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Don’t Wear Pajamas to Class!


What Not to Wear!This is a public service announcement for your own fashion good: If you have any self respect at all, please stop wearing your pajamas to class.

I’m assuming right now that most girls who read this site aren’t the type to just roll out of bed and walk to class without so much as glancing in a mirror. Nonetheless, we all have our lazy days, we all stay up late studying, and we all experience those awful Friday mornings after Thursday nights out. Still, these are NOT good excuses to wear sloppy, unwashed sleepwear in a public setting.

It doesn’t matter if you wake up with 5 minutes to get ready and throw on the ugliest jeans you own with a hoodie, or even a cute pair of sweats (which we’re usually against wearing in public) if it means you aren’t wearing your PJ’s to class. Any semblance of normal clothing is better than wearing pajamas in a classroom. It’s beyond disrespectful to your professor, as well as your fellow classmates.

Illinois State University agrees with me. Starting this semester, students majoring in Marketing or Education will be required to adhere to a business casual dress code in class at all times.

According to the University’s studies of classes with required dress codes, “professionalism exhibited in the class led to a better learning environment, students being better prepared for class, and students being more respectful of one another.”

If you want to look cuter in general or just want to pass your classes at Illinois State, please remember the following advice: Pajamas = cute for sleeping and lounging around the dorm. OFF LIMITS for going out in public!


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Posted on on September 25, 2007 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , ,

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59 Responses to “Don’t Wear Pajamas to Class!”

  1. 1
    September 25th, 2007 at 9:01 am

    I completely agree about not wearing pajamas to class, and this goes for any student. We all realize you’re trying to say you could care less about looking great because “its just school”, but pajamas? There’s a difference between not caring about what you wear to school and not caring what you look like ever, and PJs crosses the line. Sorry!
    Rant over…

  2. 2
    September 25th, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Well, you beat me to the topic this week. I’m also fed up with pjs in class. Wearing pj’s or gym clothes is disrespectful to the teacher, to your classmates, and to yourself. Someone who really cares that little for class, shouldn’t be in class wasting everyone else’s time.

  3. 3
    September 26th, 2007 at 4:30 am

    Also, your university library is not a place to sleep, so don’t wear your pyjamas and bring your blanket and go to sleep somewhere!

  4. 4
    September 26th, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Chelsea Rae – Awesome, I’m so glad somebody agrees with me here! There are times when I feel like so many girls don’t understand the ugliness of this “trend.” And you are completely right about these people trying to send the message that they “could care less”, but really – is that a good thing?

    Meg – Seriously, it’s sooo disrespectful to the teacher! These people go out of their way to prepare all this stuff for you, they have to dress up every day, and then they have to teach to a room of half-asleep pajama-wearing 20 year olds? Come on. It’s so rude.

    Celeritas – Haha, I know right! It always freaks me out when I see people asleep a the library in their pj’s… it’s like, don’t you have somewhere to go? Just being at the library isn’t gonna make you smarter, you have to actually be doing something.

  5. 5
    September 26th, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Just wondering – where is everyone else from, and is this a common “trend” on your college campuses? I’m from Northern California, and not only is NorCal one of the most chill states in the U.S. (aside from, say, Hawaii), I also attend UC Berkeley, which is even more relaxed in its fashion atmosphere. As such, even professors don’t necessarily “dress up” for class (lots of them just wear t-shirts and jeans/shorts to lectures), and I’ve definitely seen people wearing PJs to class for a long time, all the time. I mean, we have homeless people wandering around campus in grungy jeans, old jackets, and rain boots in summer and many, many college geeks with no fashion sense, who don’t even care what they’re wearing, so that sometimes even the people wearing PJs look more put-together than them.

    Personally, I wouldn’t wear PJs to class (except maybe super-comfy sweats/jazz pants on test days), but I guess as someone from NorCal, it’s not that big of a deal to me.

  6. 6
    September 28th, 2007 at 11:41 am

    i totally agree. at my school is was mainly the sorority chicks who did it, too, and they are the ones with the most expensive clothes! wtf? Vic Sic’s is making some crazy cute dormwear right now, so get off your butt 2 minutes earlier and throw on some Pink sweats at least!

    ps. Pajama pants do not hide cellulite, and YES WE CAN SEE IT!

