Friday, September 11, 2015

PJs or House Pants?

If you've been to Walmart recently, you've likely seen this:



Perfectly normal people, wandering around in broad daylight in pajama bottoms. Okay, some aren't so normal...



It isn't just Walmart. I've seen them at the mall, in restaurants, and at the movies. Apparently at some point someone decided that as long as you paired them with a T-shirt, you could wear pajama bottoms anywhere.



My husband once asked a convenience store employee if he was wearing pajama bottoms. The guy said, "No, man. These aren't pajama pants. They're house pants."

I was curious, so I looked up these house pants. They look like this:


They're defined as pants you wear around the house. In other words, pajama bottoms. Apparently if you call them house pants, though, you're allowed to wear them in public.



So the next time you see someone in Walmart wearing pajama bottoms, remember...those aren't pajama bottoms. They're house pants.



Would you ever wear pajama bottoms in public?

77 comments:

  1. Sorry, those are definitely pajamas. No way I'd wear them in public. For many reasons including the fact that when I wear them, that is all I am wearing...
    I remember back in the late 80's there were actual causal pants that looked like that, but of a much heavier fabric. I thought they also looked dorky, but I had one friend who could pull off the look well.

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    1. On a semi-related note, do you remember Jams?! They were patterned shorts that were popular for a brief time in the 80s. I remember having a pair and wearing them to school on beach bum day.

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  2. Those are pyjamas ! Wouldn't wear them out of the house ! At most in my own building compound to take the dog out if it's early in the morning and I can't be bothered to change (and even then my version of pjs are shorts)

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    1. I take my dog out in my pajamas sometimes, but our back yard is pretty private. When I lived in a less private neighborhood, I would pass people in their PJs with their dogs all the time!

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  3. I wouldn't wear them in public but in certain parts of the UK mum's do the school run dressed like this.

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    1. Oh, if I had to take a child to school every day, you can bet I'd be dressed like that! Nobody sees you in your car. You just hope you don't get in an accident where you have to get out!

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    2. there was a movie in which mom was taking her kid to school in pyjamas so he started asking her to drop him of at the corner not in front of the school :)

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    3. I could easily see that happening--although if you have a T-shirt on, the other kids would never know what pants you were wearing.

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  4. There is a reason I make only a couple of trips to Walmart a year! I don't own any PJs, just gym shorts and gym suits

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    1. Yeah...I've been to Walmart exactly once in the past year...and that was because the road to Target was blocked and wouldn't be cleared for two hours!

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  5. at least they're pulled up above their crotch

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  6. Hahaha!! This is so funny!! Although I do LOVE my pajama pants, I've never worn (nor would I ever) wear them out in public. I'm embarrassed enough when I walk out on the front porch to watch my kids get on the bus in the mornings!

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    1. I've even seen people in house shoes at the grocery store. Seems that wouldn't be comfortable to walk around in for long.

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  7. I hate that trend! It's so dirty college student chic.

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    1. I don't think I've ever heard that term before!

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  8. those are still jimjams no matter what those crazy people like to call them to justify their lack of decency and style :) I will wear sweatpants only when I go to my local store in the same street. And I wear sweatpants in the house too, but not pyjamas ... not that some people don't look hot in tight cotton sweats :)

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    1. Jimjams!!! I like it! I mostly wear yoga pants or workout pants if I'm just staying home. I try not to stay in my PJs past 8am or so. It's tough to remember to get dressed when you work from home!

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  9. Oh, I can't believe you're writing about this. I've actually noticed this lately and wondered why and how folks could go out in those. House Pants, ha ha.

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    1. Which is exactly why I stay away from Walmart. I think what was once a trend among young people is now a way of life for people of all ages...

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  10. By definition, wouldn't "house pants" be worn in the house? I've got pants that I don't wear to bed but I do wear inside - ones with Minions on them for example - but I would NEVER go out of the house in them. Eeek! :)

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    1. Yeah...I think house pants are usually thinner than pajamas, too, aren't they? So you could see through them. I don't think they're meant to be worn in public.

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  11. LOL!!! Yes, I totally have and do all the time. I just don't care what people think because I'm hot no matter what;) love the pup with rollers, he's just too much.

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    1. You are! If Walmart was filled with doggies, I might go more often, actually. Although stepping around all the accidents on the floors might be tough.

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  12. I did once when the alarm went off at work at like 5am and I rushed in to meet the police. And yes, I had my fake uggs on. But normally no. Absolutely not. One does not wear one's pajama bottoms out in public. My son does it though *sigh*

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    1. I think before 8 a.m., it would be fully understood!

