To avoid looking like you’re wearing pyjamas
It’s on trend right now to be matchy-matchy but how do you avoid looking like you’ve stepped out in your pyjamas? Has that been a nightmare of anyone’s? No? Just me then.
Well, in case it becomes a nightmare of yours, here is my guide to wearing co-ordinated clothes, or co-ords for short, without looking like you’ve been locked out of the house during a sleepwalking adventure.
1 Make sure you don’t buy ACTUAL pyjamas.
This sounds like an obvious one but with pyjama-style shirts also a current trend, it’s confusing. To be safe, avoid anything that has ‘snooze’, ‘sleep’ or ‘restful’ anywhere on the label.
2. Buy a stylish coordinated set with a pattern that you like.
Again, this probably sounds obvious but if when choosing a co-ords set, you can stare at the print and see your nana’s curtains then WALK AWAY. A good rule of thumb is to go for either a detailed pattern that uses no more than 2-3 main colours or a simple pattern with bolder colours.
I’ve picked out six co-ords sets available in the shops right now which I think are fab.
1 ASOS Festival Crop Blazer with Fringe Detail £50 2. ASOS Festival Short with Fringe Detail £30 3. Nobody’s Child Black/Cream Colourblock Crop Top £12 4. Nobody’s Child Black/Cream Colourblock Midi Skirt £16 5. Baukjen Barnsbury Print Shirt in Blue £95 (reduced from £109) 6. Baukjen Barnsbury Print Pants in Blue £65 (reduced from £109) 7 and 8. River Island Black Stripe Knitted Asymmetric Top and Black Stripe kitted tube skirt £30 and 35 9. Lavish Alice Camel, Navy and White Stripe Print Bandeau Top £45 10. Lavish Alice Camel, Navy and White Stripe Print Tie Detail Shorts £45 11. ASOS Soft Bomber in Eastern Print £45 12. ASOS Soft Trouser in Eastern Print £35
3. Pick a flattering cut and shape.
Pyjamas are comfy because they’re baggy. Clothes on the other hand are cut to conceal/enhance where required, in order to flatter one’s shape. Therefore, opt for co-ords sets in styles that would match the cuts of clothes you would normally wear. For example, if you have narrow shoulders, a tailored jacket would add some shape to your frame. If your legs aren’t your favourite feature, don’t go super short.
The fun/tricky bit is choosing what shoes, jacket, bag, etc to wear with your co-ords. My biggest piece of advice? Don’t wear any UGG type shoes that resemble slippers. I’d also try to avoid long jackets that have belts you tie. Do you see where I’m going with this? Good.
The beauty of the outfits above is that they ALL go with simple plain white trainers so that’s one look sorted. Because, WHO GOES TO BED IN THEIR SHOES?!
If the top half of the set is a jacket and it’s a detailed pattern, I’d recommend pairing with a plain tee or vest top in one of the colours of the co-ords.
Conversely, if the top half isn’t a jacket, and a coat/jacket is required, then go for something in a contrasting colour. Bright would be good.
Bold jewellery and heels also work well with nearly all co-ords sets and below I’ve pulled together some pairing options for you to try.
13. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic £45 14. Alex Monroe Pea Pod Earrings £132 15. Karen Millen Suede Drawstring Blue Tote Bag £120 16. KG Kurt Geiger Multi ‘Jester’ high heel sandal £140 17. Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic £125 18. Topshop Pineapple Resin Necklace £16.50 19. Zara Bright Yellow Faux Leather Jacket £39.99
I hope this guide has helped! One last tip if you do don co-ords, make up and a ‘do’ are recommended. You don’t want to risk a bedhead in this type of outfit….