Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Pyjamas: They’ve Come a Long Way

We put them on every night before bedtime. We lounge around in them on leisurely weekend mornings. They even have a corny joke:

Knock, knock.

Who’s There?


Pyjamas who?

Pyjamas around me and hold me tight!

(We know, groaner…)

As common as they are to us, most of us don’t give a second thought to where pyjamas came from. So we hit the books and went on a quest.

The word “pyjama” is traced back to the ancient Persian word “payjama,” meaning “leg garment.”

During the seventeenth century, British men wore these “pyjamas” as casual outfits while relaxing, but they quickly fell out of style.

Pyjamas made their way to North America during the American colonial era, and became popular as sleepwear, with the design holding true to traditional Indian and Persian garments.

Granted, there are (always) different versions of how pyjamas have traveled through history, but one of the best accounts comes from the experts at They report:

“Men were first to jump on the pyjamas bandwagon in 1870. By the 1890s the pyjama pant and top had replaced the night-shirt they traditionally wore, and by the 1930s they were an integral part of the male wardrobe. Considered elegant evening attire, gentlemen would lounge around their homes at night in the finest cotton pjs and silk striped pyjamas with a dressing gown stylishly draped on top.

For women the journey was a little slower with our preferences leaning towards the more feminine nightgown as opposed to the seemingly masculine pyjama. Luckily Coco Chanel’s elegant lounging and beachwear pyjamas soon convinced women that a well cut pyjama pant and top were a far more preferable and stylish alternative to nighties and nightgowns. “

So there you have it. As with most of life’s inventions, pyjamas have come a long way, baby!

Nowadays, the options for pyjamas are as diverse as the people who wear them.

For some, a simple white tee shirt works just fine.

Flannel has become a popular material for pyjamas, especially when the temperatures drop. (Did you know there are even flannel sheets for your bed? Trust us, in the middle of winter they are amazing!)

Modal is an all-natural fiber, popular for its comfort, drape, shape, and feel.

Onesies are very popular with pre-teens and adults right now, not just infants and babies any more.

If you have any questions, or want to just let us know about your favorite pair of PJs, please feel free to email us right here. Who knows? With your permission, you could be a star on our Social Media sites!

Wishing you a good rest,

The Pjzzzz Bed, Bath, and Sleep Family

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