Post by Jessica R.

Almost a month ago, a store in England put up a sign in their window.

‘To avoid causing embarrassment to others we ask that our customers are appropriately dressed when visiting our store (footwear must be worn at all times and no nightwear is permitted).’

So, I understand running into Target at 11pm in your pajamas to go get some Motrin because you’ve run out and your little one is running a fever. And I also understand dashing into the grocery store in your pajamas on your way home from school drop off because you need some milk or bread. But a full shopping run? In your slippers? Not sure I’d go there.
How about you? Have you ever shopped in your pajamas and slippers? Would you ever? Where do you draw the line before you go out in public?
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4 Responses

  1. We are already far too casual in society today (myself included). I love watching old movies were everyone is dressed for everything! The pajamas and slippers in public I just don’t get at all. I can understand a late night dash for meds or something, but really other than that….

  2. Laura says:

    I find this hilarious! Only in the UK–I am not sure they could get away with this in the US. However, living in London, I have learned that I must always be well dressed to drop my kids at school. None of those cute track suits that American moms live in. I learned quickly when I first moved here that no one wears sweat pants, no matter how cute they are, unless they are going running or to the gym. I was quizzed about my running everytime I wore them, ( I had a 2, 3 and 4 year old at the time and was lucky I was getting out of the house for the school run). Finally I started lying and saying, yes, I was heading to the gym. It took me about 6 months until I stopped wearing them and realized, I had to at least wear jeans and put on some makeup or people would think I was unwell. 4 years later and the habit has stuck…I do not, however, wear the high heels that many of the yummy mummies wear in London. Just cannot do it walking to school, in the rain, pushing a buggy, etc. The Tesco in South Kensington (London)that is near the private schools where I drop my children in the morning would have a hard time with this one. Someone would claim they were infringing on their rights, religous freedom, or fashion freedom or whatever:)

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  4. Ellie says:

    I have never once gone to the store in anything that would pass for jammies.

    However, one day, because we have “jammy days” at school, a blind installer came to my house at 4:30 and I was in my flannel jammies–complete with cows jumping over moons–when I opened the door! Hardly a handyman’s fantasy, but still i was quick to explain!

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