Pajama Dressing: Three Tips for Perfecting the Relaxed Look
From bed to runway to the red carpet, pajamas are seeing daylight more than ever. "There's something deliciously louche about wearing PJs in public (think: Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner in the '60s with his silky smoking jacket)," Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary says in the August issue of InStyle (on newsstands now). We've taken her tips and style inspiration from the stars to show how you can venture out in sleepwear—and pull it off. Click through to see silky and lush pajama pieces that are too lovely to be worn only at night. Flip to page 120 of the August issue -- or download it on your tablet -- to learn more.
Tip 1: Choose the Right Fabrics
Not just any old robe or pajamas make the cut. Forget cozy flannels and terry cloth-satiny fabrics take it to a sophisticated level, like Sophia Bush's two-piece Smythe set. For a less full-on take on the trend, opt for velvet slippers inspired by menswear. Click through to shop them all.
Look for an embellished pair to turn heads.
Black goes with everything. Slip into these loafers for a stylish alternative to ballet flats.
Or try slipping into a printed velvet corduroy pair for some pizazz.
Tip 2: Mix Up the Pieces
Break up the look by pairing one fluid piece with something more structured, especially for day. A silky pajama-style shirt is sharp with a pencil skirt or slim trousers. Try cuffed skinnies, like Kate Bosworth, for a more casual look.
Try this grid-print silk pajama-inspired top with white bottoms for a summery spin.
A floral print against a dark hue takes the pajama trend in a more upscale direction.
This cropped pajama top with hot pink piping embodies two trends in one.
Tip 3: Keep One Element Refined
One element of your outfit should be refined, whether it’s a high heel, a bold necklace, or a perfectly done nude lip. No smeared mascara or bedhead! Diane Kruger styled her silk Prabal Gurung pants with a midriff-baring top and stilettos.
Inject some playfulness with a blue-and-white botanical print.
Subdued pants make it more safe for work. Pair them with a blouse and blazer.
Pull on a sporty color-block design for a modern spin.