The Code of the Pajama


A chill in the air, dark, drizzling... The alarm went off and instantly I knew it'd be one of those mornings I'd wonder why I couldn't just stay in my pajamas all day.

Okay, yes, I still have work to go to.

But I found myself seriously examining just what the reaction might be, if I appeared in the office at my usual time, but instead wearing:
  • Black velvety drawstring lounge pants
  • A Jack Sparrow t-shirt
  • Purple stripey bedsocks
  • Slipper boots
  • Fluffy bathrobe for "outerwear"
Also, hair sticking up in all directions and black framed cat's-eye glasses...

It's sexy high-glamor all the way for me, yessir! In fact, it's a wonder the runways of Milan, Paris, and central Bayone, NJ aren't all clamoring to replicate this particular edgy, offbeat, polyfibrous style.

"Bag-lady Chic," I call it. A little of everything and all mixed up. Like nothing the likes of Versace or Vera Wang have ever seen before!

And can you imagine an entire office of folks not bothering to get dressed for work? Cripes, there'd be flannel and sweats, satin and boxers, and promo t-shirts from tradeshows...

Not to mention a modicum of nudists.

And I didn't want to mention them mainly because, well, look around your office at your coworkers... yourself....

How many of us do you really want to see stylin' it au naturale?

And certainly not making copies, changing lightbulbs, or climbing under desks to set-up network connections.

Just sayin'. I imagine this is fairly universal.

Still, in the middle of a client crisis, or a really long conference call, a plushy bathrobe and bedsocks might be just the thing to soothe the soul.

Comfy workers are happy, productive workers. I think as long as we can come to some arrangement with the nudists, the Code of the Pajama might just improve morale.

And plus, I've got this awesome A Christmas Story "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" nightshirt all ready for the office holiday party.

With some thermal leggings, a 40s Chinese red chenille bathrobe and some pink bunny slippers, why, I'm virtually guaranteed to be the life of the whole event!

So tell me-- what would be your new office attire? (Unless, you're one of the nudists. In which case, there is such a thing as sharing too much.)

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22 comments:

ReformingGeek said...

I remember when our office first went to "business casual". In the summer, there were all kinds of creative interpretations of the dress code: tube tops, flip-flops, shorts.....sounds good but the building was freezing so they'd be wrapped up in sweaters...

I currently "work" at home or at the gym. I love my attire; sweats, T-shirt, flip-flops, gym clothes. A fancy day is jeans. I need the bunny-slippers in the winter though.

Jenn Thorson said...

ReformingGeek- Ah, yes-- the summer Freezing Inside, Sweltering Outside dichotomy. I have a sweater at work just for that.

We are actually business casual, but I can't say I've seen anyone come in in tube tops-- now that IS ambitious.

Sounds like you have a very comfy clothes situation now!

Jaffer said...

At work I usually wear jeans, a shirt and steel-toed boots.
I don't always wear a nice outfit as I work in furniture and I'm peppered with sawdust every time I step into the plant. And by the end of the day, I really smell like a fresh piece of maple !

My outfit at home is a cotton tee and a waist-cloth called 'lungi'.

I feel most comfy in it but I'll never ever be seen wearing a lungi by visitors let alone outside !
I'd quickly change into track pants when someone pays me a surprise visit.

So I'd only wear it to work unless Craig my co-worker agrees to wear his kilt.

Jenn Thorson said...

Jaffer- Hey, you guys could start a whole trend! Craig in his kilt, you in the lungi-- it could totally catch on.

And no, like you, I don't go outside in my Baglady Chic attire. Nor do I answer the door. Makes those traveling salesmen upset, but hey, better than to send them into fits of laughter.

Da Old Man said...

I like the pajama at work attire. It takes casual attire up a notch. Or would that be down one? Either way, forget work. Can you imagine when you go out to lunch, and see construction workers in footie pajamas? Bloggortunities abound.

Jenn Thorson said...

