Friday, 29 January 2010

How Much More of It?


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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.


18 comments:

Joe Public said...

Someone will have fun with some of our ethnic minorities' outfits.

In fact, they're majorities in some towns.

Strathturret said...

I lived for a couple of years in Singapore in 80s. Then Chinese of a certain age wore pyjamas to do their shopping. These were not poor people they often they drove Mercedes. Of course it was always warm.

At the time we always found it a strange practice! Lots of things were illegal in Singapore with an authoritarian government put not wearing pyjamas in public!

Witterings From Witney said...

Could not agree more SR. Would also wish that whatever people wore - they looked clean!

Oldrightie said...
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Oldrightie said...

Would also wish that whatever people wore - they looked clean!


Most bodies are very active at night. Hence bed clothes for bed and day wear for well, as it says on the tin. Few of the people Tesco are thinking about are clean at the best of times. Sweaty, URINE STAINED AND HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT ELSE, traipsing round a food hall? Ughhhhhh. My Mrs OR looks better in her gardening clothes!

Oldrightie said...

I have support!!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/gill-hornby/7105125/Tesco-and-nightwear-A-wake-up-call-for-the-jim-jam-masses.html

JJ said...

Let me tell you Subrosa…I just love wearing my jim-jams whenever I can. I recently paid a visit to my local super-market wearing a brand new pair. I didn’t realise I’d popped out at the front…and was subsequently arrested by a large plod…and four others in a big van…the three previous visits I only got a caution…what the hell do you make of that?

muddypaws said...

PJs banned in Tesco......whitiver next?

This is what Tesco in Greenock are banning:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/29/tesco_incident/

tris said...

I wish people would butt out of things that are not their business. And what I wear has zip to do with Tesco

I don't see that it's anyone's business whether I'm wearing a t-shirt or a pyjama top.

Persoanlly I can't see why anyone would want to go out in their pyjamas, but to each his or her own.

Certainly there are some things I would prefer not to see, but, for heaven's sake can I not just look the other way if rolls of fat or bum cracks are staring me in the face. There's plenty of ugliness fully clothes too. I just don't look.

Telling people what they can wear is well past its sell by date. I hope the ghastly Tesco loses out big time.

I avoid the place if I can. Sainsbury, Aldi and Lidl are superior in every way.

subrosa said...

The country's gone mad Joe. Now, not only are they grabbing our money for the food they want us to buy because Tesco provide little choice other than their own brand, they're telling us what you need to wear to be daft enough to buy it.

subrosa said...

Weren't they referred to as leisure wear Strathturret?

I've seen them (of a certain age which I've assumed is around mine) take part in their exercise on what I consider leisure wear.

As I'm not a pj wearer I'm perhaps not the best judge.

subrosa said...

WfW, I have to admit shopping sometimes after spending most of the day gardening but I know if I shower and change then I'd lose the momentum.

subrosa said...

I'm quite sure she does OR. We're a generation who think dressing carefully shows respect for others as well as ourselves.

subrosa said...

JJ you're just not trying hard enough I'd say. Also I think your tidy hair was a dead giveaway.

Try just pjs and socks next time. Don't bother washing - Tesco aren't into clean as OR says.

subrosa said...

Muddypaws, that's a disgrace. Pensioners need to be encouraged to take exercise.

I'm sure Sainsbury's would have understood.

subrosa said...

Pyjamas these days are far too nice to wear in bed Tris. They're for leisure wear.

As the woman said in the article some track suits look worse then you have men in these things which are neither trousers or shorts.

brownlie said...

Personally, I always wear my best dress when I go shopping - you never know when Lady Luck is going to smile on you!

subrosa said...

I prefer my dungarees Brownlie, then I'm ready for anything. ;)

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