Sleepwear for SS10?

January 3, 2010
Back to the flat. Far from home comforts. Bin is over-flowing. Must be rectified.
This morning, with external temperatures of at most 2°C, I contemplated braving the bone-chilling outdoors in order to take out the bins but eventually decided to opt for cowering in the warmth (relatively speaking…our flat is still fairly freezing) of the living room. The reason? I was still pyjama-clad. Which brings me to the impetus for this post – is it acceptable – even stylish – to don one’s PJs for an urban excursion?

I know the phenomenon arose during the noughties with regard to a host of satin- and sunnies-adorned female celebrities, but it never really seemed to manifest in men? Then came the SS09 season and Dolce & Gabbana’s advocation of ‘nightwear as daywear’ (read: clothes-for-bed not spiffy eveningwear). Models presented a louche and unquestionably luxe style that was, in my humble opinion, not entirely reprehensible. I’m not an avid fan of satin trousers but the pairing of PJ pinstripe with a looser fitting suit did seem a refreshing antidote to the wave of Slimane-induced skinny that had gone before…

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Dolce & Gabbana SS09

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But the trend wasn’t exclusively evident in fashion, there were references in the greater sphere of pop culture, too. Take Lorenzo Agius’ much-loved photograph of former roomies Ewan McGregor and Jude Law, in which both men appear pretty damn glamorous (in the most masculine sense of the word if that’s possible…). Granted they’re both in bed but what with 2009’s fascination with sleepwear, it’s not difficult to imagine them emerging in the same.

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I mean, we already have shoes intended for parties that bear a striking resemblance to those intended for lounging about the house on a Sunday morning. As Izzy of The Dandy Project declared his love for them – I would love to wear them with holiday party suits as much as i would with the most casual of clothes”. Take, for example, John Varvatos’ velvet loafers, which might as well be slippers-fit-for-social-events.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m swapping chinos for drawstring pants any time soon (esp. not in this climate), but I think this gives a whole new meaning to the pyjama party for the season ahead.

Images from GQ, Bring the Beards and 6pm
  • MissNeira January 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    That light pin stripe suit is fantastic!

  • Anonymous January 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I think that in moderating 'sleep wear as day wear' can work. One must be careful in not taking the university pjs as day wear route.

  • Cillian January 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Anon: Granted I didn't clarify but I wasn't actually planning on leaving the house the way I was! I suppose the post is intended more as a focus on pyjama details-inspired daywear rather than the actual wearing of PJs outdoors./

  • wideawakethoughts January 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    i LOVE this! love the print on the suit in the second photo, and god those shoes look comfy in the best of your blog

  • Charleston January 5, 2010 at 10:34 am

    another great post good sir. I quite liked the 'melted' 'marble' effect of the collection at the top. Makes a change from the many masculine ranges that stick to sharp and hard materials.

  • Cillian January 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Wide Awake Thoughts & Charleston: Many thanks!/