Pyjama Party

Beyond what Carine tells us to do, does a designer dollar sign sometimes sway us in favour of buying a product because it must be a good look to wear, rather than deterring the purchase because it’s expensive?

My pyjama pants don’t care.


I’m not one to keep tabs on trends. Not in a nose in the air, I’m too good for you and your limited fashion knowledge way. Nor in a hipster, I liked Kings of Leon when they still had beards way. Closer to the truth, the majority of what end up as online colour stories or email newsletters are built solely for the Amazon women and Riccardo Tisci muses – neither of which translate, even loosely, to tanned Asian.

So it is not surprising that neither ‘Pyjama Chic’ nor ‘Innerwear-as-Outerwear’ were never supposed to work out for me, or anybody else for that matter. Like Normcore, both require meticulously natural hair-and-makeup four hours in the making, Hans Feurer or Alexis Lubomirski, bare minimum garments at astronomical prices, and next to no chest endowment to speak of. At the very least, I have the last criterion nailed. And I’m halfway there with the penultimate – I’d being hawk-eying these Chloé trousers on every single online stockist until they all went on sale, then immediately sold out on all but Farfetch. I will preach, too, that they are now the most comfortable pants I own (even more so than my drop-crotch leathers), and that for anything designer pieces do to hurt your bank account, they will make up for in not chaffing/sticking/scratching/ripping for the eternity in which you continue to wear them.

At least, that is the case for Chloé.

I ended up living in limited modifications of this outfit for the first two weeks of July. I will blame part of this on New York’s face-melting mid-Summer heat, which I’d never before experienced, and for which I was heavily unprepared. As I get terrible road rage, I take the subway and walk as much as possible, which unfortunately had me turning up to meetings sweaty and disheveled to the point where I’d almost be better off being ten minutes late for stint in the ladies’ room.

So, dude sprinting down Park Ave in a full suit and tie?

Not worth it.

Meanwhile, the more corporate Midtown folk questioned the completeness of my dressing routine every morning, the more I thought a) oh please and b) whether the price tag of a garment increases its aesthetic appeal in our eyes, as a result of luxury credibility. Or something. I’m not even referring to quality, in the way that my Mother (who is currently renovating) thinks that some particular cut of spotted gum timber will make for better floorboards just because they are more expensive. I’m considering that, beyond what Queen Carine tells us to do, a designer dollar sign may sometimes sway us in favour of buying a product because it must be a good look to wear, rather than deterring the purchase because it’s expensive.

Although I wouldn’t see myself as falling under this spell on every purchase, and certainly not this pair of trousers, I’m sure there is many a consumer psychology study to be run alongside the reasons why designer goods cost what they do. Does pricing as high as Balenciaga mean that your brand is perceived at the same level as Balenciaga? Does the fact that Kenzo and Carven‘s prices, on the most part, are extremely reasonable for the quality of the product, mean that they are not to be classed as high-end or even luxe-contemporary brands, and that you and I might fork out an extra two hundred bucks for something ‘better’?

To that, my pyjama pants say they don’t give a damn.

Because they’re awesome.

Valley Dead Coffin Club Glasses

Asilio Seduction Game Lace Camisole

Karen Walker x benah Juliet Clutch (on sale – BXKWSALE at checkout)

Chloé Striped Wide Leg Trousers

Acne Jensen Boots

shot on Nikon D600 with 85mm lens

  • Avanti

    I love what you are wearing! Very chic and sexy.
    I love the way you coordinate different pieces.


  • Steph Strays

    I love those pants. Pyjama or not, they’re great. Reminds me of when I bought a fairly expensive pair of pants only to wear them in front of my father who then proceeded to compliment me on my pants and ask if I bought them from Peter Alexander.

  • Laura Lama F.
  • Your pants are absolutely perfect!!!



  • Love the camisole with these pants! Bring right amount of sexiness.

  • Ana

    Love a good pair of pyjama pants!
    Designer clothes are great if you can afford them as they are beautiful and quality is fantastic, however does this justify the astronomical prices of some pieces. Probably not. I mean unless you wear the label and price tag on your forehead, everyday joe will not know nor care if you forked out 500 dollars or 1000 for jacket. I guess it is more of an internal thing, where for some people, to know they went for the more expensive option allows them to stand taller or fit in better.
    I unfortunately won’t know the secret until I start saving up in my piggy bank ;), and even then, I’ll probably go on holiday instead, hehe

    Ana x

  • Yanii Putrii

    it looks very stylish! love the combination of the clothes :)

  • Gorgeous outfit and another great post. Always such a pleasure to read, I smile every time I see you have posted something new!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  • Beautiful outfit, love your trousers!


  • The Undercover Giraffe

    you absolutely never go wrong

  • The heat and humidity in NYC in the summer is crazy. I grew up in NYC and moved to LA last year, and I miss everything about NYC except the weather. Hate the brutally cold winters and the brutally hot and humid summers…


  • love the whole outfit!!


  • monkeyshines
  • Love the pants!
    I think there definitely are people who do think that the more expensive an item is the better the quality it must be. But after some time you’ll learn where you can find good quality and which one’s bad.
    Quality and comfort are definitely key, no matter where the clothes are from. In the end anyway only the few fashion savvy ones out there will know the different between $50 Zara pants and $1000 Chloe pants.
    xx Cheyenne

  • shesaidsomething

    Dressing for the heat, it’s tough. I usually go for sleeveless basics (no tank tops – not for a corporate environment) and lovely loose dress pants (various forms of palazzo). With a nice heel, the loose trouser and more fitted top looks very nice. Add some nice jewelry and you have a work appropriate look that won’t melt your face off ;).

    Oh – and you can tell quality a mile away ;). Just go to any high end mall and compare Zara with Celine. There is just no comparison.

  • Nina Ng

    HAHA your mum sounds like my mum! She does the same with unnecessary kitchen appliances. It’s hilarious!

  • Totally workin’ those pyjama pants! Don’t think I could ever pull them off LOL

  • Lol. I think there must be some key study on the psychology of the consumers. In some cases I also feel the rush when seeing how much an item costs. Though it’s sometimes hard to spend a lot of money on basics with simple materials… Really hard convincing myself it’s worth it. I don’t know if there’s a right way to spend money. But I do know that this outfit rocks. You nailed the pajama party trend, and I’m not fond of it at all. But it kinda comes together.


Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.


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