From sweatpants to the Snuggie to footed pajamas, does America really need another piece of clothing to keep it warm while lazing around the house?

Yes, according to the makers of PajamaJeans, which almost seems like a hoax Saturday Night Live commercial on its Web site. A pajama seller calls them "Pajamas to live in. Jeans to sleep in."

The recession must make people willing to spend $40 on a blanket or pair of sweats with pockets to lounge around in, and now these soft blue jeans make going outside in public a comfortable alternative.

I guess if you're unemployed and heading out for a quick stop at the grocery store for some milk for your dinner of cereal, then I can see how going to the trouble of putting on some pants can be asking too much.

But do we really need sweatpants that look like jeans but are really pajamas? Is America that lazy? Or stupid enough to spend $40 on them?

The company throws in a T-shirt for the $40, so maybe that makes it a deal. The Web site describes them as having "high contrast stitching, brass rivets and an unbeatable fit" and that they're made of "dormisoft fabric (95% cotton, 5% spandex) that doesn't tug or bind" but "is as soft as cotton."

I understand that velour sweatpants can be an expensive, yet comfortable, fashion statement. But $40 pajamas to wear outside is crazy.

If America is used to the slept-in look in public, the British aren't accepting it. A supermarket in Wales has banned customers from wearing pajamas and nightwear in the store. Jeans and sweatpants were so far still allowed, but not nightwear.

As a Videogum blogger put it in a bit more sassy language, nothing says "I'm an idiot who can't deal with even the most mundane of day-to-day adult responsibility like a pair of jeans that are secretly pajamas."

Exactly. If you can't get out of your pajamas to go out of the house, and have to buy pajamas that look like jeans, then don't leave the house.

Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Why you gotta be a hater, man? What'd these jammy jeans ever do to you? You righting from Haiti, hater?

They're comfortable as all get out, man. What do you probably voted for Obama.

Keep hatin', hater. I would wish you a Merry Hatemas but you'd probably tell me to say Happy Holi-hate, hater.

Step off,
Matty McHaterson

December 09 2011 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

An American journalist writing about PjJeans... funny:

Cheers! Enjoy...

December 06 2011 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

During a stint of insomnia, and while mindlessly watching late-night television, I first saw the ad for PajamaJeans, and -- as I often am, although usually while traveling abroad -- was yet again embarrassed by my fellow Americans. Then I sent an email threatening to send a pair to my best friend for Xmas if she didn't behave.

There is currently a discussion on Facebook about the utter hideousness of this product, and I just made the following post, accompanied by a screen grab of the ad, with the most offensive portions circled. Let it be noted that I am surprised that you didn't mention that PajamaJeans advertises their product as having "European Styling!" I don't know on what planet this trash is considered "European Styling", but I apologize on behalf of my people for this atrocity.

[Name of friend]: Don't forget Little Munchkin, what you'll be getting from Santa if you're not a good girl! Better than coal in the bottom of your sock! And you know me, of course I had to circle the most offensive parts of the ad for your viewing pleasure (sorry for my shaky hand... too lazy to dump it into PowerPoint.

First: Uhh, "European Styling"?? My sweet ass that's European Styling. That there is 100% purely American-inspired trash made by small children in China.

Second item: "DormiSoft Fabric": What in the HELL is that? I bet it melts / bursts into flames when product users drop ashes from their cigarettes onto it.

Third item up for discussion/abuse (courtesy of my very observant cousin [Name]): "PajamaJeans are so amazingly comfortable, you'll want to sleep in them!" I wouldn't let a rabid dog sleep on a pair of PajamaJeans.

Oh, and one last tidbit (see left of screen): They're *really* offering PajamaJeans in a *skinny jean* style? REALLY?! I can only imagine the sort of gal who would make a PJ Jean purchase, and I assure you that I don't want to see her in skinny jeans made of any fabric. Good fodder for the next edition of People of WalMart, I'm sure. Okay, well I haven't had a good, fun rant for quite a while now, so this ought to tide me over for a bit. Oh, and don't you think for a minute that I won't buy you a pair for Grinchmess if you're not good! :-E
/end of post/

Having experienced the rudeness of other Americans while traveling abroad, not to mention our style-savvy, I understand your points made above about my countrymen. But know, please, that we are not *all* like that.

Cheers, brother. And, thanks for the article. It brightened my day.

December 06 2011 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply