The Most Worn Item in My Wardrobe
Andrew and my dad have made some funny observations about me lately that I wanted to share.
When my parents told me they picked up a couple of summer dress shirts for Andrew for his birthday (which my dad is bringing with him to Seoul on Saturday!), my dad said that they didn’t pick up anything for me, because, according to him, my younger sister and I are “fussy” about the things we wear—no matter how nice an item might be, we won’t wear it if it doesn’t represent our ‘style’ or feel like ‘us.’ I laughed, because, accurate.
The other night, over dinner, Andrew mentioned some of my home mannerisms—the way I eat, the way I sit when I’m eating. These are starkly different from the ways I do each outside of home, because I’m clearly comfortable and myself at home. This then led to descriptions of how quickly I change into my pajamas once I get home, the look of judgment on my face when Andrew doesn’t immediately change into his loungewear, etc. I laughed all throughout dinner.
The first thing I do when I get home is change into my pajamas (after taking off my shoes, which is just a preliminary step to changing into pajamas). More often than not, I do this before washing my hands. (My mom would always tell me to wash my hands when I got home from school, as I headed to my room to change into my pajamas.)
It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, it doesn’t matter if I’m going out again later, and sometimes, it doesn’t even matter if we have people over.
It’s another way I compartmentalize my life. Home is for being at ease and relaxing. How can you be at ease and relax if you’re wearing anything other than pajamas? When I compartmentalize my wardrobe, at its base level, there are two types of clothes—outdoor and indoor (or, as I refer to them, dirty and pajamas). Just as you wouldn’t wear your pajamas outside (sad!), you shouldn’t wear your dirty clothes at home.
I don’t understand when others are embarrassed or apologetic about having been in their pajamas all day. It’s called a good day.
It’s why I don’t mind investing in good pajama sets. The cost-per-wear will quickly become less than pennies, and fabric, fit, comfort, and quality matter. Shop some of my favorite options below! (These Lake pajamas are next on my list.)
I’ve written about comfortable style, but the most uncomfortable I feel, even more than walking in difficult shoes or wearing ill-fitting clothing, is when wearing something I don’t identify with. It’s like wearing a bad costume or lying. The clothes I feel good in, love to wear, and wear most are ones that are ‘so me.’ And, as it turns out, as I’ve learned through these observations, there’s nothing more me than a set of pajamas.
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