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Last year a friend of mine was admitted to hospital as an emergency. When I visited the following day she asked me if I could possibly buy her a pair pyjamas as her husband had brought thin nightdresses and she was cold. The pyjamas in the picture above were my choice and she was horrified. "I can't wear these in bed, they're far too smart." We had further words - no bullying involved - with the result that a few days later she suggested, in an embarrassed whisper, that another pair wouldn't go amiss. During her recovery at home she wore these often as day/leisure wear. Only the three of us knew they were sold as nightwear.
Which brings me to my point. The woman in this picture has been banned from a branch of Tesco in South Wales. Elaine Carmondy had chosen her 'best ones' in which to do the shopping, but she still fell foul of the new Tesco dress code. Members of the public complained 'the sight of people pushing trolleys in their nightwear made them feel uncomfortable and embarrassed'.
Ms Carmondy's choice of pyjamas may not be mine, but they're far less unsightly than the bulging midriffs of grossly overweight girls/women who insist upon wearing crop tops with hipster jeans over which pour rolls of excess flesh. This is not criticism of overweight women but at how some dress. Many younger women in this country have lost, or never had, a sense of elegance and I feel sad they'll never experience the feeling of wearing a long flowing evening gown which inspires the wearer to walk tall and with pride.
I can hear makers of womens' leisure wear beating paths to the doors of their lawyers' offices. In fairness to our latest 'equality' rules, why are men, who look as if they've slept in their jeans and t-shirts, not being banned too?
An afterthought - if Ms Carmondy had perhaps worn hers with a smart pair of shoes and some chunky jewelry she could have insisted it was leisure wear.