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People Wearing Pajamas in Public - Why?

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Pajama Wearing in Public - Just Say No!

I hate to break this to you, but there is a serious new epidemic out there spreading like wildfire across the U.S.A.: pajama wearing in public. Yes! Gasp! I am sure you have seen it. Maybe you are even a victim of this terrible condition. Have no fear! You can easily overcome this affliction right now. Take the pajamas off before you leave your house!

When and why did this become acceptable? I have to blame college students. About ten years ago, college students stopped bothering to roll out their dorm beds and put pants on to go to class. They determined they would rather look stupid than take that extra two minutes to find pants and a shirt. For some reason, this trend caught on. Why? Why did anyone think college students had a good idea? Have you seen their dorm rooms? Even worse, have you looked in their mini-fridges? This is not a group of people we should try to imitate.

The rest of society is tired of walking into stores, theaters, and other public places only to view a group of adults wearing pajamas. Sure, we can look past it in some situations. If you are at a doctor's office or a drive-thru window, maybe pajamas are acceptable. But in general, it is not. It is time to have some dignity, folks!

The time has come to put an end to this. Stop wearing your pajamas in public. No one wants to see a grown woman wearing her Winnie the Pooh PJs at the local grocery store. No one wants to see a grown man in Batman pajamas strolling the aisles at Home Depot. Put some pants on! There are a few exceptions that society will let slide, but not too many. In case you can't figure this out on your own, I will make a couple of helpful lists.


Acceptable Pajama Wearing Locations:

  • At your home
  • At your friend's home during a sleepover
  • At your Grandma's house
  • At the hospital if you are a patient
  • Going to get the mail (not at post office though - that's still public!)
  • Doctor's office if you are very ill
  • 7-11 (I will let this slide, you must be in a desperate situation if you are there anyway.)
  • Walmart from 9 PM - 9 AM if buying cold medicine, toilet paper, or Kleenex
  • Fast food restaurant if going through drive-thru
  • Bank if going through drive-thru
  • College dorms

Non-Acceptable Pajama Wearing Locations:

  • Church
  • Court
  • School (any age level!)
  • College classes
  • Inside fast food restaurants
  • Grocery stores
  • Nice restaurants
  • Bars
  • Bank
  • Post office
  • Work (unless you are in a sleep research lab!)
  • Walmart between the hours of 9 AM to 9 PM
  • The mall
  • Target
  • Any store!
  • Your friend's house in daylight hours
  • A wedding
  • A wedding reception
  • A funeral
  • A hospital when visiting a patient (the nurse may try to escort you to the mental ward.)
  • At the park
  • At the beach

Pajama Poll

Put Some Pants On and Let's Face the World!

Now that you fully understand the rules of pajama wearing, I know your day will be just a little brighter. Also, please keep in mind, if you do feel the need to wear pajamas in public for any reason, make sure they don't have holes in them. It is one thing to wear a new pair of PJs to Walmart in the middle of the night to get cough syrup, but it is entirely wrong to wear tiny pajamas that look like they came from 80s, they haven't fit you in 10 years, and everyone can see through them due to all the holes. Stop it! Your Cabbage Patch Kid pajamas do not impress us!

Just remember - don't give in to peer pressure. Your friends may like to wear pajamas in public, but if that is the case, your friends are idiots. Don't listen to them. Put on a t-shirt and some jeans, and be a part of society. Thank you for reading and have a productive, non-pajama wearing day!

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Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 18, 2015:

Thank you for your opinion, Donnyten. It is nice to hear from the small percentage of adults that find pajama-wearing in pubic socially acceptable. I am not sure what type of job you have that accepts pajama pants as work attire, but more power to you for finding one.

Donnyten on March 18, 2015:

There's nothing wrong at all with someone who decides to wear Pajamas out in public, or anything else for that matter. Why anyone would care what other people thought of them is beyond me, as this post indicates some subtle form of social anxiety and social acceptance in that regard. Luckily for me, I wear pajamas out and enjoy the free flow nature and not having to worry about tight or ill-fitted jeans. Yep, I wear pajamas to the movies, mall, and even pajama pants to work with a dress shirt! its so comfortable. Actually, there's absolutely no argument as to how wearing pajamas could be detrimental to society or anyone's life. With that said, i'm of the 12 percent of people who voted " Yes, but I think its a great fashion choice". Clearly the poll is misleading, bias and not properly done. You should have had one that said " Yes, because they are comfortable" or " yes, because they fit me unlike everything else in my wardrobe" which is actually what I would have chosen.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 25, 2014:

I would say start with a small change... wear them a little less each time you go out. Maybe switch to sweat pants, too. They are practically the same thing, only more socially acceptable for the public. ;-) Thanks for checking out my hub! Good luck on quitting!

