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Pajamas in public: Should they be banned?

Don’t wear these outside your home in Caddo Parish, La. (J. Crew)

“The moral fiber in our community is dwindling,” Williams said. “If not now, when? Because its pajama pants today, next it will be underwear tomorrow.”

The fashion police might agree: It’s a slippery slope from Crocs to Vibram toe-shoes to Pajama Jeans. American fashion grows more casual with each decade, and fashion critics have been searching for a way to describe this unfashionable phenomenon (Suggestions from Rod Hagwood of the Sun-Sentinel: “Couch Couture? Hibernation Chic? Stretch Style? Yoga-Panting?”)

But as much as the fashion police would love it, real police would never be able to enforce a law banning pajamas in public. Our right to dress as lazily as we please is part of our American freedom of expression. A ban would be considered unconstitutional. College kids with early morning classes: You can breathe a big sigh of relief now.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.


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