you don’t have the confidence to stroll down the street in just your PJs – or even if you do – you can mix things up by pairing night pieces with day pieces for a look that doesn’t quite scream, “I just got out of bed!”
Wear your button-down pajama top with a pair of jeans, or throw on a silky top and a cute blazer with your pajama bottoms.
Sleep shorts and a tank top make a great summer outfit for the beach, the park, or the street.
Style your pajama shirt as a jacket over a beautiful silk blouse, and wear the bottoms as slacks with a sensible pair of business shoes.
Wear a brightly colored, loudly patterned night set with a trench coat in a neutral color to bring it down to earth. You have plenty of options.
3) Use a Knee-Length Robe as a Jacket
Fill out your women’s sleepwear wardrobe with a few classic knee-length robes, and then wear some of them as jackets!
A short bathrobe looks great as a jacket, paired with wide-leg slacks and a clutch for evening, or skinny jeans and a nice top for work. Robes are perfect for the belted jacket look because they’re, well, belted, and they typically have big pockets for all your stuff. Win-win!
Polished, formal accessories can go a long way towards dressing up the super-casual nightwear-as- daywear outfit. Choose eye-catching structured pieces in gold and silver. Large statement necklaces will stand out and take the casual edge off your outfit. Dangly earrings and big bangles are great, too.
And what could take your nightwear ensemble to the next level than a big, fun handbag? Fringes, sequins, and studs are great but don’t be afraid to rock your designer bags with your pajama set. Expensive bags, or even decent knock-offs, add that touch of sophistication that really says, “I wore these pajamas on purpose, and they look amazing.”
Of course, don’t forget to put on your face! A bright, bold red or pink lip can really complete your look. So can a bold eye.
5) Dress Up the Ensemble with a Pair of Classy Shoes
Like a lovely handbag and a few pieces of formal jewelry, a classy pair of shoes can really dress up your pajamas.
What kind of shoes should you wear? That’s your call.
Stilettos or lace booties might be the right shoe for date night or a night out clubbing with the girls, while you might choose a low-heeled mule or a pair of loafers for the office. Choose a shoe that goes with your outfit, but don’t be afraid to strut your stuff in one of your more colorful, bolder pairs.
Nightwear-as-daywear is très chic right now, and it’s one of those looks that’s easy to pull off with pieces you probably already have. Throw on one of your slink negligees, pair it with a structured blazer and a nice pair of heels, and you’re ready to hit the town – in style, in comfort, and on-trend.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.