Beauty & Fashion
Wearing Pajama Bottoms in Public Sends Unintended Messages
Written by T.M. Gaouette | January 21, 2012
I often wonder how some trends are fashioned. Does one person think up a fun twist to wearing a garment and then it slowly spreads? Or is it introduced in the media, on a music video, or on the catwalk, and the fans pick it up?
Maybe it’s a little of both, but whatever the process, I would like to know who the first person was to wear pajama bottoms in public.
When I was in college, I questioned this trend when kids came to the dining hall in pajama bottoms. Now, I’m seeing it everywhere.
Just the other day, my family and I went to Pizza Hut for lunch and three girls (all at different tables) were wearing pajama bottoms. Two of the bottoms were pink with bunnies or puppies or some childish pattern. One of the ladies also was wearing slippers and looked like she had just rolled out of bed.
I cannot think of anything that justifies wearing pajama bottoms in public.
When I think of pajama bottoms, I think comfy, tired and lazy. But here are the messages that a person sends when he or she wears pajama bottoms in public, and how they can be interpreted by others:
I can’t be bothered to get dressed.
(Interpretation: You’re lazy. I’d never hire you if I were an employer.)
I don’t care what I look like.
(Interpretation: You have no self-worth. If you don’t care about you, why should I?)
I don’t care what anyone thinks.
(Interpretation: You’re selfish, rebellious, and immature.)
The above interpretations may not represent reality, but your appearance gives those impressions.
The way you dress is a reflection of your attitude, but it’s also a reflection of how others see you. You could be the smartest, most hard-working person in the world, but if you venture out in public in a pair of pink bunny pajama bottoms, people are going to think the opposite.
Not only is your appearance a reflection of how others perceive you, but it’s also a reflection of how you see yourself. The message? “You are not worth the effort it takes to put on a pair of pants, and neither am I.”
Personal appearance reflects an attitude, and your message should be a positive one, especially if you bump into someone important to you. We meet people every day, and some of them are potential friends, bosses, influential figures, and even soul mates. If you’re wearing pajamas, I doubt that any of them will give you a second glance, except to figure out what cartoon character’s on your pajamas.
Ladies, your appearance in public should be important to you. Being clean and well-groomed should be second nature, and putting on a fresh and presentable outfit should go without saying.
I understand that you may not want to dress up or just need to run out to the store, but it only takes a minute to look presentable. And that small effort could make a huge difference.
Be honest! Have you worn pajama bottoms in public? Have you seen others wear them and what impression did it give you ?