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The Cat’s Pajamas

by habituallychic

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I’m more of a nightgown girl but lately I’ve been thinking of buying some pajamas.  They always make a fun gift for the holidays and are perfect for coming down to breakfast on Christmas morning. They also used to be just for the bedroom but many are making their way outside.  The only people who used to be able to wear pajamas out of the house were Hugh Hefner and Julian Schnabel but now fashionistas are making them street chic.

Sofia Coppola designed a set for Louis Vuitton.

Caroline Seibert in Louis Vuitton.
The Louis Vuitton pair also have a matching helmet.  Just in case you have to make a mad dash in the middle of the night on your Vespa I guess.

Coco Chanel wore men’s pajamas as seen in Coco Before Chanel.

Julian Schnabel used to wear Olatz pajamas designed by his wife but not sure if she lets him now that he’s taken up with another woman.

I think Audrey Hepburn is really wearing the robe but I love the contrast piping and bright blue color. 

Ryan Gosling got into the act with Ferragamo. Not sure how I feel about this look.

Paul Newman spends much of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof lounging in his pajamas while resting his broken leg.

Obviously pajamas as outerwear look best at night and in silky fabrics.  A pair of Roger Vivier heels cerrtainly don’t hurt as seen on Jessica Alba.

Chinoiserie style silk pajamas could be worn to host a party. Model Mary Jane Russell modeled them with a turban in Vogue in 1953.

If anyone can make pajamas look chic, it’s Italian fashion editor Viviana Volpicella.

I prefer pajamas or pants that look like them without the matching top.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen look cute in polka dot pajamas.

Blair Waldorf looks regel in red silk pajamas.

There was even a movie called The Pajama Game.

Boys should wear more matching pajamas.

Cameron Diaz wore Frette in The Holiday.

A mismatched pair of pajamas worn during fashion week.

Rock Hudson and other male stars were required to wear pajamas on screen. 

Coco Avant Chanel

Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn in pajamas. 

Shala Monroque out and about in her pair.

Cary Grant chatted with Ingrid Bergman on the telephone in his pajamas in the film Indiscreet.

Jimmy Stewart is on screen in multiple pairs of pajamas in Rear Window.

The blue pair matched Jimmy Stewart’s eyes.

I usually love everything Rachel Roy wears but the glasses and pulled back hair made her look ready for bed not the red carpet.

The boys of The Darjeeling Limited

Gwyneth Patrow apparently reads cookbooks in her pajamas.

I actually did own this pair that Meg Ryan wears in You’ve Got Mail.

Greta Garbo looking chic in stripes.

Sophia Loren also looked sexy in stripes.

Julian Schnabel should button up before he catches a cold.

Claudette Colbert has a pair of pajamas in red stripes that someone should definitely remake.  I’m off to find myself a pair now.  Just not sure I’m brave enough to wear them out of house.  How about you?

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  1. The New Diplomat's Wife December 12, 2011 | 3:07 am

    you must have read my mind. just completed my holiday shopping and everyone is getting monogrammed pyjamas this year. check out brooks brothers – if you like hotel sheets, the crisp cotton in the women’s pyjamas is heaven.

  2. lacoquettedumode December 12, 2011 | 5:48 am

    AMAZING post! I love all those vintage pictures of audrey…. and the ones of “coco chanel” are amazing as well 🙂

    xx Kathryn

  3. Eleni December 12, 2011 | 6:55 am

    Hehe, I don’t like pajamas, I don’t even wear them at home and it’s so fun to see all those people dressed up in them on the streets! Well, at least they do look comfy!

  4. MJH Design Arts December 12, 2011 | 11:46 am

    The chinoiserie pajamas are divine–perfect for a cocktail party as are the Louis Vuitton and Chanel, but the others–not quite sure about wearing them out and about. Thanks. Mary

  5. Alice Olive December 12, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    Jessica Alba does it best – silky elegance in the evening. She looks very chic. I’m not a fashion editor and don’t want to be confused with the university students who don’t yet care enough about their appearance and don’t get dressed before leaving the house. That’s why I think of all of these, I could probably only do Jessica’s look!

  6. blogrestandplay.com December 12, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    I liked most of the jim-jams featured but not enough to wear out of the house. And not just saying that because I live in Scotland with its near year-round winter!

  7. Keri December 12, 2011 | 7:24 pm

    I picked these up this weekend. I love them and think you might love them too! Merry Christmas and thank you for the beautiful blog. It is the gift that gives all year long!


  8. laughingsalmon December 13, 2011 | 2:22 am

    I see teenagers wearing them in the malls and all about…more cute than chic…Would love some black brocade jammies for me…

  9. Felicia_Ceballos December 13, 2011 | 6:04 am

    Hmmm when you mentioned people wearing them out of the house I never imagined it would be like this! It actually looks lovely and rebellious. Love it.

  10. Linda December 13, 2011 | 6:31 am

    Heather – I agree that either a top or bottom from a set of pajamas would be easier to wear when going out. I may be tempted to jump on the Vespa with the matching pajamas and helmet -especially on vacation in Italy when running out to get breakfast. I imagine this as I have not been to Italy. Yet. Cheers!

  11. Grant K. Gibson December 13, 2011 | 6:53 am

    I have always wanted a pair of pajamas.
    Reminds me of my grandfather.
    Maybe I have to pop into Brooks Brothers and get a pair monogramed for myself for Xmas this year!



  12. Slim Paley December 18, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    Dang girl! I’ve been compiling my “Pajamas Post” for awhile now (story of my life) and you beat me to it!
    Many of the same images of course 🙂 Oh well, thank goodness it was YOU!
    Personally, I LOVE the look, always have. I have vintage men’s pajamas I’ve worn forever and recently bought the Tommy Hilfiger silk PJ shirt and have been wearing too much! Wore silk PJ pants to a party the other night (with heels) Just so comfortable.
    Who can we get to make us Claudette’s red and white striped ones?!!

    Merry Merry!

  13. Brandi December 18, 2017 | 3:42 pm

    You said you owned the pajamas meg ryan wore, where did you get them?? Thanks!