One of the more unlikely menswear trends that's been garnering strength right now is pyjama dressing; a notion whereby what you might traditionally wear in bed, you now wear outside as well. Over recent seasons big hitting brands such as Prada, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger have all added a soupçon of polish to this bedtime two-piece, sending it down their catwalks as day wear. What a time to be alive!
But as daft as this may well seem, it’s easy to pinpoint why we might have arrived at this state of déshabillé. Since the Athleisure trend – wearing gym-wear inspired kit to the office – became so pervasive, what we wear to work now is apparently so laid back that the next logical step, at least according to fashion designers, is to wear your fancy pyjamas to work.
But how is this actually going to work in the real world, when the last thing you want to do is give the impression that you've basically overslept and rushed straight out to work? You also don't want to ape Hugh Hefner in the Playboy mansion, so that matching PJ and dressing gown set should be kept as bedroom attire only.
The solution? Wear your pyjama set as separates and go like Ryan Gosling, who back in 2011 wore what looked like a pyjama style top on the red carpet at Cannes. Worn with jeans or a pair of well-cut trousers, it’s the safest way to embrace this trend with any degree of success. However, wearing a pair of pyjama bottoms out in public is beyond the pale; as comfortable as they may well feel, they lack the structural support for the male anatomy, leaving little to the imagination.
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