Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Uh, hey baby, what're ya wearing?


There’s a Blog In Your Pajamas Day coming up in February, and I’m shocked and dismayed. What the hell are you guys wearing when you blog anyway? A three-piece suit? Evening wear? Stilettos?

I’ve been doing this for six months and now you tell me there’s a dress code?

So come that day in February, I’ll have to make the daring fashion leap from sweat pants to pajamas. Once I buy some. Who even sells pajamas? Amazon? I don’t think I’ve owned any since I was 10. But then, when it comes to clothes, there are a lot of things I don’t own.

Some people love to look at, think about, talk over, and shop for clothes. And they have very definite ideas, whole philosophies, religions, even, about accessories, what to wear with what and when. Needless to say, these same people may be my friends, but they’re horrified by my wardrobe, and are ready to drop me like a hot potato at the merest provocation. (They’re secretly hoping for a provocation before the next gallery opening.)

But in the temple of fashion, I come as an atheist. An atheist who wears a lot of denim.

I’m definitely minus the shopping gene. Except fish, I like shopping for fish – the kind you eat. But that’s it. And I really need some stuff right now – a new white shirt, a black skirt, some jackets. Pajamas, apparently. Shoes. Aside from riding boots and running shoes, I only have one pair. But they were very expensive, so it’s kind of like having six.

When I had a regular job, I had to tiptoe through the minefield of “Casual Fridays.” Casual Friday meant don’t wear a business suit, but don’t wear faded jeans. Look comfortable, but don’t look sexy. Look relaxed, yet serious. In the end it meant buy something that you will only wear on a casual Friday. This was all so unduly complicated and challenging, I just continued to wear a suit.

So it doesn’t surprise me to learn that, in coming to this blogging party, I've been dressing all wrong.

You were nice not to say anything.

40 comments:

  1. If it's any consolation, I love your shoes and could tell at a glance that they were very expensive. The leather looks like butta'.

    I have quite an extensive PJ wardrobe, thanks to my frequent stays at Hotel Hope. I'm ready for that blogging day. (But, like you said, it's not like I don't blog in my PJs like all the time.)

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  2. My mother gives my pajamas almost every Christmas. They aren't what I would pick out. I have some silky blue ones, some red check flannel, some dusty rose floral, but I didn't pay for them so I've no complaints. Personally, I'm happiest in a big tee shirt. Unless it's cold, when I'm happiest bundled in my bed.

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  3. It's too cold for pajamas. This ain't The Golden Girls.

    This past weekend I ceremonially donated my entire khaki pants collection to Goodwill. I was super lazy about casual Fridays, I'd just slap on the free company logo polo and some cheap & ugly Gap khakis, and add an extra glug of Bailey's to my morning coffee. Fuggit.

    Speaking of cold, how did your garden fare? I was too lazy to cover anything, but I'm pretty in between crops right now anyway. At least that's what I told myself from the comfort of the warm sofa last night.

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  4. For my entire adult life (I shouldn't say this online) most of my wardrobe dollars have gone to "audition clothes" - things I wear in character. This puts me in a quandary when I want to appear in public as myself. Like you, I lack the shopping gene.

    I have no pajamas. What do you think? Should I attend the blogger pajama party as "judge," "doctor" or "entrepreneur"?

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  5. I absolutely love clothes, but hate shopping. And I have a definite contrary-to-what-fashion-says inclination. You know, if they say flared pants are in, I go back to the straight ones, and if they say to let bangs grow out, I definitely cut mine shorter. When my very chic mother use to tell me what the latest season's items were... I used to grit my teeth and swear I wouldn't wear any of them. I think this says more about my tendency to question all authority more than any real ability to create my own style.

    I agree that the whole casual Friday thing is weird. I only briefly had a staff job, and was cut a lot of slack wardrobe-wise as a freelance writer. I don't think I'd know what to do with khaki.

    But PJs? Girlfriend, you are missing out. I discovered the joy of PJs when I was on bedrest in the last 7 weeks of pregnancy. Now, I look for any excuse to wear them. I like the comfy cotton ones, preferably with childish prints like frogs or snowmen. I can honestly say I blog in my PJs every night!

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  6. The jig is officially UP! I'll admit it. I got ALL of your collective shopping genes. Sorry about that. I realize it leaves you all in a bit of a spot but I ain't giving them back. I love the feel of that TJ Maxx buggy in my sweaty palms, the thrill of the hunt and I could do it EVERY day.

    Now about Blogging in You Pajamas Day! Who thought that up??? WHO?? Oh I guess that day I will make sure I have on PJ's instead for my nightgowns for pete's sake. What else would you wear to blog? I'm with you KB. Maybe I'll be a rebel ( that happens a lot) and wear my cutest outfit with my hot pink suede flats!!! And I'm sure none of you non shoppers will be interested , but I got this ADORABLE raspberry patent tote to take to Paris. Ohhh lala!

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  7. Tim stole my line. Or maybe he stole my stilettos.

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  8. And my tube socks.

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  9. Tube Socks
    Dashiki (sometimes) depending on the weather
    A glass of Chardonnay or mayhaps of shot of brandy
    Freshly popped popcorn, with spices, buttter and just enough salt to drive me to the second glass of Charadonnay.
    Is there another way to blog??

