Pajama Dressing

Pajama Dressing
Thursday, October, 13, 2011 If you've ever wanted to wear your pajamas to school or work-and let's be honest, who hasn't?-we have a hunch you're going to be very pleased with today's boudoir-inspired look! From slinky slips to silky jackets to slipper-like shoes, designers have transformed traditional sleepwear into incredibly stylish streetwear for fall, and the results are the cat's pajamas! Need some more convincing? Be sure to check out our runway and celebrity references, as well as our curated pajama party picks, and by the end of today's story we promise you'll be head over heels for this look too!

While there were many lovely head-to-toe pajama looks on the runways this season, we found inspiration for today's story in Jenni Kayne's wearable, everyday approach to this trend. The Los Angeles-based designer showed a handful of silky, bed-inspired separates in her F/W 11 show, juxtaposed with chunky knits and oversized outerwear. In the look shown above, Kayne tempered the seductive spirit of the rust-colored Bias Scoop Neck Dress ($650) by simply adding the double-breasted tweed Over Coat ($695). The result is a chic ensemble you can take out of the bedroom and into to a fashion party! The look is equally accessible off the runways too, as you can see from the ensemble Jade Williams wore to Fashion's Night Out in London last month. Williams tried a styling trick similar to the one seen at Kayne's presentation, and balanced the casual vibe of Topshop's Polka Dot Wide Leg Trousers ($90) with a few sophisticated and polished elements, including Topshop's Leather Collar Wool Boyfriend Coat ($340) and a Ralph Lauren white-button-up shirt.

Of course, slip dresses and silky trousers aren't the only way to execute pajama dressing! Just last month we spotted Vogue.com contributor Stephanie LaCava at a party feting Jason Wu at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, and did a double take at the sight of her chic, robe-like outfit, which she achieved by wearing a white Petit Bateau t-shirt underneath Thakoon's Printed Cotton Dress ($1550). In addition to LaCava's eye-catching frock, we also approve of the white Louis Vuitton suit Elisa Sednaoui wore to the Dark Horse premiere in France last month. Her jacket and trousers definitely have that pajama-set look, however, the fitted tailoring and black trim make it an unexpectedly chic red-carpet ensemble. One thing's for sure: Hugh Hefner must be jealous!

Now that you're familiar with the many wonderful ways you can address this trend, we'd like to bring some fabulous pajama-inspired products to your attention! First on our must-buy list is Tommy Hilfiger's Foulard Chiffon Long Shirt Dress ($698). This straight-off-the-runway button-up frock features a luxurious fabric and pretty paisley print, while its striped sash gives the dress a robe-like look a la Stephanie LaCava. If you'd rather work with some separates, then you simply must try Rag & Bone's PJ Blouse ($325) in Gray or Shakuhachi's floral-emblazoned Short Sleeve Shirt ($176); either top would look smart worn with a slim midi skirt. We also adore Topshop's Mustard Daisy Print Pyjama Style Jacket ($110); the print is quite cute and the bright yellow hue is a spot-on choice for fall. If you consider yourself an advanced dresser, and want to go for a total PJ look, we suggest pairing the jacket with Topshop's cream-colored Vintage Embroidered Slip ($76). And while the temperatures are still warm, be sure to snag LNA's Silk Zip Shorts ($74), which come in the most fantastic gold hue and are incredibly comfortable. If you'd prefer to subtly incorporate this look into your fall wardrobe, we have two stellar options for you to try! We're currently obsessed with Ralph Lauren Collection's Quinly Suede-Crested Loafers ($650), which are a stylish mash-up of this season's most sought-after footwear trends: slippers and loafers. With a gorgeous royal purple hue and bejeweled monogram crest, these bedroom-inspired shoes are sure to punch up any look. And while you might not typically associate a purse with the bedroom, we happen to think House of Harlow 1960's Rey Bag ($159) in Olive is perfect in keeping with today's trend. Thanks to its petite shape, luxurious velvet fabric, and stunning silver framing, this bag screams "boudoir chic." Whether you decide to carry it as a clutch or across your body with its delicate chain strap, you're bound to get plenty of oohs and ahhs this season.-Jessica Baker

Photo of Elisa Sednaoui, courtesy of Getty; Photo of Stephanie LaCava, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency; Photo of Jade Williams, courtesy of Wenn.
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