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What is the appropriate distance from home that one should wear their pyjamas?
Mr TH, Salt Ash
Dear Mr TH,
I guess it depends on the pyjamas. Some people have quite stylish, matching pyjamas that look far classier than your common tracksuit. Others have pyjamas with holes in places where there shouldn’t be holes, so various parts of their anatomy jiggle around and sometimes escape. It is quite horrific.
If the nightwear is stylish, I think it is okay to go as far as the letterbox, but only if you have looked for any traffic and done a mad dash to collect your very important mail. This should be limited to when you are expecting money or tickets or a letter from long lost Aunt Maud, not throwaway junk mail or your power bill.
There may be occasions when you are running very late to drop the kids at school and you feel that it is okay to drive them in your pyjamas because you won’t be getting out of the car. Don’t be so sure of that. You can bet the one day you drive your little darlings to the school gate in your flannelette pyjamas with the top three buttons missing, will be the day you run out of fuel on your way home. Then you will suffer the glares from other parents driving past in their SUVs wearing classy suits on the way to their very important jobs, while you look like a hobo. It isn’t great if you are a canteen helper or on the P&C committee, trust me. You’ll be the talk of the schoolyard.
Pyjamas in the supermarket are never okay, unless they are on the shelf and you are buying them. Wearing your bedclothes to the supermarket really indicates that you’ve given up on the last bit of self respect you had. Of course it is tempting to race in when you want a block of chocolate for your Sunday night Netflix binge, but do you really want to become a social media sensation for all the wrong reasons? It isn’t carefree, it’s just downright daggy and unacceptable.