How to wear pyjama pants

Q. As a follower of fashion, I always like to stay on trend. I've noticed that pyjama pants are all over the catwalks this season but I've no idea how to wear them. How can I wear this look and avoid looking like I just forgot to get dressed? Help!

A. The average woman spends almost three years of her life getting ready: that's an average of 40 minutes of agonising outfit deliberations every morning, and one hour and 12 minutes of intensive coiffing as a prelude to an evening out.

And with the challenging looks of recent seasons - from the contrived nonchalance of the Cruise collections (nautical, to you and me) to the careful clash of colour blocking - it seemed we were destined to spend half this summer chained to our bedroom closets.

But at last the style gods have smiled down on us with the return of the 20th century's most low-maintenance and yet supremely elegant fashion item: the pajama pant. Seductive, sensual and far too stylish to keep in the bedroom, pyjamas present an alluring new eveningwear option for spring.

WHO PUT THEM ON THE CATWALK? Pyjama, or palazzo, pants were first worn back in the Twenties when they were worn in the most luxurious of fabrics –and this season we are seeing them in slouchy silks and satins. They have been seen at all the major catwalk shows including; Clements Ribeiro, Jonathan Saunders, Antonio Marras, Jil Sander, Richard Nicoll, Hermes, Stella McCartney.

WHERE CAN I GET THEM ON THE HIGH STREET? All the major retailers such as Topshop, ASOS, H&M and River Island have a vast array of pyjama pants – with something to suit every pocket and taste.

WHO DO THEY SUIT? If styled well, they can hide a multitude of sins, so they can look good on almost any body shape. It’s more about whether you’ve the confidence to carry them off without looking as if you’ve just overslept.

HOW TO WEAR THEM? There's nothing high-maintenance about this trend - simply pair leg-lengthening Pyjama pants with simple vest or mannish shirt. Tops should sit just below the trouser line, or be tucked in. Wear with button-front tops and dressing-gown jackets for evening - but keep the look simple, with low-key accessories.