Pajama Bottoms in public? Why NYC? Why?


Why oh why do I see more and more people wearing pajama bottoms out in public nowadays? It just seems weird to me that people actually think this is an acceptable look. I just think they look like crazy people. Like “People of Walmart” crazy people. Now, I can understand if it’s the middle of the night and your dog has to take a crap, but seriously, don’t you have a pair of jeans or athletic pants lying around to throw on when heading out to the supermarket, local bodega, or resto to pick something up? This is becoming an epidemic as bad as the idiots I see wearing their pants halfway down their legs showing off their underwear. Is there an island or someplace we can ship these people off too? Oh wait, Manhattan is an island. I guess we are stuck with them and their dress code of stupidity.


Not kidding here but since when did this become an acceptable fashion style? Out to dinner recently we actually viewed some guy in the restaurant wearing lounge pants. Was he too lazy to put on a real pair of pants? Did he see his pajama bottoms and figure that they were stylish enough to wear out in public? Oh yeah, that fleece plaid design is so cool! Maybe I should wear my SpongeBob lounge pants to the movies this week. Even better, maybe I’ll wear my Batman pajama bottoms to work. When someone questions my attire I’ll just stare at them and proclaim “I’m Batman dammit”!

1295971855926_2261761Now here is another mystery of life that I do occasionally view during my travels around the city and sold at some NYC gift and clothes boutiques displayed right outside on a mannequin in full public view – pajama jeans! What the heck? Really, why? The worst thing is when you actually encounter people wearing these pants in public! Do women really wear these things? I can totally understand wearing sweat pants, yoga pants, and athletic pants around the house so why bother wearing a fake set of jeans? What the heck! Is life so hard that people need to wear these when going out and proclaim in defense when questioned about it is that they “are more comfortable”? Hello, you’re not fooling anyone. You look like a clown!

24087798I think it’s just that we have become such a casual society now that many people have become “slobinized” and just don’t care about appearance anymore. Normally, I guess I could accept some of this look out in the suburbs where being a bit more relaxed is the norm, and Walmarts rule the land, but in a cosmopolitan place like NYC it just doesn’t fit. You will never catch me wearing pajama bottoms out in public, or sporting men’s pajama jeans at work.

Yet, I might consider wearing my Batman outfit if out of clean clothes one day…..

Just pray to God, Taco Bell, space aliens, and all things holy that this does not become the next big fashion trend –


34 thoughts on “Pajama Bottoms in public? Why NYC? Why?”

  1. Hehe! This was a thing in high school — many a night was spent in pajamas going to the movies. It does strike me as odd when people do it in public, just feels like they don’t care about themselves. I might ready way too far into it, but when I see pajamas in public, I think depression. Take the time to wear real pants.

    That being said — I love yoga pants! Yoga pants for all. Nice post, Phil! That last picture might give me nightmares, though.

    1. Hey Jean!

      It’s one thing to do it as a teen, but it’s another to be a full grown adult and wear them out to eat, shop, the movies, etc. I think it’s more of a slobby casual thing. What’s next? Wear them to the office day?

      I really hope you don’t wear nude colored yoga pants like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I had a gal pal in high school that used to wear men’s pajama bottoms out. The thing is, no one knew they were pajama bottoms. She’d find some cool patterned ones, find a really nice top that matched one of the pattern colors, find matching shoes, belt, etc…and no one knew. The only reason I found out was because we were best friends, worked together…and I asked her. At one point she worked at Nordstrom in their high end area where you could request personal shoppers and such… These very wealthy women would come in to spend a ton of money on buying these outfits. They’d ask her where she got her clothes and they’d find out she bought some from army surplus and the rest from some retro resale shop in the city. She could put together the outfits they spent zillions of dollars to create…for $20. (Might explain why she went to school for fashion design & merchandising)

    1. Hey Kit!

      I have to admit that sounds ingenious. She was frugal and fashionable at the same time. Yet, not many can really pull that off.

      Still, I would not be caught dead wearing pj bottoms out in public. It’s really lame to me. Especially here in NYC where we are supposed to be a fashion leader. It just looks slobby. Or crazy!

  3. um, can you hold on just a sec Phil? OK. since you have me laughing out loud on a regular basis needed to check the Thesaurus on alternate words for ‘Hilarious’ Today your Post: ‘Boisterously Merry’… quite so. And by the way, I’ve yet to see a single pair of fashionable underwear on pants halfway down the legs, but then I don’t live in a cosmopolitan city like New York.

    1. Hey Peggy!

      Oooh – thanks for the new word to describe your guffaws at my post!

      Glad to make you laugh again! I laugh myself at all these idiots I described in this post.

  4. For the record its happening here in Dallas too. I have no idea why so many people do it and also at the airport. I get it people that your flights are either really late or really early but at some point of arrival, its not the time to be wearing pj’s.

    1. Hey Holli!

      Fleece? I would assume they would be all sweaty and hot in Dallas!