Fullspeed Bratten on March 24, 2014:

I would like to begin by saying that was a great article with some really good substance, however I have to admit that I fall into that category of those who wear pajamas in public on the regular bases. When I wear them most of the time they are solid colored with no hole in the front. I just feel so comfortable when I put them on, and I feel like people should have the choice to wear what they feel like in public. I get a slight adrenaline rush when I where them for some reason. Any suggestions on breaking this habit? @Jeannie

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 18, 2014:

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I never realized Wawa would see a lot of pj wearing folks at night, but I guess that makes sense. It is interesting how really pretty dresses that are almost too formal are in style right now for just about any occasion. I will go out shopping and see two girls shopping together... one wearing a pretty lace dress with dress shoes and the other wear pajama bottoms and slippers. It is a strange world we live in.

Adrienne Lawton from Deptford, NJ on March 18, 2014:

I can't agree more. Every time I go to Wawa late at night (or Wal-Mart any time), someone is wearing their pajamas. It is so uncouth. Have some self respect and at least put on a pair of sweatpants.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 02, 2013:

I am happy to add "court" to the no pajamas list. I am also mortified to learn people are showing up to court wearing pajamas. Thank you!

Kelley Martin from Tulsa on April 01, 2013:

Please add court to your no pajamas list, I see it every single day! If you're going to court, it's probably the most important place you will be all day, put some pants on! Also house shoes count as pajamas.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 19, 2012:

I think you are right. IHOP anytime between midnight to 6 AM is a pajama acceptable wearing time. Thanks for the comment! :-)

MissyGear on August 18, 2012:

Ah, I loved my college during the weekend. A good majority of the students would leave while the rest of us stayed and lounged around in sleep pants all day. Bliss!

I'll admit I was guilty of wearing sleep pants out in public the other day, but it was an IHOP at 2am. I think that counts as a pass.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 22, 2012:

I'm starting to see the fuzzy bunny slippers rearing their little heads in public more now, too. I am tired of seeing bedroom wear out in public. Thanks for the comment!

Gemini Fox on April 22, 2012:

I've only seen people wearing pajamas in public a couple of times but see far more people wearing slippers!! Now that's even weirder!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 31, 2012:

agreeordisagree0 - For me personally, I have been known to wear some pretty uncomfortable stuff out in public. It is funny to think we are all about "comfort" now everywhere we go. If you can wear pants and be comfortable, that is the best thing to do. If not, it might be time to buy new pants. The bottom line is, being comfortable is not a good excuse to wear pajamas in public. Sorry! I guess we can agree to disagree! Thanks for sharing your opinion!

agreeordisagree0 on March 31, 2012:

People wear pajamas because they are very comfortable. I prefer to wear jeans in public but they can get rather irritating and pajama pants are easier to wear and some people just like how soft they are. Would you rather wear something in public that can be irritating or something you think is cute and comfortable?

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 16, 2011:

I am happy that you know the truth - it is not OK! Don't go out in public in your pajamas. Thank you for joining the fight against wearing pajamas in public. Never listen to your roommate!

Shaddie from Washington state on December 16, 2011:

My roommate always tells me to come with him to the store, and when I say "No I'm wearing pajamas!" he tries to convince me that it's okay. BUT I KNOW BETTER! It is not okay.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on November 13, 2011:

This is amazing... Spain does not have Ugly Sweater Parties yet, but still, somehow the pajamas in public craze has caught on. That is craziness. I do the same thing you do. I put pajamas on once I get home and I am not leaving my apartment building. Thanks for the comment!

Barbara C from Andalucia, Spain on November 12, 2011:

Ha-ha so true & so funny!

It's caught on here in Spain too - especially among the youngsters - but I never go out in my jim-jams, just get into them the minute I come home and know I'm not going out again. (This has been known to happen as early as 3pm) :-D

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 06, 2011:

I have to agree, even if a person isn't lazy, it certainly makes them look lazy if they are wearing pajamas in public. That also really scares me to know this is catching on in other countries. Noooo!!!

Thanks for reading and for the comment!

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on October 06, 2011:

I think most people who wear their pajamas outside their home are just too lazy to change to more acceptable wears.

