The Way To Go High Low With Pajama Styling

I noticed the pajama look that was so big on the runways for spring 17 is now on sale – just in time for summer. Now is the perfect time to go high low with pajama styling. High-end designers like Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen all showcased this casual-chic pajama trend in a big way in bold patterns and florals.

I love the look, but I admit fear set in when I thought about actually wearing it, especially when you are over 40. As tempting as it may seem to sport the look head-to-toe in a slinky pajama top and pants with furry slippers, I wonder if I will look like … I am in my pajamas! Or worse yet I may look like I’m wearing a Hugh Hefner costume.

How to wear the pajama Look

So the best and most realistic way to wear pajamas for day is to break up the two pieces. You can wear the bottoms with a solid top, or take a bold pattern pajama top and tone it down with jeans, casual slide sandals, and a small structured handbag as I did for this high low outfit.


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Now that it’s summer the wild prints look a little more tame, and a pair of slim fitting cropped denim jeans balances the extra volume from the top, and you can still be comfortable. You can find a deal on the high-fashion Valentino pajama top (it has been drastically reduced) or you can get away with a top from ASOS for $24, especially if you don’t want to commit to the trend!

The same is true of the embellished slide sandals. You can buy the Miu Miu pair for $950 or save a bundle with this less furry pair by Jeffrey Campbell. The slides are like slippers, yet the look becomes more street-wise and polished with a simple little black zip shoulder bag.

A good rule of thumb is to balance out each trendy piece you wear with a conservative one. The pajama top and embellished slides are super-trendy, but the jeans and handbags are clean-lined and polished.

Pick and choose the pieces you like from my high priced selections or from the low priced items and mix them up. That’s the best way to go high low.

Shop the high low pajama Look

Pajama Top

HIGH: Valentino Tropical Dream Silk Pajama Blouse, Multi, was, $1,980, now $792

LOW: ASOS Love Floral Pajama Shirt, now $24


HIGH: Rachel Comey Slim Legion Jeans, $345

LOW: 7 For All Mankind Kiki High Waist Crop Wide Leg Jeans, now $109


HIGH: Lanvin So Lanvin Embossed Textured-leather Shoulder Bag, $1,250

LOW: J. Crew Signet bag in Italian leather, $128

Slide Sandals

HIGH: Miu Miu Embellished Faux Fur Slipper, $950

LOW: Jeffrey Campbell Facil Embellished Slide Sandal, $154.95

BTW, you may like to go high low with the perfect patio party outfit, or find out how to wear pattern pants for summer.

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