Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Great Debate: PajamaJeans

We’ve been awed by the response to PajamaJeans since they were first brought to our attention several months ago. As you know, Kate cares about fashion. She wears Jimmy Choos, has car payment hair and is nicknamed Fancy. Lydia on the other hand, usually buys her clothes in the same place she buys her diapers. She dyes her own hair and has it cut by a nice lady at the Hair Cuttery in the Walmart shopping center.

So because we’re so different, we decided to debate it. We figured between the two of us, we could cover every angle of this important topic. We chose a couple of issues and now we’ll discuss. It will be based on the historical Lincoln/Douglass Debate except without dignity, intelligence or substantive knowledge of any kind. There may also be name calling and inappropriate language.

What are Pajama Jeans?
Lydia: PajamaJeans are a pants that are said to be as comfortable as pajama pants to wear but look exactly like jeans. According to the advertisement, they are basically indistinguishable from jeans, but are comfy and cozy like your favorite flannel PJ bottoms.

Kate: PajamaJeans are yet another wildly unsuccessful attempt to combine two things that should never, ever be paired together. You know what looks like jeans? Jeans! And you know what shouldn’t look like jeans? Pajamas. Saying that they’re indistinguishable is like saying there’s really no difference between Jon Hamm and *a* ham.

Pajama Jeans can be accessorized to look snazzy.
Kate: Totally! Add a themed sweater with knobby balls and a gross over-reaching of candy canes or jack o'lanters or shamrocks or whatever holiday you're going for these days, some striped socks with the individual toe pockets, a pair of clogs made solely out of a hunk of tree bark and a freshly skinned bunny, a headband with those sproingy alien antennas bouncing on the top of your head, no bra, yesterday's makeup highlighting today's wrinkles and neon green chipped nail polish. By comparison, your "jeans" will look incredible. You'll totally be the best dressed mom in the whack ward of St. Crazy's.

Lydia: Dial it back there, Kate. It's possible. I have totally snazzed up my yoga pants.  Remember that time I wore them on TV with the clogs you gave me?  Remember that? When you just shook your head over and over again because I was wearing yoga pants and clogs on TV with you?  And then you were you like "Well...at least they're not Pajama Jeans" and I was all "Not this time, anyway!" 
Pajama Jeans are an improvement over wearing actual pajamas in public.
Lydia: As someone who on a fairly frequent basis drives her kids to school in yellow, flannel cats-holding-umbrellas pajama bottoms – I think I can safely say that pajama jeans would represent an improvement. It should be said that on mornings when this occurs it is generally due to excessive lateness and turtle herding and the assumption that I will not have to get out of the car. About 50% of the time, it happens that the door won’t shut or someone forgets their backpack and the Kiss N Ride line receives the magical gift of seeing my fat ass in yellow kitty pj’s. And crocs.

Kate: I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. For the record, I’ll concede the point that PajamaJeans would be an improvement over the feline “Singin’ in the Rain” homage…but I’m pretty sure I’d rather take my chances and just go through the Kiss ‘n’ Ride line bare ass naked first. With actual crocodiles on my feet.

Pajama Jeans make your ass look good.
Kate: Says who? Says the ad? Ummm, what are they going to say? “Warning: should you actually sleep in these, and you’re one to flail about in bed like you’re wrestling an alligator in a death roll, you’ll wake up with the waistband twisted so far that the tag is embedded in your bellybutton and the pants wedged up to your crotch, there’s a decent chance that the fabric will be so stretched out that your ass will look like it’s melting down the backs of your knees. You might not want to consult a mirror. Ever again.”

Lydia: Yes, Kate. Says the ad. I have seen that ad about 400 times now and I’m starting to believe all the things that is says. They say that they flatter every type of ass. I mean type of "figure". We all know they really mean "ass". I know that it’s no better than my kids' annoyingly Pavlovian response to the Moon Sand commercial but the PajamaJeans ad is just so… convincing. They do make her ass look good. You know what else? They would be good for travel because they wouldn’t get wrinkly. Then again… jeans don’t get wrinkly. And those models have skinny thighs that don’t seem to touch. And totally flat tummies. Awwww CRAP.

