I love wearing pajamas, maybe a little too much, as my fellow Currierites can attest. They’re warm and cozy, and occasionally serve as conversation starters.
Nowadays, the word pajamas refers to a wide variety of clothing designed for sleeping, from footies to suitjamas, as presented by Barney Stinson.
It is no surprise that such an important article of clothing can boast of a long and illustrious history, dating back to the time of the Ottoman Empire. The word “pajama” derives from a the Hindi word “pae jama”, which describes loose pants tied at the waist using a drawstring or cord. These pants could be found in traditional garb throughout the Middle and Far East. British colonials recognized the genius of these pants and began wearing them during afternoon naps. Upon their return to Europe, men began to wear pajamas during any time spent sleep. Wearing pajamas became a sign of status and worldly knowledge.
By the late 1800s, people began using the word pajamas to refer to the pants as well as the top worn with them. In the early 1900s, pajamas could be found in a variety of fabrics, including brightly colored silk, which led to their eventual by women as well. Early designs featured a “Turkish trouser” style leg (pictured below), with loose legs gathered around the ankle, while later examples had straight legs, similar to modern pajamas.
It was also around this time that pajamas entered daytime wear. A designer named Paul Poiret launched day styles in the early 1910s. Beach pajamas were popularized by Gabrielle Chanel ten years later and palazzo pajamas became popular in the 1960s.
In Asian cultures, pajamas have evolved past the more subtle styles seen in the West. In Japan, Kigurumis are pajamas that look like stuffed animal costumes. They are often worn out in public.
Pajamas have evolved far past the simple designs of the past, but, luckily for me, they’ve stayed so incredibly cozy all this time!
http://thoughtsfrombeyondthecuckoosnest.tumblr.com/post/13225586026/i-just-found-out-you-can-buy-the-suit-jamas (From How I Met Your Mother)