While I’m very confident with my own personal style, every so often a time will come when I feel like it might be time for a fashion challenge. This week is one of those times – for each of the three style posts this week I’m using some element of pyjamas in my outfit. Today we’re starting with a bang with a vintage silk pyjama set, dressed up like a jumpsuit.
Honestly, I’m not even sure where this idea came from – I think possibly I watched a YouTube video where someone styled pyjama pants as part of an outfit? – in any case, it was incredibly easy (and cheap!) to lay my hands on this pretty little set. I’m a reasonably Fancy Lady but I do not wear matching silk pyjamas to bed and honestly, even after wearing this set it still feels kinda OTT. However, as always, the motto of Mode & Methodology is “I do what I want”, so if you’re all matching silk pj sets all the time, I support your dreams. Just like those silk jim-jams undoubtedly do.
Right, thoughts about this look and whether I actually like it. Obviously, an outfit made entirely of silk is A++++ comfort. I’m not sure I’ve been this comfortable in my clothes since I stopped wearing matching tracksuit looks as a child (which, as I think about it, is just athletic pyjamas OH MY GOD. Maybe there IS a reason for me to play sports). I happen to think cap sleeves are the most pointless bit of fashion design to have ever graced God’s green earth – that’s right, more pointless than men’s ties. It’s also fair to say there was a surfeit of fabric and the gently elasticated waist of the pants meant it was hard to get a really efficient tuck-in going, so I felt a bit slobby.
That being said, I like how it looks in the full length shots here. I could definitely imagine a world where I replaced the annoying elastic and rocked this to a wedding or similar (still with a belt). I’d prefer dark reddy-pink accessories for such an event, but if I ever find myself hosting an afternoon soiree at my beachside apartment, this look will be just the thing. I think part of the issue here is that I am, basically, an oblong. I bought new togs recently and when my friends asked for a photo I literally typed back “just imagine an oblong wearing togs”. It’s my look, and I can belt this and pose all I want, but: oblong. I’m not mad about it. It’s just the geometric shape that was chosen for me by genetics.
Obviously, the beauty of separates is that they…separate. Unfortunately, these pants are a teensy bit sheer, so while they are okay with my trusty nude Jockey knickers* underneath, you can’t tuck in anything darker than my skin tone which I think we can agree is presently pretty “light beige”. I recently bought a red mesh top with a mock turtleneck for $6 at an op shop and it’s fair to say that I will be finding a way to wear that with these pants, ASAP. Can you buy little nude shorts to wear under things like the equivalent of a nude slip skirt? I shall find out.
The top is an entirely different kettle of fish – if anything, it’s too wearable. I am JAZZED to wear this top with my white wide legged jeans, with my 501s, with my brown leather pencil skirt, with denim shorts…seriously, it’s gonna get thrashed. I think these are from the 90s so they’ve lasted 20 years, but last week I (very slightly) damaged the sleeve on a 50 year old dress and (very significantly) damaged the handle on a 50 year old bag, so y’know. This top’s days may be numbered.
In conclusion, I’m going to give attempt one a solid 6 out of 10. Points added for silkiness, unbelievable physical comfort, pretty pattern, adaptability of items. Points deducted for cap sleeves, sheer fabric, and bagginess/oblongyness. Not a terrible start – stay tuned this week to see how the other two looks come together.
* Quick word on those knickers – they’re the ones with the sticky grip stuff on the inside of the butt cheek, and while they cost $25 per pair and therefore more than this entire pyjama set, they are unbelievably useful in the summer. I’m probably wearing a pair of them in every single blog post on this website, so while I waffle on about my clothes they are the true hero.