Don't Wake Me, I Plan on Sleeping In
If you ask me (which you didn't but sort of inadvertently are by reading this), pajamas are a very important sartorial staple. I don't care if every night you slip under the covers with a different partner or if you're snuggling up to six cats, pajamas can make a big impact in the way we feel about ourselves. Not convinced? Here are my Four Rules to Pajama Wearing and Why it Matters.
Rule #1: Make sure you are comfortable.
Why it matters: Lord Have Mercy girl don't suffer through a whole night's sleep in that clingy, skimpy, how'd-you-get-in-that-anyway teddy. The reason people make beautiful lounge wear is so your partner can rip you out of that delicious little number, and when the deed is done, you can slip into something more comfortable. Literally.
Rule #2: Love them as much as you love your clothes.
Why it matters: The whole purpose of spending cash on sleepwear is to make you feel beautiful, cool, put together, or whatever adjective it is you strive to feel--just like the clothes you wear in broad daylight. My philosophy is that you shouldn't spend a dime on anything that doesn't bring you joy.
Rule #3: You don't even have to sleep in them.
Why it matters: Cute, comfortable p.j. sets are ideal for that weekend with the in-laws or on your cozy group vacation. Sometimes I do catch my Z's fully 'jama'ed up, but often I put them on simply for lounging. Then come time for sleep, I can go buff to my heart's desire.
Rule #4: Feeling good matters (and sometimes it matters to other people, too.)
Why it matters: If you read this blog then you should know I don't temper my true self based on what other people will think of me, including my husband. But I can tell you from personal experience that, even on an average ole Tuesday, he far prefers it when I lounge in a silk p.j. set over that 11-year-old, oversized, hole-y tee I call my "fat tee." Shocker, right? As it turns out, the fat tee was perpetrating negative thoughts about myself. Like my ballet teachers used to preach, "If you wear frumpy layers over your leotards, you will feel frumpy." And it's true: Hiding behind old grody tees and 3x-too-big sweats can make you feel, well, grody. Now I reserve the fat tee for truly indulgent nights filled to the brim with self deprecation and probably an entire pizza. But average ole Tuesday? That's for the good stuff.
Here are a few of my favorite pajama looks appropriate for (almost) any number of eyes.