Where Have All the Pajamas Gone?
I can find pajama pants, designed to be worn with tank tops (in the winter?), or skimpy, waffle-weave t-shirts. The way Benedetto likes to keep the house sufficiently chilled at night, these are not going to work.
I went on a quest for old-fashioned, flannel PJs. In my out-of-touch estimation, you should be able to get these for about $25, and you can, if you hit the right outlet store, on the right day, when they’re having a sale, and the constellations are in proper alignment. Other than that, no luck.
In an online search, I came across a few retailers (and I have no connection to them in any way). The first was Pajamagram, offering matching sets for families or couples, all the better for your holiday photos, or for people with pets (very nice idea). The ladies’ pajama set was $55, and the children’s set $35.
On to J.C. Penney, where the ladies’ set was about $20, but the review was mixed. Apparently, the material shrinks (which I would expect), and it is not the flannel that we all remember from days gone by. But possibly worth checking out just by virtue of the fact that they have two pieces which appear to be semi-warm.
Heading over to Lands’ End, again I stick with women’s pajamas as a barometer, coming up with $45 per piece, i.e., $90 for simple flannel pajamas. I don’t even bother to see what the men’s pajamas might cost. Call me crazy, but I can’t see paying that kind of money for plain pajamas that the kids will spill hot chocolate on, or sweat in, or drool upon in their sleep.
A number of our kids like footed pajamas, but in adult sizes, they generally only come in ladies’ motifs. Plus, it can be a chilly proposition for a girl to go to the bathroom. (Boys are a bit easier, but I don’t need to explain that to you.)
Our teen sons in recent years have gone with heavyweight sweatsuits—the crewneck longsleeved top, and pants elasticized at the waist and ankles. Throw on a jacket and they can walk the dogs or whatever.
The girls don’t like nightgowns, since they ride up at night, and now I see that there are flannel sleep shorts being sold-?! Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?
My own silky nighties are a thing of the past.
Have 2-piece flannel pajamas gone the way of the dinosaur?
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