What do the author, Blanche Devereaux, Katherine Hepburn, Rihanna and Marc Jacobs ALL have in common? Hint: It’s luxurious, universally flattering and the definition of red carpet and runway chic! Give up? Its gorgeous silk pajamas as evening wear!
But wait, before we rally a cry of “Pajamas anywhere but the bedroom is scary” let’s take a quick look at the icons and inspirations leading women and men off the runway and into the streets in silky pantsuits:
It goes without saying; Old Hollywood was the height of glamour. Still today, we’re trying to pin down that elusive silver screen era look. The icons of the era were always dressed impeccably, even when casually lounging around at home. Carole Lombard pictured here oozes “leading lady glam” in floor-length silk jumpsuit. A few side pinned curls or a classic updo and the look pulls itself together for anything! Whether a candlelit dinner out in Manhattan or an evening in watching House of Cards, playing the femme fatale is never easier than when clad in silk!
Maybe you’re thinking “a silk nightgown in public is too much, only models can pull that off.” To which I say: think again. Leading ladies of Hollywood’s heyday were anything but waifs and silk is universally flattering AND infinitely affordable when you find it secondhand. I found these incredible silk Natori pajamas, originally $160.00, for $24.99 at Goodwill.
With some simple matte red lipstick, vintage jewelry and fun gold oxfords, this look became not only effortlessly chic evening wear, but incredibly comfortable! While most women were squirming in their tight and short ensembles, I was lounging with comfort from the minute I arrived at the Norwood Club for the Sweetheart Soiree all night until my cab ride home! Easy, fast and cool!
Rihanna has worn silk PJs on the red carpet more than once, and this time she banged the look out with funky jewelry and a snappy clutch. Adding your own touch keeps it more “out on the town” and less “Golden Girls.” Although frankly, no one worked a silk dress better than Blanche Devereaux! Period!
Finally, if you’re a man who’s tired of the girls having all the fun, get your inner Mad Men fix by sporting a fabulous set of silk evening pajamas too! Marc Jacobs, pictured here with Miley Cyrus sports them constantly and no pipe or robe is required. A nice pair of Bostonian’s ties it all together (we found a pair for $24.99 at Goodwill’s 72nd St. location.) You’ll look hot without trying too hard!
So the next time you’re perusing the racks at Goodwill, take a minute and head to sleepwear, you may very well find your inner Hugh Hefner or Katherine Hepburn waiting for you.
Think you look better than Blanche? Rocking pjs in public? Score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Let me know @planetbrandee! Join me at the end of the month as I feature as I launch a fresh new runway series taking us out of the cold and into the NEW! Until then, stay Hollywood, and see you at the counter!
Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.
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