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The Men's Pajama Suit: An Explainer And An Endorsement

Why bedrest is your best bet to stand out this summer.
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And on day one of Earth's glorious creation, God forged nightwear and daywear. Or something like that. The two remained fairly separate in the following few thousand years too: nine-to-five civvies paraded for all eyes to see, and anything remotely resembling pajamas didn't deserve the light of day. But things have changed. The world is upside down. Nightwear becomes daywear, and for that you can thank this summer's sleeper hit: the silky pajama suit.

Lakeith Stanfield at the 2019 CFDA Awards, New York
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Of late, several Very Famous Men have embraced head-to-toe PJs. Or at least settled for separates. Tom Holland swapped bedtime for the beach with a Sandro design. Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield gave a pajama shirt the green light at the CFDA Awards. And Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski debuted not one, but two full bedtime suits in the same week. 

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The latter two are of particular note. That's because they share the same designer, luxury ready-to-wear label Sies Marjan. Based in New York, the ascendant outfit has found something of a signature in silk and satin: shimmery, loose-fitting shirts, bottoms and tailoring, all unafraid of color, and all likely to propel Sies Marjan to the Next Big Thing slot. The brand will likely take the pajama suit with it, which has enjoyed a slight utilitarian makeover (chest pockets here, belt-looped waistbands there) under the designer's deft hand.    

Anything remotely resembling pyjamas didn't deserve the light of day. But things have changed.

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Of course, what works for Hollywood doesn't always translate IRL, and when wearing full coordination you're bound to make a bold statement. However, know that a pajama shirt in isolation is just as impactful and, better yet, summer appropriate (sure, silk isn't the most breathable of fabrics, though it is one of the lighter, cooler ways to punctuate a look). What's more, piped shirts offer a nod to the more traditional pajamas of 1950s Christmas cards, while cleaner, more contemporary designs (à la Sies Marjan) hit a happy midpoint.

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Say you do go for the former, conservative way-to-wear. Simply pair the shirt or trousers with quieter separates elsewhere: a white T-shirt up-top, or navy loose slacks below. Then, you can let the fabric and the Cuban collar provide all the volume necessary for a standout summer look. In addition to the roadmap drawn by Sies Marjan, you'll be following in the footsteps of some other greats: Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès and Valentino have all riffed on some sort of pajama shirt in recent seasons. 

So, before you let the old days dictate your mode of style this summer, know that all rules are out the window with the pajama suit. And if your wardrobe remains unconvinced, sleep on it.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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