Wearing pajamas to the mall is cute?

Filed under: Teens, Places To Go

A few days ago, I was in the mall with Ellie. We sat on a bench, eating ice cream and watching shoppers go by. Schools were out for the day and there were lots of teenagers socializing in the mall. Watching these teens, I was struck by two things. First, the girls we saw looked as if they were about to be photographed for their modeling portfolio. They clearly had spent a lot of time getting their hair just right and applying makeup. Their faces were ready for a night on the town. The second thing I noticed was that, in stark contrast to their heavily made up heads, many were wearing pajama bottoms and t-shirts. When did kids start going out in public dressed for bed?

I am sure their choice of clothing is meant to make some sort of statement, but I am just too old to understand it. Are they trying to convey a sort of coolness associated with being too far above it all to care about fashion? Are they just so busy that they can't find a moment to throw on some jeans? But if that is it, should they not also be sporting bed-head instead of the carefully arranged and sprayed hairdos I was seeing? Maybe they are just really tired and wearing pajamas during the day saves them precious moments in the evening when they get ready for bed?

I looked at Ellie to guage her reaction to these girls and their attire. She had a little smile on her face and when I asked her what she was thinking, she told me she thought those girls looked really cute. Ah, cute. They are going for cute. I get it. Now, Ellie wants to wear her pajamas next time we go to the mall so she can be cute, too. Thanks, girls.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.