In our most recent podcast, we got into a spirited discussion (think Lincoln/Douglas) about our pajama habits. As promised, we’re opening the matter up to everyone else.
Because we are incurably curious, please take part in the following polls regarding your own personal jammies habits. Feel free to elaborate on your answers in the comments section below as well. Please help us lay these pressing questions to rest, so our long national nightmare can end.
For me, it mainly depends on the time of year/temperature of my house. The colder it gets, the more likely I am to wear honest-to-goodness pajamas. The warmer . . . well, modesty forbids.
It’s relatively warm where you live. You totally left out sweats. It’s closest to gym shorts, I suppose.
The colder it gets the more clothes I wear. However, during the summer I’ll still wear boxer shorts and a tank-top. The mosquitoes by me are mutant and there’s nothing worse than having a bite in un-namely spots. Scratching can lead to embarrassing moments.
I second what Jonathan said about temperature as it relates to what I wear. I do mix it up whenever I feel like it. Pajamas to me denotes specific clothing for sleeping, though they do have pajamas with pockets. If anyone out there wears pajamas regularly, you should get the ones with pockets – so you don’t have to hold stuff when you sleep.
I agree with temperature stuff, you know, sweaters to warm up, shorts for hotter weather. But, this might sound weird, it depends on what kind of sleep I want. Like, if I’m going to bed, it’s normally long pj bottoms and a t-shirt, but if it’s a nap, I go for the underpants and a tshirt, it’s comfier that way for whatever reason.
My tighty whities were good enough when I was 3, so they’re good enough now.
I know what you guys are driving at. If you fall asleep in the clothes that you washed the car in, no, that doesn’t make them pajamas.
On the other hand, if I hang out in a flannel nightgown until 4:00 in the afternoon, the gown is still pajamas.
Temperature defines my pajamawear. There aren’t predefined seasons here (the joys of the southern US), so summers range from underwear or shorts and a shirt (hey, I get cold on top!) to the most liberating of suits. Winters all but require pajama pants and a t-shirt, which is probably as close as I’d get to proper pajamas.
Of course, if I’m staying with someone I’ll be decent and put something on both ends. No one needs to be subjected to that. 😉
Summer: naked, unless husband is out of town, then a light nightgown in case someone breaks into the house (quite unlikely because of dog (and neighborhood), but it just feels better that way).
Cooler weather: long sleeve shirt, maybe socks.
Winter: Long johns, top and bottom, with socks. Sometimes a fleece hat. I get cold! I have a big problem with “regular” pajamas. Who wants buttons digging into them? And I CAN’T STAND wide pant legs that ride up my legs in the night. Long Johns are cuffed and stay put, and you can pull socks up over them to make sure.
I also hate it if the sheets are tucked in.
When staying with friends: Nighty that is shaped like a giant T-shirt to cover everything.
PS. I’ll be at the show Friday night!
your next poll should be is it “puh-jah-muz” or ‘puh-jam-uz’
Most of the time it’s a t-shirt and boxer shorts until it get colder and I transition into wearing actual PJs or PJ pants w/ a t-shirt/long sleeve t-shirt.
Bonus: one of my fav ‘sleep t-shirts’ is from my first ‘real’ concert: Meat Loaf’s 1996 World Tour. Oh HELLS yeah.
I don’t wear anything to sleep in, unless I’m sharing a hotel room or something with someone who is not my husband.
I do have several sets of comfortable pajamas though because I like to lounge comfortably in the evenings. Also, every year I go to a relaxacon – OmegaCon – where everyone pretty much spends the whole weekend in jammies.
~Sharon, Mpls merch minion
Flannelette pyjama bottoms all year round with layered singlet/long sleeved top. Add more layers to top half in colder weather, remove layers in warmer weather.
Add thermal underwear (long johns) in winter under pyjama pants if necessary.
Also, interesting fact, my husband and I have matching pyjama bottoms (cute skull print!) and neither of us wear the matching pyjama top. he wears a tshirt.
And I agree with minimo.
Sleeping in regular clothes does not make them pyjamas, unless you retire them from regular wear and only wear them to bed, which is how I get my singlet/long sleeved top combo. I retire old tops from regular wear when I get new ones. Thin merino long sleeved tops are best as they are wonderfully warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather!
But wearing jamies (pronounced jah-mies) in the day, they are still jamies.
Unless you buy a pair just for regular daytime wear and don’t sleep in them but lets be honest, how many of us do that?
I agree with Percephene on the what makes PJs issue.
I sleep in weather appropriate clothing that has been relegated to bedtime use or the couple Victoria’s Secret nighties I have (hey a girl’s gotta feel feminine sometimes)… in the winter I take a page from Shrek and layer it up!
Why are shirts so much more likely to earn pajama duty than pants? You don’t buy pajama shirts unless they’re part of a set… but you buy (or sew, in my case) a pair of dedicated pajama pants that never see use in the light of day unless you’re a college student.
I tend to go au naturale until it gets too cold to do so (an annual occurrance, being in New England). Then there are plaid flannel pants and t-shirts for the winter.