  7. 7
    October 5th, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Jennifer – I’m from New England and it’s a big trend at my school. Granted I go to a big university where not everyone is fashion-conscious, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Still, I don’t think pjs should ever be appropriate for class. I’m with you though on the super-comfy yoga pants on a test day! If I got 2 hrs sleep and need to take a final, fashion is not the first thing on my mind.

    Erin – Haha you are so right! At my school the sorority girls always do it! And seriously, VS sweats are really cute. I guess it must be TOO MUCH of an effort to even bother. Even though they can’t make an effort to get dressed, these chicks always seem to have a full face of makeup on…

  8. 8
    November 16th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    I go to the University of Arizona and wearing pj’s to class isn’t a big deal and nobody seems to care. There are some days were I feel I am better dressed then the professors, trust me some of them are WORST than the students.

  9. 9
    November 30th, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Haha monica I know how you feel about badly dressed professors – one of mine wears the SAME dark green courderoy mom jeans EVERY class. She’s so cute but so in need of help fashion-wise. I wanna pull a Cher in clueless on her haha

  10. 10
    August 5th, 2008 at 7:54 am

    So agree with the against idea of wearing sweats and pjs to class = Laziness, scruffines..

  11. 11
    January 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    What’s worse, is that at my college a large number of girls will come in to class with their sweatpants tucked in to their Uggs! UGH

  12. 12
    January 17th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Im not a fashionista… i read this site to learn about it. However, i would NEVER go to school in PJ, even though i dont have much pretty clothes (im a little like amanda in “The Devil Wears Prada” (not as pretty))… BUT NEVER PJ

  13. 13
    February 1st, 2009 at 8:03 pm



  14. 14
    February 17th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    sounds to me like you are all a bunch of snobs. what are yall majors, business, Public relations, all of that other easy stuff? Well hardcore female science majors don’t have time to get all fancy just for a class where even the professor is dressed very casually. Ocassionaly i (like half of my campus) will wear pjs to class and no one cares and no one is offended. I remember one girl in my lab that got all dressed up every time well she ended up ruining her fancy clothes (HELLO there are chemicals and other gross things in a lab) and not doing too well in the lab. I don’t think someone who is wearing pjs are “wasting everyones time” especially if that person makes a good grade!

  15. 15
    February 26th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    ok, im not a college student, im actually in 8th grade, but i always read because it has really cool ideas!
    i totally agree with the whole pajamas to class, but i do wear pajamas when its “pajama day” in my school, a little ritual we do once a year. but its not like i dress sloppy. i usually wear cute Victorias Secret PINK pjs with a cute top and a hoodie with my Crochet Uggs( luv them!). But on regular days, i am usually very put together, and sometimes i use’s tips and ideas.

  16. 16
    April 7th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Ok…the only time i feel that anyone should wear pajamas out is when they are getting “dolled up”. take for example. My wedding day i wore a pair of pajama pants and a reallly really loose t-shirt because I didn’t want my hair to mess up when i went to put the dress on. for the pants…ok..i wore heart pants but i wanted to be comfy on my wedding day before i got into the heels.

    btw..if u are ever in a wedding or a bride. buy some old navy flip flops in the color of the dress when u are dancing. prevents u from stepping on anything and u dont have to wear heels. (prom too)

  17. 17
    April 20th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I cannot stand it when people use “I’m a hardcore science major” as an excuse to walk around looking as though they dressed in the dark. As a genetics major who makes a real effort to look presentable every day, this attitude is really disheartening. I’m not saying you have to wear a business suit, but is it too much to ask to throw on a pair of jeans (or non-gymwear-shorts if it’s hot outside)? Also, the girls wearing pajamas on my campus always seem to be wearing those butt-ugly silvery jogging shoes; it’s bad enough when you go straight to class after the gym or your morning jog, it’s even worse if you’re wearing those shoes and it’s obvious you haven’t been jogging in years (see comment above re: cellulite). Pajamas in class is a great way to get guys to ignore you.

