Did you see the recent fuss about the headteacher who asked parents to stop doing the school run in their pyjamas, and to think about maybe getting dressed before leaving their homes in the mornings?
It was a recent story, but it wasn’t a recent development. Back in the days when The Fashion Police were at school (which, OK, is a long time ago now, but still…) it would’ve been totally unthinkable for anyone’s parents to turn up at the gates in their pyjamas or dressing gowns: in fact, anyone who DID have to suffer the indignity of being seen with pyjama-clad parents back in those days is probably still in therapy, trying to get over the after-effects of the teasing and bullying they’d have been subjected to.
Now, though, nightwear-in-public seems to be a fairly common phenomenon – at least, if the media is to be believed. (We can still count on one hand the number of times we’ve seen someone walking around in a dressing gown and slippers, but who knows, that might just be us.) This isn’t the first time schools have had to write to parents requesting that they wear clothes, and we’ve also heard stories about supermarkets and other public places banning patrons in pyjamas from entering their store. No matter how many stories we read along these lines, though, it just keeps on happenigng, so it looks like we’re just going to have to accept that people want to wear their pyjamas in public, and nothing’s going to stop them.
Taking the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” philosophy to its natural conclusion, then, Zara have helpfully decided to come to the rescue. Their current collection contains a few pieces of pyjama-inspired daywear, and technically these ARE “real” clothes, so you can still LOOK like you’re wearing your pyjamas in public… without actually having to wear pyjamas in public.
But how will the schools cope with this, we wonder?