What’s most important to us in today’s popular pajama styles? Comfort! We have tossed aside the stiff fabrics, formal button tops and matching bottoms and long gowns of yesterday and progressed into casual comfort.
Today, pajamas don’t look terribly different from outfits we wear during the day. There seems to be a virtual uniform of sorts, worn by men, women and even children of all ages. The new look is nothing more than lightweight elasticized pants and shorts made in a variety of materials, usually cotton or flannel, combined with short sleeve or sleeveless tops. Many women like the new camis – tops with spaghetti straps.
This is the 21st century and life is hectic. Women especially needed a major re-haul when it comes to what to wear to bed. More importantly, what to have on if she needed to get up quickly to care for kids, pets, etc. Mom can’t be running around in a sexy negligee; she needs something more appropriate. Designers reacted, and retailers followed suit. Sleepwear turned into comfortable casual pieces that could go from bedroom to kitchen to backyard to school bus with no problem at all.
Women pretty much stopped buying the little silk nothings from years ago, and bought the newly designed evening active wear. Men didn’t seem to mind, either! Many men quickly learned that Mom can still look hot with a pair of shorts and a tight cami instead of those vintage penoir sets collecting dust in the closet. Retailers have quickly changed their marketing tactics from selling too much sexy sleepwear to selling more comfortable, yet sexy, alternatives.
Men were quick to take advantage of these new all in one active styles as well. It’s rare to even find a “pair” of pajamas today. Men’s tops and bottoms reflect their relaxation styles, not their sleeping attire. Some clothing lines have even inspired a daytime look that resembles pajama bottoms but are made of sturdier materials.
Although styles have changed fairly drastically over the years, fabrics are pretty much the same. We still love flannel for those cold winter nights, and cotton remains the summer staple for lighter weight pieces. Technology, however, has made these fabrics much softer over the years. Unlike cottons of yesterday that were stiff and almost too rough to wear until multiple washings took their toll and all but wore out the fabric, we now have brushed cotton that is almost like silk.
With all these updates, however, children’s nightwear really hasn’t seen much of a change. Heavy flannel footed PJ’s will probably be around for another hundred years, and kids still insist on having their favorite characters emblazoned on their chests as they toddle off to bed.