The Pajama Game

Jacqueline Wells

We’ve been carefully eyeing the pajama-as-outerwear trend for a while. What started as a single style, where women were sporting printed pajama sets everywhere from their offices to the trendiest hotspots, has evolved into a full-blown movement with its own evolution and cool techniques. Here we outline the top ways you can sport a pajama trend that goes way beyond pancakes and coffee. Here are some of our favorite looks. Talk about day-to-night dressing!

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Slip Style: One chic way to style pajamas is by layering a slip or chemise over a turtleneck or long-sleeved bodysuit. It embodies the ‘90’s movement happening all over the runway and yet offers a playful alternative to wearing a proper dress. Style this La Perla Silk Chemise and complete the look with tights and ankle boots for an urban evening out.

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Long Layers: Like the chemise look, long slip dressing is a favorite among influencers and models in that it evokes a spirited, downtown edge. Take a cue from supermodel Karlie Kloss, and work this Natori Shangri-La gown underneath a black leather motorcycle jacket for a masculine-meets-feminine look that is anything but dainty.

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Game, Set, Match: Rocking a pajama set is how the trend started, and it’s a look that is still going strong. Try pairing this Eberjey version with a red lip like Selena Gomez did, or go for a bold print in this N by Natori satin set. For the faint of heart, try pairing just the pajama top with a pair of jeans for a more subtle but no less chic spin on the trend.

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Wrapped Up: The next time you need just a bit of coverage over a tee or tank, opt for a robe instead of a jacket. It adds a luxe Bohemian look that is sexy, colorful and stylish. This floral Natori robe would look amazing over just about anything, and this Oscar de la Renta caftan conjures up images of mysterious Moroccan nights

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Down with the Gown: Who says nightgowns are for bedtime only? With the right styling, they can be the perfect alternative to a classic dress. This Hanro Viola V-Shape Silk Gown goes smoothly from desk to drinks when paired with a blazer and a classic pump, as demonstrated here by the ever-perfect Gwyneth Paltrow.