g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Etiquette Site

BellaOnline's Etiquette Editor


Pajamas are for the bedroom not the boardroom

When did it become PC to wear pajamas to restaurants, around campus and to work? And just because you are pairing them with Crocs, not slippers, doesn’t make it OK.

When wearing my “Lisa Plancich, Etiquette Writer and Editor” hat, I get many requests about what to wear. Though no one asked me if it’s acceptable to pair teddy bear pajamas with bunny slippers, many have asked WHY people are opting to do so. My response is: “I have no idea”.

If you are in your backyard enjoying coffee or getting the mail, you are on your private property and can categorically wear what you are comfortable wearing. Etiquette would dictate that you wear a robe with jammies and slippers to exit your front door and get the mail. For a quick run to get the morning paper that’s on the front walk, we all get the desire to grab it and enjoy it in the comfort of our own home, and yes in our pajamas.

Many people leave the gym in sweats or yoga pants and quickly run a few errands before going home to shower and change. We all get that. Chiseling time to workout and capitalizing on the 24 hours we all have makes wearing workout clothes acceptable when pressed for time. But let’s make this perfectly clear…sweats and yoga attire are not pajamas. Getting up, getting dressed and leaving your home is not the same as rolling out of bed and wearing what you slept in. Wearing bedridden clothing out in public is not an approved etiquette-friendly decision. It's not approved in any kind of code, actually.

Broken down, donning PJs, in daylight, in public, tramples all over a huge fashion code. Not just fashion but a productivity code also.

You are what you wear. If you’re opting for pajamas, whether in class or the grocery store, you are dressed schlumpy. And schlumpy is as schlumpy does. Vegging on the couch and watching the game is schlumpy-acceptable. Getting in your car and running errands in PJs says, “My convenience is more important than your comfort level". And if you find that last sentence offensive, talk to Jerry Springer. He’s more that interested in paying you to spew why you have every right to wear what you want. Society in general, however, would like you to go home, shower and put on something you didn't sleep in.

It’s not just about self-respect; it’s about respecting those around you. If you have little regard for those around you, wear pajamas and slippers and announce to the world you don’t care if you’re offending, you're going to wear what you want. Odd are, with an attitude like that, it's not just your attire the general population takes offense at.

It’s the public areas, where you are walking around in something others changed out of because they slept in them, that you are compromising your image and their comfort. If you are going to get out of bed and change into clean, unslept in pajamas, that may be more hygienic. But unless you wear a sign that says “These are clean, the slept in ones I changed out of”, people are still going to question your motivation for wearing something that’s made for the bedroom.

Add Pajamas+are+for+the+bedroom+not+the+boardroom to Twitter Add Pajamas+are+for+the+bedroom+not+the+boardroom to Facebook Add Pajamas+are+for+the+bedroom+not+the+boardroom to MySpace Add Pajamas+are+for+the+bedroom+not+the+boardroom to Digg Pajamas+are+for+the+bedroom+not+the+boardroom Add Pajamas+are+for+the+bedroom+not+the+boardroom to Yahoo My Web Add Pajamas+are+for+the+bedroom+not+the+boardroom to Google Bookmarks Add Pajamas+are+for+the+bedroom+not+the+boardroom to Stumbleupon Add Pajamas+are+for+the+bedroom+not+the+boardroom to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Etiquette Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Lisa Plancich. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lisa Plancich. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lisa Plancich for details.


g features
Party Plan for High School Grads

The Gracious Graduate

Gifts and Thank You Notes

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor