Like a lot of people, I have two looks when it comes to clothes: 1) Stuff I Wear Outside the House, and 2) Pajamas, and for me, there's really not a lot of in between. Now, let's get one thing straight, I am NOT nor have I ever been someone to wear pajamas outside of the house, but what I will do is change into pajamas as quickly as humanly possible after entering the house. Like I actually can FEEL myself getting uncomfortable the longer I have to wear "outside clothes" after I've gotten home and am in for the day.
The thing is, it's not so much "pajamas" as what we kind of collectively refer to as "lounge wear". You know, leggings, old t-shirts, sweatshirts. So basically stuff I would consider sleeping in and wearing all day if no one really sees me, but would not want to have to wear out in public. Although I do have a thing for cute pajamas and sweet nightgowns (as evidenced in the above photo), nine times out of ten I'm wearing the scrubbiest possible sweatpants/leggings/old t shirt combos you can imagine, which is just fine by me. And, I'll admit, even though I'm not a "pajamas in public" person, especially in the winter, you throw a big coat over any of that and you really can't tell I'm wearing what I slept in. Let's call it "home wear", shall we?
The thing is, the other day I somehow found myself with enough time to binge watch the beginning of a new Amazon show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and OMG do I love it. The titular character, Midge Maisel, is a 1950s housewife who decides to take a different path after her husband leaves her (not really spoiler alert? I don't know I'm bad at spoilers) and her outfits are the fifties to die for looks that we all know and love, especially the pajamas. Can we call them pajamas? As my friend Alice from Book Club said, "It’s distressing to me that Mrs. Masel has nicer bedclothes than I have formalwear." Case in point...
I mean, that's what she wears to bed. That one nightgown is nicer than probably about 80% of what's in my closet right now. (She also pretends to fall asleep next to her husband and then puts her hair in rollers and puts on face cream so he doesn't see her like that ever, but that's another 50s Fun Fact we will not discuss at the moment.)
The point really is (yes I do have one), that it got me thinking about the effort, or lack thereof, that I put into my every day look, or even my every day self, really. This pajama trap is just another one that women fall into sometimes because we take care of ourselves last. Do I want to wear what looks like a prom dress to bed every night? Not really, but maybe I could make a slightly better effort at pulling myself together at home on the regular, at the very least investing in a cute set of pajamas that are actual pajamas and not leggings I have worn to bed and also to Target and also to school drop off and maybe also more places. I'm not talking about a full face of makeup to do laundry and work from my couch, but if I'm going to try to convince my three year old to let me brush her hair I guess I have to do the same for myself.
So what about you? Do you do the quick change as soon as you get home or do you have actual pajamas a la Midge Maisel?