Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny
things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
Journal. She has been
published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks
at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
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When it comes to teenagers, nothing should shock us any more,
especially when it comes to fashion fads. This is why I was surprised
to learn that teenage girls wearing pajamas to school in the suburbs
is the latest shocking fashion trend. Itís hard to believe that
educators, worried about moral values, are getting bent out of shape
over this silly infraction of "The Rules" and are cracking
the dress code whip.
It seems the same trend has swept the entire country. Like most fads,
it came and went in some areas before it was even discovered in
others. "That trend is so last semester," one parent told
me. In conservative Tennessee, we apparently are eons behind the rest
of the fashion world. The fad most likely started when someone was too
lazy to get dressed in the morning.
Pajama pants are usually cotton or flannel with elastic waistbands for
comfort, and are mostly worn with t-shirts or sweatshirts. They come
in a variety of colorful prints and plaids and are being sold as
lounge wear in trendy shops that cater to teen tastes, as well as
being mass marketed in discount stores.
Exactly how this all contributes to the moral decay of youth, Iím
not exactly sure. It seems to me that a soft pair of comfortable pants
would look better than the sea of faded denim that is usually seen at
high schools. I suppose itís simply the idea of nightwear being
treated as daytime attire.
After nose rings, tongue jewelry, spiked hair and tattoos, there
isnít much shock value left for mere pajamas as far as Iím
concerned. They seem almost like a return to an age of innocence.
Most parents donít seem too concerned until the kids get into
trouble at school. One mother from another part of the country told
me, "I had to leave work Monday to pick up my kid because he had
shorts on. It was almost eighty degrees! So, the pajama bottom
business is strictly verboten here."
Dress codes have traditionally not addressed the issue of sleepwear in
public, so it is pretty much an area wide open for interpretation.
While some educators continue to demand that kids dress appropriately,
according to their definition, others educators have given up the
fight saying they are tired of spending more time worrying about how
the kids dress than how they learn.
Some educators believe they need to prepare kids for the "real
world" where they will be expected to dress in a businesslike
manner. Of course, in the real world the high tech computer types rule
these days. They can pretty much dress any way they want, and it is
allowed because we need their expertise to run our information
The times they are a-changing. One mother said, "For the record,
Iím 37 years old and I have two pairs of pajamas I wear as
pants." Pajamas are not just for sleeping anymore. Who knows, in
a few years the teachers may be wearing pajama bottoms to school if
things keep going the way they are.
And here I am without even one single pair of pajama pants. I feel so
Copyright 2003 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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