Formal Pajaming

by Leandra Medine
October 31, 2012
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Why can’t pajamas be a verb? And why can’t my constipation smirk look more like a plain old smirk?

Dramatic, stoic, staged.

Following the heartless bitch who stole our morale, here’s a detailed selection of photographs chronicling the pajamas I told you I’d be wearing through the days of Sandy’s wrath. She was not a science-prone squirrel or ingenue at all, people. It’s uncomfortable but rather hysterical that three days deep, while uptown, where upper echelon dwellers continue to live life as usual, I am without much else to wear.

Granted, I had certainly not opted for a pair of mixed metal pumps in light of the torrential downpour and subsequent wild winds but I do wish the Panda beneath me were mobile. Things could have been easier, you know? Pandas know the secret.

Originally, I’d hoped this might function as a mini expose on the joys of free-wear. This is a play on will and the fact that I am compelled to explain that signals red flags far and wide. My friend had bought them for me as a “see you in Paris!” gift just before fashion week. She forgot to bring them overseas with her and because she had a pair that she jovially wore quite chronically, I felt sad. I later learned this was no innocent oversight. She had opted for one more sweater–one she wouldn’t even wear–over packing the PJs. I’m not hurt by it though. I just think there’s something to matching roommates in foreign countries and she broke that for us.

Eventually, I received the gift (over drinks at The Bowery Hotel.) I vowed I’d wear them out–after seeing Diana Vreeland’s documentary, I made a point to implement the “Why Don’t You” formula of her deceased Harper’s Bazaar column in my every day.

Why Don’t You wear pajamas to a cocktail party?

I had been so keen on the idea while we were in France and though they were cotton and though they’d wrinkle, I did what I said I would do.

Some thought it was an ironic gesture but my rock hard exterior and strategic placement of tongue-above-lip-below-nose (see above) put those speculations to sleep. One man along Mercer Street asked me where my horse was parked which confused the shit out of me–do horseback riders frequent Soho in pajamas?–and then I realized I had been wearing a very large hat at the time. Just like that, my white piping had been overlooked.

For the most part, fewer than anticipated eyebrows were raised. Maybe the shoe and blazer choice imparted formality on the look. The necklaces were a decent accoutrement too. I drank, I laughed, I squatted without even the slightest hesitation and when all was said and done: I came home, hung my blazer, took off my shoes, brushed my teeth (maybe) and got into bed. An easy transition indeed, and tomorrow’s repetition was just hours away.

Ellery blazer, Only Hearts pajama set, Proenza Schouler shoes, Dannijo necklaces, Pierre Hardy clutch. I’ve given up on large bags. Photos by Naomi Shon.

REPLIES
  • Style begins at forty

    Never used but I like it!!!!

    http://stylebeginsatforty.blogspot.it/

  • Elisa

    I think the trousers look wonderful, now the whole pyjama outfit looks is too much fashion-magaziney to implement in real life (unless one is you), but with a white t-shirt, it would be quite a wonderful thing to wear.

    Elisa – Wandering Minds
    http://www.ourwanderingminds.com

  • B.

    Don’t like the paja, but that jacket is amazing

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net

  • Lulz

    How is it that you make me say “I want to leave my house in pajamas tomorrow”?
    Somethings not right, or a lot of things are not wrong.

  • Natali

    Fantastic and chic as always! You’re such an inspiration :)

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.tontochorizo.com/ Sammy Devonald

    In the words of Alabama Worley in True Romance, ‘you’re so cool’! :D You brighten up my days, that’s for sure.

    Sammy xxx

  • lavieenliz

    amazing! I need me some fancy pjs!!

    check out my giveaway!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  • Estherina’s World

    That blazer is orgasmic. That is all.

    Step into Estherina’s World

  • http://twitter.com/YayaGagaFashion Messamet serdane
  • LeahS.

    Hope you and your family are safe. Great pair of pj’s to kick back in while Sandy shows her wrath.

