Background: This post was inspired by three things: 1) multiple moms confessing to wearing pj’s in the school drop-off lane 2) the amount of pj bottoms we are seeing everywhere, in public, by both genders and all ages 3) the incessant radio ads for Hoodie Footies (TM), by Pajamagram, available in many colors including the leopard print – which has a tail – and marketed as the perfect Valentine’s Day present.
Stop Wearing Pajamas in Public!
Have you noticed more and more people wearing their pj’s outside of the house? I was at Toys R Us before Christmas and I had to pull my kids aside and point out that even though we were seeing FULL FAMILIES in their pj’s at that moment, this would never be okay with me and please don’t ever ask. But, why was I given the opportunity to even utter this statement?
Pajamas have been banned from high schools across the country. In Louisiana, a commissioner in Parish 3 is seeking a ban on all pj’s in public. This begs the questions: 1) Does he really have nothing better to do than introduce this bill? 2) Wow. There must be a bunch of people in Parish 3 wearing pj’s at high noon. 3) How did we get to the point of even talking about this?
Now, there is the issue of “lounge wear” which does get confusing. My sweet friend in Dallas recently called, horrified. Her mother had just come by to pick up her kids. Her mom is as perfectly put together as you would expect any southern-coiffed-still-involved-with-her-sorority lady to be, except she had on pajamas — and had just come from a garden club meeting. When my friend finally took her chin off the floor to ask her mother why on earth she was in her pj’s, her mother replied that it was “lounge wear” from some cute designer at Target. Arms folded across her chest, my friend informed her mom that she was wearing sleeping clothes and that she needed to change.
And, my gosh, the amount of moms who wear their flannels or footies to drop off their kids. One thought, moms: what happens if you have to get out of the car? Life is not a drive-thru and I know plenty of pajama-wearin’ moms who have been embarrassed by fender benders, invitations to coffee, forgotten meetings and more – all while dropping off their kids at school.
Come on, with all the soft and comfy yoga-inspired clothing out there that you can simply throw on, or sleep in, the bar needs to be raised! Everyone will think you are a devoted work-out gal without ever knowing your secret… that those are your pj’s. No more flannel pants in public, in mini-vans or drop-off lanes! I know this doesn’t apply to any StyleBlueprint readers as we, the founders of StyleBlueprint, would have to chastise as we’ve never been spotted outside of our home in ours … besides in this article and the, um, other days when … okay, we all need to STOP.
A special thanks to Elizabeth Fox, aka Panda, and my completely embarrassed younger two children for agreeing to this article. Additional thanks to Ashley Hylbert, photographer extraordinaire, for the pictures!