When a head teacher of a school in Darlington asked parents to stop doing the school run in their PJs, she really didn’t know what she was dealing with. Had she taken a look at the SS16 catwalks, she would’ve known that pyjamas are not a sign of letting yourself go or setting a bad example.

They are, in fact, a glamorous new season wardrobe staple, and I’d go as far as to say that some of this season’s pyjamas would make said mums look overdressed for the occasion.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models her M&S range

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models her M&S range

Let’s be clear – we’re not talking fleece-lined checked numbers or pink hooded onesies (and no, I don’t rock any of these looks, even behind closed doors!).

Pyjamas this season come in silk, lace and leopard print, with some designer styles sporting a luxurious price tag worthy of evening attire rather then night wear. 

So why is it now acceptable to have your silkies on show? Well, we can blame a resurgence of the whole underwear-as-outerwear trend in the ’90s, epitomised by Madonna in the now-iconic Jean Paul Gaultier coned-bra bodysuit and Courtney Love pairing her nightdresses with oversized cardis and ripped tights.

Kate Moss wearing Olivia van Halle pyjamas, pictured by Sadie Frost in Turkey (Sadielizafrost)

Kate Moss wearing Olivia van Halle pyjamas, pictured by Sadie Frost in Turkey (Sadielizafrost)

There’s also the small matter of Kate Moss being escorted from the infamous Easyjet flight in a pair of monochrome striped Olivia van Halle pyjamas. And if Mossy says it’s okay to wear your PJs when partying/travelling/getting up to general mischief, then that’s good enough for me. 

The spring/summer 2016 catwalks were awash with nightwear references, from Alexander Wang’s silky pyjama tops to Celine’s plunging lace-trimmed chemises, so it was only a matter of time before affordable alternatives appeared on the high street.

Personally, I’m obsessed with the Rosie for Autograph range from M&S and will quite happily wear a silk slip and matching kimono on a night out if I can get away with it. But there are plenty of alternatives if you don’t fancy going for an all-out boudoir look. Pyjama-style blouses at Topshop and River Island give just enough of a nod to the trend. Matching slippers and eyemask optional.

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I’m on the lookout for a new shoulder bag and they don’t come much prettier than this red leopard print ponyskin creation by Valentino. Featuring gold pyramid studding and a platinum finish chain strap, you certainly get your moneysworth from The Lock’s hefty pricetag. At £1465 it’s not cheap but it is beautiful. Amazing!

Valentino The Lock Bag, £1465, Matches Fashion

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I’m so annoyed with myself for missing the first two episodes of this e4 series, but how good is it??

For a 90s kid, this is TV heaven and allows me to relive my youth without actually having to go back there.

With plenty of Oasis on the soundtrack, parent-free house parties and embarrassing diary-worthy moments involving boys we should not, but so obviously do, fancy, it pretty much takes me back to my teens.

And before you think I’m looking back, not so much with anger, but with Lennon-esque round rose-tinted glasses, I can assure you I’m not.

The one thing the show does highlight is how appalling some 90s fashion truly was. How did we ever expect to pull a Finn lookalike wearing a checked shirt and ill-fitting jeans combo?

And hair before ghds/highlights/extensions plainly just sucked. Though not as much as lilac eyeshadow and bushy eyebrows – words fail me on why we thought this was a good look.

Bless lead character Rae Earl and her backpack – we really didn’t know the science that smaller bags = larger bodies in the 90s. If only someone had pointed out that it’s all about proportions (cue The Olsens), we wouldn’t have been so eager to strap one of those things to our backs.

But alas, they seem to be having a revival now that the 90s is considered retro/vintage/waybackwhen.

If you really must channel Raemundo in a backpack, make sure it’s one of these – perfect for carrying your padlocked diary entries and mix tapes.

1 – Imogen Leopard Rucksack, £25, Boohoo.com // 2 – Vivienne Westwood Cobalt Blue Leather Backpack, £550, Coggles.com // 3 – Studded Denim Backpack, £35, Topshop // 4 – Italian Leather Backpack, £49, M&Co // 5 – Moschino Quilted Backpack, £1118.33, farfetch.com // 6 – Studded Acid Wash Denim Backpack, £24.99, New Look

My Mad Fat Diary, e4, Mondays at 10pm


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Since the TV is actual crap these days, I’ve taken to revisiting DVD boxsets, the ultimate winter comfort blanket! You know what you’re getting, you’ve seen them before and if you enjoyed it first time round, you’ll love it on second inspection.

This Life is my latest love, sparked by a remarkable empathy for all the absolute bullshit that Anna, played by Daniella Nardini, had to put up with. I was 14 the first time the show aired late night on BBC2. Didn’t really have that much in common with a bunch of twenty-something lawyers. But the mean and moody Miles Stewart (Jack Davenport) was hot stuff in a granddad collar shirt and there was always some Britpop tune playing in the background. It made for compulsive viewing when I should have been in bed on a school night.

Last time I watched the boxset was before the much-hyped reunion show 5 years ago which, predictably, didn’t live up to its promise. A one-off never does – too many loose ends, unfinished business and, ultimately, disappointments at how the characters’ lives have ended up.
But this time around I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching Anna dish out put downs I could only dream of making and fucking up everything in truly spectacular style while looking fabulous in leopard print and red lipstick. Thanks to hours of revisiting my 90s TV style crush, I’ve got a longing for a knee-length leopard print coat and yet another little black dress.
So here’s to Anna, who really should’ve been a blonde…

CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Passion, £25, House of Fraser


Only the old can afford to be young

There have been nights when I’ve lost it. I always seem to find it again in the morning.

Well if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a long bath and a short dress to get into.

Despite all its shortcomings, I’m still partial to penis! 

And my personal favourite, used to describe Miles:

He’s a walking hard-on

If you didn’t catch it first time round, or when it’s been repeated on some obscure Sky channel, I would highly recommend putting the boxset on your Christmas wishlist. Especially if sexual tension and sarcasm’s your thing.

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