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Diane Von Furstenberg - Runway - Spring 2012 Merce
Pair with obi belt, stilettos, clutch. / Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/Mercedes-Benz Fashion

Fashion is tossing a public pajama party. And why not? “What’s safer and more comfortable than PJs in unstable times?” says Simon Collins, dean of Parsons The New School for Design. “The style is versatile, and not difficult to wear or expensive to produce.”

Trends fueling this sleeper hit: prints, pastels, Asian influences and cocooning.

This spring’s awakenings include Old Navy’s drawstring jammies, The Row’s silk robes, Diane von Furstenberg’s silk trousers, ASOS’ pajama tops and Cynthia Rowley’s slippers.

Yes, public PJs were banned in Bennington, Vt., and Broward, Fla., schools. “Today it’s pajamas,” griped a Shreveport, La., politician eyeing an anti-PJ law. “Tomorrow it’s underwear. Where does it stop?”

If you disagree, pair PJ tops with leggings, or PJ bottoms with tight tanks. But lose the slippers and bedhead.

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