Not ready to wear pj's to work? Go in-between with fancy not-pajama pants

May 19, 2011 at 8:11 AM ET

AllSaints' "Antalya" trouser, $220,

Your workplace is business casual... but how casual can you be while getting down to business? This season ushered in a new trend that walks the line between cozy and couture: Silk pants. Designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Roberto Cavalli and Diane Von Furstenberg fearlessly debuted this trend on the runway, incorporating bright colors and wild patterns.

While it may take some getting used to, there is something undeniably appealing about these high-end slacker slacks. They're whimsical, comfortable and have an elastic waistband. And even if you're personally uncomfortable wearing them, at least be nice to the brave girl in your office who isn't.

Just Cavalli

Thinking of taking these trousers for a 9-5 test run? Be prepared with these nifty tips for silk trail blazers: 

  1. Silk is hot. Don't let its thinness fool you. These pants are not for offices without air conditioning. Sweaty tushy plus plastic chair = standing under the hand dryer in the bathroom backward in between meetings. Keep a travel-size baby powder in your desk drawer just in case.
  2. Stand up straight. Slouchy posture plus borderline sleepwear = people actually thinking you just rolled out of bed.
  3. Don't apologize. Confidence is key for this trend. Uncertainty plus leopard-print drawstring pants = quickly losing respect from your colleagues.
  4. Wear smooth undies. Unforgiving silk plus bunchy lingerie fabric =  visible panty line.

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