Pajama Jeans are too expensive.
Lydia: I agree. $40 is too expensive for either jeans or pajamas.  The fact that they're combined doesn't mean I'm going to pay twice as much.  I mean, for $40 at Old Navy I could jeans and pajamas and yoga pants. And probably some other random crap from the clearance section.  So I agree, $40 is way too much to spend on a pair of pants.  But that damn commercial makes them seem magical or something.  So I'm not going to lie and say I haven't been tempted to order some.  I heard they had knock-off pajama jeans at Five Below for $5 and I am thisclose to going to score a pair of those.
 
Kate: Tell you what. I'll front you the other $60 to go buy yourself a fab pair of 7 Jeans...or I'm even willing to go so far to pony up the whole $175 for you to have a pair of True Religions. Too much for jeans? Maybe so...but let's be clear. They have actual pockets. And actual stitching. And the most important part. They really do make your ass look awesome. And for that amount of money, they better...

And now it's time for MommyLand to weigh in on PajamaJeans.

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38 comments:

  1. Lydia's wardrobe sounds a lot like mine...except the shoes...I live in the south so I can wear flip-flops almost year round :)

    But, if someone offered to buy me expensive, flattering jeans, I'd totally take them up on it...so you def. should!

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  2. Okay...

    A) I have the kitties in the rain sheets that match those flannel pajamas. True story.
    B) I frequently wear my PJ pants to drop the kids off at school. I try to make sure that they are BLACK pj pants so that on the off chance I DO have to exit the vehicle right there in the kiss-n-ride maybe nobody will notice that they aren't yoga pants. BUT I did have my blue fleece polar bear pants on last week so I feel your pain, Lydia. Also, I don't wear crocks, I wear my slippers. Mostly because I forget...

    C) The $40 price tag (plus s&h!) is the only thing keeping me from at least trying the Pajama Jeans. Because that's just crazy.

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  3. OH!!! And as for the mock pocket, my daughter had a pair of pants for some school show choir thing that had those fake pockets. I told her that she should call them "fockets." Then realized that that was probably not the best name for them...at school anyway.

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  4. These remind me of something in Spain, but marketed completely differently. They are skin-tight leggings made to look like jeans. They are so tight that most displays have hanging crotch syndrome because the poor mannequin dresser just can't pull them all the way up. For the woman who doesn't have time to paint "jeans" on her legs in the morning.

    Women out here are beyond fashion forward, always in heels and a ridiculous amount of accessories, hair done, make-up. When I show up to the grocery store in jeans, a tee shirt, and my old Sketchers I am pegged as an American right away. It's inspiring, but also annoying... lots of pressure. When I get back to the states I will look like a fashion icon in my cool scarves, heeled knee-high boots, and bangle bracelets walking around Target haha ;)

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  5. I am so with Kate on this one. And let her treat you to a pair of really good jeans. They will change your life.

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  6. I am new to your wonderful slice of reality. Thank you so much for entertaining me this week with two snow days and three day weekend. I read your whole site and am absolutely in love with you two ladies.

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  7. My daughters (2nd & 4th grade) have pajama jeans knockoffs, probably bought at the same place we buy my son's diapers. I cannot bring myself to wear them, although they do look comfortable compared to some of the enema jeans that are out there. Around the house I wear real jeans, but I do wear pajamas to work (although they are more commonly known as scrubs...one of the perks of being a modern-day nurse!).

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  8. I see one good use for these things, to wear around the house when you wanna hang in pj's all day, so when you get a "drop by" visitor, you're not just in pj's, bra-less, and have bed hair at noon (like I have done). It still seems like you put some effort in and actually dressed, that's all.
    As long as they're not leggings, which they don't seem to be. Understand, leggings are NOT pants and were never meant to be, even though they are sold this way now. I don't care what kinda figure you have, I don't want to see an outline of it!

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  9. Oh, Kate. Thank you so much for continuing to be the voice of reason.

