here was a time not so long ago, when wearing sweat pants in public was the ultimate symbol of laziness, as illustrated in the following exchange from popular '90s sitcom Seinfeld:
Jerry: Again with the sweatpants?
George: What? I'm comfortable!
Jerry: You know the message you're sending out to the world with these sweat pants? You're telling the world: 'I give up. I can't compete in normal society. I'm miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.'
Oh those quaint, naive '90s.
As we now know, wearing sweatpants out of the house isn't lazy at all. You actually have to put on sweat pants. Today's slackers have discovered a much more efficient way to signal their indifference to the world when they go out by simply wearing what they slept in.
Yes, going out in pajamas is the new going out in sweatpants. In fact, it makes going out in sweatpants look like dressing for success. If sweatpants telegraphed the misery of the wearer, as Mr. Seinfeld suggested, then pajamas are a clear signal that the wearer wishes everyone else to be miserable as well.
It's a trend that's becoming so common that Louisiana is actually considering banning the wearing of pajamas in public. While there's no debating that PJ-pant-wearing is a public nuisance, government intervention seems a tad silly.
If some people wish to go out dressed worse than a homeless person, they should be free to be seen in all their foolish glory. After all, there was no law in the 1930s decreeing that all men should wear jackets and hats, it was just considered bad form not to. And since we, as a society, have agreed that trying to look ones best as an act of politeness is an outdated social convention, then we just have to live with the results of that decision.