  18. 18
    April 23rd, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I freaking HATE seeing people in their pajamas. It looks super sloppy. I wear jeans and a cute top everyday and do my makeup all within 30 minutes. Seriously, how much more effort does it take to pull on a pair of jeans?! I go to a small liberal arts college, and I pay a really lovely (not) price to go to school there. I expect the people I am in class with to have a certain level of maturity and professionalism when it comes to their education.
    Can I also say that sweatpants are ok occasionally, but everyday is a little ridiculous. If you have on sweatpants and a full face of makeup you look stupid. End of story.

    P.S. Miss Science Major? I live with three and all of them manage to get dressed just fine in the mornings, as well as make good grades. Even when pressed for time they all look presentable, even if its just jeans, a sweater and a ponytail.

  19. 19
    May 8th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Gosh. I really wish people didn’t do this. It’s so ugly. When I see a girl in pj’s and a hoodie with that grungy looking pony tail, I just want to shake her! Sweatpants or pj’s take just as long to put on as jeans. One leg in, the other leg in, EASY! So just put on the jeans! I’m not saying I expect everyone to be dressed flawlessly every single day, but even a little effort shows on those “off” days.

  20. 20
    June 25th, 2009 at 4:48 am

    I’m sorry but I must agree with the science major. I just completed my 1st year in college. I go to a very small school, Amherst College. There have been a few times when I wear a cute pair of pjs to class because I had an 8:30 class and literally had to run out the dorm just to make it there on time. I’m someone who cares about her appearance greatly but when it comes down to it that’s not what’s getting me the grade. But please believe after that class I go back to my dorm and get presentable for the rest of the day. Also I don’t mind people in the library in their pjs. Many people go shower for the night and then go study in the library. It’s not that big of a deal really.

  21. 21
    August 1st, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    It really doesn’t bother me to see other people wearing pjs to class but I personally hate doing that. On occassion, if I’m REALLY pressed for time, I might toss on athletic pants or something light with some structure (South = Major heat). Even in those cases, I usually throw on jeans just because I like to feel awake in class – it’s necessary.

    As for hardcore science majors – that’s cool if you feel like you need to schlep to class in pjs. However, as a pharmacy major myself, I prefer to head to lectures and labs looking professional. And trust me, I know the stress levels. With 6-8 classes a semester w/ labs as well as rotations and then working a job I never feel like I have time in the mornings. Yet, I still manage to look nice. However, to be fair, going to school for pharmacy is more like a job – so it’s more important to be presentable. Although, alot of people come to classes in scrubs depending on where they are working or doing rotations so that’s obviously acceptable. But still, pjs just aren’t professional, hinder your mood and attention, and, as I’ve found out through experience, classes can be an excellent means of networking depending on major. So I prefer to look nice, yet I do also understand why some are actually too stressed to feel like wearing anything but pjs.

  22. 22
    August 13th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    I completely agree with this article! I’m a Biophysics major (for the people who think you can’t look nice in organic chemistry) and I still think its important to dress acceptably for class. What if the professor chooses the day you’re dressed like you rolled out of bed to talk to you about grades? Or about a job recommendation? Do you really think that a professor ISN’T going to notice that you didn’t care enough about their class to put on jeans? Looking like a slob just leaves a bad impression, and no professor wants to write a recommendation for a slob.

    Honestly, even if you’re running really late and just rolled out of bed, you can make it work. Take off the pajama pants and pull on jeans. Throw on a clean t-shirt and brush your hair in a ponytail. There you go. Not exactly fashion forward, but perfectly acceptable.

    If you’re REALLY that pressed for time in the morning, lay your clothes out the night before! That way you have no excuse to look homeless!

  23. 23
    August 17th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Exactly, Erika! I agree!

  24. 24
    October 19th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I completely disagree, learning comes before fashion!

  25. 25
    October 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I don’t think anyone was debating which comes first or is most important.

  26. 26
    November 29th, 2009 at 1:59 am

    I don’t really wear pajamas to school…I would just feel weird having everyone see what I sleep in. It would be like being seen in my underwear. I do, however, wear sweats sometimes which I’m sure some people construe as being what I sleep in. I honestly don’t care. I impress my profs with my attitude, my work ethic, my grades, and my initiative. When it actually matters, you can bet I dress the part. I’m not at school to impress people with my appearance (for the most part). If I’m not comfortable, it’s all I can focus on. Also, immediately after class, I go to work (which is on campus) at a child care center where it isn’t a big deal to wear sweats or whatever. I’ve had kids puke all over me, etc. I don’t have time to change into clothes that are suitable for puking on. Like I said, though, I usually try to stay away from sweats and pajamas. Sometimes it’s just more convenient. Also, as previously stated, when it actually matters what I wear, I definitely don’t put on pajamas. (For instance, I have another job where I need to look sharp and be in uniform. I most definitely take pride in my appearance then.)

