Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trend Alert: MADE IN THE U.S.A.

Apparently, a crazy trend is out on the loose! I'm not sure how and when exactly this trend started, but we are absolutely positive that it could only have come to life in the U.S. of A.

As much as we all love this country, the American culture is known for it's laid back, relaxed and informal values. These values impact the fashion of its people too. If you've ever studied history, or better yet, history of costume, you know what we're talking about.

Denim originally was only worn by laborers and farmers because it is the cheapest and most durable fabric. The U.S. culture brought denim into fashion for socioeconomic and political reasons. When denim became more widespread, all of a sudden the gap between the upper and lower class no longer existed. It became a trend, and everyone wore denim.

Denim Meets Pajamas

The United States is the only country where it's okay to walk around the street in your pajamas. The pioneers of this trend were Juicy Couture. Their velour active wear sets that should only be meant to be worn at home or when working out, were worn as street wear. VS expanded on this trend when they made it okay for pajamas to be worn on the streets. There have been many academic studies and detailed research done on this particular subject. Many of the studies have questioned why American students wear pjs to school, whereas in the Middle East or Europe everyone dresses in proper school clothes?

Everyone who grew up in an American school knows about pajama day, right? It's even promoted in school. I've never been able to understand the particular need for someone to wear their clean pjs out on the street. Or to think it's okay to wear their dirty street clothes in their homes. I guess that's understandable for a culture that chooses to wear outdoor shoes indoors.

Denim Marries Pajamas

Well, when I heard about PAJAMA JEANS I burst out laughing. I've never heard of such a funny trend. But the sad part is, I think it's perfect for the culture we live in. Most people in the U.S. have become so careless about how they dress that this is an American trend for sure. I think it's kind of embarrassing.

Although my 5 year old thinks it's the coolest trend in the world, there is no way I'm ever letting her wear one of these. Until then we will stick to Llama Llama Red Pajama. :-)

What do you think about this trend?

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

1 comment:

  1. Indeed, it is strange :D
    As long as the pajamas are clean there should be no prob to wear them for bed.
    Of course, jeans are usually inflexible to wear them while sleeping but when they are fashioned like jeggins or treggings with enough space to move comfortably in them, I could imagine to try them on :)
    The first time I went to the USA and visited a lesson (in the morning) at the BGSU in Ohio, I was a bit irritated about some students wearing bathrobes or even their pajamas.
    It must have been really comfy but for my understanding a bit too disrespectful.
    I admit that there is a difference between a pajama and a sweat suit, though.
    Well, that's the USA, funny & strange as usual ;)
    Greetz from Germany,