Friday, October 25, 2013
A Random Thought: Are Pajamas Acceptable Work Attire?
I don't know where I saw it, read it, or heard it from but somewhere someone said "people who don't shed off their work clothes as soon as they come home must have something wrong with them." Crazy. I believe was the word they threw out a couple of times.
Three years ago, I would've agreed with this person whole-heartedly. As soon as I came home from work, I would kick off my shoes and change into something comfortable which usually had little cartoon figures or cups of coffee printed on them.
That was then. This is now.
Now, I don't have to. I no longer work outside the house except to pick up a book at the bookstore or do some field research. Why am I obsessing about this comment? I'm a fulltime writer who has a mild case of OCD, according to my family and ex-coworkers. Whatever.
Here's my point: As a writer who works from home must I dress up to slave in front of a keyboard then dress down when I clock off? What if I decide to write another hour after I've already changed out of my proper work attire into pajamas, do I have to dig the clothes out of the laundry basket and change back into them?
Anyway....I don't spend all day in my PJs only because I exercise in the morning and always seem to have some errand to run for someone somewhere. Household manager is not a fun or glamorous job, although I am paid in hugs, kisses, and genuine appreciation. HA! The pay is shit and the job sucks and nobody appreciates what I do regardless of what they write inside a mother's day card. Bah, humbug.
Where was I?
Oh yah. Writers. Pajamas. Work clothes. Check. Do writers receive special treatment or leeway enabling them to stay in their PJs all friggin' day? Are pajamas and sweatpants acceptable work attire? Should writers and other stay-at-home professionals dress up even when at home?
Bonus question: Have you ever worn pajamas out in public? Did you feel self-conscience at any time?
*I have. And nope.