Pajamas; “They’re not just for sleeping.”

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Pajama wearing has been an ongoing trend these past few years, and I’m not just referring to ‘sleeping in style’ here… it’s much more than that. People everywhere began showing up in public places sporting their pajamas, places such as the gas stations, local grocery stores, and then… it happened. You can actually find people wearing them anytime of the day almost everywhere you go, including airports, banks and restaurants. There is no shame for those that wear them, nor are they children… I’m talking about adults.

Last week while I stood in line at a McDonalds, I couldn’t help but notice a young man and a woman that walked in wearing pajama bottoms with sweatshirts on top. I would guess their ages to be about late 20’s or early 30’s. They both looked as if they had slept in them and didn’t bother combing their hair either. What on earth makes people feel the need to wear their pajamas in such public places? I guess if you were in the drive thru without having to get out of the car it might be alright, but if that becomes the ‘norm’ for many, then the envelope gets pushed a little further by wearing them inside. I’ve been inside the bank on a Saturday and have spotted these pajama offenders standing in line while waiting for a teller. I believe this has gone too far. Pajamas are comfortable, no doubt there, but they were also made for sleeping; to be worn in the comfort of your own home.

I have written about pajama offenders in the past, but as I patronage public places, these particular sightings continue to rise in more common places; example… Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is famous for sightings of all kinds; see through clothing, cross dressers, people wearing unusual outfits, not to mention ‘Pajamas.’  Just browse the stores website and you can find the most unusual people that have been photographed sporting strange clothing, or lack of. As I surfed the internet recently, I even found the site ‘Flyer talk’ discussing when it’s acceptable to wear pajamas while flying; really!? I was in disbelief… reading about those that want to fly in their pajamas.  There used to be a day when people dressed ‘up’ to fly, not dress ‘down.’ Furthermore, it’s become so normal for many that you can go online and read all about ‘pajama etiquette’ … when and where you can sport your PJ look, and what type of pj’s are more acceptable, meaning one can now be fashionable.

If people are looking for total comfort, then they should spend more time searching for those types of clothes, whether its sweat pants or jeans, I’d like to see clothing on them, not what they slept in the night before. I just can’t help myself here, because one thing leads to another… once they wear PJ’s, they get so comfortable they actually go a step further; they will wear slippers instead of shoes, adding to their ensemble. “Am I the only one who thinks this is crazy?” Call me old fashioned, but unless you are ill and are making a trip to the doctor’s office or hospital, please leave your pajamas at home. How hard can it be to put on a pair of pants or sweats, not very?

There once was a time where women didn’t like to be seen without make-up on or curlers in their hair, because they took great pride in looking well, think about it. Now, you have young people wearing pants so far down you see their underwear, and of course we won’t forget those that wear pajamas. I think some of these public places should start posting signs, just as they did for ‘No shoes, No shirt, No service’… we now need ‘No pajamas allowed’ and  ‘No one wants to see your underwear’…which is currently being posted in cities of Mississippi, as well as Louisiana; it’s their “saggy pants ordinance.”

People should be dressed in public establishments, especially restaurants. I don’t want to eat food next to a stranger wearing pj’s, that they most likely slept in… it’s just gross. So next time you think about sporting pajamas out and about, please have some consideration for others. If comfort is what you desire, then look into purchasing sweatpants or something other than pajamas for public wearing, Thank you.

Make your week count.

Comments

  1. Margaret Clark says:

    Could not agree more!

  2. I, too, agree that pajama wearing is tasteless dressing… there are some styles that deserve public disgrace. Some people run all over town with their pj’s on, go home and jump right in bed… how classy is that?

  3. Steve Clutterham says:

    Thanks for hitting on one of my favorite pet peeves. It was bad enough a few years ago when it started with kids under school age, but now it’s everyone. Last week I was in a local casino and saw a gentleman in his 70’s wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers playing slots and betting at the sports book. Later, I saw him in the restaurant, disgusting. It’s the same thing with non service animals in restaurants and food stores. Businesses instruct their employees not to saying anything for fear of a law suit. Things have really been turned upside down in this country in the last 30 years.

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