I’ll admit it — much as I love wearing my PJs and relish having a job where I can actually work in them, wearing them out in public crosses a line. I’m not talking about a quick jaunt to retrieve the garbage can from the curb or get the mail, I’m talking about a somewhat disturbing trend I’m seeing toward wearing them to the grocery store or Target or whatever. It started with young, college age women and now I’m seeing women my own age, who are more than old enough to know better, schlubbing along in their fuzzy fleecy jammies in the middle of the day.
In Ireland, one school has taken a stand against mothers dropping their children off — or picking them up (!) — dressed in nightwear. Joe McGuiness, head teacher of St. Michael’s Prepatory School in Belfast, sent a letter home with students calling out such women as “slovenly and rude.”
“While it is not my position to insist on what people wear, or don’t, I feel that arriving at the school in pyjamas is disrespectful to the school and a bad example to set to children,” he wrote.
The move follows British supermarket chain Tesco banning customers from shopping in their pajamas, citing an increase in customers showing up in clad in nightclothes, slippers and bathrobes. The woman pictured was one of the first people tossed from the store under the new rule.
Sweet mother of mercy, people. While I don’t think we should go back to the days where women would not step into the public sphere without hair done, makeup on, and heels and pearls in place, I also think not even bothering to put clothes on is a little ridiculous and makes you look like an escapee from the nearest hospital. I understand wanting to be comfy, but it takes five minutes to throw on a decent T-shirt, a pair of yoga pants and some sneakers or those athletic-ish Mary Janes, and you’ll look orders of magnitude more presentable while being just as comfy. There’s casual — and then there’s “just don’t care anymore.”
On the other hand — the Y I go to is three miles from my house and five minutes from my younger kid’s school. If they ban showing up in workout gear? I’m screwed, because there is no way I’m packing a gym bag or going all the way back home just to impress people I see for five minutes twice a week.
What do you consider appropriate “outside” attire and what isn’t? And have you ever done the PJ thing at school dropoff? If so, what’s your justification for doing so?