There is an epidemic running rampant that has gone unaddressed for too long. The seriousness of the situation has led me to write this in hopes of bringing light to those who might still be unaware of the issue or (shudders) willing participants.
Females all over college campuses in the U.S. are wearing pajama pants to class on a regular basis.
I don’t mean sweats or other active gear, I’m talking full on pajamas with characters. And themes. Now, I am certainly not coming at this from a condescending angle. The truth is, I love you girls. I want what is best for you and I know that we can do better than this. We all have crummy days, sure. We feel terrible and we don’t care what we look like, but those SpongeBob threads are not the answer to life’s unavoidable bad days. Wouldn’t we be a little weirded out if a dude rolled up to class in Superman jammies? Yes, we would. At home, this same attire could potentially be “adorbz” depending on the general mood and whether they are worn ironically or with sincerity. But, I digress.
I don’t know where this started or when it became socially acceptable. Maybe people do this in high school. My high school dress code called for khakis and collared shirts, so I was never allowed the luxury of bumming it. I hated it back then, now I’m grateful. Who knows? Maybe wearing PJs one day is a slippery slope, once you start, it’s impossible to stop. Like heroin. I just don’t know. What I do know is that you would never go to work like this unless you worked as the subject of sleep studies, testing all day in some comfy lab. In which case, carry on. Also, how does one procure this position? Hook your girl up.
I only have one semester left and would be remiss to ignore this any longer. We have to stop this travesty before it’s too late! We could end up a generation of bums too lazy for buttons and zippers, slugging around in velcro shoes and elastic waistbands. Oh, the horror!
Here are a couple tips if you’re feeling the urge to don PJs to class or anywhere else for that matter:
1) Ask yourself what the root of the issue is.
Did you oversleep and leap out of bed in a panic? If so, take a deep breath. Looking for actual pants takes two minutes. If you’re two minutes late on account of wearing big girl bottoms instead of Carebear ones, I’d say, worth it!
If you have plenty of time and simply choose to not look for pants, slap yourself a couple times. Then ask yourself if you want to be taken seriously at all for the next couple hours or for as long as anyone remembers the terrible decision you’re about to make.
2) If you really are feeling poorly, might I suggest Yoga pants? It’s all the comfort with none of the humiliation. Also, a sturdy sweat pant would do nicely on occasion.
3) Buy pants that are comfortable. If you have a comfy option for rainy, cold, or inevitably bad days, you’ll be less prone to go the PJ route.
4) Have an accountability partner. Friends don’t let friends PJ to class.
I’ll take the pledge if you will.
YES WE CAN.
YES WE CAN.
by Shawnie Kelly-You can follow her on Twitter.
Feature image via College Loungewear.