I think I read an article about wearing of pajamas becoming even more rampant in china or somewhere.

Great topic/hub!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 06, 2011:

Jo_Goldsmith11 - A-ha! Thank you for admitting you wear pajamas to the store. Not too many people are willing to fess up to it. Thank you for your honesty and the vote up!

Dee aka Nonna - Thank you for taking a stand against pajama wearing in public. I am glad you let your daughter-in-law know that wearing pjs in public is just not the right thing to do. And I do have to agree, it is even worse if the pajamas are dirty or wrinkled. You wonder how the person has been wearing them and it is a scary thought!

Cousin Fudd - Yes, it seems fairly normal now and it just needs to stop. I can't figure out why people think it is a good look.

Cousin Fudd on October 06, 2011:

It is not uncommon to see men and women still wearing pajama's outside the home and in public places. I agree with your thoughts.

Dee aka Nonna on October 06, 2011:

Really enjoyed this hub. I have seen this trend (if you can call it that) grow during the last few years. As much as I hate to see women and men out in their pajamas, I hate even more, to see the pajamas wrinkled and dirty.... OMG...I just want to go to them and shake um a few times.

My daughter-in-law and I decided to meet to go shopping. We actually met at the local Walmart parking lot so that we could take only one car to the mall and elsewhere. She showed up in a pair of pajamas. I asked her where she thought she was going...not we me. "They are comfortable she said... long story short... I made her go into the Walmart and buy a pair of jeans and put them on and threatened her if she ever did that again...EVER.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on October 06, 2011:

I love my pajamas on a cool night and curl up with a good book. I had one pair, I use to go to the corner store in. At least the bottoms anyway. I guess,it all depends on a individuals attitudes about it. I think it is not as bad as wearing pants down on your knees! I voted up...way to go. :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 06, 2011:

ThePracticalMommy - I know exactly what you are talking about! I have seen the obvious slippers in public. I've even seen bunny-like fuzzy slippers in public. It is just not right and it needs to stop!

jacqui2011 - Oh no! Those pajamas sound really cute. The kids shouldn't have laughed at you. My rule is - if you don't get out of the car, pjs are OK.

RTalloni - Thanks for the votes up! Yes, it does suggest we are a lazy society if people are rolling out of bed without getting dressed. And if people are bothering to get out of bed and then shower, why are they putting pajamas on instead of real clothes? The whole thing is weird!

prektjr.dc - Maybe Bananas in Pajamas did start the whole problem of people wearing pajamas in public. That show should be banned! Thanks for the votes!

Karen N - Yes, Walmart does seem to have a number of offenders. I do remember the curlers and housecoats look, too.

Thank you everyone for your support on this important matter!

Karen N from United States on October 06, 2011:

Lol, the last time that I was in Wal-Mart I saw someone walking around in the pajamas. When I was little you would always see senior citizens in the grocery store in their housecoats and wearing curlers in their hair. It's really not a good look for anyone in public. :)

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on October 06, 2011:

Very true! Do you think it began with the "Bananas in Pajamas" cartoon watching kids growing up?? So funny! Enjoyed this article! Voted up and funny!

RTalloni on October 06, 2011:

Voted up, up, up (and I found that if you hit that button more than once it does no good).

Friends who travel and live in other countries tell me that Eurasians dress to the 9s everyday out of self-respect. The trend is definitely a reflection of laziness and a lack of self-respect here.

And the slipper thing, Practical Mommy, there ought to be a law. You used the word epidemic--so on target--it is sick! And rank.

jacqui2011 from Norfolk, UK on October 06, 2011:

Very funny hub. I shower and put my pajamas on every night around 5pm when I get home from work. One day at the beginning of term, I wore my pajamas as we had slept in and my daughter was late for school. When I pulled up to stop outside the school, the kids all laughed at me sitting in my pink pajamas covered in snowboarding penguins! Great article again from you. Voted up and funny.

Marissa from United States on October 06, 2011:

Walmart has to have the largest population of pajama-wearing violators I have ever witnessed...That's funny that you mention that store specifically!

I have been noticing a horrifying trend that accompanies the pjs in public: pjs AND slippers in public! And not the kind that can pass as shoes--no, they are the fuzzy, worn, around-the-house-only slippers! What are people thinking!

