How Pajamas are worn in the U.S.A. today (leisurely fashions and fictionwear) are big indicators that our sleeping habits and wakeup practices have been altered.
The origin of this pant-style attire is controversial yet, traceable thoughout many world cultures and traditions.
However, pajamas (pyjamas/pj’s) are one of America’s most popular sleepwear. Over a substantial period of time, the pajama, dually worn by male and females, made its landmark as part of America’s sleep culture,
But today, the transitioning world propels us into a myriad of fast-paced lifestyles, impacting our conventions and habits. In lieu of this and with overwhelming generational acceptance of new comforts and conveniences, maybe pajamas are a thing of the past, OR, are they? ~AOC (AmericaOnCoffee)~
A BRIEF HISTORY ON PAJAMAS
It’s a nighttime tradition for many Americans to don their pajamas or PJs before heading to bed. … In fact, the word “pyjama” traces its etymological origin to the Persian word “payjama,” meaning “leg garment.” In fact, the English began to wear them on those rare hot days in summer. Sitnsleep.com
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The pyjamas introduced in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were adaptations of the harem pants worn in Southern and Western Asia. The name pyjama (pajamas or pjs) originates from the Hindustani word “epai-jaima”. British missionaries were the first ones to adopt the Moghul breeches or pyjamas as sleepwear for men and boys in their institutions. European men embraced the pyjama much earlier than women who thought that pyjamas would make them appear to be a suffragette. In the early 1900s, females started to include the pyjama suit in their wardrobe (Boucher, 1973, p. 433; Cotterill, 1996-2015; Kybalova, et al., 1968, p. 453).
During the period1883 to 1918, men were steadily replacing the traditional nightshirt or nightgown with pyjamas. By the 1930s, the pyjama pant and top had become an essential part of the male wardrobe. Pyjamas were made out of cotton, twill, flannelette, wool, viyella, and silk, but when the checked and striped pyjamas appeared on the market, they were in greater demand than the plain ones (Deshabillé Staff, 2013). Between 1919 and 1939, pyjamas were available in lighter materials such as cotton mixtures mercerized to give a smooth surface, silk, and artificial silk, and the damasked patterns and coloured designs were considered to be chic (Kybalova, et al., 1968, p. 453; Willett & Cunnington, 1992, p. 192, 207, 232, 241).
From the illustrations of men’s pyjamas in the Eaton’s Catalogue for 1920-1921, it is obvious that the military dress of World War I influenced pyjamas styles. The tops of the pyjamas shown have military collars, and a button and three frogs as front closures (T. Eaton & Co., Fall & Winter, 1920-1921, p. 296).
Men’s pyjama sets are still popular today. They are offered with long or short pants, long or short sleeved tops, and tops with button closures or t-shirt tops. They come in a variety of plain, colored or printed fabrics and knits.
Coco Chanel (1883-1971) was the first designer to promote a line of attractive lounging and beachwear pyjamas, and to persuade women that pyjamas could be as flattering as the traditional nightgown. From 1909 onward, women began to accept the wearing of pyjama suits, and by the mid-1980s pyjamas were apparently outgrowing nightgowns in sales (Cotterill, 1996-2015; Willett & Cunnington, 1992, p. 217).
When the female version of pyjamas was introduced in 1886, it was a combination of a nightgown with pants that required 4 ½ yards of calico or flannel fabric. The top had a high collar and a buttoned down front, and there were frills at the wrists and at the knees. In the following years, pyjama tops had large bishop sleeves, and a ribbon was tied around the waist. Pale blue and white silk pyjamas would often be trimmed with lace around the ankles, the throat, and a cascade of lace would be stitched to the bodice. During the period 1909 to 1918, pyjama fabrics included a pure zephyr or cassimere (a thin light weight twilled woolen fabric), and silk (Willett & Cunnington, 1992, p. 199, 233).
