1 Piece/3 Ways: The Pajama Top

March 17th, 2014

As winter slowly comes to an end, it’s a great time to get creative with lightweight layers before rushing to polos and tees.

I’ve had this blackwatch flannel pajama top for a long time. I think it was a Christmas present from way back in the day. Then one day, as a side-project in design school, I took-in the sides, slimmed the sleeves and added back darts. Since then, I’ve been wearing it outside the house more than inside.

Here’s three ways to rethink your flannel pajama top.

1. Pajama Cardigan


It’s a soft flannel top, so naturally it doubles as a lightweight cardigan, with a cool camp collar.


To avoid the “collar on collar on collar” action that sometimes feels like alot of neck, I went with a band collar shirt. It’s a great shirt to have in your rotation as a base layer.


Essential Light Gray Trouser

  • Clear frame sunglasses by Vintage ·
  • Light blue cotton trench by Burberry Prorsum ·
  • Blackwatch plaid flannel pajama top by Polo Ralph Lauren ·
  • White striped band collar pullover shirt by Club Monaco ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black Loafers by Amsterdam Shoe Co.
  • · Grey Hopsack Trousers

2. Pajama Shirt


It’s a casual flannel shirt, essentially. Just more comfortable.

Try wearing it as one.


Simple, comfortable, slightly unexpected.

  • Tortoise and silver sunglasses by Matsuda ·
  • Navy wool cardigan by Uniqlo ·
  • Blackwatch plaid flannel pajama top by Polo Ralph Lauren ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Brown suede boots by Massimo Dutti

3. Pajama Jacket


On mild days, it’s also the perfect lightweight jacket.


More casual than a blazer and, oddly, looks dressier than a cardigan? Perhaps because of the collar? Or the formal associations with the blackwatch pattern?


Wool Flannel Trouser in Mid Gray

  • Grey tortoise shades by Matsuda ·
  • Light grey shirt by Hugo Boss ·
  • Navy knit tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label ·
  • Blackwatch plaid flannel pajama top by Polo Ralph Lauren ·
  • Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Brown suede wingtips by JCrew
  • · Grey flannel suit trousers


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style


Photography by Alex Crawford