  27. 27
    November 29th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    @ Erika – I’m pretty certain professors realize that people with actual brains in their heads won’t wear pajamas to a job that they might recommend you for. Just being in college shows that you have determination and are taking your future seriously…I’m sure this would be doubly apparent if you had good enough grades that your professor might recommend you for a job. I understand dressing up if you’re presenting something or whatever. Also, let me remind you that college isn’t an education. It’s a business. We that take classes are the consumers. We are buying a product. How I choose to look while receiving my purchase is up to me. I don’t owe anyone anything…it’s a fair trade…something that I have bought.

  28. 28
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:22 am

    I don’t feel like it’s a huge deal if people wear pjs to class. I personally don’t…. but as for sweatpants, definently! Sweatpants are so comfy, and if worn right are not “sloppy” looking. Yeah, you won’t win fashion points, but I think it’s acceptable. As far as the professor’s opinion of you, I’ve never been treated differently for what I am wearing. Sometimes I dress up for class, sometimes I don’t, and it really doesn’t make a difference. Professors have way too much to worry about to think about your wardrobe choice. Maybe in smaller classes where the atmosphere is professional, but for your typical classroom setting, I don’t think sweats are a problem.

  29. 29
    January 22nd, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I can agree that wearing pajama’s to class is a big NO. They look sloppy and like you don’t really care about the course. Another thing that bothers me is guys who wear pajama pants hanging halfway off their bum. I mean, what kind of message are you sending to your professors or anyone else who happens to see you in the hall? I live across town and bike to my campus and have to be there at 8 am every day. I manage to put on jeans and a cute top before I leave the house, even if I wake up 5 mins before I have to leave. Image is important in college. We’re here to learn how to be adults, so people need to start dressing like one!

  30. 30
    January 23rd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    i think the whole pjs to school thing isnt for me, just cause i cant pull it off,but if you can pull it off i think its a cute look exspecally for school.BUT i agree you do look way more professional not wear pajamas to school but its whatever floats your boat!!(:

  31. 31
    February 11th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I agree. Something about people wearing PJs to class grosses me out. I don’t mind sweats, but PJ… I guess because usually they are thinner material than sweats too, and completely inappropriate for class… It’s like, “hey I just woke up and went to class, who knows if I showered or not. If I didn’t my thin layer of fabric will definitely not keep in the stench”

  32. 32
    May 29th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Pajamas = bedroom
    Not cute in public.
    People think you’re an idiot.
    Grow up.
    The end.

  33. 33
    July 2nd, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Awww I used to sleep at school’s library, but never wore pijamas at school!

  34. 34
    July 24th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Sometimes I wear pjs to class because I love the feel of satin caressing my body.

  35. 35
    August 15th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Omg are there actually people in THE states who wear pjs?? Thats just plain horrible! Sure we dutchees wear sweatpants to school from time to time, but stil. Btw i’m from Holland.

  36. 36
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I’m a science girl, and I’m definitely against the PJ look. At my school, I’m one of 2 girls in our physics program. While I tend to dress fairly casually (fitted tee, jeans, and converses most days), I still try to look like I woke up more than five minutes before class started. Most people at my school that wear PJs look like they literally rolled out of bed right before class (and they probably did). Professors deserve more respect than that.

  37. 37
    August 18th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I won’t wear pajamas to class. I did on occasion as a freshman before I really had my act together, but eventually realized what it looked like and stopped. I’m a senior now, and have since learned that I’m more awake, focused and prepared when I’ve taken the time to put on an outfit, whether it’s cute or just a top and jeans, or even yoga pants. When I’m in pajamas, I look like I’m just taking it easy, and that’s not the message I want to send to my professors (who have taken the time to dress up for their professional jobs.)

