With inside dining and dinner parties back on the menu from 17 May, the sartorial question on many people’s minds is what to wear. Some are going to want to dress up to the nines, but others may want to effortlessly ease their way into party wear. Is it possible to be glamorous and comfortable? Can you really elevate loungewear to luxe level? The answer is most definitely yes. Exquisite silks and bold prints are perfect for when you want to up the style ante but still feel relaxed. Slip into a chic pair of mules, add some statement earrings, and you’re ready to host within minutes. Best of all, no more wriggling out of a tight dress once the night is over – you can just kick off your heels and fall straight into bed… Win, win!
This French-Riviera based sustainable luxury brand is blissful. The stunning limited edition silk designs (pyjamas, kaftans, shirts) are an ode to French couture heritage. The belted silk pyjamas are the epitome of ‘at home’ chic, yet smart enough to wear literally anywhere. Whether it’s dinner on board a yacht, the opera, a gallery opening, or hosting friends at home, these are truly perfect, and you’ll wonder how you lived without them. For a look that’s classic French elegance, just add mid-heel gold sandals and a pair of statement drop earrings – and you’re ready to go. The dream!
Richard Quinn’s feather-trimmed floral-print silk pyjamas certainly have the wow factor. Crafted from luxurious silk satin, with a flamboyant bold design, and trimmed with incredibly glamorous ostrich feathers, just add a colourful pair of Bottega Veneta leather mules to complete your party look.
AZ Factory’s ‘Pijama’ collection epitomises the genius of the late Alber Elbaz. Fun, beautifully cut, with effortless draping in Pop Art-inspired silk twill, the pieces are quite simply stand-out fabulous.
If the evening is a little chillier, Carine Gilson’s take on the ever elegant smoking style jacket is impossibly stunning. Made from Devoré silk-velvet, traced with beautiful metallic embroidery, it’s trimmed in burgundy satin, with a waist-cinching sash belt. Heaven to entertain in at home with the matching trousers, but equally good with a pair of tailored cigarette pants, or even dressed down with jeans. A forever piece that you’ll reach for again and again.
The Esprit pyjama trousers by Hermes are in ‘Poste et Cavaliere’ printed silk twill, featuring flat pockets and an interior belt. The print is striking yet wearable. For evening try a simple black or white silk slip vest, with an oversized velvet jacket draped over your shoulders and mid-heeled sandals, or for a more relaxed lunch party, pair with a luxurious soft cashmere knit and trainers. Hermes heaven!
Sleeper’s nightwear turned party wear is adored by the fashion set. Made from beautiful lightweight crepe de chine, with pretty mother of pearl buttons, they come in some truly gorgeous colours. All the cropped trousers have the brand’s signature feathers at the hem, which are cleverly detachable for when you want to keep things simple. Just add strappy sandals and some stunning earrings, and you’ll be fully party ready in matter of seconds.
These glorious bridle brown monogram stripe wide leg trousers are made from Italian woven silk. Useful side pockets and a reassuringly comfortable elastic waist band means there’s no need to hold back at dinner! There’s a matching silk shirt if you want to complete the look. Effortlessly cool, this is perfect lunchtime wear, and extremely easy to dress up or down.
Olivia von Halle
Olivia von Halle’s classic silk satin pyjamas are a firm favourite with the A list. Designed using in-house print silks, detailed piping and mother of pearl buttons, they’re instantly recognisable to those in the know. Her flagship store on Pavilion Road is a haven of relaxed luxury – the struggle to leave with only one pair is very real. Add a pair of mules and you’re ready to waft from drawing room to dining room in style and delicious comfort.