[I received these pajamas as compensation for working for Harlow & Fox at trade events. My opinions are my own.]
I told you all 2019 was going to be the year of Fancy Jammies, and I MANIFESTED it. We’re now in August, and I’m so pleased with my new pajama wardrobe. I’ve thrown out all the t-shirts with holes and the boxer shorts I never wore, I have acquired several sets of soft, travel-friendly Eberjey pajamas (keep an eye out for their sales, y’all, I cleaned up), I have my deliciously breezy Dottie’s Delights lace pajamas for lounging, and now there are THESE GORGEOUS SILK THINGS by Harlow & Fox, just to complete my transformation into an eccentric lush who wears pajamas to cocktail parties.
The Nova pajamas are based on the shape of Harlow & Fox’s signature cup-sized silk gowns. The top features a surplice style wrap over the bust and shoulders, with a loosely draping, bias-cut body and wide silk ties to cinch under the bust line. The pajama pants are loose, almost palazzo style, with a smooth flat drawstring waistband in front and an elasticated waistband in back. The finishing is luxurious, with bagged-out seams under the arms, silk bands cinching the shoulder straps, a tiny, tiny hem on the camisole top, and a silk waistband tie.
The silhouette feels both contemporary and classic, evoking everyone’s favorite flapper detective, Miss Phryne Fisher, as well as the current trend for “fashion pajamas”, as my sister calls them, or pajama-style separates designed to be worn out of the house as daywear or evening wear. What sets these pajamas apart, in addition to their full-bust-friendliness, is that DAZZLING silk print.
Set on a background of midnight black-blue, splashes of silver, dark gray and teal swirl in bold, painterly strokes, overlaid with lush, abstract flowers rendered in tones of gold so luminous they look like they’re gilded with gold leaf. The pajamas make for an unbelievably striking ensemble, especially when paired with the matching long Nova robe. As a taller, broader person, I tend to be wary of prints, big or small, but I love wearing this set: I like how the bold contrasting colors complement the contrasts in my coloring, and I’m dying to find a soft cashmere sweater in just the right shade of navy or black to pair with the pajama pants for a holiday party.
I typically wear a UK 32H/34GG bra at the moment, putting me just outside Harlow & Fox’s bra size range (although my sister size of 36G is available), and a Large or X-Large in briefs. I’m wearing a Large FF-G in the camisole top, and I requested an X-Large in the pajama pants (if, like me, you don’t see your size listed on a product page, or you want to mix and match top and bottom sizes, just reach out to Harlow & Fox; since these pieces are made to order, size and length adjustments can be made easily). I wear a Large FF-G in the silk bias-cut gowns, but since the pants are more structured, I decided to ask for an X-Large to accommodate my belly.
It is so nice to have a camisole-style silk PJ top that actually covers and shapes to my larger bust. This style isn’t designed to support and lift the way Bravissimo’s PJs are; instead, it drapes softly, providing coverage in comfort. The silk ties help to cinch under the bust for a little more shaping. I’m wearing the top without a bra in these pictures, but when I wear it out, I usually wear a lace bra underneath for more security and lift. Because my bust is a little fuller than Harlow & Fox’s core size range, I do sometimes feel like I might spill out the center if I bend over, but with larger busts that’s to be expected without, you know, an underwire bra. Occasionally the straps slip off my shoulders, but again, silk is slippery and larger bodies move around and whatever, have you seen my silk jammies?
I’m glad I went for an X-Large for the pants, as I like to have a little more wiggle room over my belly. The pants are gorgeously long and flowy, even on my 5’10” frame, and I feel like I’m floating around when I wear them.
I’ve talked about why silk is one of my go-to fibers when I don’t feel well before (it’s soft on sensitive skin, it breathes well, it’s comforting, etc.), but my word, this silk is the softest, shiniest, most supple thing I’ve ever worn in my life. The bust and back panels of the camisole top are also lined with silk on the inside, so you have that divine softness lying directly against your skin. Real talk: I’m scared to sleep in these pajamas because I twist and turn and sprawl and stretch, and I would full-on weep if I tore them somehow, but I’ve definitely worn them around my apartment to host dinners or do some blogging. I also wore the full pajama set while working during Harlow & Fox’s NYC pop-up in February and got tons of compliments. I’d have no hesitation about incorporating either or both of these pieces into outerwear ensembles.
Harlow & Fox continues to be THE name in the game of DD+ luxury. I know I talk about the brand a lot, but I really believe they have created a market category that no one else can touch. These pajamas are pure, unadulterated luxury, in the same price category as a brand like, say, Olivia von Halle, but with a fit designed specifically for fuller busts, and an aesthetic with a little more Old Hollywood glamour. The Nova print is wildly, extravagantly decadent, but if solid colors are more your thing, be sure to check out the Evelyn collections, featuring the same shapes as the Nova set, rendered in rich solid colors (with stunning matching silk velvet robes). Every single time I wear this set I get a little thrill. Work may be challenging, the world may be on fire, but if I need a reprieve, I can come home and put on this set and pretend to be a fancy lady detective on a break between cases. Now I just need a friendly butler to whip up a few cocktails for me.
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Pajamas: Nova Pyjamas by Harlow & Fox ($451 at today’s exchange rate), available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, DD-F and FF-G, with additional sizes upon request. There’s also a matching long robe, which someone is welcome to buy for me so I can die from glamour.
Robe: Augusta Teal Robe by Harlow & Fox (sold out).
Photography: Sylvie Rosokoff