TOKYO - Sticklers who think pyjamas are only for home and matching shoes a must, will find the latest trend odd. But for fashionistas, venturing out in nightwear, or with a different shoe on each foot, are just part of the daily fun of getting dressed, and now apparel shops are catering to the trend.
"I like this because it's loose and cute," said a university student shopping in Tokyo's Harajuku area. She appeared to be wearing a cardigan printed with a popular character, but actually, it was a pajama top. Beneath it she wore a T-shirt and short pants. "The pajama looks nice when I wrap it around my waist. It also makes my outfit original."
Designers are now taking note -- nightwear can be fashionable. Rei Oshima styled striped shirts, pants and a checkered dressing gown on pyjamas in the 2014-2015 collection for her women's apparel brand Oshina Rei and Kin.
The unconventional trend is catching on among men, too.
"They are cheap but they don't look it, do they?" An office worker showed off his sneakers, which don't match - the left is beige, and the right, khaki. He bought two pairs and wears one from each. "I like sneakers and have a lot of them, but wearing matching pairs is a bit dull. So I made odd pairs. No one has asked me if I put on wrong shoes."