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Teens Wear Pajamas All Day; Tell Us What You Think [Poll]

It's the newest fashion trend and it drives one Patch editor batty.

Every generation of youngsters has its own style of popular and fashionable attire.

From the bell bottoms of the '60s and '70s, to the platform shoes and leisure suits of the '70s and early '80s, one thing remains true: Kids love the dress, parents usually hate it. My mother, for example, couldn't understand why I needed to wear worn out jeans, ripped flannel shirts and scrubby ball caps (I guess that was called the "grunge" look) when I was a teen in the '90s. And I think parents are still trying to figure out why anyone wore leg warmers, parachute pants or acid washed jeans (and jean jackets) in the '80s. (Full disclosure: I had a jean jacket, albeit not acid washed, that was filled with "patches" - yes, I get the irony - of my favorite bands like Poison, Metallica, Guns 'N Roses and Skid Row. I suppose now I'd have a patch that said "Patch." Now that would be cool!)

Anyway, some fashions leave for a while and make a strong comeback - i.e. bell bottoms were cool again for a while in the late '90s and some of the '80s styles are somehow making a comeback now (though, don't ask me what's cool since I'm by no means considered fashionable - I now like jeans and T-shirts - and sometimes a scruffy ball cap.) 

But there is one style out there now that bothers the heck out of me. We've never seen it in a previous generation, that I know of, and hopefully we won't see it in another. Teenagers are now wearing their pajamas in public. Go to a high school, the mall or anywhere where teens hang out, and you will see this atrocity on a regular basis. The cultural phenomenon has caught the attention of brand name stores which now put sweatpants and flannel PJs on display racks at the front of the store. These things are hotter than hotcakes, and I just don't get it. This has even caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal, which published an article about it last week that describes the trend in detail and says some schools have banned PJs.

I wonder: Am I getting old and prude in my relatively young age (I'll be 31 in a couple of weeks)? Or are there others out there who think PJs are meant for bed...period?

So the questions I have for you, dear reader, is, "Should teens wear PJs all day? Is this a good fashion trend or just silly? Is it inappropriate? Do you allow it?" Tell us in comments and take our poll. P.S. I also want to know what our younger readers think of this. 

While you do that, I'll be headed into town. First, I have to change my baby daughter out of her pajamas - can't let that trend start in my household.

- Paul Singley is the editor of Oxford Patch. Love the column? Hate it? Have a better idea? Email him at paul.singley@patch.com

Peter Samardak January 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM
This is not so new. Actually, it is pretty old and not leading edge. About 20 years ago they were doing this in some of the schools in Michigan, but soon changed their ideas and went to more conventional, or appropriate attire. Personally, PJs belong at home. And, if you have to ask, "Who decides whats acceptable?", then its not you. Good taste and common sense should prevail and we find common sense isn't so common any more. The students and teachers should really decide what the dress code should be. Parents should abide by this as well and really...parents...get a grip.
Cara.Mascara April 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Actually, i get up and take a shower and put on a clean pair of pajamas on before leaving the house, i see nothing wrong with it, if you can wear sweat pants in public and basketball shorts, you should be able to wear pjs. whats the difference really? there for comfort, not to mention cute since i absolutely love plaid. i dont understand why people are so against it! its a free country. let us wear what we want without critisizing us. i dont critisize people that look dumb while wearing a suit, which i happen to find very unattractive.
Cara.Mascara April 27, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I have like 9-11 pairs of pajamas, not the obnoxious ones that have spongebob or something like that all over them, but plaid. i also have 4-5 pairs of pajama shorts, i wear them places because why be uncomfortable in tight pants that you have to wear a belt with? i mean really? do you hate to feel comfortable? i think that there is a difference between certain situations like the guy up there was talking about, where people look dirty and trashy. but not EVERYONE in pajamas is a trashy person and it doesnt make you lazy. does wearing sweatpants make you lazy? no. i was just in pajamas for the taks test where the school said to "dress comfortably" but when i do they make me change? but then theres half the school wearing sweatpants? thats effed up dude. sweat pants are just solid gray pajamas.
Cara.Mascara April 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
id also like to add that i have a pair of plaid skinny jeans. so yeah, i guess i could put of a pair of jeans... but itd still be plaid and look like pajamas.
Jessica September 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I love wearing my pjs

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