The time is nigh to buy tickets to tonight's Hyphen PJ Soiree,
starting at 8:30pm at FAME (435 Broadway Street, San Francisco). Just
to give you a taste of what's in store, your party planners at Hyphen
have decided to put a list together of what turns them on. Get ready to take a cold shower after reading.
Not sure what to wear to our PJ Soiree Party on September 13th? Want to win the sleepwear contest? Get some fashion advice straight from the guest judges for the evening, Jenny Ton and Julia Rhee of Retrofit Republic.
How do you define the theme of the party, "grown-and-sexy"?
JR: I think grown-and-sexy is a really subjective concept. But for me, so much personal style is really the embodiment of an idividual’s personality, their lifestyle, their entire aesthetic. Regardless of what they’re wearing, if they’re able to wear something that reall feels complimentary to their body type and who they are as individual and they wear it with confidence, that’s a dead ringer for grown and sexy.
So when we’re talking about grown and sexy sleepwear…given that this is an evening event, and there are people around, birthday suit is probably not going to be the best idea. Clothing should definitely not not be optional. I’m talking directly to you, Terry Park. So I think for grown and sexy sleepwear, wear something that feels reflective of who are you as an individual and also soemthing that you feel confident and comfortable in. a confident and comfortable piece is where we’re going to see a lot of interesting interpretations.
JT: Grown AND sexy.
Do you have any favorite designers/models/outfits of grown-and-sexy sleepwear?
JT: Vintage sleepwear from the 1920s – 60s which we carry a few in our shop. Similar to women’s wear, in general, from the 1960s and before it was seen as “unlady” like and socially unaccepted to dress in any risqué manner. This also translated into sleepwear with a majority of 1960s and prior vintage sleepwear or nightgown’s were floor length and covered most of a woman’s body. Even under the sheets, the more covered up or demure a lady the more lady like she was. But, of course, this wasn’t always practiced ;)
JR: We have a vintage kimono…for women, we have a couple vintage negliges, which go in the direction of lingerie…a lacy slip that you wear under dresses. For women, men’s button up shirts are often seen as sleepwear.
Public record—I love Terry K. Park.
As a guest judge, what kinds of "grown-and-sexy" sleepwear do you suggest for those attending the hyphen party?
Since I’m a big fan of vintage and because we’re less likely to see it represented, I’d recommend vintage sleepwear. For me, vintage sleepwear represents grown and sexy. It’s classy which is sexiness personified without having to show your goodies. Sexiness is not about how much skin you show but about confidence, confidence, confidence! How confidently you carry yourself, even in the most conservative attire, will turn heads in the best way possible.
It’s also trite to associate sleepwear with risqué and raunchy. Why not defy the social standards and go with something classy? Classy is always in style. Therefore, try floor length pieces like the 1970s sleepwear jumpsuit (1st image attached: "women PJ") or the other pieces seen in the vintage sewing pattern images?
You may also don the standard pajama suit set. Wear your pants high-waisted and unbutton the bottom buttons of your PJ top and tie the ends around the pants’ high waist line or belt around the most narrow part of your waist to create a peplum style aesthetic or tuck in your PJ top and belt around your PJ bottom’s waistline. Pair all of these looks with your sexiest and highest heels. My personal favorite is to wear a men’s (size Tall) PJ button-up because it’ll be oversized and long enough for you to pair with over-the-knee stockings and your stilettos. It’s demure on top yet sexy on the bottom without looking like a pajama go-go dancer gone wrong.
For the fellas or more masculine presenting folks, the classic pajama suit set and robe (think Hugh Heffner and the vintage men’s sleepwear sewing patterns attached) will never go out of style. It’s a grown and sexy classic. Maroon is also the color of the season. It’s definitely a grown and sexy color too. Don’t be afraid to mix your pajama suit sets as well, such as a white PJ button-up and a black PJ pant (white and black are always a guaranteed solid pairing) or mixing patterns is a bonus such as a classic tartan plaid print on the bottom and polka dots on top.
The key to pulling off any of the PJ suit sets is (drumroll please) confidence! However, it does not exempt you from being a wrinkled hot mess (unless you’re going for this facetious aesthetic) so please iron, iron, iron!
I also don’t mind a long johns one piece or 2 piece set either. Tongue-in-cheek and not taking yourself too seriously are undeniably sexy too, right Terry Park, Mr. Hyphen 2011 Winner?
What's your favorite sexy sleepwear outfit to wear? Why?
JT: It depends on my mood. Either my vintage floor length black silk 1950s nightgown, or only wearing my XL and worn out men’s Berkeley t-shirt.
JR: I have different kinds of sleepwear. I have sleepwear that matches the mood that I’m in. so if i’m in a really surly, upset mood, then I’m going to wear something comforting, like pull-over onesies, like flannel nightgowns that can be house mumus. Its reminiscent of what my mom would wear…when I want comfort, I’ll just pull on something that feels nostalgic and something comfortable…I have this two piece silk menswear inspired PJ set that I really really love. It’s not really form fitting, it’s long sleeved, but because of the material, it just feels a little bit extra lux…I found this really amazing 1950s style vintage men’s robe that’s also silk, and I’m just in love with it. It’s floor length on me. It’s midnight blue solid print with small white polka dots. It looks really classy.
As a judge, if I saw something that just came off a manniquin of victoria’s secret, I’d score it pretty low on originality. I think sex appeal is less about flesh; the name of the game isn’t about to show as much skin as humanly possible, it’s more performative…That sex appeal, that confidence is going to exude without having to take off all your clothes.
I’d give you extra points if you wore something that was really witty or silly. If you want to score high points with me, go away from the obvious, and do something that other people wouldn’t feel comfortable doing. Go for the bold choice. Push your own personal boundaries but in a way that still feels true to who you are. So in terms of menswear, thoughtful presentation is going to be really key. So tshirts and boxers, that’s the obvious choice. Certainly if it feels comfortable, then go for it. But if you’re trying to win, this would be an elevated version of what you wear. Contrast color piping, collared shirts, button ups, I’m a sucker for matching PJs, like two piece pajama sets, robes, or even a Hugh Hefner look. It can be the smoking jacket, with the leather slippers, and the silk PJ set, maybe a nice paisley print, a nice pocket square.
Do you have a favorite sleepwear outfit from your childhood?
JT: My pink Ninja Turtles PJ set! I have never been a fan of pink, but my parents tried to subscribe us to gender norms by gifting my twin brother with the blue Ninja Turtles PJ set and, begrudgingly, I was stuck with the pink set. Regardless, it’s the friggin Ninja Turtles! Turtle Power!
Do you have a favorite sleepwear outfit from the sleepwear portion of Mr. Hyphen?
HAHA, Terry Park!!!! Sneaky you. Of course my answer is your undeniably sexy Korean Ajima/juvenile and identity confused sleepwear. I’m turned on just thinking about it! You must attach your sexy Mr. Hyphen sleepwear photo here!
--What do you think of Terry Park?
Why is this unicorn stud still single and not a billionaire yet?
Does RR have any sleepwear outfits for sale?
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