Styling Notes: The Pyjama Shirt

3 ways to work a pyjama top into your everyday look.

How to style pyjamas

Words: Modupe Oloruntoba | Photographs: Nick Gordon | Styling: Mira Leibowitz

Sleepwear as daywear is a trend that’s taking its time spreading in SA, but we predict a shift. The slip dress made the jump from night to day, and the pyjama top is going to be next. If you’re a dedicated fashion fan looking for a styling challenge – this isn’t it. Pyjama tops exist in the sweet spot between crisp shirts and relaxed blouses and are quite easy to wear if you know what to do, so we’re going to show you with three new versions from dailyfriday. The key hack for pulling the look off anywhere, anytime? Decide to dissociate that short collar and edge piping from bedtime, right now. Take notes and you can rock the look anywhere – yes, even at work.

pyjama shirt denim brunch superbalist
pyjama shirt denim brunch superbalist

Nothing says weekend like denim. True blues are the perfect backdrop for showing off an old school floral print. This look is suited to brunch with the girls on days when you feel a little delicate (read: hungover) and you need an easy outfit for recovering in style. As for finishing touches, we already showed you how to do a half tuck


, remember?

pyjama shirt work suit tuxedo superbalist
pyjama shirt work suit tuxedo superbalist

This look can work at work – hear us out. Depending on how liberal your office dress code is, there are different ways to use a pyjama top in an office-friendly outfit. If your company doesn’t have many rules but still expects you to look put together, try pairing it with dark-wash denim in a good fit and a clean cut - nothing distressed or frayed. Put on the shoes you would usually wear to work, whether loafers or heels, and finish the look with a blazer or a light coat. If your office is buttoned all the way up, go with a suit instead and don’t forget to accessorise with some fine jewellery.

pyjama shirt tulle skirt socks heels fur leopard superbalist
pyjama shirt tulle skirt socks heels fur leopard superbalist

Wearing a pyjama top for a night out sounds like a desperate attempt to cut down your night-time routine but when it’s this easy and it looks this good, why not? Tuck a pyjama shirt into a knee-length tulle skirt for a look that goes straight from work to drinks, and throw on a fun faux fur coat to leave all office vibes behind. Slip on a pair of light-hearted heels and you're set.

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