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How to wear your pyjamas outdoors and get away with it

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From silky joggers to PJ shirts, here’s how to luxe up your loungewear

What to wear when you can’t be bothered to get dressed? It’s a question with many possible answers, but the street style set at fashion month provided one simple yet stylish solution – your pyjamas. 

We’re not talking about the flannel button-up style pieces that you’ve slept in, of course. Think more silky two-piece sets, or even luxe loungewear in the form of satin joggers and slinky PJ-style trousers. Pieces that look and feel like sleepwear and that have the comfort of your biggest, baggiest tracksuit - but crucially, that look elevated enough to wear out.

Fabric and colour are key; a silky material is essential for that added glamour, and this trend works best with distinctive grown-up hues like baby blue, emerald green, or terracotta. Prints are okay as long as they are unexpected; avoid typical florals and pastel-coloured stripes as they give off serious sleepwear vibes. 

But what’s more important is how to wear it. Think silky trousers styled with oversized knits or cashmere sweaters,pyjamas co-ords paired with heels, or dressed up with structured jackets and blazers to add a level of formality to what is essentially a lazy day look. 

Below, we decode the three best ways to wear this trend, along with the very best pieces to buy to recreate it. Be warned: a shopping splurge will ensue. 

The Pyjama Co-ord

A showgoer wears a Louis Vuitton PJ set in Paris

When the PJs are this fancy, it’s okay to go out in sleepwear mode. The benefits of wearing such a co-ord are that it offers the same level of chicness as wearing a suit but offers maximum comfort. Plus, wearing a two-piece means you don’t have to think about what to pair it with so much. A simple pair of heels and a tiny bag (another major trend for this season) will finish it off perfectly, but for a more everyday (or weather-appropriate) look, try also wearing with a roll neck underneath, and accessorising with some fun hair slides to make you feel more ‘dressed.’ 

Olivia Von Halle zebra print pyjamas

Olivia Von Halle is the queen of sleepwear, and her silk pyjamas are far too chic to be just worn indoors. But this pair, with a directional cropped length and a bold zebra print, look less pyjama than most. Best of all, the trousers can be paired with a simple sweater, or the shirt can be worn with tailored black trousers. 

£420, Olivia Von Halle

Arket striped pyjamas

Even though it’s striped, the dark green hue and short sleeved shirt make this Arket pyjama set a winner to wear outdoors. Wear the set with a long sleeved top under, and style it with some ankle boots and multi-strand necklaces to toughen it up. 

£154, Arket

Sleeper Feather-Trim pyjamas

Is anything chicer than a feather-trimmed pyjama? We think not. This pair from Ukranian brand Sleeper are just the ticket for when you have a party to attend but would much rather be in front of the TV watching the latest Netflix hit. The fluffy trim does all the accessorising for you, so simply throw on some sandals and grab a velvet bag and you’re good to go. 

£211, Sleeper at Net-a-Porter

The Slinky Trouser

A showgoer wears silky pyjama trousers with a blazer in Paris

The best way of making a satin trouser look more boardroom than boudoir is to match it with a structured formal blazer. Take your pick of silhouette – oversized versions look great, but there’s something extra alluring about this fitted Chanel tweed blazer worn with nothing underneath. A contrast cross-body bag keeps it looking effortless. 

Topshop black satin trousers

The combat detailing is a great addition to this pair of pants, that are wide-legged enough to create that much-desired slouch effect. Pair with a checked jacket to perfect the look. 

£49, Topshop

Worme High-Rise Silk Trousers

Crafted from slinky silk, these icy blue wide-legged trousers are a near identical match to the ones we saw on the street style set. The flattering high waist makes them ideal for pairing with a neat sweater, or take inspo from the above and wear with a fitted blazer, sans tee. 

£480, Worme at Matches Fashion

Mes Demoiselles Striped Pants

These silk-satin straight cut trousers remind us of those decadent pyjamas worn in fancy hotels with a silk dressing gown and a pair of velvet slippers. Ideal worn with a long sleeved tee and backless loafers, these trousers would also look great styled with a big oversized black blazer. And a velvet shoe, naturally. 

£230, Mes Demoiselles at Net-a-Porte

The Track Pant

Never one to not look polished, Olivia Palermo gives us a masterclass in how to luxe up loungewear. These shiny satin trackpants are perfectly paired with a double-layered knit that takes them beyond the realm of gym glass and into the world of glam. The flash of zingy orange, meanwhile - a must-wear hue for the season - also works to fashion up this look. Throw on an ankle boot and you’re good to go. 

Zara Cargo Pants

Is it a combat pant, or a tracksuit? With minimalist utilitarian pockets and a sophisticated cuffed silhouette, this track-trouser hybrid is an ideal choice for dressing up and dressing down. Wear with Birkenstocks in summer, or throw on a strappy sandal, a fitted tee and a big chunky cardi. 

£25.99, Zara

Arket Side Panel Trousers

These loose cut trousers from Arket are the perfect blend of casual chic and would look just as good paired with a crisp white shirt and slides as they would a pair of heels. Grab a tonal cream bag and your biggest sunglasses and go. 

£115, Arket

Adidas by Stella McCartney Track Pants

These may be an actual track pant, but the silhouette and snake print makes them also entirely stylish. With an elasticated waist and oversized cut that tapers at the bottom, simply throw these on with some stompy ankle boots and a big chunky knit. 

£168, Adidas by Stella McCartney at Net-a-Porter