  • taylor ford

    i wrote about this in May post Met Gala- check it!

    http://taylorford.tumblr.com/post/22739508803/pajama-chic

  • fashionlessons

    lovelovelovelovelove http://www.fashionlessons.co

  • Rebeca

    Will we soon be sleeping in our tuxedos?! The future of Repelling…

  • Rebeca

    Will we soon be sleeping in our tuxedos?! The future of Repelling…

  • Céline

    Easy transition indeed. You always make me smile when I read your posts.

    http://goldenskyscraper.blogspot.com/

    Céline xx

  • Céline

    Easy transition indeed. You always make me smile when I read your posts.

    http://goldenskyscraper.blogspot.com/

    Céline xx

  • Andreea

    you need some cashmere!! http://www.divinecashmere.com

  • Andreea

    you need some cashmere!! http://www.divinecashmere.com

  • monkeyshines

    fantastic styling!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • http://twitter.com/madforfashion78 Berty Morales

    You look amazing Leandra, and this is one trend I been dying to try. I have done the pajama top but afraid to do the whole look since some ppl here in TX don’t understand fashion hehehehehe. Thanks for the inspiration and after seeing how amazing and fabulous you look, I am going to go for it. xoxoxoxox :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/shazia.a.ali Shazia A Ali

    “Comfort Wear Fashion Revolution”: With the right accessorizing pajama-ing can be snuck into fashion mainstream Bravo!

  • Hannah.X

    Only New York City can pull off this;) The blazer really bring up the brightness to this city

  • Sara Smith

    So, I feel like Elvis Presley would wear this…..which is awesome!

    ❤Sara
    Sunny Blonde Studio

  • Daisy Roadster and Coco

    So New York chic !! Love these pyjamas dresses up with a golden blazer !

  • http://www.thankfifi.com/ thankfifi

    nice – can’t really think of anything more appropriate right now

    ♥ Thankfifi

  • minnie cupcake

    Although it’s pretty obvious those are pajamas, you really pull off the look! I want to try it, but I’m too afraid of failure and looking like an institution runaway. http://www.moiminnie.blogspot.com xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/michele.g.crenshaw Michele Glenn Crenshaw

    Ever so chic as always Leandra!! Good thing I’m in AZ, or you would be without those shoes too! ;)
    Michele
    http://inwithskin.com

  • Breakfast at Cindi’s

    Well, you still look great even in pajamas !

    xo,

    Cindi

    Breakfast
    at Cindi’s

  • Lace and Chiffon

    I love this combination of shoes and jacket!

    http://laceandchiffonblog.blogspot.co.il/

  • Hillary Gail Stewart

    This is fantastic! Oh pajamas…I will have to try this out now for sure. It looks amazing on you!

    xoxo

    Hillary

    Having an amazing giveaway! Check it out : http://www.thebrunetteshake.com/2012/10/giveaway-autographed-mary-kate-and.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/nadiaauton Niño Auton

    I totally adore this look. I’ve bought a pj jacket a couple of months ago. Although, I thought wearing a pj set was like TOO MUCH now I regret not buying the pj bottoms. I fell they look so much better all together.

    Check out my site ♥ http://www.megustaonomegusta.com

  • Farha

    Wow, this looks amazing… doubt I could pull it off though! Love the coat and the shoes!

    x

    aaperception.blogspot.ca

  • Theresa

    The best pajamas! I love how you pull the look together with that gold blazer and statement necklace!

    Theresa
    http://bomamma.blogpspot.com

  • the (un?)social butterfly

    There´s something so right about wearing pajamas to cocktail parties in the wake of a hurricane. Plus it´s Halloween and there´s a full moon out there so there´s probably even more meaning to it. That´s very elegant sleepwear, anyway. :)

    http://humanwomen.wordpress.com

  • Jennifer

    You look fab!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/EmmaLouiseeexo Emma Louise Westbrook

    I absolutely love the whole pajama trend. I haven’t actually tried it out for myself yet but I plan to in the near future!
    http://www.feathersandfringing.blogspot.com

  • Jordan

    I’ve been dressing up my Jammie’s for 7 years now. I’m so glad it is now socially acceptable!