      I dress for comfort too when flying but not as if I am getting ready to go to bed!

  5. You totally left me hanging. I need to know. Where do you get those nude stretch pants? ‘Cause I got a few people I wouldn’t mind mooning. . .

  6. Yet again I’m totally with you on this Phil. For months now I’ve been planning a blog post on people wearing pajamas in public but it is a slightly different slant so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it once I complete it.

    This public wearing of pajamas is a true disgrace, it is a very public humiliation show of people saying “I’m so lazy I can’t even be bothered to get dressed”.

    A few years ago it was national TV headline news in the UK when a supermarket decided to ban anyone wearing pajamas from entering the store (I know that you’ve had similar headlines in the US). Somehow it doesn’t solve the problem, I still see these nutters in other supermarkets.

    I suppose it could be worse. There was a fashion a few years ago where teenagers/young adults wore very lose fitting jeans. They were so loose they hung off their hips and you could see half if not three quarters of their underwear. In some instances it was worse and you could see their crack. Public humiliation which make onlookers cringe yet somehow it is perceived as fashion. Bonkers if you ask me.

    1. Hey Guy!

      I’ll be sure to read your post when it comes out!

      Nutters is the word for it. “Slobinizer” is another that I coined. I think many people just don’t care anymore how they look in public. We are more of a casual society nowadays where comfort takes first preference. Nothing wrong with comfort, but not pj’s in public!

      So much of fashion is screwy that it’s laughable.

  7. I’ve never done it–although my yoga pants are barely out of the pj category. I don’t mind the pjs in public so much, what really gets me are the baggy jeans belted at just above the knee with a long shirt covering their boxers. I don’t understand, and with the belt it completes the ridiculousness. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey Coleen!

      Yoga pants are fine. Especially if you have the bod to look good in them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The baggy jeans and underwear guys I always laugh at. Biggest morons out there. I once saw a dude’s pants fall all the way down and he tripped over his own feet! It was hysterical!

  8. LMFAO This has long been a mystery to me, why people wear PJ’s out in public. When I was in college, people did this ALL the time. I’ll admit that I do it every once and a while…but I swear it’s only when I have to run down to my corner store and am too lazy to change. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And the nude leggings? EEEEGAD.


    Jules of Canines & Couture

    1. Hey Jules!

      Oh, so you are part of the Slobinization of America too! I just don’t get why people feel it’s ok to do on a regular basis.

      Yeah, that was a scary pic I posted there. My eyes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I can see both ways on this. With two small children I barely am able to get dressed and both of my kids showered etc by the time the morning bus comes. There are always lots of women in pjs at the school drop off and bus stop in the morning. With kids everything is thrown out the window, most days I am happy that I actually am able to take a shower without my house falling down in the process thanks to something that one of my kids did ๐Ÿ™‚ That being said I would never wear pjs to work, dinner etc, but I have gone to the store in my pj bottoms when my youngest was very ill and I had to get medicine. I guess I would judge men more than women since I would assume they might have a reason ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello Foodie!

      I can understand that, especially in the morning out in the burbs just getting a kid on the bus. It’s not an easy job being a parent.

      Still, in a place like NYC we really don’t want to see people walking around in ther pj’s. It’s a little more fashion forward here and it just looks ridiculous. Especially out in a public place. Everyone owns pair of jeans or sweats around here!

  10. Loud Applause my friend a standing O! I suggest we form a Fashion Police Task Force to battle this awful slew of people who have decided to “Slobinize” (my new favorite word) our society. I already have a badge!
    You are under arrest for “Slobinizing” our society! You have the right to remain dressed, anything you wear can and will be used against you. You have the right to fashion consultant, if you can not afford a consultant one will be appointed to you.

    1. Hi Lisa!

      Thanks so much! (takes a bow)

      Looks like the Fashion Police has a new recruit! Time to lock up all the Slobinizers out there! LOL!

  11. Oh, this fad is alive and well in Jersey too.. although it’s beginning to fade out, thank God! The schools don’t allow pajama pants anymore.. good thing. Those nude stretch pants are just hideous!! lol

    1. Hey Tree!

      This is a fad that needs to end! Jeez – just throw on some jeans or a pair of sweatpants!

      Definitely not the nudie ones though!

  12. I go for casual wear too but not pajamas in public. I think we are stretching “casual” too much if we allow people to think we’ve just gotten out of bed. Crazy, that picture is a real nightmare!

    1. Hey Amy!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. That picture is a nightmare! So are all the people I see wearing pajamas out in public!

      Read your article on best cities to live car free and admit NYC is the best for it. Have not owned a car in 14 years and don’t miss it at all!

  13. I have been annoyed by this for quite some time. They do it in Ottawa Canada too. I decided the last straw for me was last weekend, a teenager wore panama pants to Catholic Mass. Now, not only do the proclaim the slovenly and lazy nature to the world, they disrespect the House of God too.

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