Monday, February 23, 2009

Apparently I Did NOT Get This Fashion Trend Memo

Sometime over the last five years, a new fashion trend has emerged that quite frankly I've become appalled by. I don't know exactly when the shift took place, but I am over it. And what trend is this I am referring to?

The pajamas in public trend.

Hello people? Pajamas in public. Seriously pajamas are storming the world over, beware Levis your market is being barraged by our friend, flannel comfort and coziness. Now I am no stranger to running out of the house to the post office when I am in my lounge wear in the early evening. Heck I even picked up my daughter with my nightgown tucked into my jeans one day. But I did say tucked in, it looked like a floral shirt peeking out of my jacket. For the record that was just a bad day anyway, the thought of getting out of my pajamas was horrific. But I didn't throw on my slippers and hit the door. I put on jeans! At least I appeared to be put together.

But we have to draw the line. I believe it started with High School aged kids, running out to the library or to Target. Then wham it hit the college scene, then eventually Moms. Sigh. Shameful really. Are we too damn lazy to put on a pair of sweatpants. I rarely leave the house in sweats, but pajamas displayed in public, Never.

This pajamas in public post was inspired by two back to back incidents. I was sitting in the parking lot eating a Hot Fudge Sundae off the dollar menu of a local fast food establishment (if you know me, insert gasp!). This was the day after I tucked my nightie into my jeans to pick up my daughter, so I was still in the dark fog. My youngest was enjoying a Strawberry Sundae when I was wiping her cheek I noticed a mom getting out of her car. She was wearing blue satin pajama bottoms and pink fuzzy slippers, hair up in some disheveled ponytail. She grabs her daughter and heads into the Golden Arches. Hello "Mom In Your Pajamas" at four in the afternoon, there's this thing called a drive thru, you sit in your car, order the food, they hand it to you. No one ever has to know you are in your pajamas, IN PUBLIC.

Then yesterday I witnessed this, the proof the trend is growing. Obviously young men in their twenties, out with their very cute and put together girlfriends also are into the flannel look. Oh and it's hard to tell, but he was wearing his slippers as well.
Is anyone with me on this one. Or do you hate the thought of having to slip out of your flannel, just to go enjoy some lunch or pick up a few things at the grocery store?

24 comments:

  1. I am so with you. I often drive my kids to school while I'm still in my pajamas, but I go through the car line. I put on a hat and a jacket and I always wear regular shoes, not slippers. I wouldn't do this if I had to get out of my car though!

    Pajamas are for home. Put on some clothes people.

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  2. Yes, this KILLS me. I know it's clothes and at least they are covered properly, but c'mon. I have not had the awesome chance to see young men, however I have seen plenty of high school girls sporting this look.

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  3. I'll tell you what, I'm with you...but we are losing:O There is a college campus just a few blocks down from us...that is ALL they wear! I don't get it?

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  4. Ok so once my girl was born i went out twice with slippers - nothing else would fit my big feet, but never Pj's. It's bizarre. Now as mums we all have days it takes us ages to get out of our pj's but to wear them out in public is insane. God i hope this trend doesn't last long although haven't seen any signs of celebs wearing them so who knows!

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  5. First time I saw this was in college when the sorority girls showed up in jammies and smelling like a brewery. I can't stand this look but I am pretty conservative and won't leave the house w/o showering unless it is a REALLY bad day.

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  6. I find this trend to be disrespectful and downright ugly. I am sounding stodgy, aren't I? I don't even wear sweats in public unless I'm going to the gym. PJs belong at home, people! I'm with you on this.

    PS
    I'm subscribing to your feed. I love the knee socks.

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  7. Guilty as charged, your honor.

    Let me present my case.

    While Christmas shopping for my sister, I found us both some really cute striped lounging pants. Pink and red. BOLD. Comfy.

    At Costco the other day I found a perfectly matching tank top, exactly the kind I like to wear to yoga.

    I paired the two up and went to yoga class last week.

    Did I mention it was very comfy?

    Ready for sentencing.

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  8. This is a trend that I really hate see growing. I won't let either of my girls out of my house in PJs unless they are just going in the car because I have to drive someone somewhere way too early in the morning.