Da Old Man- Their little pajama-encased feet dangling as they sat on a steel beam eating their lunches and whistling at women walking by in Joe Boxer jim-jams?.... absolutely!

Jaffer said...

@Da Old Man - You just mde construction workers look this cute

LOL

Jenn Thorson said...

Jaffer- In that case, those construction workers also need a story and a nap. :)

Melanie said...

I've never worked in an office setting, but I do like the jammies idea.

Rolling out of bed to go cook breakfast for truckers wouldn't have been near as bothersome if I could have stayed in my baggy t-shirt, pulled on some pants and my wool socks. Shoes are overrated. I schlep around my own kitchen barefoot, why not in socks in the restaurant kitchen.

Or my job at the post office! Ha ha! Would give new meaning to the "disgruntled postal worker". Jammies and my hair every which way at 8 am. NOBODY would be bugging me to find out of their check came in! :) :)

Jenn Thorson said...

Melanie- Sounds like you have it all thought through-- LOL

Babs (Beetle) said...

Only today, on the news, we saw a whole class of children in their pajamas - including the teacher! I have no idea why as I was distracted and didn't catch it. I'm not sure it would catch on in the office though. I dread to think what some would wear ;O)

confused said...

in my office jeans t shirt and cowboy boots are the theme of everyday..ladies if your so inclined can dress the same..of course you have to be able to wheel an 18 wheeler..:)))

Merrill Guice said...

Depends. No, not on the weather, I like depends. Going to the bathroom is soooo over-rated.

Oh, and one sock on and one sock off. Don't ask me why, but one of those puppies always comes off in the night.

Chat Blanc said...

I'm all for jammie day at work. Also, I'm supportive of Halloween costumes year-round. Masks sometimes improve the office view. ;P

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

If yahoos can go to Walmart looking like that, why can't they hit the office with it?

Jay said...

Jaffer smells like a fresh piece of maple! Mmm!

I kind of like the idea of going to work in your jammies ... but no, not me, no thanks!

You really, really wouldn't want to see me in a thin stretchy 'wife-beater' type vest and pants. You'd go blind. Or you'd at least wish for temporary blindness! ROFL!!

Jenn Thorson said...

Babs- I know some schools have had "Pajama Day," for whatever reason. I didn't know the teacher got into the act, but your news confirms apparently so.

Confused- I think an 18-wheeler is best left to those who are not me. :) I think effective parallel parking is when you know you're close enough because you hit the curb.

Merrill- Alrighty then! A little more info than I was expecting, but I appreciate your candid response. :) PS- Bedsocks have their own agenda. Some of them like to roam free.

Chat Blanc- Did you finally settle on your Halloween costume for this year? We'll be waiting to see what you devise.

Nanny Goats- Ooh, if we're going Wal-mart style, then we might also need to wear big pink curlers in our hair. I always wonder what big event they're saving the curly hair for, if they can go to the store with their hair in curlers.

Jenn Thorson said...

Jay- I didn't know they called them wife-beaters in the UK. (Or in your case, is it husband-beaters? :) Heh, we don't want to discriminate!) Ah, we learn so much here every day at Cabbages...

Greg said...

Actually, isn't that a retro look? It sounds like something from the costume shops of Sid and Marty Kroft, you know, like from HR PufnStuff.

Jenn Thorson said...

Greg- Oh, crimeny, I don't really even know what I remember anymore about Sid and Marty Kroft... Maybe it's some deep-rooted and forgotten childhood influence that I'm subconsciously tapping into...

Or maybe I'm just grabbing the first stuff I can find. :)

Jonny's Mommy said...

A big, flowing nightgown and a very warm fuzzy red bathrobe and socks. that's about it.

That whole thing about some of my co-workers going nude....I blacked out and couldn't finish this comment.

Sorry...where was I?

Jenn Thorson said...

Jonny's Mommy- I don't blame you. I had a bit of a visual imagery problem with that whole thing myself. Clothes in public = good.