When the headline first appeared in my Google Alerts that a parish in Louisiana was attempting to enforce a ban on wearing pajamas in public, I barely gave it a second glance. Unfortunately, that is a sign of the times when I hear about another school banning its students, or even parents, from wearing pajamas on its premisses nearly every week.
But as I read more about Louisiana’s Caddo Parish District 3 Commissioner Michael Williams’ attempt to push through an ordinance that would prohibit anyone from appearing in public wearing “a garment sold in the sleepwear section of department stores,” I realized this was emblematic of a more concerning trend in our country.
Now, I’m not just saying this because I happen to own an online store which sells only sleepwear apparel. I am saying this because I believe clothing is one of the greatest forms of personal expression in our modern world. And personal expression is something that must not be limited in a successful democracy.
I founded The Pajama Company eight years ago because after a career in the fashion industry in New York and traveling the world working for an international women’s NGO, I realized pajamas were my favorite type of clothing. After two decades of wearing power suits and ball gowns, I found pajamas were what I wore to feel my most creative, to feel my most comfortable and to express myself most fully.
That kind of power should never be taken away from the people.
Each January many of us inevitably make a list of things to change about ourselves. What if instead, we chose to celebrate our individuality, our creativity, our unique perspective on the world?
At The Pajama Company we made a new year’s resolution to our customers: to help each of you express your unique selves. Be proud of who you are and what interests you. Share that unique spirit with the world!