What are the people who go to the supermarket in pyjamas aiming for ? – extremes of lazy comfort. Is it possible to have that lazy comfort and still look stylish ?
I don’t think it’s the style elements that make you look slobby-sloppy-shoddy in pjs. I think it’s the state of the fabrics – unwashed, overwashed, stained, pilled, fraying. Basically pjs are classic casual styles.
Though sometimes overwashed, stained, fraying is a high fashion style statement, or even a political one – all style rules can be broken :D
The higher the quality of fabric and finish the better, if you want to look classy in casuals – quality always counteracts a casual effect ! My current favourite style words are “Relaxed Luxe”. Happily the days when stylists thought casual style meant you didn’t care about quality are long gone.
Love tailoring ? elegant chic ? always wear pretty dresses? Of course there are many people whose personal style means they never get near the point where casual becomes slovenly, but what about the rest of us ?
I’m inconsistent on this. I automatically hang up blue jeans. But I do like to be very comfortable and can easily slump into definitely-not-chic.
So what are these comfortable comforting but stylish clothes ? This all got a bit long, so I’ve made the section on pj patterns into a separate post.
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New casual shapes for the season
Lots of ‘bomber/ baseball/ varsity’ jackets in the high street here (summer 2013). Such as Simplicity 1940.
And ‘slouchy’ pants are loose at the hip but tapered at the ankle. Such as McCall’s 6514 view A.
Many patterns for ‘slouchy’ tops. Oversized tops in soft drapey fabrics, so they show the body shape rather than standing away from it. My favourite easy slouchy pattern is Butterick 5651, now oop – shows the idea has been around for a while !
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Cosy indoor ‘jackets’
Before Christmas I bought a ‘cardigown’ – a hip length dressing gown (US robe) made in light cuddly fleece.
Rocha John Rocha
Apart from a down vest, this has been my most worn garment this winter. A double breasted wrap hoodie. So what would be a good pattern for copying it ?
Saf-T Pockets Portlandia coat.
or Design and Planning Concepts Hooded Orknot coat.
Make thigh length in snuggly fleece for a cosy indoor version.
And for deep winter I have a Lands End robe (dressing gown) made with down. I’m planning to shorten it for next winter as I think jacket length will be more useful.
I confess these robe/ gown ‘jackets’ are so cosy and comfy it’s had a disastrous effect on my willingness to ‘get dressed properly’. Hence I’m planning a post on pjs and similar patterns. See also my posts on designer Sweatshirts and Fleeces and hoodies.
I would like to resolve this problem of how to look good while being very lazy. This isn’t just an over-reaction to the ultra-classic styles in my last post !
Ah, it’s just a matter of all the usual themes. Make sure sleeping-slumping clothes co-ordinate and are in good condition. And in flattering favourite colours, shapes, styles :D
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Links and patterns available March 2013
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