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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pajama Fashion Critic

My boys have so much clothes. Between birthdays, Christmas and hand-me-downs, they have bags of jeans, shirts, hoodies and pajamas. Cool pajamas that match. When I was a kid, we were lucky to have socks that matched, much less pajamas. I blame it on the public laundry dryers. They separate a matching item like Angelina Jolie separates married couples.

Come bedtime, my boys are a Nickelodeon nightmare, a Marvel comic billboard. One time, when the younger one was about two, we couldn't go to bed until we located a specific Spiderman PJ'. For an hour we went through the different Spidey tops while he repeated "Where's my Piderman janomas?!"

To this day, they never have to wear the same outfit to bed twice - I'm sure it would drive Freddy Krueger nuts.

Of course, when you add my mother into the mix, they become pajama-fashion-tragedy. She likes to add wool vests to everything, so the other night my four-year old was sporting a Spongebob shirt, argile vest, Cars bottoms and two-toned socks - my husband came up to kiss them goodnight and said, "who dressed you?"

My mom's intentions to keep them warm could have been avoided if we kept the house at human temperature. My husband's a New Englander at heart - they're used to keeping their houses at temperatures that are normal for the Exorcist. After all, if you can't see your breath while you're could be dead.

Until my mother-in-law gave me a pair of flannel bottoms for Christmas, my night clothes were just shirts and pants that were too embarrassing to wear out in public. The flannel bottoms that I got for Christmas, mind you, are not any classier than the sweats - but it's suitable for the other strange New England practice of going to Dunkin' Donuts in pajama bottoms and a parka.

It's a functional look.

I may knock it but it's coordinated and that's more than I can say for myself. I used to think, who's going to see you in your pajamas? But then I got to thinking, there's that chance if, God-forbid (as the Fire chief kept saying), there was a fire in the middle of the night and I had to run out of the house. I could picture the emergency workers being Blackwell all the sudden, "Did you see her pajamas? She should've burned down with the house!"

No. I don't want to be that Pajama-faux-pas person. If my flannel bottoms must be plastered with images of Eeyore or Tinkerbell, I'll make sure my tops are solid.

It's the vests that "make" these pajamas work!


  1. We keep our house at a balmy 68, sometimes I wear a sweatshirt and wool socks to bed. Under a down comforter and a quilt. I think my daughter sleeps in her winter coat.

    I hope the house never burns down, it would be very embarrassing. On the upside, at least we'd be warm.

  2. I lvoe the vest with the PJ's ...awesomeness

  3. @Twinisms: Bridget, where you are, 68 is Bermuda-like, ain't it?

    @Adrienne: I dare anyone to mess...with-the-vest!

  4. You won't be hearing anything about me about these pajama combinations, I have my Zuki and Samu in my dear husband, and the bad thing is, no grandma told him to wear it to bed, it's all about his personal fashion sense.
    *On a side note, I love that you mentioned your Mom again!" :)

  5. Crap, it should be "hearing anything from me about these pajama..."

    I have two very distracting bundle of energies on both sides, I'm thinking one thing and typing another. *sigh*

  6. We had the same dilemma but it was because we bought el cheapo flannelette pj's from Woolworths so the buttons fell off after 3 washes. And I ain't close to being any type of seamstress so the boys were in a mish mash of puppy dogs and cheeky monkeys - with some Thomas the Tank engine thrown in for good measure.
    God forbid if we were caught in a fire this past winter !

  7. I was rolling with laughter upon reading the Angelina part! hahaha!

  8. They are adorable! I don't care about the mix-match. Nothing cuter than sleeping kids. It also helps with the blogging and all. :)

  9. @grapesandoranges: No apologies for typos necessary - I get it like the cherry on top. So...your Dear Hubby dresses like that on purpose? Sounds like he doesn't know the basics about getting any action!

    @Grace: Hey! I remember Woolworth's! They're out of business here - guess the Fashion District got P.O.'d with unraveling buttons. Then again, if they were fireproof....

    @Real Life Reslers: You know I can't give up an opportunity to knock A.J.!

    @crittersandcrayons: I agree, nothing cuter than sleeping-quietly-with-innocent-faces kids. No wonder why you never yell at them while they're asleep.