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  9. This trend is alive and well in Utah! And I hate it. I have decided that I am going to photograph these people (and make sure they see me) while laughing my ass off, in the hopes that it will embarrass them enough to stop doing it.

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  10. I totally did that in high school, and college... shit, I think I'm part of the generation that made this popular!

    I don't do it anymore unless I'm pregnant, though.

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  11. Seeing as I live in a part of the world where sweat pants get a frown, I don't see this much but PJs in public, ewww....worse than white shoes after Labor Day! (And I hate white shoes after Labor Day!)

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  12. ::gulp:: Guilty as charged, I suppose. Now that I think about it, I don't actually do it all that often. But when I do, I'm at least put together (hair and makeup and such), only difference is the jeans are traded for pj's. At least for me it's not laziness...it's that I absolutely love pajama bottoms and tank tops. I would wear them all the time if I could. It's definitely a college thing, rarely did it in high school (only on pajama days) I guess I mostly just wear them around the apartment as long as I have nowhere to go...but once in a while I'll wear them out, just cause I love them and they're comfy. Never really thought too much about it. I definitely will now ;)

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  13. I love pajamas. Especially in winter. I have all sorts of them. But hello, the furthest i will go in them is to dash out to the curb with my trash at 7 in the morning, 15 seconds ahead of the garbage truck. And even then I'm like, don't look at me, DONT LOOK AT ME! Sheesh. Knowing what i wear to bed is for select company, yanno? Like my dogs!

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  14. I rocked the Pj bottoms in HS. Although they were always new ones, not ones I'd word to bed. Now I rarely go out in sweats, I'd not go out in PJ's. At least not if I needed to be seen.

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  15. Are juicy sweatpants considered pajamas?

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  16. I have been known to run to the store in some fairly embarrassing get ups (what I live in the burbs - who cares what they think?) - but never pjs. That's just one step away from underwear.

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  17. OOooohhh, what about risque pj's??? Now that would be pushing it! ;)

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  18. Giggling. I've never seen anyone in slippers, but flannel bottoms I see all the time. I wouldn't do it, but they don't bother me. Then again, I am not exactly (ahem) 'in the fashion know.' In fact, even sans PJs, I sometimes fear I'm being followed by "What Not To Wear."

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  19. Haha don't you love living in Boulder? I bet there's some granola stuck to those PJ pants. my quaint town of Durango was voted "worst dressed town." I guess that happens when 90% of the population's priorities vary between kyaking and snowboarding.

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  20. I was just having this conversation with my 20 year old the other day (who is a fashionista and will not even go out of the house in athletic shoes).
    It really grosses me out to see people in pajama pants, even more so in slippers in public. Do they actually sleep in the pajamas they wear around all day? What about the slippers: sloppy, fuzzy slippers that you then go home and wear around your house? It makes me wonder what kind of living conditions they live in (can you say "Trailer Trash".
    Boy did you open a can of worms...I am not usually so judgemental, but people have to think about the impression they give off to others. I'm sure they would claim that they don't care, and that's exactly the message that is being sent!!

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  21. My husband and I have a thing about this. I can't stand it. Have we lost all social graces at this point? PLEASE get dressed before you leave your house! I don't care if you're too cool for school.

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  22. My favorite Jammie guy is Julian Schnabel. His wife designed his going out jams. Now the pressure is on all wives to do the same. Mine refuses. Read more here.

    http://to-the-manner-born.blogspot.com/2008/12/raising-my-game.html

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  23. This cracks me up. I've only seen high school girls doing this, and I think that they are the only ones that can really get away with it. When I think back to some of the things I wore in public in HS, I just have to laugh. (Boxers, anyone?) Now I can't even leave the house without a shower!

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  24. I know, this is an "old" post but I just found it.
    I just wanted to add that it had gotten so bad at our area schools that this past fall, the school board added "pj bottoms" to the list of "what is not allowed to be worn to school". I must admit that every now and then on a Saturday when I don't plan on leaving the house, I throw on a pair of pj's BUT I would never leave the house in them and there is NO WAY that I would ever allow my dauaghter to attend school in them (even before the rule).

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