The pajama party is trending for Spring and Summer and gaining some momentum. The trend takes its design inspiration from all sorts of sleepwear silhouettes, and the results are interesting, alluring, and if nothing else — will make your audience do a double take. Note that none of these items are made for sleeping. 

Some of the silhouettes could pass for classic sleepwear, while others look more like “proper clothes”. Most of the items are made of woven fabrications, as opposed to knits. The look emphasizes ease and roomy comfort, which is an ongoing theme in modern dressing these days. The outfits below show some ways to wear the trend.

F.R.S FOR RESTLESS SLEEPERS Febe Printed Cotton and Silk-blend ShirtF.R.S FOR RESTLESS SLEEPERS Leto Cotton-chambray JacketTIBI Amara Printed Silk-twill Dress

Max Mara Gente Print Silk BlouseGanni Ryder Kimono

THE GREAT Striped Cotton and Linen-blend-Shirt Dress

Of course, there are many more items that make up the trend. There are piped silky soft pajama shirts with matching trousers. Soft piped blazers with matching culottes. Patterned pants in wide or narrow silhouettes. Slip dresses, unstructured shirt dresses and kimono dresses. Kimono jackets and tunics. Camisoles, lace trims and soft jumpsuits. And all sorts of smoking slippers, slipper flats and slipper mules. The items in this collection showcase the vibe. 

COS
Long belted shirt dress
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Shopbop
Sham Top
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Zara
Jacquard Print Kimono
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Camisole Top
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Camisole Top
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Camisole Top
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Pajama-style Trousers
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Pajama-style Overshirt
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Pajama-style Jumpsuit
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Pyjama Blouse
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Remixing one item from the Pajama Party Trend with harder fabrics (like denim and leather), and structured pieces (like blazers, jackets, pencil skirts, tailored trousers and dressy shoes) is a “lite” way to wear the look, and creates an interesting justaposition. Wearing many of the items together is more fashion-forward and daring. 

Here are some street style shots that put the trend through its stylish paces. The first three are my favourites:

This trend is sensual and soft. You can expose as much or as little skin as you are comfortable with by layering items or choosing pieces that are quite covered to begin with. It’s also one way to dress for the heat.

I like the trend in part because the pieces look quite classic — even retro — but also because it’s distinctive and fun. The woven integrity of the items, as well as their refined detailing, somehow seems to offset the fact that the silhouettes resemble fancy pajamas. I see interesting dressy chic and not, “you forgot to get dressed this morning”. I’m more inclined to view a pair of trendy knitted joggers worn with a T-shirt as authentically pajama-esque than what this trend has come up with. 

For my own style, I like the piped silk pajama tops with their matching pants. Unstructured sack-like shirt dresses are a pleasure to wear, and I wouldn’t say no to a pair of comfortable smoking slippers. I also LOVE lace, and lace trim. I enjoy the look of slip dresses on others, but they feel too naked on me although I know I can layer under and over them. I wore them in the ‘90s and will leave it at that. Over to you. Will you be joining the pajama party?