But, these last few years, I realized I was being a hypocrite with this thinking. Yes, that's right, I was NOT being a 24-hour type of Mod male. And my wife (then girlfriend) was the one who pointed it out to me! See, I used to get up for work, throw on a nice shirt, maybe a tie, some slim-fitting pants (usually sta-prest), a pair of nice shoes and I was off to work. But as soon as I got home and was ready to relax for the evening, I changed into... *gasp* sweatpants and a sweatshirt! Not only did I used to wear these types of clothes for jogging or working out, but I had a spare pair for going to sleep in. Faux pas! And my wife (then girlfriend) let me know that this just would not do. And how could I criticize the t-shirt and shorts guy when I was catchin' some zzz's in sweatgear?
Well, sweetie that she is, my girlfriend came home one day with a very nice pair of pajamas... night-time clothes I had not worn since I was a kid. And I felt embarrassed for all those nights I jumped in to bed in clothes made for unstylishly working out in. I've been in love with my pajamas ever since... a nice black pair with white pinstripes and a black & grey plaid pair. Now, I'm here to pass on what I've learned and to let you know that just because you're using these clothes to sleep in doesn't mean they can't look good all the same.
First up, check out this beautiful pajama set from Paul Smith, using his signature striping motif:
|Pajamas so nice, you'll want to strut out every morning to grab the newspaper and make your neighbors jealous.|
...to a more affordable pair of pajamas offered by Macy's:
|Macy's pajamas including a matching robe.|
I found another nice pair of pajamas at the Nordstrom's site:
|Nordstrom pajamas in a wild plaid pattern for when you want to have friends over for a pajama party!|
Get the drift here? Hard to find a good pair of stylish, affordable pajamas for the Mod male. So, this is the challenge to some of the current Mod clothing designers out there: stop making a new form of parka and start thinking of this missing bit in a stylish Mod male's wardrobe: pajamas!
Lots of great ideas out there, too. Heck, check out these slick ideas from old patterns you can still find online. Great cuts, nice patterns, smooth looks... dig 'em:
|A pattern for vintage pajamas on Etsy.|
|1960s pajamas and robe patterns.|
|From the genibee Flickr set.|
And it can be just as easy to nice up your look just in time for bedtime!
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Someone just clued me in to the idea of a pajama suit! Whoa! Someone needs to get on a Mod version of this, STAT!]
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