Thanks for bringing awareness to such an epidemic. And now that the weather is gettig colder, I'm sure we'll be seeing more and more people wearing pjs in public. Time to call Clinton and Stacy!! :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on May 07, 2011:

There was a time when no one would dream of going out in public in pajamas. Now it is a fashion statement. I just don't get it. Thanks for the vote and the comment.

Fluffy77 from Enterprise, OR on May 07, 2011:

Great hub, funny stuff. Since I have seen people many in fact with the in public Pajama attire on. I would at least through on a t-shirt and jeans before going grocery shopping, with the whole of your neighborhood and community there too, right. Maybe, I'm out of the loop with the whole p.j. thing but it seems kinda crazy to me too. Voted you up here!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 06, 2011:

I am glad you now realize the error. If I can reach just one person, I know this hub was worth writing. Just kidding. I still don't understand why people do it, but I've accepted that if I go to the mall or Walmart I am going to see it. Thanks for your comment!

pinkydoo from New York on April 06, 2011:

Ha..this is funny, and you're right! It's just so lazy and it's NOT cool! But it's everywhere! I admit, awhile back I had a pair that I thought looked so good on me, so I wore them "out"... but NOW I see the error of my ways!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 21, 2011:

Hahaha... at least you were in your own home. Pajamas are acceptable if you are in your house. Thanks for the comment!

Sunnyglitter from Cyberspace on March 21, 2011:

LOL this was pretty funny. I was all embarrassed yesterday because my daughter's friends came over, and I still had on pajamas. At 6pm. LOL

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 17, 2011:

Thanks! You could always do your own take on it. It is still a mystery why people wear pajamas in public. I always think, "WHY???" when I see it.

Emma from UK on March 17, 2011:

You know you so beat me to this hub ha ha. Great hub Jeannie xxx

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 15, 2011:

Baltimore is a bit of a college town too, so maybe that is why I see it all the time here.

I still think drive-thrus and 7-11 are OK, even if I do not do it. I do actually go out in sweats now, which is something I would have never done 5 years ago. Sometimes I like to pretend I've been working out even if I haven't. : )

Thank you both for the comments!

imatellmuva from Somewhere in Baltimore on March 14, 2011: are a reality show...and I love it!! You're going to boo me, I have become the pajama clad person outside of the house. Most of my infractions are at drive-thrus, and there has been an occasional 7-11 run. I remember a time when I'd get fully dressed, take the rollers out, do my hair, all for a 5 minute run to a store, and now...let's just say I don't give a hippity-hop anymore. My pj's are actually sweats, that I use for pajamas, but still I know they're pj's. I see people in what are obviously pj's and applaud them for not caring what another thinks. I kind of akin this to beach attire...a bikini and swim trunks is nothing more than lingerie. If people can wear underwear, and draws to the the beach...then big ups to those who wear pj's out of the house. However, I do agree that there still should exist limitations.

Jeanastra on March 14, 2011:

Boston is very much a college town and as a result, this epidemic has been in full swing for quite some time now. All of the jammies, Uggs & hoodies make me want to SCREAM!! And now, they're advertising those hideous Pajama Jeans every time I turn on the TV. UGH!!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 14, 2011:

Thank you for the comments. Maybe some type of support group needs to be created for those that need to stop wearing pjs in public. For that matter, maybe those of us that have to look at them deserve a group, too.

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on March 14, 2011:

My son, a college student has this issue, it drives me crazy. As always a great hub...that I find to be both informative and humorous. Voted up ...great job Jeannieinabottle.

David99999 on March 14, 2011:

Amen! I hate seeing grown adults running around in public in their pajamas (it makes me want to run around in my underwear)! I loved your comment about 7-11...I would add WalMart to the "Desperate" list. Anyway...Great hub! Two thumbs (and...if I had any more, they would be, too) up!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 13, 2011:

Thank you for reading and commenting! I am happy you enjoyed it. I also wear my pajamas at home, but if I go outside, I need to at least put on some pants. I think a lot of people wear the pjs in public in college. I guess it is a phase.

mrsbudryzer from Jersey Shore on March 13, 2011:

OMG! This was hysterical and sooooo true!! Um, I was one of those college kids. I went bowling in my pajamas once. ONCE. I was drunk and tired and my friends wanted me to go...I said, "Sure, but I'm not getting changed." And they LET ME DO THIS!! lol

Today, I get into my pajama bottoms as soon as I get home and really only walk around the vicinity of my house in them. In fact, my pajama bottoms are on right now! Pajamas are awesome, but they are meant to be worn as Jeannie describes. :)

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