Can You Wear a Pyjama Top as Outerwear? #iwillwearwhatilike

Can You Wear a Pyjama Top as Outerwear? | Not Dressed As Lamb, style for over 40 women

If you can’t wear your PJs at Christmas time, when can you?

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Whether this is officially a pyjama top or not is up for debate, but I got it on sale at Asos and it had a matching pair of loose shorts (plus the fabric is a soft cotton). Described as a “co-ords set” rather than a pyjama set, it was to all intents and purposes a pyjama top to me…!

The outfit is what I wore on Boxing Day: a loose top with short sleeves (my parents’ house is very warm), high-waisted trousers and comfy flats. Hair tied back with a pearl headband. Minimal makeup. A little gold jewellery.

All in all a nice easy-peasy outfit in shades of pink and green.


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I bought the trousers over a year ago in the peg leg shape I love so much, and although I have a few pairs of green trousers in various shades and cuts I wear them all regularly. The pyjama top (which, to me, has a touch of the Hawaiian shirt about it) goes perfectly with my trousers due to its pink, orange and green seahorses pattern. I actually wore it open for practical reasons: in case I got too hot inside I could strip down to just my sleeveless vest top.

(Stripping off layers wasn’t necessary in the end and I wore the Goldilocks of Boxing Day outfits.)

Turns out I rather liked it worn open and layered – I can see it in the summer with jeans and other vest tops underneath (orange, pink, white, etc.) so it’s now officially one of those wear-all-year-round pieces.

Finally, those new red flatform brogues… I’ve had my eye on them for ages and they were my Christmas present to myself. I think I’m headed towards a wardrobe FULL of different coloured flatforms – they just add that certain something to an outfit, and my goodness they’re comfy. Add some polka dot or large fishnet knee highs underneath and I’m happy, despite deep down wanting to be wearing heels (but without the feet ache).


What unexpected ways have you worn your clothes lately? Tell me in the comments…!


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Can You Wear a Pyjama Top as Outerwear? | Not Dressed As Lamb, style for over 40 women

Can You Wear a Pyjama Top as Outerwear? | Not Dressed As Lamb, style for over 40 women
Can You Wear a Pyjama Top as Outerwear? | Not Dressed As Lamb, style for over 40 women

Shirt: Asos (similar, I also like this alternative)
Vest top: Asos (similar)
Trousers: Asos (similar)
Shoes: Amazon (also available in black, white and beige)
Socks: Old (similar)
Headband: Asos (less than half price!)
Necklaces: Locket:, Chunky chain: & Other Stories







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  1. 17 January 2020 / 6:03 am

    Wow! I doesn’t look like a PJ top at all! I would have never guessed it! You definitely pulled this outfit Catherine! Love the polka dotted socks too!

    • Catherine
      18 January 2020 / 6:27 pm

      Anne thank you! My polka dots socks are wearing out but I’m finding it hard to find an identical pair…!

  2. 12 January 2020 / 1:52 pm

    Those shoes and socks are making me VERY happy!

    • Catherine
      12 January 2020 / 2:46 pm

      hehe I thought they’d be your kinda thing, Samantha…!! thank you x

  3. 10 January 2020 / 3:56 pm

    Ha! I would never have guessed your short sleeved jacket came as part of a pyjama set! But it is a perfect match to your slacks. What a wonderfully fun outfit! You look adorable!


    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:03 am

      Heehee glad it foxed you, Michelle…! Thank you so much my lovely x

  4. 8 January 2020 / 2:31 pm

    I love how your socks pick up the color from the top.

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:04 am

      Thanks Mireille x

  5. 8 January 2020 / 10:43 am

    This is such a fabulous outfit Catherine…I love the shoes! The pajama top makes such a good layering piece and it will be perfect with jeans and a camisole underneath. I actually have a couple of camisoles that I wear as tops, but were sold as part of a pajama set. xo

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:05 am

      Thank you Debbie – I like the shape of pyjama tops, they’re the perfect style to wear open like a light jacket as they have quite structured lapels…!

  6. 8 January 2020 / 8:46 am

    I love the casual look. I can’t wear brogues though as my feet look huge…

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:06 am

      Thanks Hilda – my feet ARE huge so I can’t avoid them looking huge in any shoes… the thick sole actually balances that out though I find, your shoes don’t look quite so long and thin then!

  7. 8 January 2020 / 7:01 am

    Ok, I do love the Hawaiian/PJ top, but those deep green pants are SO cute! I need to vary the color of my pants. I’m a bit stuck in the jeans–white, black, indigo–mode, and the peg shape is so fun. As are the brogues!!

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:07 am

      Thank you Darlene – as I mentioned I have loads of them in all different shades. I don’t wear green very often, but I seem to have green trousers coming out of my ears!! 😉

  8. 8 January 2020 / 2:20 am

    what a fun look and awesome new brogues. You have pulled this off perfectly

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:08 am

      aww thank you Linda! x

  9. 7 January 2020 / 8:46 pm

    You can defo wear it now! I’m wearing my pj bottoms (raging tummy ache) but didn’t venture out in them – they’re bright mauve!! Thanks for hosting and HNY. xx Jacqui

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:09 am

      Haha that doesn’t stop some people, Jacqui – I see people at Tesco in (what looks like) pyjamas, and definitely in onesies…

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:09 am

      thanks so much Gina!

  10. 7 January 2020 / 6:23 pm

    If they look that good why not!

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:09 am

      hehe that’s what I think, Nancy x

  11. 7 January 2020 / 6:16 pm

    To answer your title: “Yes, of course you can!”. You look amazing, have a great week x

    Love from Anita

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:09 am

      thanks Anita, you too 🙂

  12. 7 January 2020 / 6:03 pm

    Well, of course, you can wear a pajama top as clothes! Especially when it is a cute floral like this one. I love the peach color with the shades of green. And your brogues have me drooling. I don’t even know how many robes I have that I wear as kimonos. I don’t really see much difference between the two! And I also wear giant soft oversized sweaters as nightshirts! I think you can transition any clothing pieces however you see fit.


    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:10 am

      The peach colour is really pretty, isn’t it Shelbee? Think that’s why I was drawn to it…! Thank you lovely x

  13. 7 January 2020 / 5:36 pm

    I would have never guessed it’s a PJ top. The pattern is so pretty and it finishes off the look so nicely!
    Thanks for hosting the linkup!

    Ellibelle’s Corner

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:10 am

      Thanks Ellibelle! xx

  14. jodie filogomo
    7 January 2020 / 5:35 pm

    Great idea…why not make our pjs more versatile when they are this cute?

    • Catherine
      11 January 2020 / 11:11 am

      Couldn’t agree more, Jodie – though I think this is the only nightwear I might wear out, the rest most definitely look like PJs 😉

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