Cotton pj pants could be a good foil to your summer wardrobe
The best way to test an outfitting theory is to try it on 20+ ways
by Leandra Medine Cohen
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Cotton voile pajama-style pants are to a city in the summer what beach pants are to the beach and sweatpants are to the winter. What I mean by this is that they’re a comfortable, easy, no-brainer solution to the question of what to wear when you feel…any which way you feel: like hot shit, lukewarm caca or frozen feces.
But how many ways can you wear a pair of pajama-style pants? And within how many contexts? Allow me to attempt a demonstration with the following photographic representations, articulated in a pithy, rhyming poem.
Dries van Noten choker thing (something like this is much more practical), Gianfranco Ferre sequined top (found it on The Real Real some years ago), The Row sandals (but as far as black sandals go, I think these are the best bet for summer in a city). How do you like these as a drawstring pant alternative?
Or beachside with a glass of wine.
Straight-up pajama pants, ideally that you already own, will work.
Soeur shirt, Dior boots. Maybe khaki (Matteau, on sale for $110) could have been a more fitting drawstring pant accent here, but you work with what you’ve got! The hat says “Caviar as garnish” - I like the colors! And Nora Ephron!
Take them to the office too,
Attersee vest, Church’s ‘Kara’ loafers (not the same at all, but would produce a good overall effect w this look), and here’s a bandana
No, wear while in the party lane!
Wardrobe.nyc blazer (single breast version here), Dolce and Gabbana slip, which I got from The Outnet a bunch of years ago and have surprisingly worn every season in some new way (here are somecomps), Balenciaga sandals, but these will do!
Put them on to self-express, to wear your style proud…
Pucci top, Jigsaw clogs, Oliver Peoples sunglasses from TRR
Pair them with a makeshift top,
It’s a square scarf that I tied around my neck and then belted! The back is completely open! Gabriela Hearst shoes and Altuzarra bag (this pink one is $145! There’s a bigger one in brown too); have had it for years and it’s the perfect size (to the extent that a 500-page book fits inside of it)