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  10. I thought it went like, "uh, hey baby, what ya wearing? Or, is that there a Blog in your Pajamas??"

    Anyway, KB, I don't think You wanna know what the guys R wearing when they blog.
    You should then be shocked & awed.

    I wasn't nice enuf not to say anything, or at least comment.

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  11. Are they really saying it's, "Blog in What You Sleep in Day?" If so, this would change what I thought the groundrules were.

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  12. Have never blogged in my pajamas because I blog from my work computer (it's OK, though, because it's a work-related blog!).

    I have just been considering the idea of wearing PJs to work. Comfort would be nice. I could set a new fashion trend at City Hall.

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  13. Blog in What You Sleep In? Oh that could get interesting! Wellll now.... Mister Earl step on up to the plate, You opened this can of worms.

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  14. Well, Virginia, I had a coach in high school who used to say, "Men with short bats stand closer to the plate." Do you want to throw me a curve?

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  15. Virg, I need you to go to TJ Maxx with me. I can't wade through the tragic taffeta bridesmaid-style dresses long enough to find the good stuff.

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  17. It's early. Just got up. Checking the blogs. Checking this thread. Think, "What am I wearing?" "Oh, it's just a little nothing."

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  18. I was picturing Petrea blogging in her scrubs. And Tim in his tube socks and stilettos, Laurie in her snowman pjs -- posting a noir photo, Virg in her peignoir, Earl in his -- oh, never mind.

    My word is harey.

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  19. I blog in my pajamas, or sweat, which are often the same. Come to think of it, I only have pajama pants, the tops are whatever what old tshirt I dig up.

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  20. I got some last Christmas. They're covered in polar bears. You can have um.

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  21. Peignoir?? Did someone mention a peignoir?? I'm off to TJ"s to find one. Then we'll have "Blog in Your Peignoir Day" . Mister Earl, I'll pick up something suitable for you while I'm there, so you won't have to "Blog in the Buff"! :)

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  22. They have peignoirs at Trader Joe's, Virginia?

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  23. As if, as if Virg didn't have a closet full of peignoirs. And there is some confusion re: TJ's. Trader Joes or TJ Max. I fear Earl hopes to channel Josephine Baker.

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  24. For the record, TJ"s is TJ Maxx. I don't know Trader Joe's but it sounds like a seafood restaurant to me. How far off base am I? Lord, there's no telling.

    KB, THere was a day when , as a bride , I had a closet full of peignoirs but alas, they didn't have the desired effect and he went off hunting other peignoirs and I threw mine out. I'm ready to restock!!!

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  25. Hiya - I came by & read the post yesterday & then went to bed at 8 pm - in my PJ's from Penney's from years ago - had to mend them recently as they are from thin cotton & getting worn out. So I'm OK (so nice for you to notice) just tired.
    Loved your post. - from "stilettoes" while blogging, to "temple of fashion - athiest", to commentary on 'casual Fridays'... I think you should be writing for ... the New Yorker?

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  26. My fashion sense is underdeveloped, except when it comes to my riding duds. Then its top dollah, baby. My work clothes? Walmart. Riding? Pikeur and Ariat all the way. Hey, a girl's gotta have priorities.

    For blogging, I'm usually wearing a cat.

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  27. No, no ... I DID get what you meant...I just didn't answer right. Now I feel like a Chip & Dale act - after you. no, I insist, after you :)

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  28. Every time it rains, it rains
    PJs from Penney's...

    Mister Earl
    Sponsored by Full Monty Blogging

    My word today is "duphesse," which is French for doofus.

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  29. Monsieur Earl,
    Duphesse- LOL. I'll impress Madame Delo, my French teacher, with that one!
    V

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  30. Remember when the big rage was "jogging suits?" Well, let me present, "Blogging Suits!" Uh... mine's a bit wrinkled.

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  31. I have painted my blogging suit on in the plain air environment. It should be dry by February and ready to exhibit in all of its blogging majesty.

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  32. FYI,
    I went to TJ's ( that's TJ MAXX ) and found a great Vera Wang gown for $16 today. Compare at $58 on the original tag. I rest my case.

    Monsieur Earl,
    Wrinkles, that is why PJ's and gowns were invented. Some things need to be under wraps.

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  33. I shall have to disagree with the big V, this once. I believe stilettos are really the only essential thing to be worn. Let the wrinkles and ripples fly. Self consciousness is the enemy of creativity.

    "champipple"

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  34. Stilettos are no longer in my life. OH how I regret that!
    Damn

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  35. Excuse me, my mind is boggling and the stilettos are pinching. I need a shopping spree with Virg. (Did you know, I had a personal shopper last year. She tired of me, I never tried on the clothes. When pressed, I just grabbed something out of the bags and said, "I'll take this." Some of it fit.

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  36. Oh V, I miss them too.

    Personal shopper, Karin? I could use one. I can never figure out what to try on. I don't like to shop so I only go once or twice a year, then I try on everything. I fill the dressing room with items and buy maybe one thing. The clerks hate me.

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  37. Tired of that business suit, writer/photo Deb? Feb 17th, I think. (If I'm wrong, who would know anyway?)

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  38. Grrlie says it's the 13th.

    http://grrl.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/blogger-pajama-party/

    Sorry, I'm getting lazy with the links.

    No reason why we can't do it on the 17th as well.

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