Women’s pyjamas gradually lost their nightgown appearance, and from the 1920’s onward, they took on a more tailored look with long straight lines and became available in a variety of plain and printed fabrics (Tortora & Eubank, 2010, p. 467, 473, 514). Stuart (2012) relates that in 1930, Daisy Fellowes, daughter of the Duc Deczes and heiress to the Singer sewing-machine fortune, increased Elsa Schiaparelli’s wealth by wearing her most surreal fashions, amongst them, leopard-print pajamas which her elitist friends would also espouse (p. 83). In 1933, in association with Bazaar, Daisy “mesmerized American fashion representatives, receiving them lying on a chaise in peacock blue pajamas” (p. 110-111).
Since the 1950s, there has been an assortment of stylish pyjamas ranging from the classic pyjama sets to the Baby Dolls. Currently, the trend is to mix and pair tops with pants. For instance, sleep shirts, sleep Tees, sleep tunics, tank tops, and camisoles are paired with sleep pants, leggings, Naomi pants (pants that are tight of the bottom of the leg), and capris. Young women will sometimes wear the stretch knit tops or bottoms as outerwear (Carter, 1977, p. 217; Cotterill, 1996-2015).
WEARING PAJAMAS ALLDAY LONG IS THE NEWEST TREND (Quartz.com)
FUN FACTS ABOUT PAJAMAS – and more on the pajama beginnings
The clothes you wear to sleep have an ‘eye-opening’ history
What you choose to wear to bed is a personal matter. You might be perfectly happy in a matching striped pajama set, while someone else could choose to snooze in a cute nightgown (or absolutely nothing!). But do you know how today’s nightwear made it to its current state? The history of pajamas is more surprising than you might think!
- Where The Word Comes From:The word “pajama” comes from the Indian word “piejamah,” which described loose pants that were tied at the waist. The comfy trousers were admired by British colonials as the perfect thing to wear when napping in the afternoon, and it wasn’t long before the outfit was deemed perfect for any time spent asleep. When the colonials returned to Britain, the trend caught on.
- Pajamas Aren’t Just For Sleeping: In the early 1900s, a fashion designer named Paul Poiret created silk pajamas to be worn out in public during the daytime, as well as in the evening. And today, in some Asian countries, people still like to wear full pajama sets out in public. In Japan, this trend is taken one step further. Some people go out in something called Kigurumi, which are pajamas made to look like giant stuffed animal costumes.
- Footed Pajamas Aren’t Always For Kids: They actually started out as something designed for adults. The first versions were made when people began sewing socks to the bottom of their pajama pants. It wasn’t to just keep their feet warm; it was to prevent bugs like termites from nibbling on their toes.
- Nightcaps Were All the Rage:Nightcaps (the articles of clothing, not the alcoholic beverages) might enter your mind mostly during the holidays (since they are featured in both A Christmas Carol and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas), but they were popular throughout the 19th century. The purpose is pretty obvious: to keep a person’s head warm during the winter while he or she slept. But the design has some thought behind it. The pointed cap is long enough to wrap around your neck like a scarf, but not so long that it could choke you in the middle of the night.
- Who Needs Pajamas? While stores sell tons of pajamas these days, sleeping in your birthday suit is still popular. For example, in the UK, 47 percent of men sleep in absolutely nothing (while only 17 percent of British women go nude in the night). Americans, on the other hand, are just slightly more conservative. About 31 percent of men in the United States sleep naked and 14 percent of women go nude.
I am seriously believing that people are wearing pajamas as active wear because they are living in a state of sleep. `~AOC~
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24 thoughts on “Are You Still Waking Up In PJs?”
Fascinating blog post! I never realised PJ’s had such a long and interesting history. The statistic on British men and their birthday suit is probably false as many of them are far too polite to respond to such a survey.
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Thank you for so much PJ info! Now it’s got me wondering… why would the British add pants on warm nights rather than on cold ones? :)
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Pests and humid nocturnal disturbances are two good reasons.😳
On our ski trips, the person who has done the stupidest thing is awarded ‘the pants of doom’ to be worn on the slopes the next day. These are usually pyjama bottoms with the most highly visible and embarrassing print (they are large enough to wear salopettes underneath them; we’re not that cruel). We do get some funny looks from other skiers as to why some idiot is skiing in their PJ’s!
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So weird! Pjs just keep going to new and differrent heights. LOL!
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