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Times Has Some Suggestions on How to Wear Pajamas

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The Times has noticed the dubious trend of editors and pop stars–Rihanna and Rita Ora, anyone?–wearing pajamas as outerwear. Lightweight, pocket-bearing, sometimes silky and often cutely printed, pajamas at a glance have a lot of potential as comfortable day- (and night-) wear. If only the newspaper didn't make putting on your sleepytime clothes when it's still light out sound so damn complicated. No, slob, your public P.J.'s had better be dry-cleaned and pressed:

Karla Martinez, who, with Cecilia de Sola, designs Piamita, a loungewear line that some wear to bed and others wear to cocktail parties, considers fabric the key to looking chic. She favors silk but allows that cotton will do, assuming, she said, "it's crisp and well ironed, like it just came from the dry cleaners."

"No wrinkles, no sagging knees, and don't even think about flannel," admonishes the paper. Cotton will do. Who are these people and what did they do with the humble pajama? The publicist Bonnie Morrison, who has tried the look, offers this advice:

"You don't want to look like you're wearing your brother's hand-me-downs."

Nor do you want people to think you're just lazy. "Dial it up," Ms. Morrison said. "Put on a big necklace or fabulous stilettos."

Stilettos? What was that about being comfortable, again?

Another pajama aficionado recommends red lipstick, a dress shirt, a blazer, and jewelry.

The thought of going to all that effort just to put on a pair of jammies is almost enough to make me want to roll over and go back to bed. I'll be over here, thinking about flannel. — Jenna Sauers

· You Snooze, You Lose [NYTimes]
· Alas Debuts Pajamas So Cute, You'll Want To Spend Friday Night In [Racked]