The men's pyjama suit explained
- Celebrities have been spotted rocking the 'pyjama suit' at red carpet events this summer
- The suit is so-named because it's made of silk, with a cut similiar to that of pyjamas
- It's being heralded as the suit of the summer, as silk is typically better in hotter climates.
If you want to stand out this summer, it's probably best if you look like you're still in your pyjamas.
The two remained fairly separate in the following few thousand years too: nine-to-five civvies paraded for all eyes to see, and anything remotely resembling pyjamas didn't deserve the light of day. But things have changed. The world is upside down. Nightwear becomes daywear, and for that you can thank this summer's sleeper hit: the silky pyjama suit.
Of late, several Very Famous Men have embraced head-to-toe PJs. Or at least settled for separates. Tom Holland swapped bedtime for the beach with a Sandro design. Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield gave a pyjama shirt the green light at the CFDA Awards. And Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski debuted not one, but two full bedtime suits in the same week.
The latter two are of particular note. That's because they share the same designer - luxury ready-to-wear label Sies Marjan. Based in New York, the ascendant outfit has found something of a signature in silk and satin: shimmery, loose-fitting shirts, bottoms and tailoring, all unafraid of colour, and all bound to propel Sies Marjan to the Next Big Thing slot. The brand will likely take the pyjama suit with it, which has enjoyed a slight utilitarian makeover (chest pockets here, belt-looped waistbands there) under the designer's deft hand.
Of course, what works for Hollywood doesn't always translate IRL, and when wearing full coordination you're bound to make a bold statement. However, know that a pyjama shirt in isolation is just as impactful and, better yet, summer appropriate (sure, silk isn't the most breathable of fabrics, though it is one of the lighter, cooler ways to punctuate a look). What's more, piped shirts offer a nod to the more traditional pyjamas of 1950s Christmas cards, while cleaner, more contemporary designs (à la Sies Marjan) hit a happy midpoint.
Say you do go for the former, conservative way-to-wear. Simply pair the shirt or trousers with quieter separates elsewhere: a white T-shirt up-top, or navy loose slacks below. Then, you can let the fabric and the Cuban collar provide all the volume necessary for a standout summer look.
In addition to the roadmap drawn by Sies Marjan, you'll be following in the footsteps of some other greats - Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès and Valentino have all riffed on some sort of pyjama shirt in recent seasons.
So, before you let the old days dictate your mode of style this summer, know that all rules are out the window with the pyjama suit. And if your wardrobe remains unconvinced, sleep on it.