I’ve always been a fan of pajamas. Slipping into them is often the first thing I do when I get home from a day at work. I think there’s something a little decadent about throwing on classic loungewear - outside of the yoga pant variety - and treating it as a perfectly acceptable version of evening wear. However, I’ve never been able to quite decide what level of déshabillé is acceptable in social situations. Scantily-clad underwear as outerwear never really sparked my interest, plus, I have to deal with the fact that I'm cold all of the time, irrespective of climate, so from a wholly practical standpoint, that was never going to work. But pajama styles - to qualify, silk pajamas styles - is an an altogether different matter, especially when they’re reminiscent of classic 1970s Yves Saint Laurent silhouettes.
The term ‘pajama’ is derived from the Persian pāyjāmeh meaning 'leg-garment’, and was popularized by returning British colonials in the 1800s. They’ve since become a mainstay in Western wardrobes, with designers from Chanel and Halston, to American Sportswear designer Claire McCardell, releasing their own variants through the years. There’s a certain languid polish about this type of loungewear and I’ve been hopeful for their transition to a daywear of sorts for a while now.