10 Tricks For Wearing Your Pajamas Out of the House — and Making It Look Good

Because we aren't ready to wear real clothes just yet.

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There are days when it takes a whole lot of energy for us to peel off our pajamas and put on 'regular' clothes. Compared to a non-stretchy pair of jeans, printed sets and oversized tees are just so darn comfy, and we've grown accustomed to wearing them all day, every day while spending time at home.

But, just because we're slowly coming out of quarantine doesn't mean we have to ditch our PJs just yet — especially the cute options we invested in over the past few months. The pajama dressing trend has been beloved by the fashion crowd for years, and with a little bit of inspiration, we can easily and sneakily incorporate loungewear into our everyday looks. And, we highly doubt anyone will notice, either.

Take a look at 10 ways to make your pajamas work for the daytime, too.

Turn Your Pajama Top Into a Button-Down

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We've had a thing for Hawaiian shirts since bingeing Outer Banks, but an oversized button-down from your favorite PJ set will create a similar vibe. Pair it with Bermuda shorts and chunky sandals for a laid-back, vacation-like look.

Shop Similar: Uniqlo Women Joy of Print Soft Stretch Pajamas ($30; uniqlo.com)

Play Around With Knots

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Of course, if you want to wear your printed pajama shirt but not have it look so large and relaxed, you can always knot it or leave a few bottom buttons unfastened, turning it into a crop-top of sorts.

Shop Similar: Savage x Fenty Satin Pajama Top ($32; savagex.com)

Create a Set of Your Own

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Plaids, florals, stripes, brights — there are plenty of breezy pajama pants that are cute enough to work into your everyday outfit. If you're stumped on how to make them look more elevated, try something structured that features a similar color scheme, then finish things off with embellished slides.

Shop Similar: Karen Mabon Rainforest Pajama Set ($195; shopbop.com)

Replace Your Cutoffs With Comfy Shorts

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Satin or cotton pajama shorts can be just as versatile as your go-to denim pair, and depending how you style them, can even look luxe. A crisp white button-down is a no-fail choice, but we're also big fans of pairing these bottoms with cardigans and polo shirt, AKA two must-have trends of 2020.

Shop Similar: Madewell Bedtime Pajama Shorts in Solano Stripe ($45; shopbop.com)

Use Your Top as a Sweater

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Call us Reese Witherspoon because we always make sure to pack a warm layer, even in the summer heat. A plaid pajama top will add something extra to a simple, solid look, and if things get too steamy, it will look just as cute tied around your waist.

Shop Similar: Rails Kellen Checked Flannel Pajama Set ($158; net-a-porter.com)

Stick With a Color Theme

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Wearing matching pajamas outside of the house was considered a faux pas in the past, but what's the difference between doing that and investing in co-ords or twin sets? If you plan on doing this, we dare you to fully commit. Style your PJs with shoes and a purse that are in the same color family, creating a pairing that's easy, yet way too statement-making to ever come off sleepy-looking.

Shop Similar: ASOS Design Pink Check 100% Modal Traditional Pyjama Set ($45; asos.com)

Break Up Your Tie-Dye Sweats

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Tie-dye sets are still going strong in quarantine, but there's nothing stopping you from wearing them to the store or to a restaurant (with a mask, or course). Break up this pairing by styling the top with your favorite jean shorts, then add bold-colored sandals or sneakers to really wow the crowd.

Shop Similar: Z Supply Tie Dye Pullover ($68; shopbop.com)

Get Fancy With Something Satin

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Some pajamas almost feel too fancy to wear bed, so we're fans of breaking out those satin and silky shirts in the daytime, too. A pair of baggy or carrot-leg jeans will balance out the look, keeping this staple sleek instead of over-the-top.

Shop Similar: Intimissimi Silk Satin Boyfriend-fit Pajama Top ($119; intimissimi.com)

Make Use of Oversized Graphic Tees

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Even old, well-loved T-shirts from high school can be revived with a few key pieces. Go ahead and roll up the sleeves, pile on some jewelry, and pair it with metallic or printed bottoms. Now it's cute in a vintage way.

Shop Similar: Daydreamer David Bowie Graphic Tee ($74; nordstrom.com)

Turn Your Robe Into a Jacket

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Did you hop on the vintage nightgown and pajamas trend over the past few months? Well, the good news is, those sexy, sheer robes can easily double as a light jacket, making that quarantine purchase 100 percent worth it.

Shop Similar: Sort Embellished Robe ($405; freepeople.com)

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