  • http://cirquedelatelier.blogspot.com/ Cirque de l’Atelier

    Love this simple way to dress up a pair of pajamas!!! Gold is always a good way to take casual wear into evening wear

    http://cirquedelatelier.blogspot.com

  • Eva

    Amazing outfit, it looks great on you! x

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • Amalie Espeland

    like dude, how did you manage to pull this off??? awesome. happy HALLOWEEN btw xxxxxx

  • http://twitter.com/WorkOfStyle Pauline

    It actually looks pretty cool! Bringing back confort to fashion x)

  • Laura

    Great pyjama style! Really love the blazer!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  • Stefania

    Thanks for making me laugh everyday

  • stella

    You are nuts…. good nuts xxx

  • http://www.EatStylePlay.com/ Eat.Style.Play

    Wow Le, you can make Pj’s look stylish! Go girl!! I want that clutch!! Glad you made it out safely with the storm though.

  • Joanna F.

    I know this is about your adventures wearing pajamas in public. But girl, I spent half my high school career doing that. haha Anyway, that blazer is freekin’ amazing.

    lawmoda.blogspot.com

  • Denisa

    You look amazing. So nice and elegant style.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  • StyleNonsense

    Love The Jacket! Don’t Know If I’m Sold On The Pyjama Trend Quite Yet…
    StyleNonsense.blogspot.com

  • SarahStrong

    The best part about the Only Hearts pajamas, which our dear Leandra forgot to mention, is that they are 100% organic cotton! good for your bottom and good for the planet. = )

  • http://www.informedstyle.com/ Devon

    I find myself hung up on the ‘rule’ that if you wore a trend the first time around, that you shouldn’t adopt it again. The PJs to school thing was BIG in highschool…unflattering flannel plaid bottoms were the must-haves. But I’m thinking that a nice silk pajama top, paired with a blazer, dress pants and some great heels isn’t exactly the same, and therefore totally ok…anyone with me on this?

    http://www.informedstyle.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.smith.7315720 Suzanne Smith

    Done it many many many times over the years.. Mainly Christmas Eve for some reason??… Pierre Cardin mens mostly, with little ballet flats….. Haven’t done in a while though, as I don’t currently own a pair spectacular enough…

  • MGF

    hahaha you are so tremendous Leandra ! Even in pyjamas as we say in French, you look effingly great
    But, top of the pop, I definitely love to read you

  • Brooke Allen

    and once again, this is why i love you!
    brooke @ what2wear

  • The Foolish Aesthete

    It looks like you survived Sandy in great comfort. Glad to see you well and lounging. I think the pajama look works as long as it’s not the floral, flannel, granny type. Happy Halloween!

    http://www.thefoolishaesthete.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/CamStanden Camille Standen

    I put a pyjama set on last night for the first time in years and I felt so strangely fabulous, probably need to give it a bit of an iron first but will definitely be taking your cue and head outside in it sometime soon!

    http://www.fashun1991.blogspot.com

  • Kat

    Comfy cozzzy…

    Your dress and jacket match perfectly!

    http://swagnstyle.blogspot.ca

  • rhodawong

    love how you strut the pj look like it’s a ball gown!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  • yvo

    the blazer is quite amazing

    http://www.prettydaffodils.blogspot.com

  • Little Red Book

    It’s so devil may care, the gold jacket adds that touch.

    http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com

  • The Urban Promeneur

    This is so freaking cool. But I honestly doubt its weather proof with Sandy attacking the suburbs.

    http://www.theurbanpromeneur.blogspot.mx

  • http://twitter.com/melissachrisp Melissa Chrisp

    This looks so incredible on you!

    http://www.melissachrisp.com

  • mckenzie.collins

    I would love to be able to wear pyjamas out daily aha, what a trend! How comfortable!

    http://currentlylovingblog.blogspot.com/

  • Elena

    WTF??? a million fashion blogs and none of them post about halloween? Are costumes not relevant to yall? it’s the one day EVERYONE cares about fashion!

