The Perfect Pajama

The Pajama: Eberjey PJ Set

Something shifted a few months ago. It started with these PJs, but more on them in a minute. Then I did a massive closet cleaning that was way overdue. I got rid of a ton of clothes that I never wear (probably 10 tubs full, I never got rid of anything), and I vowed to quit accumulating clothes only because they catch my eye in the moment. While lovely, these were often the things I neglected to wear, because they just didn’t mix and match well. And the result was I had a closet filled with pretty things, but always felt like I had nothing to wear.

Interestingly, the result of my newly lean closet hasn’t been a desire to fill it back up. Instead that desire has been replaced with an intense urge to simplify and to buy fewer, better things. Perfect things, to be exact. For example, I’m looking for the perfect black blazer right now. I’ve been researching, trying on, and hunting for “the perfect” one for a while. One that is high-quality, perfectly tailored, a wardrobe workhorse. One that will probably hurt my wallet just a little at the cash register, but will be well worth the investment given the amount it will be worn. All I know is I’ve been having far more “good-outfit” days with less in my closet, and I’ve been more creative with how to pair my favorite pieces together in new ways. Sure, there will still be a trend to try here and there, but layering on a million patterns or accessories or having the new hot color of the moment doesn’t really do it for me. I’m way more jazzed about having the perfect version of a timeless, versatile essential that I can wear every week if I want. Like a perfect white t-shirt or a just-right white button up or the chicest pair of ballet flats or a perpetually cool striped tee. You know, those pieces that will pull together even the simplest everyday looks and always look effortless.

So all that to say, as I find these perfect must-own pieces, you’ll be the first to know. I’ll share my essentials once I find them in this new, ongoing series – “The Perfect.” First up today is the pajama. It doesn’t make the usual magazine lists of fashion staples, but why shouldn’t your loungewear live up to your style standards? Eberjey is simply the best here—they merge super-soft jersey fabric with simple-yet-sexy designs. After stalking the Gisele PJ set for a while, I finally purchased it just in time for our recent travels. No big surprise, I went for the navy with white piping; but now I have my eye on this black robe and this long-sleeved version for winter too. The perfect pajama, and the start of my hunt for more perfect essentials.

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  • Kate

    I’m very excited to see what you choose as the perfect black blazer — that one has been on my list for a while now. I’ve been on a similar crusade since I realized recently that I am still wearing a few select items from college or even high school. A slip dress, cable knit sweaters, this black a-line skirt my mother had to force me to buy. It’s great when you find things that will really hold up and become staples.

  • Jessica

    Not sure where you’re based, but you might really like the Chevalier Jacket by Wifred, sold at Aritzia – they have a store in Chicago, are opening one in NY, and you can always order online. It’s a beautiful blazer and is so versatile – great for dressing up, down, or business casual. Personally, I wear it both to work and on nights out.,default,pd.html?dwvar_42096_color=3627#start=13 – the main display is blue but it does come in black (which is the version I own). I’m also totally craving the olive green coloured one 🙂 Best of luck with your search.

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Thanks for the tip, Jessica! From the photos that blazer is gorgeous–love the soft tailoring. I’ll have to give it a try – we’re not too far from Chicago.

  • PerpetuallyChic

    I can’t wait to report back, Kate! Hopefully there will be some other things on my list that are on yours too.