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November 15, 2017
For people with a hectic, work-centered lifestyle, wearing pajamas all day is like living the dream. They’re super comfy, and they signify a carefree, unstructured day free from societal obligations. But those who work from home know there’s a flipside to the PJ coin: living in loungewear may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
Pajamas are the ultimate symbol of relaxation, a rarity in the rat-race culture, and of course, they are inherently comfortable (they’re designed with sleep in mind, after all). There are plenty of ardent defenders in the “pajamas as daywear” camp. Freelance writer and Buzzfeed contributor Rebecca Grant makes a strong case for livin’ la vida jam-jam, with reasons ranging from unadulterated comfort to defying social norms. Stay-at-home parent discussion boards are peppered with odes to the joy of wearing pajamas and their close cousins, yoga pants, all day long.
Plenty of career advice websites and columns have weighed in on the debate of whether it’s a good idea to wear pajamas when working from home, and many come down on the “against” side of the fence. Fortune’sadvice to telecommuters: working from home “doesn’t count” if you’re in pajamas. Work at Home Womanmakes no bones about telling its readers to take off the PJs if they hope to be productive.
Here are some of the most commonly cited downsides to all-day jammie wearing:
For those who work from home, the bottom line is: wear what makes you feel productive. There’s no single formula for success for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other home-based workers. Some can’t get into work mode without a minimum of business casual attire, while others cringe at the thought of donning khakis when they’re not even leaving the house.
For the traditionally employed, if living the pajama life on your day off is your jam, go for it. There’s certainly no real harm in it, and for some, freedom and self-expression looks like wearing flannel all day. For most people, though, marathon jammies sessions are best reserved for the occasional “staycation” or a rare treat. Pair them with Netflix and a cache of couch snacks for optimum results.
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