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  13. I've seen way worse art Walmart.

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    1. I'd rather see pajama pants than some of the crazy things you see on peopleofwalmart.com!

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  14. You can change the name but they are still the same and look lame. Unless the house is burning down, that would be a no for me haha

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    1. We all need good PJ pants in case we ever have to run out of the house in the middle of the night.

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  15. When we lived in Montana, a lot of the high school girls would wear them to school; not so much to the mall. I wonder if the administrators at school ever banned them from the dress policy. Son would wear sweats out a lot but never be caught in pajama bottoms like this. Me neither :)

    betty

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  16. If someone wants to cheat and call the damned things "house pants," I'd reply by saying "Then you should only wear them in your house!!!"

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  17. Love the billboard and the dog meme, so true and funny!
    I have never worn my PJs to the store, I would be too mortified to do it. Heck I won't even wear yoga pants in public. I just don't think it is something I would ever do! Gosh when I went into labor in the middle of the night I had to put pants on before I would go to the hospital LOL!

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  18. I don't think I would wear pajama bottoms in public. House pants, are okay. But not PJ's.

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  19. Stephanie, You always have the cleverest and funny posts!!!

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  20. That was extremely popular here around 2007! Kids kept trying to wear them to school. I actually haven't seen it in a while. Is it making a comeback?

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  21. No, never would I wear PJs out in the public. Never. Ever. Well, unless I was going to WalMart then it wouldn't matter because no one would notice.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  22. It's not just Walmart - head to a college campus and it looks like everyone is headed to a sleepover.

    I don't even own any pajama pants, so not a problem. I shall refrain from noting my normal sleeping wear, because I think might only be a step above wearing pajama pants in public!

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  23. Hahahahah oh my gosh! No. Just no. Even if you wanna pull of the "they're house pants" line . . . I'd ask, "Umm, are you at home?" Didn't think so. Then I raise my chin in triumph, because, "There! In your face!" Okay, so I wouldn't actually say it to people, if they're crazy enough to go out in public in their pajama bottoms who knows what they'd do to me? My plan if they speak to me is: nod and run. Nod and RUN. O_O

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  24. about 20 years ago, i wore plaid flannel 'house pants' to a movie, paired with long-sleeved shirt and hiking boots. yes, it was comfy.

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  25. I don't even wear pajamas to bed. LOL I actually wear yoga clothes.

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  26. So very wrong. And there are places in the UK which have banned people shopping in their pjs.

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  27. I would never wear pajamas out in public-the worst I have done is put the garbage out wearing my house robe. I think this first started with the high school kids and then it just grew. Before we would complain seeing people in their sweats but that is an evening gown compared to now. I have had clients show up in my office with pajama bottoms to talk about their credit. I asked them if they were late coming here and when they asked I mentioned their look. I am waiting for people to put motors on their beds so they can just travel that way without even getting out of bed:)

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  28. My daughter has worn hers out in public (I think). If I'd worn pj bottoms in public, people would claw their eyes out from the horror.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  29. Would I? Yes. Why not? I'm not showing my bum and that is a good thing. SARK used to encourage people to wear pjs in public because we worry about the little things that just don't need to be worried about.

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  30. That totally takes me back to my university days. You could tell the kids who lived on campus because they all dressed like that to go to class (ie, roll out of bed 5 mins before class and just stumble over). Kids who lived off campus all dressed like they were going to a club. It was flippin' _weird._

    Seriously though, wear whatever the hell you want. At least they're WEARING pants.

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  31. I'm okay with people wearing them in public but what annoys me is the big fluffy slippers kids have worn with their pj pants. I've seen them in airports, stores, even movie theaters and it's disgusting to think of how much dirt those slippers are attracting.

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  32. I love to wear my house dress, nightie or pajamas at home when it is just myself and I have no guests, but to wear pajama bottoms outside is not for me. I know some people can and do, and I have no problem with this, but it isn't something I would do myself. :) However, I need to mention that I am a baby boomer and most likely older than a lot of your readers, and "back in the day" people didn't wear them outside of the house. :)

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  33. I love to wear my house dress, nightie or pajamas at home when it is just myself and I have no guests, but to wear pajama bottoms outside is not for me. I know some people can and do, and I have no problem with this, but it isn't something I would do myself. :) However, I need to mention that I am a baby boomer and most likely older than a lot of your readers, and "back in the day" people didn't wear them outside of the house. :)

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  34. Not wearing pajamas to school is actually part of the dress code. Yep, they had to officially say not to wear pajamas (tops or pants) to school. Which means someone did it at some point...

