Many readers have written in to ask where I bought the colorful kimono from my latest post. Perhaps I ought to be embarrassed admitting this, but I'm not! My kimono is actually a soft, cotton robe from the pajama section at Anthropologie. Although the idea of wearing one's household loungewear out and about might not instinctively sit well, sporting pajamas during the daytime is a bit of a lazy luxury. It's rewarding, economic, and a downright awesome endeavor.
Today's post lays claim to our fundamental human right to roll out of bed and walk proudly into the world in the same clothes we fell asleep in; the right to be absurdly comfortable without looking sloppy; the right to purchase clothes that can do double duty, in both nocturnal and diurnal capacities; the right to choose flannel over denim, spandex over rayon, loose muumuus over those infernally waist-cinching sundresses.
In my experience, beautiful, comfortable, quality loungewear often runs at a significantly cheaper price point than the rest of the store's everyday clothing, as they did at Anthropologie! The art of wearing one's pajamas in the daytime is well worth exploring. If done carefully, no one will tell the difference, and you'll find yourself stretching your wardrobe into new, creative territory. By keeping a discerning eye when shopping, you'll be surprised at the unique, flattering pieces you'll find and the money you can save with pieces that can be used in both a public and private context.
Anyone who claims they don't occasionally love frittering the day away in their pajamas is probably not telling you the truth. Give it a try–both your body and your wallet will thank you.
Courtney Kampa is from Virginia, and has an MFA from Columbia University. Her poetry has received awards from
Poets & Writers Magazine
North American Review
, and elsewhere. She has worked as a writer for
, lobbied at the United Nations, and modeled for Levis Jeans.