Home for the holidays, I woke up, beach-bound on the first day, and threw on white jeans and my new favorite shirt: a navy blue pajama top from J.Crew. It has white piping and looks like something men slept in before boxers replaced Brooks Brothers.
“Is that…?” my mom asked.
“She’s wearing pajamas, right?” my dad said to my sister.
“We’re going to the beach,” I said. “And I wear this to work—all the time!”
The pajama thing’s been big for over a year now. It was, at one point, shocking to see Julian Schnabel wearing robes on red carpets, but his wife’s hugely successful line of silk PJs and a slew of runway imitators (Rag & Bone, Giles, Richard Chai) have led to one cozy look after another. Plus, they’re just comfortable. Barneys’ Amanda Brooks wears her silk button downs with loose printed pants and Rachel Roy actually donned a matching look last summer. But sometimes fashion forgets that it lives in a bubble, and not everyone’s OK with wearing pajamas in public.
One guy, a commissioner in Louisiana, is so concerned about people wearing pajamas in public that he’s actually advocating a ban. Michael Williams, said commissioner, defines pajamas as “a garment sold in the sleepwear section of department stores.” Half of my summer dresses come from the “sleepwear section” of Anthropologie—not to mention that J.Crew top. Of course, a law like that would never actually pass, but the fact that he’s trying? Well, aren’t there more important things to worry about?