Faux Pas: Camouflaging Your Sins
Feb 4, 2010
At the end of the day, I look forward to the comfort of a home-cooked meal and a pair of flannel pajamas. But while I love my pajama pants as much as the next red-blooded American woman, I would never leave the apartment while wearing them.
Over the last two decades the threshold between the bedroom and the school/grocery store/casual Friday office has all but disappeared. A large number of women (and men) feel very comfortable heading out of the house in their PJs. But wearing pajamas in public is categorically unacceptable, and places the wearer in clear violation of the natural order, the social contract, and the laws of fashion. However, one clever inventor has come up with a way to conceal your sartorial sins and remain comfortable.
(Yes, you read that right.)
On the one hand, I think that the creator of the Pajama Jeans is brilliant. Americans buy Uggs, Snuggies, Slankets and Crocs, so pants that fit like PJs but are disguised as denim are bound to catch on with the public. This guy is going to make a fortune.
Then again, he’s going to make a fortune reinforcing everything that I believe is wrong with our society.
While the woman in the video may not look like a faux pas, what are the odds that your average Pajama Jeans wearer is going to leave the house that coiffed and pressed? If you don’t have the energy to put on real pants, where will you muster the will to shower, do your hair and put on a full face of makeup?
Even though I would not wear these jeans and would discourage you from wearing them, I must admit that Pajama Jeans are a preferred alternative to the hideous fashions that populate our nation’s airports in the name of comfort. I’d rather see my fellow passengers wearing trompe l’oeil denim than Juicy velour.
Thus, I am conceding that if you choose to wear Pajama Jeans on your long flight, I will not judge you as long as you wear them with normal shoes and a clean, ironed shirt. But just remember that replacing real pajamas with pajamas designed to look like jeans is not the same as being appropriately dressed. It is simply a single, but important step up from this.