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Basics that are anything but.

24 hours of PJs

It's no secret that the pajama trend has been huge on red carpets and runways for maybe just a little too long now. I usually find that when a trend has this kind of staying power, there's a reason for it. In this case, it's just damn comfortable.

New York Magazine's Rebecca Harrington took the challenge to wear pajamas for three days. The title of her piece? "My Sloppy, Sad Adventure in 'Pajama Dressing'". Pretty much sums it up.

I can see where she's going with this. I've left the house countless times asking the husband "does it look like I'm wearing chic silk trousers or do I look totally sloppy"?  Maybe it's hard to accept that something so comfortable can look good.  Or maybe I'm in denial.

My solution is to break up the look by wearing just the trousers.  Louis Vuitton on not, I really can't step out wearing a belted silk number with a piped collar. The Huge Hefner thing doesn't work for anyone. A general rule of thumb: if it's questionable on both Jessica Alba and Rihanna, it probably won't work on you.  Sorry.

That said, here's my take on the look for both day and night.

During the day, I love wearing a pair of lightweight silk crepe track pants.  This particular pair is by Tibi but I generally go for a color blocked pair from J Crew. Both pairs have a contrasting stripe running down the side for a slightly athletic look while the luxe fabric helps to elevate the style a bit.

On top, you can easily wear a slouchy tee but in this case, I'd go with a silk top for a more polished look.  Here, I've gone with the Bettie in stark naked white.  A tee or a silk top is going to be really lightweight so it's easy to layer a sweater or jacket when temps start to drop.

Accessories are kind of crucial here.  I've gone with sleek neutrals in classic shapes.  These Givenchy sandals are low key but sophisticated, just make sure you have a great pedicure.  I've also added a structured Reed Krakoff tote with a little pop of color to keep it interesting while the sunnies from The Row tie it all together.

It's a really simple look that's easy to pull together but evening is where it gets to be more fun.

First up, select your pajama pants silk trousers carefully.  I'd generally go for a pair with a bit of black in the print and a cropped leg to show off some ankle/fab shoe action like these from Surface to Air.

Again, I'd definitely pair with a classic silk shirt. It's comfy but the tailoring makes the outfit worthy of a nite out on the town.  Black is always a safe bet but I love white at night. Why not stand out from the crowd of LBDs?  Here I've used The Hepburn in lion in winter.

As much as I love the dainty layered necklace/ring/bracelet look, I'd steer clear with this super busy print.  Instead, go for one major accessory as a focal point like this Tom Binns necklace.  It will really pop with the white shirt and bring the whole look together.

Saint Laurent is going to be a go-to here for the bag and shoes.  I love the elegant simplicity of these sky high strappy sandals and the silver parallelogram clutch. Chic and simple in the best way possible.

Good night, and good luck.


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