I sometimes work from home in my pajamas. All day.
There, I’ve said it. My humble flannelettes are just one of the many uniforms I proudly wear during an average week.
My myriad commitments often see me having more changes than Paris Hilton. I can go from sassy street shoes to sky-high stilettos in the blink of an eyelid.
It seems I am not alone and there is more of this going on than you might think. My declaration, ‘Confessions of a Closet Daytime Pajama Wearer’ revealed a secret groundswell of people who sometimes choose not to get dressed for their workday.
When I gingerly posed a question on Twitter to test if my behaviour was socially acceptable within the working from home community, I was immediately hit with a flurry of freelancers and solo operators owning up to the same (for those of you on Twitter check out #daytimePJwearers).
Nearly every response I got was in favour of the practice, with only one respondent warning the practice was the start of a ‘slippery slope’.
Pyjamas are “an accepted convention of working from home!” according to once reliable source.
One woman confessed to wearing her nightwear all day but ensuring she is dressed before her family gets home.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, one of the most successful work-from-home women I know ensures she puts on lipstick at the start of each day to make it ‘feel’ like she is at work.
While one woman was adamant what she was wearing did not influence her productivity, another said she needed to be “fully dressed and made up” to be able to get on with her daily business.
This from PJ-wearing guy: “On my creative days I’m more productive, but on admin days real clothes are needed”.
Jealousy set in as some office workers expressed interest in joining this exclusive club but I’m not sure the time has yet come to introduce the ‘Pyjama Suit’ to CBDs of the world.
Tomorrow, I’ll be back in my in a suit and heels, but as I sit typing in my jimjams under a blanket on a freezing Melbourne day, I’m happy my business model affords me the option of my uniform of choice.
What about you? What do you wear when you’re working at home? Do you bother getting dressed when you know that no-one will see you? Confess!