>> It feels like a lifetime since I ventured into vintage pyjama territory back in 2010 causing poor Lesley at Tin Tin Collectibles to receive a deluge of requests from people ("Do they come in other colours?" was one slightly blonde question he got. Errr…. no, they're VINTAGE). Since then the pyjama (or pajama if you're on the other side of the Atlantic) has risen up through the ranks from maligned to mainstream. I don't want to say I called it first. I didn't. I believe Coco Chanel back in the 1920s was the forerunner. Still, the pyjama fest that has unfolded on the catwalks and on the streets since my lucky find at Tin Tin Collectibles has been a joy to watch for people like myself who now have a legitimate excuse to look like I've literally rolled out of bed when I'm out and about.
The pyjama presence on the high street though hasn't been rampant and a quick search on ASOS and Topshop right now doesn't yield too many pyjama-inspired artefacts. Instead, I turned to Topman Design's range for a vaguely more masculine take on the pyjama and found myself hitting the "Add to Cart" button faster than you can say "Jim-Jams". Borrowing from the other sex is not big news given that in my household, the norm is that if say my blue oxford shirt is in the wash, I'll go and grab from Steve's stash of shirts. Topman Design's S/S 12's collection, inspired by the British Gentleman that might have done a grand tour, picking up prints and patterns from Morocco, Egypt and other sunny climes delves into bygone loungewear and pyjamas a fair bit. In addition to the gold silk pyjama shirt and the teal silk pyjama bottoms as seen here, you'll find paisley print shirts and geometric shorts, injected with 70s bohemia. Nab yourself a size small if you're a UK8-12 (US4-8) and you should be good to go in indulging in a cheeky Topman purchase. Incidentally, Mad Men's returns and its onslaught of geometrics both in the interiors and the costume hasn't escaped my mind when wearing this ensemble. Plus, I think my grandpa padded around in pyjamas that were like this which is a more personal memento to retain when I roam about town, justifying to people why exactly it is that I've ventured out in men's PJs.