Monday, October 6, 2008

Edna, the Fashion Policewoman

Edna: I'd like to take a moment to speak to all you young (and not-so-young) ladies out there about something I've noticed. These days, it seems like every time I step out to do some shopping, I see women who clearly don't know how to dress in public. I'm not talking about the hussies in the low-cut tops and short skirts. No, I'm talking about something much more insidious and wide-spread: the women who wear pajamas to go shopping. Never in my life have I seen a generation of people so unwilling to make themselves look presentable before stepping out of the house! I can remember a time not-so-long-ago when a true lady never went out shopping without at least putting on a dress and white gloves.

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While I'm not suggesting bringing back those kinds of standards of decency, I would at least ask you to take a look in the mirror before you leave the house and ask yourself: is this an outfit that I could sleep in? Did I sleep in this at any time in the recent past? Are my pants made out of flannel and/or do they have a drawstring waist?


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If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," then don't wear it to the grocery store!


In case you need some visual aids (because I think some of you do), here are a couple of examples of what I mean:

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I don't care how cute or coordinated the outfit seems,
these are PAJAMAS,
not going-out-in-public clothes.



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This is something you could leave the house wearing!

Ladies, have some dignity! Have some pride in your appearance! Listen to me: it doesn't matter how you dress up pajamas with expensive purses or fancy earrings, or if you brush your hair and put on makeup before you go out. They are still pajamas and meant only for relaxing in the boudoir.

16 comments:

The Hawg said...

Ah, my sister-in-law tends to wander all over town in her pajamas.

It boggles the mind, doesn't it?

Lidian said...

That is the rule of thumb (or rather of pants) for me - if I can take a nap in them, I do not wear them beyond the front porch!

Sassy Mama Bear said...

I's no Jennifer Garner, and all, but I keep my sleeping wear at home, only the old bear gets to see em, usually the backside.
Now, I just need to figure out how to keep my hose from rolling down to my ankles...just started happening one day.
~ Esther your northern cohort

gLoR!e said...

when i read this i was recalling if i had once wear pajamas outside..nope, never had happened but i am guilty of a sporty shorts to wear in a mall or department store. since i resigned from work i wear mostly comfy shorts & shirt anywhere.still not appropriate i guess showing off the flesh..heheh

Havenlei said...

Some people just don't care..
It's their way of seeking attention from others.

Shinade said...

Oh my goodness my daughter (34) wears her flannels out everywhere.

But she lives in Maine and a lot of people go out dressed just like that.

Especially to get their morning coffee.

I make my coffee at home.

Michelle Gartner said...

This is like deja vu- I heard some very ancient lady going off on pajama wearing in the thrift store this weekend. It doesn't bother me because in most cases girls wearing pj bottoms is more covering then jeans and butt floss thongs. I'd rather see folks in their Sponge Bob pjs in the grocery store then see flossed ass, let alone at church. But that's jmho.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I'm so with you on this. It seems the young girls insist on this type of dress. Looks downright terrible. Have a great day. :)

Margie and Edna said...

Edna: Thank you all for coming and commenting, I see most of you share my opinion. :)

Miss Esther, that is truly a shame about your stockings unrolling themselves. Cousin T gave me a handy tip to prevent that and it works like a charm: duct tape.

Miss Michelle, I do know what you mean about those terrible thongs. Personally, I don't understand why anyone would wear those. Seems like those thongs would be more comfortable worn on your feet, like the manufacturer intended. But to each their own, I suppose. *shakes head*

terocious said...

It's best to shave your legs before applyin' the tape.

I'll generally only whip out my tongs if there is something hot I need to pick up and move.

Ole Heff wears PJ's all the time and he is no spring chicken. I know a lot of fellas who would like to look as ridiculous as he does. Like on that show where one really rich guy has to pick between twelve or so girls. Sounds exhaustin' to me. Both bein' rich and choosin' through all them girls.

-Cousin T

Carol said...

And, how about putting on a top that covers up your bra straps!? It just looks trashy, I don't care how nice your bra is.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Living where I do, I am surprised that I have never seen anyone wearing pajamas out in public - not even the homeless. I do remember when I was young and my Mom would take me downtown and I'd have to wear a dress and a hat. You'd have to dress up in order to go anywhere. Nowadays it is obviously much different but pajamas is a new one on me. I'll have to take a better look out there :)

Karen said...

I am right there in saying that this annoys me to no end. These gals are plain lazy!

RNSANE said...

Well, my sleeping outfit and my running out to the grocery outfit is one and the same - SWEATS - the nicer ones get worn outside and, when I've dribbled on them enough -I do try not to spill when I eat but, sometimes those big boobies get in the way and I can't whip out the Tide stick fast enough - or they become faded, they merit bedroom duty. I haven't worn fancy nighties in a LONG time. I can't bear to toss them because hope springs eternal!

For jaunts into the big city or for fancier occasions, I can dress up pretty nice, with three colors of eye shadow, all of it on my eyelid!! I may have started out in Georgia but I've come a long way!

Margie and Edna said...

Margie: Carmen, I now know why you need a gentleman! If you'd put on your nightie and 4 shades of eyeshadow plus red lipstick then go the store...
Take a stick.

RNSANE said...

Well, I do have to say, on the rare occasions that I've worn four shades of eyeshadow at once, with one of my fancy Caribbean dresses, I have wowed a few people. No stick was necessary though. Of course, I wasn't in my fancy nighgowns....in the daylight tomorrow, I must look through them to make sure they are still lovely. The really sexy ones of bygones days ( ok, ok, bygone sizes, I'll admit it, I might try to sell on Craig's List - they were off more than they were on...they were mostly just for show anyway! ).

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