Cats Pajama Pajamas

Leandra Medine | February 3, 2012

Following a brief but important look at the sort of mind boggling success stories of the U.S market, you can file Forever Lazy under weird voids we didn’t know existed–here’s an obligatory note about taking the innerwear as outerwear trend far away from your neighborhood tailgate and giving it a real try. Yes, it’s been done, several times, but what’s once more in the grand scheme of socially acceptable comfort?  Now, while the title at hand may read anti-climactic–there are no actual pajamas printed with cats wearing pajamas, there are stripes and polka dots.

And…that’s the cats pajamas! Behold, silk blue and white stripes, black and gold polka dots. These are special pants. I found them at a vintage shop in Venice Beach last month. They’re Christian Dior a la 1970 and embody the perfect length of high waist, leg slit, palazzo, and sheerness. I guess that’s the thing about vintage: in a world where ultimately nothing is new, taking a trend to its source will likely always render satisfying.

I call this one: happy as a clam. Do also note the two tone metallic flamingo loafers on foot. No detail went spared in an effort to role play. And with all the research manifesting about the side effects of spending too much time seated–here’s a photo to encapsulate what mankind may look like should we find ourselves in a world where standing desks become the norm:

Equipment blouse, vintage Christian Dior pants, Del Toro x Man Repeller loafers, DANNIJO necklace. 

Sleeping, not just for bedtime. Sleepwear, not just for sleep. See: The Row, Karen Walker, Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, Stubbs & Woottons’s entire business plan. It’s an organic chain reaction.

All photos by Naomi Shon.

  • PurplesPrettier

    I'm all about sleepwear as daywear. Mostly because it enables me to fall asleep at my place of employment… Those CD pants are bananas, btw.

    However, not sure how this trend translates to the red carpet, a la Rachel Roy… Unless you want to nap on the red carpet. In which case she might be onto something… Thoughts?

  • Prim and Polished

    forever lazy..I'M ON IT!! 😉

  • Shini

    That last pic, EPIC.


    lolol love this… last picture is quite funny

  • WearAbouts

    those loafers are gorggg….forever lazys are boss, girl! <3

  • Leaves you wanting more

    We can be repell men even when we sleep! Sounds goood. And looks gooood.

  • Pearl D’souza

    Girl,You are amazeballs!!
    I'm all for sleepwear wearing during daytime or nighttime or anytime 😛

  • monkeyshines ♥

    fabulous print mix!


  • Mackenzie

    love the flowy pants!

  • Styling Black

    these prints are amazinggg

  • Collections

    Loves it.


  • isaobeso

    Those are awesome loafers you've designed!

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  • Jess

    Hi Leandra, I love close to Venice Beach. Which vintage shop? xx

    visit my blog and share an embarrassing party story and thoughts on accessories.

  • Style By Cesca

    I recently started wearing pyjama tops underneath blazers. I love the style!

  • Vasilieva

    man repelling in pj this season is definitely a must, love what you ve done here with the striped shirt and these printed pants

  • molliee

    obsessed! love the look and your fearlessness!

  • diana kang

    the last picture is just awesome xx

  • B.Weber

    I love the pants! I need to go to venice beach now and look for goodies too!


  • Lawrence

    Such a manrepeller piece ahahha

  • Leandra

    Miss Vintage!


    consider me repelled. love the find, like my vintage fendi shift I can't not wear b/c it's fendi, but maybe I really shouldn't 😉


  • Creativity&Chocolate
  • YoUngLiNgToN

    that is so sweet for a good and long sleeping.


    Thank you for that great outfit inspiration, I'm thinking of getting the Rag&Bone; pajama shirt, I can't get it out of my head !! And I'm actually thinking of going out in my actual pajamas since it's so damn cold here ! brrr

  • Mary

    That pajama look is so you!) style with sense of humor!Great!

  • Genevieve

    A whole new meaning to "bed that girl"…

    Man Repeller- just saw this on yahoo news, couldn't resist sharing: you've turned most of these propellers into repellers, except the jersey? Super Bowl Sunday is going to be a big day.