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  10. FYI - My Marshall's had a ton of Seven7 jeans for $29.99...are these the same brand Kate's talking about? I bought some, but I didn't realize they were "fancy"!

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  11. SAH with Princesses MonstersJanuary 18, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    I say these would look way snazzier than my sweats at the playground, being a sahm you really don't need to wear $175 jeans to the playground, just sayin'.

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  12. I think they may be a copy cat of Mom Jeans, wear and go, do they come up to the boob? My 79 year old Mom, who is still a force to be dealt with ordered a pair, she's petite, so she'll look like a little doll in them, but hey, she's 79 pushing 80 she can wear whatever the hell she wants! If I don't get back to the gym, I'll be purchasing the pool time Snuggie in time for Summer. LOL.

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  13. Lydia, can you move to Louisiana and be my new BFF? I totally wear my sweats and crocs to drop off my daughter every day.

    Razorback Mommy

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  14. I'm ashamed to admit, but I actually bought a pair...and I'm kind of a Kate. FYI, they really do make your ass look good, and I wear them with heels. Go get some, just don't tell anybody.

    Kat

    (from http://katrinagelino.blogspot.com/ )

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  15. Oh. No. A quick Google search has confirmed that my new Seven7 jeans are not, in fact, fancy. 7 for all Mankind are fancy. Got it. I obviously frequent the same types of stores as Lydia...

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  16. Lydia, I love you. From your pregnancy stories, to your fashion sense, we are right on the same page! I can't justify spending that much on pants pajama or not. But... The love is still there. And for the record, I've never found a pair of 7 jeans that fits me right. (I actually miss Bongo stretchy jeans. Those made my tush rockin but jeans have evolved in the last few years I can't find ANY cheapish stretchy jeans that actually stretch...)

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  17. OK, just 2 minutes ago on the Wendy Williams show (it's a slow day, I swear I don't usually watch this) she gave that Holly chick who used to "date" Hugh Hefner a pair of Pajama Jeans. They had "How You Doin'?" bedazzled on the butt...I don't know if that's an endorsement for them, or more of a reason to stay away! (But in my mind Pajama Jeans beat "Jeggings" any day!)

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  18. Sorry, I'm slightly neurotic. In the first paragraph, last sentence, should the word used be "dyes" instead of "dies"?

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  19. Here is the solution...Jeggings. If you can buy them at bloomingdales and Nordstrom they are legitimate. I am rockin a pair right now, so comfy, i wouldn't go as far as sleeping in them but if you are looking for a comfy but stylish alternative these are them. But on the flip side, everyones "figure" might not bode so well in this ultimate skinny jeans. http://www.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=488237&cm_mmc=Google_Feed-_-2-_-19-_-MP219

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  20. Let's face it if Lydia really wanted a pair, and really thought they would be that comfy, she would on them by now regardless of what anyone else thought.

    Kate-For having such a great fashion sense, you probably have the worst head of hair I have ever seen..please find a new hairdresser that knows what they are doing with a bottle of bleach asap! I am a hairdresser, and all I can think of is how I want to fix your hair to match Jimmy Choo's

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  21. In the spirit of your blog I had to sign back in and share this... http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/?p=30422

    And...if Lydia is getting her hair cut at Walmart then she may very well be "die"ing instead of dye-ing it.

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  22. I'm kinda like a cross between you two. I have no problem wearing designer sweatsuits out to the grocery store, I generally only wear Se7en Jeans but have no problem pairing them with Adidas flip-flops, have a pretty sweet shoe collection and would never wear Crocs.

    I have to say, if Se7en made pajamajeans, I'd be all over those like white on rice. ;)

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  23. "You'll totally be the best dressed mom in the whack ward of St. Crazy's."
    And the Kiss 'n Cry paragraphs?
    Oh.My.Maude!!
    This may be one your funniest posts. Ev-er!

    Sorry, Lyd, pajama jeans are a big ol' NONONO on a moral imperative level.
    Kate wants to buy you some 7's? Or some True Religion's? Or some Lucky's? Giddyup girlfriend and go do some real life-sponser-type shopping! Any of those three will be very comfy AND make your ass look fabulous.

