Saturday, January 06, 2007

Today's Post Is Brought To You By The Letters P and J

I can't take it anymore. This cotton and flannel insanity has gone on long enough!

I may sound old and outta touch by admitting this but I don't get some of the latest fashion trends. Moreso the creation and promotion of tulip skirts and bell jackets but do you know what really baffles me?

Pajama pants. "But Erika," I can hear you saying, "what do you have against cotton or flannel cinched just below the waist with a drawstring?" After all, they are super comfy and on the right person can be sexy. You can get them in plaid or with funny little cartoons, or in my Dad's case - with NASCAR insignia.

Ironically I am writing this in a pair of pink flannel bottoms and my pink Miami Ink t-shirt.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against pajama pants worn in the comfort of your own home. It's nice to slip on something soft and warm and comfy when it's cold out, for an evening in playing Scrabble, when you're retaining 3 pounds of fluid or when sittin' round the fire when camping. Hell, I've even worn them to take out the garbage. But that's not what I'm talking about.

I've seen girls wearing them at the arcade while playing Dance Dance Revolution, or while chowing down at the food court. At first, girls were only wearing them to school. Then the schools got wise, and they were banned [the pj's, not the students]. In true teen rebellion, now pajama pants are popping up at the mall, and I don't mean on the rack. Maybe wearing your pajama pants to the mall today is like wearing sweat pants back in my day (which wasn't all THAT long ago). I'm pretty sure it wasn't sexy then either.

I find it hard to imagine if you were a teenaged boy that you would start crushing on a girl after seeing her in the flannels she wears to bed. Then again, I've never been in tune with the thoughts of teenage boys (or boys in general). I know they didn't like wearing sweat pants.

But donning your nightime wear isn't limited to hormonal teenagers. The other day I saw a lady in her 30's in the produce section wearing red flannel pajama pants
pushing her grocery cart with her toddler. Did she not sense that people were wondering if she was a bit off?

A young mother was picking her two kids up at daycare yesterday, and yup - had on pajama pants! If your kids are dressed in non-night time clothes it's probably a safe bet that you shouldn't be either.

And I know it's more acceptable to be more daring and baring and all that a la super low rise jeans but come on! It'd be like going to work in your lingerie - probably not going to get quite the rasie you were looking for.

Mmmmm, perhaps I should start a new trend...a small serving of modesty anyone?


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more!

Anonymous said...

well, i love a white t-shirt and boxers or pj pants on a girl. and on the right girl it can be very sexy. but you're right, you DEFINATELY don't need to wear that stuff in public. i can understand not wanting to get dressed up just to run to the grocery store, but....

Anonymous said...

But *I* am wearing pink jammie pants and a pink Miami Ink shirt right now too!

Kirsten said...

Just when you thought our society was obsessed with being perfect (body, clothes, sexy image, etc) we see these ya whos. Like you said they could be taking a stand and going against the grain of what society deems acceptable. However, the PJ pants in public only come off one way (ok two ways)LAZY!

PS: Where did you get you Miami Ink T-shirt?

Erika said...

Amy: My gift of persuasion is still going strong.

Sean: Thanks for sharing your perfered sleeping attire ;)

Peter: I'd like a picture of that!

Kirsten: Ya whos - love it! I got the shirt at Thrifts.

Erika said...

Oops - that should read Thriftys!

Anonymous said...

Amen! What's worse, is that I've seen people also wearing what appear to be slippers out in public with the PJ pants.

Anonymous said...

the slippers in public grosses me out. i don't know why, but the thought of tracking all that crap in from the outside inside and on your furniture when you put your feet up, etc...