Why you will NEVER see me wearing pajama pants in public

Why you will NEVER see me in pajama pants in public


Pajamas are not meant to be worn in public. There. I’ve said it. I may get a few nasty-grams, but I stand behind my statement.

Yesterday, it happened again. I was in the grocery store stocking up (the kids are home from college). And, a woman walked past me, serenely strolling along with a well behaved, adorable little girl in the cart. She was in full hair and makeup, cute jacket, nice handbag, and very attractive, except… she was wearing pajamas.

Before you think I am just being judgmental and mistaking yoga pants for pjs — I’m not. These were the fleecy, Juniors Department, crazy-patterned, pastel pjs.

Exactly when did America decide that wearing pajamas in public was a classy style choice? This is definitely not the first person I’ve seen in a store, at the movies, or even in a restaurant in their pjs.

It’s not a “young” phenomenon, either. This was no rebellious pre-teen! Nor is it confined to women. I’ve seen plenty of guys out and about sporting plaid “lounge pants” instead of khakis.

I get it. The concept – cozy, comfy, worry-free pants — completely makes sense. I have several pairs of black yoga pants, which I put to good use when I am busy with more important things than ironing.

But, pjs? C’mon, ladies — there are better ways! And, I’ve sourced a few above.

What’s your take? Would you ever wear pajamas in public?

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    Wendy Browne

    I don’t wear pants, period. I also don’t judge other people for what offends my sense of style. If you don’t like it, don’t look. Flip flops should not be worn outside the pool or beach in my eyes yet look how they’re everywhere in all seasons. Calling people out on fashion choices is petty.

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