During the glitz and glamour of the Jazz Age, everyone from Hollywood?s finest to the jetsetting A-list could be found lounging in one?s home in louche layers of silk - the early beginnings of today?s love affair with pajama dressing. No doubt influenced by this bygone era, today?s crop of designers have resurfaced this luxurious look, interpreting it not for the boudoir, but for everything but. Take New York-label Piamita, for example, where the traditional idea of nightwear was translated into fashion-forward ensembles. This transformation, both seductive and captivating, offers a more relaxed approach to elegance be it for day or evening. Here, Vogue taps the trend, demonstrating how and why we should be sporting these sleepwear-inspired styles now.
?You have to be up for wearing something that will get you some attention,? warns Vogue.com Contributing Photographer Hanneli Mustaparta of the ubiquitous pajama dressing trend that?s been slipping into collections recently by designers such as Louis Vuitton, C?line, and Stella McCartney. While their elegant paisley, striped, and floral renditions seem dreamed up from traditional loungewear and are modified in terms of cut and fit, these matching shirt and wide-leg pant ensembles are far from easy to pull off. Regardless the final effect, believes Mustaparta, is entirely worth it: ?People really compliment you because you look so different,? she says.
After taking enough silken sleepwear to fill a sorority house to the New York City streets and mixing it up in her own inimitable way, Mustaparta has rendered pajama dressing entirely day appropriate.
?Some men asked me, ?Are you fresh out of jail?? ? says Mustaparta with a laugh. ?I wore my Tabitha Simmons boots to give this a sturdier look, a more purposeful feel, and to add swagger. It?s more comfortable than tight jeans can be.?
?This felt more like a shirt than a pajama top when I wore it with jeans, which gave it some structure,? says Mustaparta. ?The sunglasses added oomph and made it a bit more playful.?
?I like the way the color on the shirt piping and the jeans popped together,? says Mustaparta. ?And I wanted to tone the sexiness of the skinny jeans down, so I kept this shirt buttoned up. Yes, it?s a pajama shirt, but here it looks like a real shirt.?
?When a piece is really silky or all white it looks too pajama-y and like I should have stayed in bed,? says Mustaparta with a laugh. ?So I paired the pants with a sweater and sleeveless trench. I liked the relaxed look of it, and wearing flat shoes made it more about daywear and easy to run around in.?
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