PJ’s Aren’t Just For Sleeping In

Over in Shanghai they are worried about wearing pajamas in public. It seems to be quite a popular trend now. Here’s what folks are saying along my own responses:

“People who wear the pyjamas are degrading themselves because it shows their shallow taste and weak personal qualities,” said Hu Shoujun, a sociologist at Shanghai’s Fudan University.


“It’s disrespectful to the others and last but not least it’s not clean.”

I don’t know how this is less than clean… If you wear your public pajamas to bed, I suppose… but one imagines one changes at bedtime or after bathing.

“Nobody has ever said to me it’s inappropriate, and I don’t feel it is either,” Sun said as she pulled up to a local supermarket on her moped wearing a two-piece version decorated with cartoon figures.

Heh Heh, the idea of a grown women in cartoon jammies is so American, isn’t it? …Likely that’s the ultimate problem here.

Others point to the implied socio-economic message that wearing pyjamas in public announces to others a certain life of leisure. …Mou Lin, deputy fashion director with Elle magazine, is that pyjamas are similar to the traditional Chinese suit of tunic and matching baggy trousers worn in ancient times.

Cartoon PJ’s sure say ‘life of leisure’, but traditional ancient garb, not-so-much.

“If we were to take the pyjamas as the pursuit of comfort, freedom and relaxation, it could be a trend,” said Chen Hong, an editor with Elle magazine’s website. “But it’s hard to say how one can wear pajamas in a fashionable way.”

I tell you all what happens if you allow citizens to wear pajamas in public: You get the same relaxed fashion look as Americans in jogging suits, sweat pants, and hoodies. What starts as relaxed, comfortable, and casual, ends up sloppy (and usually with an overweight population.)

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