    And honestly, using a difficult major as an excuse not to get dressed strikes me as much more “snobby” than claiming that getting dressed in the morning matters. Yes, some majors at some colleges are easier, but there are plenty of tough, demanding majors other than science ones. I’m an English major who reads hundreds of pages every two days and puts out a couple big papers every week; often I’m up reading and writing into the morning, weekdays and weekends alike. And I still manage to shower and dress myself daily, as does my apartmentmate who studies veterinary science. It can take between five and ten minutes if you step on it. Sure, everyone has off days, but there is no way your major is so hard that you don’t have time to get dressed. You sleep and eat, don’t you? Put clothes on too.

  38. 38
    October 12th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    No one wears pajamas on campus including me. I think it is ugly and nasty walking around in clothes that you slept in and having bed head.

  39. 39
    November 11th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I think it looks fine. Looking put together is not the same as looking good. Not in the least. The point is to look attractive, comfortable, and fitting to your personality. looking like you care is really not on the list. I have seen girls look gorgeous with unstyled hair, no make up, pj bottoms, Uggs and a t shirt. So I would definitely do it. What do I care about your rules if these rules do not help me. What exactly will be wrong with doing this? that kid even looks cute.

  40. 40
    January 16th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    ok. wat does it even matter to yall?? yall aren’t the ones wearing the pj’s so just stop gripping about it! it is their choice to wear them. have u ever thought maybe they fell like crap? idk about most of yall, but when i feel like that i could absolutly care less about what i look like and what people think about me. you are in class to LEARN. not to critisize about what people wear.

  41. 41
    June 15th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    You know what the best thing about my college is? We don’t care what anyone else wears. Because it’s COLLEGE. NOT HIGH SCHOOL.

  42. 42
    November 25th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    It doesn’t take long to shower and put on something presentable, i don’t understand why students would be that lazy and wear their pajamas.

  43. 43
    July 12th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I completely agree with the no-pajamas-in-class thing, but I was a bit curious, what are your thoughts on pajama tops? I see a LOT of very nice tee-shirts that look like they could be worn everyday, but are in the sleepwear section of stores. There’s this one that I have that’s rainbow stripes and I was wondering if it’d be ok to wear it with jeans or a skirt or something or would that still give the look of “not caring”?

  44. 44
    January 20th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I know this is an incredibly old article, but I can’t believe the people who are saying “just being in college shows you’re motivated, so your clothing choice doesn’t matter”, that “professors will know you’ll dress right for an interview”, etc. You can work as hard as you want but if you don’t even wear actual clothes to class, you’re going to make less of an impression because you’ll seem SO much less professional.

    As for the time excuse, the “learning is more important than fashion” excuse? Please. It takes five minutes to pull on jeans and a t-shirt, and you don’t look like a slob who just fell out of bed and went to class without brushing their teeth or hair or taking a shower. It’s not about fashion, it’s about respect and just presentability. Would you wear pyjamas out on the street in public? Then you shouldn’t wear them to class.

  45. 45
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I completely disagree – to a point.

    I’m 20 years old. I’m a full-time student, and I also work full-time as a manager on second & third shift. Most of my classes are scheduled (by neccesity) right after I wake up.

    I’ll throw on some nicer pajama pants (men’s style, dark color, no holes or stains) with a t-shirt or hoodie because it’s comfortable, and it keeps me from having to wear my work “uniform” for a few more hours out of the day.

    On my days off, I’ll dress how I like. But when I have to work? Not a chance. As fun as it is to get dressed up, my style isn’t neccesarily simple (alternative/goth); and it’s a waste of time to get all prepped up for a few classes just to turn around, rip it all of in favor of a work clothes, and run to work.

    I have never, ever had a teacher call me out on being disrepectful for wearing pajama pants to class. Most of them typically compliement me on the pattern on the pants!

    Granted, if I wasn’t in this work situation – like in high school, where I only worked 2-4 days out of the week – I would dress up almost everyday of the week.

  46. 46
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    What I always loved about collegefashion was that the articles were really balanced and nonjudgmental. I mean you guys were never forceful in your views. But this article is disheartening. I mean if someone feels comfortable in something, they can totally wear that anywhere they want to. It doesn’t depend on social status or what they’re studying or whatever. I still love your website but you should not pass any judgement over what is socially acceptable or not. And I’m saying that coming from a country where wearing sleepwear in public is totally unheard of.

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