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Villanelle has inspired a playful pyjama trend, so it’s time to update your sleepwear drawer

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Villanelle’s fashion looks are even extending to pyjamas after a spike in searches for fun sleepwear following the second season of Killing Eve. 

Who would have thought that a darkly twisted, trigger happy, psychopath assassin would be such a style icon? But nevertheless, Killing Eve’s protagonist, the accent-switching and strangely alluring Villanelle played by Jodie Comer, has had us aching for her wardrobe since she flounced around Paris in that frothy, pink Molly Goddard gown

And guess what, season two has been no different. From the black Alexander McQueen couture gown that she casually stomps through the woods in, to the equestrian velvet Chloé blazer that looked just magic with a silk, purple shirt peeking out underneath, the Killing Eve wardrobe department is a place we could only dream of raiding. 

But although certain pieces from the show have undoubtedly garnered a buzz, there’s one outfit (although we use that term loosely) from episode one of the second season that has sparked something of a trend. 

After escaping her Parisian apartment with a stab wound Villanelle makes it to a hospital, where she steals a young boy’s pyjamas, finding herself donning a bright, playful pair of pop art-covered jammies. An unlikely look for our designer-loving killer, but weirdly they kind of suit her. 

Ebay has now reported that since the episode aired there’s been a 16% rise in people searching for pop art pyjamas, seemingly inspired by Comer’s character’s turn in wacky sleepwear.  

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Now, although we appreciate the silliness of this look, we’re not sure we’ll be wrestling ourselves into nightwear from the children’s section anytime soon, so here we’ve found a whole load of bright, fun and playful pyjamas that we think Villanelle might also approve of. 

From Prada’s silk-twill set of dreams to Warehouse’s faded candy stripes, there should be something here to spice up your sleepwear drawer. 

  • Desmond and Dempsey Fauvist set

    Villanelle fashion looks: Desmond and Dempsey pyjamas
    Villanelle fashion looks: Desmond and Dempsey pyjamas

    From the unique blur of colour and pattern that makes up this artistic print, to the Cuban collar harking back to the 60s and the oversized fit of the shirt, this set is worlds away from classically feminine silken teddies – and we love it.

    Made of 100% cotton, it’s soft and breathable for warm nights, but actually a relaxed enough shape that you could wear it as a shorts and shirt combo out in the day too. 

    £120, Desmond and Dempsey 

  • Olivia Von Halle Millicent Evetta set

    Villanelle fashion looks: Olivia Von Halle pyjamas
    Villanelle fashion looks: Olivia Von Halle pyjamas

    Give your pyjama draw some Savannah spirit with this silky zebra pattern set from luxury brand Olivia Von Halle. 

    We love the Peter Pan collar, and the long line shape of the shorts, which together create a chic take. The set is crafted in parfait pink silk, which is so comfortable it’ll ensure you have one of the best night’s sleep of your life.

    £380, Olivia Von Halle

  • Yolke Prowling Leopard set

    Villanelle fashion looks: Yolke pyjamas
    Villanelle fashion looks: Yolke pyjamas

    We reckon Villanelle could definitely relate to the dangerous, blood thirsty leopard that slinks silently across this silken set. 

    The classic pyjama shape and black piping feels playfully at odds with the eccentric pattern, making this a fun addition to your bedtime routine. 

    £365, Yolke

  • Warehouse Rainbow set

    Villanelle fashion looks: Warehouse pyjamas
    Villanelle fashion looks: Warehouse pyjamas

    These candy shades look like they’ve been out in the sun all day, taking on a gorgeously faded tinge. 

    The uneven stripes, sloping neckline and tortoiseshell buttons make this pyjama set a little unusual, breaking out from the usual bedtime routine. We think Villanelle would approve indeed.

    £40, Warehouse 

  • Prada printed set

    Villanelle fashion looks: Prada pyjamas
    Villanelle fashion looks: Prada pyjamas

    All hail Prada and this dazzling geometric set, that if we look too hard for too long, has us feeling as though we’re peering into a kaleidoscope. In a good way, obviously. 

    This silk-twill set is essentially perfection, from the 70s-inspired colour palette to the chic cut, which would lend itself as well to pumps or heels, as it would slippers. It’ll cost you, but then again, that wouldn’t put Villanelle off. 

    £1,205, Prada

Images: Courtesy of brands / Instagram / BBC

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