Guess what's one of Spring 2014's top trends? Yep, you guessed it - pajamas! (Ok so maybe you didn't guess it, but perhaps you contemplated the option. It still counts.)
I'm pretty sure I speak for a large portion of the student population when I say that getting out of a bed after a toiling through a long night of work or midterm preparation (without the aid of caffeine) is seemingly the most dreadful task ever. Locating some sort of apparel that will render you looking "somewhat" decent is a probably even more strenuous task.
The fashion world's new alternative? Just head out in your PJs!
Onesies have been the popular choice among tweens and baby-faced teens for a while now, but I'll grudgingly admit that it doesn't quite have the effect on those slightly more aged.
Luckily, things have taken a turn for the better - the reinvented pajamas not only evoke a sense of muted sensuality, but are also minimalistic in nature, boosting their versatility.
Don't quite believe me? Let's see what the fashion world has to say:
(Source: Sidell @ The Daily Beast)
The "Emperor" Marc Jacobs himself has been caught donning not one, but two sets of PJs during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in 2013! (One of which happens to have the exact pattern as my high school uniform kilt - hmmm, coincidence much?)
(Source: Phelps @ Style.com)
Sister label of Italian luxury fashion house Max Mara, Sportmax, featured more than just a few sleepwear-inspired pieces in their Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection; pastels, polka dots, and pompoms all made frequent appearances throughout the line.
Alright, so I've made my point (and possibly convinced you) - what next? You might be wondering, "How does a mere mortal such as myself compile ensemble with such an influence without appearing as if I'm suffering from a severe case of sleepwalking?"
Thought the runway-worthy take on the trend may not be suitable as daily workwear, taking a subtle approach by incorporating a few key elements usually results in remarkable outcomes.
Blogger Inspiration: Ivy Xu of This is what we do
(Source: Ivy Xu @ This is what we do)
When in doubt, stick to a simple colour scheme. Vancouver blogger Ivy pairs an evidently pajama-like top with a pair of bold, Pantone-approved pants and yellow blazer, but swears loyalty to her chosen palette by adding a matching cobalt beanie and a pair of carrot platform heels. As these pieces already speak enough for themselves, the best way to complete the outfit is by sealing it with a neutral accessory - or in this case, a white cross-body bag with a clear front pocket.
Blogger Inspiration: Amy Spencer of The Little Magpie
(Source: Amy Spencer of The Little Magpie)
Fresh off LOOKBOOK, English blogger Amy styles a baby pink, satin-like two-piece coordinate (reminiscent of a romper) with an edgy biker jacket and black and white platform sandals. Not quite the image conjured in one's mind when the terms "tough girl chic" and "pajama" are brought up, but it undeniably makes for an awesome spring outfit.
Paris Fashion Week Street Style Inspiration
(Source: Zuko @ Harper's Bazaar)
And if all else fails, there's always the option of choosing a loose-fitting bathrobe-esque coatigan to top off an otherwise casual preppy outfit (given that you pick one in an avant-garde hue, of course) and snuggling with an adorable gingham PJ-clad teddy bear.
Though slightly intimidating at first glance, the pajama trend is surprisingly wearable and requires a minimal addition of elements to one's existing closet.
And with finals rapidly increasing in proximity, this alternative option to leggings and a comfy fleece sweater will certainly be welcomed and greatly appreciated.