    About the pajama trend: the idea of fancy sleepwear is attractive to me. Your color combi is beautiful. But it’s fucking pajamas. Their shelf life won’t make it to December.

  • Kesly

    Awesome! Love how you formalized and edgy-fied those PJ’s! Totally obsessing over your shoes! <3 Let's just hope that Sandy goes away fast…

    http://fashionxfreedom.blogspot.com

  • The Provoker

    Yay finally an outfit post. The golden blazer/pajama look is GOLDEN! Pun proabably and most likely intended. Btw, I recently got the chance to scope out the designer jewelry brand Mawi and their showroom, check it out!

    xx The Provoker
    http://www.the-provoker.com/2012/11/mawi-showroom-visit.html

  • Lubna

    Quite a controversial act but so fascinating! Thumbs up for glamming up sleepwear!

    Lubna | http://www.ellevox.blogspot.com

  • Bonnie Clyde
  • Mouthful of Style

    Pretty awesome. Let’s see if it flies in London. Will report back.

    http://mouthfulofstyle.blogspot.co.uk

  • couponanddealz
  • mojuzzy

    How very Hugh Heffner/People of Walmart of you or maybe just a step away from the birthday suit, coat and heels look you mentioned a few posts back ; )

  • mlle p

    Love the jacket though had heart failure when I saw the price.

  • http://twitter.com/elenavasilieva Elena Vasilieva

    absolute love. totally obsessed with your look

    http://www.vasilievablog.com

  • Linda

    im dying to see this in real life! video or something instead of pictures! I love how you’re so fearless with the outfits
    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • Jessie Whitman

    you are killing me. i am obsessed.

    http://www.dirtylittlenotions.blogspot.com

  • silvia

    Ha funny. Good sense of humor

    heartless bitch

  • Syn

    You are truly amazing! I love your craziness!!

  • TerranceJ

    I swear, if I never ever get another chance to comment, please know MR: you are my HERO for this post. This is beautifully done – the pajama combo is subtly modern and fantastically unconventional. When I get a chance, I’ll be putting together a pajama inspired outfit myself.

  • Captive Louise

    This is why you are one of the most entertaining and inspiring fashion bloggers I’ve ever come across. While it’s mind boggling to me why some bloggers are so incredibly popular when most of their contents are either standard or boring, you are a no-brainer. Damn gurl, you write so gud, you dress so sharp, I wanna be friends widjoo f’reals.

    http://captivelouise.wordpress.com/

  • Alicia garr

    Love it! Your style amazing! :-)!

  • CristiRabaza

    It’s totes a verb! Have a listen to “Pajammin” by the band Good Luck. Combined with this inspo and theirs, I could live in pajamas for the rest of my life. Czech it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tEEQ6Su_nQ

  • Catherine and Greer

    This post is AMAZING! Your first personal style editorial in a while, and gosh you did it so well.

    I was always unsure about this trend because I’ve never seen it actually look good… until now! Pew pew bitches! Well executed Leandra!

    http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au

  • Elaine Chow

    I love it! Hahaha.

  • guest

    you done it again, girl

  • nataluya85

    pajaming in style! you definitely would not end up on peopleofwalmart.com

    nataliya
    sewniice.blogspot.com

  • pinkmikki

    Did this a while back with pink flannels with horses, pearls, and rockin’ red heels. The black drapey blazer tied me together. Thanks for confriming my suspicions.

  • Fernanda Flores

    You are amazing! I just love all of your looks and faces! You are a total inspiration! Im Obsessed.

    http://www.styleambitions.blogspot.ca

  • vittoria gallacci

    Love your gold jacket.

    Vittoria

    http://vittoriafiveinthemorning.blogspot.it/

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.osborn3 Courtney Osborn
  • Jessie

    I love the matching coat and heels!

    http://diaryofambitions.blogspot.com/

  • SugarRx

    I do this all the time! A nice knee length silk Natori robe over all black or jeans. No ine has a clue! Silk pj oants and heels with a tight tank…..voila! And comfy!