PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEPHANIE SIAN SMITH
The other week, I braved the head-to-toe pyjama look with my Marni for H&M silk PJ shirt and shorts. And no, I didn't get laughed out of the office.
The Stickman, who's usually very vocal about my sartorial choices, said, 'Oh, you're wearing them both together', but with no further comments I boldly continued to work.
On the plus side, the pyjama trend makes for comfortable workwear. And these shorts look less bedtime than PJ trousers for a top-to-toe outfit.
The downside is the loose pyjama shirt is a bit baggy and shapeless. Even with the sleeves rolled up, I felt more slobby than smart. But I think this PJ shirt will come into its own as a summer jacket.
To make the pyjama trend work for you, here's some tips:
Do take inspiration from Stella McCartney (this season's pioneer of the PJ trend) and choose a tonal paisley print. Smaller patterns work best, although bigger, bolder prints can look good, too – the Whistles wisteria print for one.
Don't dress like you're going to bed. Which means no slipper shoes please! My Grenson brogues and Pierre Hardy wedges both work with the PJ shorts, but for PJ trousers add a heel with platform sandals or wedges.
Do choose luxe materials. Fluid fabrics like silk make the look chic and elegant and less 'bedtime'.
Don't try wearing normal pyjamas. Cute cottons don't cut it.
Do experiment with vintage PJs or men's silk PJs, though. Wear with confidence and you'll be able to carry it off with panache (take Susie Bubble as your reference point - see here and here).
Remember, the reaction you want is 'Wow, she makes PJs look cool' rather than 'OMG, she forgot to get changed this morning!'
Of course, the easy route to the PJ trend is to wear the top or the bottoms rather than the full outfit. Zara has a pair of blue tie-print trousers that are very Stella McCartney.
For more tips, read The Guardian's deputy fashion editor Imogen Fox's feature on 'How the pyjama look became an unlikely hit trend'. She's linked to my Whistles Carrie skirt blog post, too!
Here's the details of my outfit:
Sonia Rykiel for H&M jacket
For more workwear ideas, check out the What ELLE Wears blog at ELLEuk.com.