Katie Rohman: The ‘fleecing’ of America – SpongeBob-style

Published 3:33 am Thursday, October 21, 2010

Trends come and go — in technology, in music, in cooking, in hairstyles, in any form of really anything we use and see on a daily basis.

If you look around the room now, there are probably items that were just invented this decade, and others that have been around for centuries but have evolved over time.

   Fashion is a revolving door that everyone has fallen victim to whether we knew it or not at the time.

   You dress similar to those in your peer group, family and job.

   You also buy what is available in stores, which usually follow the ever-changing trends.

   There is one trend that I believe — and maybe I’m dating myself here — that will go down as one of the worst in fashion history.

   Maybe I don’t “get” it. Maybe there’s nothing to “get.” But it’s horrible.

   Pajamas. Pajama pants. Slippers. I don’t care — they all fall into the category “Clothing That Should be Worn Right Before/in Bed.”

   It’s not that I have anything against pajamas. It’s people who wear them in public.

   When did this epidemic begin?

   I first remember people wearing them in public when I was in college in the early 2000s.

  Then, it was limited to teenage girls, who wore them at midnight to do homework at Perkins.

  Now, pajamas know no boundaries: age, gender, race or size.

  They also know no time of day.

   Sure, it may be 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday at the Social Security administration office. But who cares!

   Pajama pants with Sponge- Bob on them are perfect for filing for benefits! In fact, there are two other people wearing them as well in the waiting room, so I must fit in!

   The pajama epidemic is growing like the plague.

   The evidence is right there in its spin-off, the Snuggie — the biggest rip-off trend in American history.

   It’s a blanket, people. Someone cut holes in it.

   When blankets have become an inconvenience, it’s time to get off the couch.

   I would like to challenge America to combat this pajama epidemic, one pair of oversized, flying toaster-patterned fleece pants at time.

   One pair of dirty, furry, pink “Princess” slippers at a time.

   Change out of your pajamas before you head out into the world.

 We must act before it is too late, and … well, I’m not really sure, but it may involve wearing pillows strapped to our heads.

Katie Rohman is managing editor of the Niles Daily Star, Off the Water, Cassopolis Vigilant and Edwardsburg Argus.

She can be reached at (269) 687-7713 or at katie.johnson@leaderpub .com.