WIW 07.30 [pajama-esque]

Another wonderfully warm day! I started with the lightweight cotton pants, and since my work has no AC wanted a sleeveless breezy top. I don't have many options there, as sleeveless is rarely useful in my mild summers, but I have been looking to update my existing more fitted sleeveless tops with looser ones. This borderline semi-sheer, light blue tank makes me extra happy to wear because I bought it last month during the Seattle meetup.

While getting dressed, still sans tuck and sans shoes, my husband walked by and said I looked like I was wearing pajamas (I had noticed it too). I actually hadn't put together that this tank was a nod to the pajama trend until this morning -- due to the silky fabric, cut, and piping... even the pastel color probably contributes. I'd been thinking of the pants as more resort, but I can see the PJ connection. The pairing of the two pieces certainly has a pajama vibe but of course not nearly as strong as the silky matching sets that were fringing; I wouldn't say no to one of those tops, but the right one has yet to come along.

I debated with myself about The Look, ultimately decided I liked the vibe but it felt just a bit too sloppy untucked so I semi-tucked the front for a little structure and added heels to dress it up just a little. Accessorized with some graphic stripe action (earrings, clutch) and a swipe of light pink lipstick. Quite happy with the resulting nod-to-pajamas look, and it's perfectly comfy and breezy today.

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  • frannieb replied 5 years ago

    love the outfit - so summery - the color is great on you. I think the semi-tuck takes you away from the pajama look.

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    Light, cool, and refreshing - the semi tuck, heels, and purse do the trick to subdue the PJ vibe. Very nice!

  • replied 5 years ago

    I love it - and the bag and earrings are perfect here.  I like the fact that the top and pants aren't  matchy matchy - which takes it out of the "are they really pj's?" zone.  Great pairing!

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    WE know they aren't PJs! Lovely, light and lissome. :)

  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    Well, I love thus combo. I think the tucking and the heels did just the job!

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Well they are awfully pretty pajamas. I love the light blue top on you and you have done an excellent job of dressing it up.

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    Love it with the front tuck and heels - IKWYM about the structure... been there. I am loving your hair, too. Are you growing it out?

  • Neel replied 5 years ago

    That top is in my wish list! I love how you have styled it here. Also the heels and clutch take it away from the pajama territory. Gorgeous as always!

  • rabbit replied 5 years ago

    I love the soft colors and the dark piping.  That clutch of yours is magic with so many outfits.  I wouldn't have thought of pjs at all if you hadn't mentioned it. :)

  • Gigi replied 5 years ago

    Oh, looks so comfy! I think you did a great job figuring out how to dress up the "pajama" look and make it look smart and intentional. 

  • Sterling replied 5 years ago

    Wow.  You look wonderful.  

    I really like the top.  It does not look to be very sheer on you.  Is that true?  I prefer less sheer for office wear.  

  • kkards replied 5 years ago

    now this is how to do the PJ trend. you've found the perfect mix of casual easiness and structuredness. this is fab! 

  • celia replied 5 years ago

    I do love the pajama trend, at least the bottoms, and have been having fun with them on my off duty hours, so of course I love your outfit. The pointy toes add structure, imo.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    I really like how the graphic lines in the clutch play off of the seamed lines in the blouse. I like the softness in this outfit, especially for summer.

  • Lisa replied 5 years ago

    This looks so cozy casual.  I like the tucked front and untucked back, it lets you see the shape of the trousers better for the front and the back shows off the shape of the top nicely.  

  • E replied 5 years ago

    Oh pretty: I'd wear this in a heart beat! (Except my feet would not approve of those lovely shoes.) You look great & the outfit has enough structure that I wouldn't have thought of pjs if you hadn't mentioned them.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    The pants in the online picture look way more PJ-like that on you. Did you remove the string - if so good call! I also like that they are full length on you.
    Semi-tuck is perfect here and heels and stripes bump it up another notch. Lovely and soft!

  • Angie replied 5 years ago


    I love the '80s touch - like the earrings - A LOT. xo

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    Looks good!  I like how you modified the look by tucking - it keeps the pajama vibe but isn't quite so literal.

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Thanks for all the comments! It was interesting to hear the split on pajama-y vs. not pajama-y. I didn't mind the fully unstructured look too much, but I would definitely have to be in the right mood to wear it! This version with plenty of structure added in is certainly a much more manageable option.

    Una, love the word "lissome"! Not one that comes up often at all, and thank you ^^

    Rae, yep growing my hair out a bit. Probably not too much longer than it is now, but working towards a rounder more classic 70s shape. Will probably still keep the long bits in front though, I like those :)

    Sterling, the top is quite thin so it's a wee bit sheer by default. It's light enough that it requires a nude bra and would need a tank or camisole to prevent grinning against very dark or very light bottoms, but not so sheer that I'm uncomfortable wearing it on its own. I basically work from home (and I'm in a creative field), so the light weight is perfectly fine.

    Sveta, oh yes I cut the little ribbon ties off right away! They were a really stiff material so they stuck out ridiculously. Plus cutting them off gives the pants a more proper trouser look. And yes, the full length certainly helps too! Being short pays off sometimes.

    Angie, woo! Thanks :D I tell you, I was a bit unsure about this one (more rare than not these days) but by the end of the day I was won over.

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