How to Wear Pajamas Outside the House

For pretty much every occasion.

Street Style: September 21 - Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020
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First there's the feeling of dread when your alarm goes off. Then the Ugh what do I wear today? hits. But the morning doesn't have to be stressful. What if I told you that you don't actually have to change out of your pajamas? Yes, you can literally wear pajamas all day, everyday. “Pajama dressing” as us fashion folk call it, is chic and totally acceptable. Of course like any trend, there are limitations (no you cannot go to work in your boyfriend’s decade-old flannel PJ pants). But a silky slip paired with a sweater…hell yeah you can! From two-piece sets to kimonos and silky slips, there is a “PJ for the day” for everyone. No need to thank us, just shop our picks below. Cozy girls unite!

1. Full Pajama Look 

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Leave it to super model Gigi Hadid to make literal pajamas look so chic. The full PJ look can be a little intimidating so we broke it down for you: Wear a lacy bralette underneath to keep the look sexy and throw on a pair of heeled booties to dress it up. Top it off with some mirrored cat eye sunglasses and you are super model–approved.

Shop the pieces: 1. Sleepy Jones Pajama Set (opens in new tab), $198; 2. Everlane Booties (opens in new tab), $225; 3. SAVAGEXFENTY Bralette (opens in new tab), $10; 4. Le Specs Sunglasses (opens in new tab), $83.30

2. Pretty In Pink PJs

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This look screams date night vibes. The lacy slip is simple and sexy. The head-to-toe pink is extremely feminine, but mixing different hues gives it a bit of an edge. Wear a bold lip and your date will fall at your feet.

Shop the pieces: 1. La Perla Slip Dress (opens in new tab), $669; 2. Frame Velvet Blazer (opens in new tab), $575; 3. Zara Mid-Heel Slides (opens in new tab), $70; 4. Jennifer Fisher Mini Samira Hoops (opens in new tab), $295; 5. Yves Saint Laurent Matte Pink Lipstick (opens in new tab), $39

3. The On-the-Go Slip Dress 

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This look is for the woman with places to be. The combination of slip dress and sweater tied on top is a foolproof outfit formula that you will want to wear over and over. Jazz it up with some chic accessories and a statement boot and you're out the door looking 100.

Shop the pieces: 1. Olivia Von Halle Slip Dress (opens in new tab), $390; 2. Michael Michael Kors Sweater (opens in new tab), $155; 3. Bottega Veneta Pouch (opens in new tab), $2,700; 4. Paris Texas Knee-high boots (opens in new tab), $795; 5. Gucci oversized square aviators (opens in new tab), $480

4. Smart Slip Dressing

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A look so simple yet so perfect. Start with a basic white slip dress and throw a sharp pinstripe blazer on top—it instantly elevates the look. Finish with some downtown girl sneakers, a chic little saddle bag, and yellow aviators for a touch of flair.

Shop the pieces: 1. RAEY Slip dress (opens in new tab), $190; 2. Alexander McQueen pinstripe blazer (opens in new tab), $2,245; 3. Nike Air Force 1 Low (opens in new tab), $90; 4. Dior Saddle Bag (opens in new tab), $3,350; 5. Gucci Oversized Metal Aviators (opens in new tab), $435

5. From Bed to BAM! 

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This is not your grandma's nightgown. Influencer Bettina Looney makes this nightie-and-robe-combo look so effortless, like pajamas were always meant to be worn out and about. Throw on a pair of heeled mules and hoops to dress it up and you're ready to turn heads.

Shop the pieces: 1. Bernadette Silk Wrap (opens in new tab), $1,170; 2. Bernadette Midi Dress (opens in new tab), $795; 3. Jennifer Fisher Lily Hoops (opens in new tab), $425; 4. Manolo Blahnik Suede Mules (opens in new tab), $672; 5. & Other Stories Pearl Clutch Bag (opens in new tab), $69

6. Rock a Robe

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Freshen up your jeans and T with a silky robe, as seen on one of Milano's coolest Gilda Ambrosio. A robe over top of casual everyday wear and secured with a belt bag is the perfect way to incorporate "pajama dressing" into your aesthetic without going overboard.

Shop the pieces: 1. Carine Gilson Silk-Satin Robe (opens in new tab), $818; 2. RE/DONE Ribbed Tank (opens in new tab), $75; 3. RE/DONE High-Rise Jeans (opens in new tab), $258; 4. The Row Kitten-Heel Mules (opens in new tab), $795; 5. Chanel Waist Bag (opens in new tab), $3,300


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Taylor Ayers is a fashion editor at Marie Claire, covering the new editorial fashion trends, looks, and contemporary styles.