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  35. Those are definitely pajamas and I couldn't wear them out in public. I hate it when someone drops by unannounced and catches me in my pjs in the house.

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  36. I'm a bit torn on this one. I have some jersey yoga type pants that I will wear to Walmart that don't seem that much different from PJ pants. Still...they're solid black, so I guess they're acceptable. I avoid Walmart when I can, but some of us don't have much choice. I don't have a Target, K-Mart, or anything else within 100 miles!

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  37. The farthest I go is the mailbox, and even then I feel a little weird

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  38. Nope. My pajamas are comfy, but I wouldn't wear them in public. Like others have mentioned, it was popular on my campus when I was in college, but I didn't follow that trend.

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  39. Stephanie, I was feeling a little out of it today until I read this post and I'm actually giggling like a schoolgirl. (lol) Love the topic, but the way you tell it is just totally fun. I think you're saying what most of have been thinking about stuff like this. you go, girl! BIG Hugs...Ro

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  40. Would I? NO. But you're right, that doesn't stop other people. I've seen these and also an adult in a onesie with footy bottoms. *-*

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  41. Thanks for your interesting comment today. I am a pretty casual comfy dresser but i wouldn't wear those housepants (pjs really!)

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  42. I've also seen them called lounge pants. I wear clothes when I leave the house, thank you very much.

    Love,
    Janie

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  43. I don't think I've ever worn pjs out of the house. But I do see people at the supermarket in their pj pants and ugg boots. I feel like they've just given up….

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  44. When I was in grad school, I saw the undergrads wearing PJ pants pretty frequently around campus. If I were still that age, I might give it a try. It looks like a comfortable style. But now, I'm afraid of being called out for trying a trend that might be more suited for younger people.

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  45. I must admit that I find PJs uncomfortable and ugly. I have got a pair my wife bought me for Christmas and the only reason I wear them is because they are Chelsea PJs, the team I support in the English league.

    Greetings from London.

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  46. This is almost like wearing grungy looking clothing to get that messy appearance. Who wants to look messy? holy crap. Young people!

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  47. Hi, Stephanie, over here it is not surprising to see people wearing house pants in public places. Of course the house pant's material is not as dull looking as the pajamas bottom. I think most people find them loose and comfortable.

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  48. Ha! And I thought wearing sweats was bad enough...I love my jammie pants - but only at home:-) However, there was that one emergency... http://pensivepenspost.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-muse-who-wore-pajama-pants.html

    Great post, Stephanie!

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  49. House pants... are so 1995....

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  50. Pajamas=house pants. I wouldn't wear them in public. Yoga pants are fair game though.

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  51. I work from home (no excuse, I know), so I walk around the house in my pajamas. Sometimes, even answer the door wearing them, but go out to a mall, or go shopping with them, that's a big no - no.

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  52. Hehehe...I'm always in pyjamas in my house. But definitely not in public!

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  53. I CRINGE when I see jammie bottoms--I mean house pants--at Walmart. Frequently accompanied by houseslippers...
    Hope you're having a good one, Steph.

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  54. My daughters sometime wear pajama bottoms outside. But its in the morning and if we go to Starbucks. Not sure why. They just like to wear pajama bottoms at Starbucks.

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  55. When I was in college lots of students wore them to run to the store- but I never saw any real adults wearing them out in public then (and my mom was against it when I was home). I enjoy pjs at home, but would feel weird wearing them to the store now. I have never heard the term house pants- fascinating.

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  56. House pants have existed quite a long time over here in Germany but no-one would ever dare to wear them outside in public. It is uncouth. It is rather annoying though to have to change trousers each time one pops over to the corner shop - and in my 'Little Miss Forgetful' phase that can be 2 or 3 times in one morning.

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  57. I will NEVER wear pajama bottoms in public, I am mildly shocked when I see people doing it, it makes me think that they could care less what they are wearing and they care less about themselves. I never allow my daughter to wear them out in public as they are only for the house... oh well, to each his own xox

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  58. huahahaaaa...I won't do that :)... please, they are very comfy but keep them at home, will ya :)

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  59. NO way not ever! It is only in the last couple of years I've been willing to walk to get the mail in my robe! It never ceases to amaze me the number of moms I see on the elementary school campus for drop off in "house pants" and slippers! Nope. Never going to happen!

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  60. It's bad enough seeing the kids in PJs in public without seeing older adults. OMG. It would feel nightmarish for me to go out in public wearing what looks like PJs. I might as well go out in my undies.
    Yuck.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  61. No, I wear them enough working from home! House pants...too funny.

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