    Sweats are sweats. Jammies are jammies. Jeans are jeans.

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  24. OK, here's the deal. FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE! Set up a charitable campaign (maybe for military families). If your lovely readers hit your goal, Lydia must pay for pajama jeans and Kate must wear them. A charity gets money, we all learn about how pajama jeans work in practice, and Lydia gets to gloat when Kate concedes that they are a genius idea. Win-Win-WIN!

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  25. Check out the male version of pajama jeans: http://www.lakeside.com/Knit-Novelty-Lounge-Pants/details.asp?I=KLJ&Ntt=chaps&N=36&Nao=0&R=897080073KLJ4. I think the ones with chaps are hilarious. I would order them for my husband just for a laugh, but I'm afraid he might wear them as payback!

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  26. I can't believe I'm going to do this, but I'm saying something nice about Pajama Jeans...A woman I met is having chemo, and has an access port near her stomach. She LOVES her Pajama jeans, because she can look like she's wearing jeans (not sweats all the time) but still not have to worry about working a zipper around her port. And I have to admit, they didn't look bad.

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  27. I can't BELIEVE you wrote a post about this!!! I was telling my fellow blogger ladies that we shoudl do a post about these! I'm so behind the times....I thought I was hallucinating when I saw that commercial on TV!!! I am pretty sure I am FOR them. ad hoc MOM LOVES 2 for 1 products. And we like anything fake. We especially love fake cleaning products like dry shampoo and facial wipes. Pajama Jeans meet all these criteria. They are genius and I am totally ordering them.

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  28. Dyes instead of dies? Uh, yeah. Unless her hair will soon be buried.

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  29. Lydia here. I'd just to like to remind people that while we're all entitled to our opinions that we try and keep it friendly here. So please use your kindess and your nice words. We're not about being mean or hurtful. Also, I happen to think that Kate's hair is *fierce* and that is THAT.
    xo, Lydia

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  30. ... while I'm pretty sure pajamajeans are not for me those jam jams so totally are... I have a pair and have been known to be seen in the kiss n ride line in 'em.

    Photo Proof (grab your magnifying glass it really is a photo of my jam jams walking the dog) http://multiply.com/mu/miskinak/image/35/photos/1/600x600/7/YouWantMeToWhat.jpg?et=faI16IcTwKJTG%2B3qd31tbQ&nmid=62530138
    Now.. that said. It's cats and dogs... as in raining cats and dogs.

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  31. Hold the Phone!!!!!
    JEANS are dressy? Its a look that's desired?

    Show me some pants that look like black wool pinstripe or linen khakis, are wrinkle-free and feel like sweatpants, THEN we'll talk!

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  32. I saw the commercial and thought to myself, "why didn't I think of that?" As for buying them for myself, no way, $40 is WAY to much to spend on jammie bottoms, even ones that look "stylish" in public. I will take my regular sweats anyday! Love you ladies!!!!

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  33. Hair comment=totally rude and uncalled for. sheesh.

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  34. I just googles True Religion jeans. $175? Try $300!!!! And, honestly, not even that nice looking. Plus, Kate, women with a body like Lydia and I can't wear those jeans! Muffin top? Try a dozen muffin tops poking out of those things. I have White House/Black Market jeans. Only $88 and I can wear a 12 there instead of a 14 or 16 elsewhere! And my ass get compliments every time I wear them!!!

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  35. I just have to say that my husband and I went on a mini-holiday to Vermont min-February. We were staying at a inn/spa that offered culinary classes. We were paired up with two friends who were having a girl's weekend away (nurses from NYC) and I don't know how we got onto the topic, but one of them told us that she had accidentally ordered herself not one, but two pairs of Pajamajeans late, late, late one night when she came off shift. She blamed it on sleep deprivation and being hooked by the infomercial and hadn't even realized that she'd ordered them until they showed up on her doorstep. The crazy thing, while she would ordinarily laugh at her friends if they said they had ordered a pair, she went on to say that they were the most comfortable thing she owns and how much she loves them! I immediately thought of you and had to share...

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