  • pjlatte

    Love this outfit! equipment makes the best blouse!

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  • Silly little jokes

    I like these trends, pajamas and a mix of printed, perfect !

  • Anonymous

    like your comment about wearing vintage to take trends to their source

  • Ría
  • modelovers

    Great Pics! You have a great view!


  • Anonymous

    bananas? stfu

  • Ines Naouali

    haha love those pants! They look super comfy. Might need to snag one! x

  • Leira Zetroc

    Man, I've been seeing this pajama trend everywhere! I've actually been thinking of how I can wear these purple silk pajama pants I have as a daywear piece too…

    And about that statement you said,

    "I guess that's the thing about vintage: in a world where ultimately nothing is new, taking a trend to its source will likely always render satisfying." So true!

  • Yuka
  • Amberly

    I love your balcony pics! You have a great view of the city!


  • The Vintage Scene

    Put a leather jacket over that outfit and you're good to go grocery shopping for organic mangos.

  • Piel del Cosmos

    those loafers are really cute!

  • Rachael

    Do you think I can get away with my purple PJs with random dogs all over them as day wear or is that taking a trend too far? ; ) Rx

  • Jacqueline

    Good job! You know what would be funny as hell? Doing one of your outfit posts as a video! I so want to see that! 😉

    xoxo, Jacqueline

    Mannequin de Vitrine

  • womens ski pants

    Love this outfit! equipment makes the best blouse!

  • nonnapuffo

    Amusing and lovely post!
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  • matchalattewardrobe

    Sweet AND repelling!
    I'm really considering nightwear for tops… an so into loafers/slippers!

  • Marika

    amazing outfit!!! i love del toro's loafers are amazing!!!
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    xoxo Marika

  • Anonymous

    a true visionary

  • Nuar

    What a find, those vintage Dior pants!! Very nice! And talking about scenes from the working life, this pajamas trend could prove to be a great alternative to the casual Friday's basics!
    XOXO from BsAs, María José

  • Carolina Sundell

    I love that type of pajama-pant! Stunning location for the photo.

  • Annie

    haha I simply love to read your blog! these shoes are freakin fantastic!

    X. Annie

  • Stilgeist

    You got style – no question! I love your blog. The way you handle colours, pattern and designs is amazing.
    I'm impressed by your sense for style and aesthetics!
    Therefore I'll ask you to check out my art and living-designs, since your opinion seems to me kind of universal and general.

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  • Anonymous

    one of my fav of your outfits!

  • Lydia

    I found the best red pajama pants thrifting today, and can't wait to make them daytime attire.

  • Natalie

    Loving the pants!
    Natalie x
    Trying To Make Fetch Happen

  • Incognito

    I went to Milan a few days and slept at a friend's house, a flatmate lent me a pajama pants and I swear I would have robbed them to wear them with my Dr.Martens it was the perfect match ! I wasn't aware of this trend of wearing innerwear as outerwear but reading your post today I was just like : Does Leandra Medine read my thoughts ?

    Thanks for sharing !

    Shug'A'Very from Incognito


  • Fiafafia

    This trend is crazy and weird! 😀
    I guess I'd rather get the hype around it in springtime but not now..
    But I really like the way you styled it! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Continuing with the Australasian designer and Pajama theme …

  • Dressed Well

    Loving the pants!!

  • Seeking Style

    Oh how I wish pajamas were socially acceptable.. I would never change haha

    xo Jennifer

  • Alejandra Palestino

    I hate you! Even pajamas look good on you!!!!

    HATE YOU! <3

  • Mr. Taylor and his Lady

    you are too ridiculous girl. i'm going to be using the phrase "man repellar" from now on, even if i'm married. ha
    and i just stumbled upon your blog through a youtube clip for blu fly. honestly, i'm just going to pretend like we are best friends because you're pretty awesome. just saying.
    xo TJ