As I sit here in my favorite pajama pants and cami, I wonder exactly why I canít wear this to school
. Okay, maybe the cami would be a bit much with all that shoulder showing Ė Iíd get cold anyhow, but why not a pair of lounge pants? Whatís wrong with some loose knit gray pajama pants in the classroom? I know that once you get to college, you can show up in pajama pants if you want to and nobody says anything. Why canít I wear them around the high school?
Standardized Dress: Preparation for the Future
According to one teacherís explanation of standardized dress, the school is helping us prepare for the future. You canít show up to you job someday wearing your pajama pants, so why should you show up to your current ďjobĒ wearing loungewear? It almost made sense Ė so long as I was looking for an office job. But what if I planned to be a writer? What I planned to write bestselling novels all day in my pajamas? Not to mention those who plan to be lifeguards. What should they wear to ďpracticeĒ for their jobs someday?
Dressing Nicely and Performing Well
There has been a proven correlation between how good you feel on the outside and how nice you look on the outside. This has apparently also been tied to how well you perform. If youíre looking sharp, youíre feeling sharp and youíre doing pretty sharp work. I can understand that. When Iím schlumping around in my pajamas, I feel like slouching and just laying around. Iím relaxing. When Iím dressed up, I feel taller and more driven. Itís purely psychological, but it works. Maybe thatís why some companies require suits Ė the employees look sharp and perform better, too.
Losing Control through Lax Dress Codes
I think the real reason you donít see students wandering the hallways in their pajamas is that the teachers and administration fear that the lax dress code will be a sign of the school losing control. After all, if the students are running around all dressed for a slumber party, are they going to stop carrying books around, too? Is wearing pajamas permission to sleep in school? I donít buy the argument that my loose gray pants are distracting for other students. But I do understand that a teacher wants to look out and see students at least propping one eye open and pretending to listen, and thatís simply more likely to happen if they actually pulled on clothing that morning.
Pajamas and Practicality
Will I wear pajamas to school when I get the chance? I might Ė itís really hard to say, actually. In high school, I wander around a single building all day. I donít go outside. I donít ride busses or bikes. If I were to be walking a college campus, Iíd be a bit more hesitant about wearing the pajamas on the bus or strolling among thousands of strangers looking like I (literally) just rolled out of bed. I think Iíll find other comfortably clothing that looks like real clothes and just save the loungewear for actual lounging. Hopefully Iíll still be doing plenty of that.