We Need a Ban on Teenagers Wearing Pajamas in Public


Pajamas where they belong -- at home!
A Louisiana legislator probably didn't know what he was in for when he suggested a ban on pajama-wearing in public in Caddo Parish. Prepare for angry moms in 1, 2 ... AHEM! Hold up there ladies, Michael Williams may just have a point.

Ever notice the teenagers parading around the grocery store in their PJs? These kids wonder why adults have labeled anyone between the ages of 13 and 19 lazy even as they present the proof one fuzzy slippered footstep at a time.

Let me make this clear. Pajamas in public -- at least on anyone past the toddler stage or not clutching a bottle of Nyquil to take to the cashier -- are a blatant sign that you can't be bothered to actually PLAN anything. Like, maybe, getting out of bed more than five minutes before you are scheduled to leave the house? Or ensuring at least one pair of jeans is not lying under the mountain of crap in your bedroom?

Sure, I will fully admit that as a mother, I have worn my sweatpants to take the kid to the bus stop or run to nursery school drop-off. I'm not proud of it, but I should note the major differences: A. I do this ONLY when I will be seen by one or two people (who I know well) for ONLY a moment or two. This is not a lengthy excursion to paint the town red, ya hear? B. I accompany said sweatpants with shoes, not slippers. C. I keep everything covered up, and I do mean everything! and finally D. This is a last resort exercised not because of lack of planning but because my child has just made my morning a living hell.

The growing number of teens in their jammies seem to think that the way they roll down the waistband on those flannel bottoms to get comfy in the sack is perfectly acceptable in line at the deli. As a woman who prefers her freshly sliced cheese without a side of ass crack, I beg to differ. Without the benefit of the dark or your Angry Birds comforter, that outfit shows a whole lot more than you maybe intended. Oh, and that negligee? It was made for choosing a movie off Netflix streaming from the comfort of the couch, not from the RedBox station right next to the bottle deposit machine at the store.

After all, the whole reason Williams is proposing this wacky plan to begin with comes down to an incident with a group of young men in their sleepwear. A certain member of the group was wandering around Wal-Mart when he exposed his, ahem, member to Williams and other customers. Would you want that to be your son? Remember, what he wears is reflecting on you!

Now, I did say this whole plan was wacky because, as I mentioned before, pajama-clad babies in public don't bother me a bit, and I will always feel for the sniffly, coughing wretch who just needed her cough syrup. But that doesn't mean we can't change the world for the better by putting more PJs back where they belong. 

So here I am, raising my bullhorn to beg you parents: make your teens get dressed!

Do teens in their PJs bug you? Would you let your kids go out like that?


Image by Jeanne Sager



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Kritika Kritika

This is the only country I've ever been to where it's considered acceptable to dress (or not) like that in public. The only place I wear sweatpants is the gym and anywhere I may need to stop to and from. Also - roadtrips.

ummsu... ummsumulaiooh

I have a definite dislike for pj's as an acceptable form of dress,and not just on teens! It should be banned in every state.I have actually seen a parent wear them in truancy court for her child and the Judge declared "that explains everything"and slapped her with a $1200 fine. I think it should have been more!

the4m... the4mutts

Omg, what is y'alls obsession with what everyone else is wearing?!? SHUT YOUR JUDGEMENTAL KEYBOARDS ALREADY! If you don't like it, don't do it or let your kids do it.

Simple as that!

I have never, ever, not once gone out in public in my pjs.

I haveaso never, ever, not once, judged anyone else that did either.

Get of your jean wearing high horses and stop acting like you have more "class" than people based on an outfit.

Real class is in how you treat people, not in what you wear while you're treating them a certain way.

ufoll... ufollakaitlin

I wear my pajama's out in public all the time. And yes, sometimes it's simply bacause I didn't roll out of bed more than five minutes before I needed to leaveor I was just plain lazy and wanted to be comfortable. But hey, I'm a lazy 19 year old. I do however have class and my "ass-crack" is never hanging out of them, I wear flip-flops not slippers, and they're pajama pants: nothing revealing about that. I will totally allow my daughter to wear pajamas in public when she's older, anything else would be hypocritical of me and I don't see a problem with it anyways.

the4m... the4mutts

Oh, and btw, court and work is different than running to the grocery store. Court, schools, and workplaces have a dress code.

Walmart only requires you to be wearing clothes.

Not every outing is some oportunity to show off your fashion skills

PonyC... PonyChaser

Gotta agree... It's one thing to wear sweatpants. Heck, they were all the rage in the '80's. But we were still covered. And we didn't wear slippers, for heaven's sake!!

Also? I'd tack on "jeans with the waistband around your knees" to the bill.

And Jeanne... check your article. I think you meant, "It was MADE for choosing a movie off Netflix streaming from the comfort of the couch..." (eliminate the "not")

meatb... meatball77

Next we can require that everyone dress modestly.  Then perhaps we will require women to cover their hair.

nonmember avatar Milan

I live in Milan. People and teens would recoil in horror at the thought, let alone act, of going out in pyjamas. That said, really nice fitting, clean, new track pants can be perfectly acceptable as casual chic. Am I a snob? Maybe but like it or not, appearance counts.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

When I see someone out wearing pajamas I figure I owe them as much respect as they have for themselves and those around them which is exactly zero. I can handle yoga pants sometimes, figuring the person is on their way to work out, but I find it very unlikely that someone just needed to stop by Walmart on their way to bed.

nonmember avatar blh

I don't care at all how people dress as long as its not revealing. Does it look stupid? Yeah, but who cares. I don't wear pajamas in public but I will wear sweats at the store because I don't see the point in dressing up for that. I'm not trying to impress anyone and I don't have the time to worry about looking great all the time.

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