The amount of pajamas in the workplace has gotten out of control


Friend of Leo's
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Apr 7, 2010
I have been in IT for 35 years and counting, all of that in Higher Education. I have NEVER seen anyone show up in pajamas in any capacity, faculty, staff or student 🤷‍♂️ Now, early in my latest job, they "encouraged" me to wear dress shirts and at least khakis. Tried it for a short time, but I have pretty much worn primarily jeans and a polo for most all of the 35 years. I will do the business casual for meetings if I have to, but that doesn't happen often.


Doctor of Teleocity
Mar 21, 2007
My mom's basement.
Good thing law enforcement doesn't have lax dress codes.
We'd be having folks in furry suits with guns and badges chasing bad guys.
Swat teams that look like an Easter parade.
And wouldn't that make for an amusing traffic stop?
But I bet it'd help inject some needed comic relief into domestic calls ...

I work for myself by myself in my daylight basement bunker.
Dang near 30 years in the freelance virtual space.
I do some of my best work in PJs, sweats, and once in my skivvies (it was unbearably hot).
But when I had a W-2 job in Corporate America, I dressed the part out of respect.
Buttondown Oxford shirts.
Silk ties.
Nice slacks.
Dress shoes.
And always had a coordinated sport jacket around just in case.
Am I happier now?
Dumb question.
But I paid my dues so I can dress like a slob in my cootage.
Like that Neil Diamond song, "Forever in Sweatpants."
I wish all law enforcement had fitness standards to match dress codes. It seems to stand out more with some sheriff departments and in small towns.

This is no joke. I was in an airport counter line when someone someone got out of hand and started slugging at the staff. The waddling deputies and rent a cops could not handle it, citizens tried to stop it. Then the mess was worse until it became apparent some of us were only in it from being front of the line.

I realize sheriff departments vary much in the country, and same for state and local funding impacting some places, but very high standards for law enforcement should be everywhere.

It may seem silly to be critical of dress and we don't have to be fancy but being put together. I don't mean look picture perfect. Our retired police sergeant friend was not blessed with a spokesmodel trim body but you knew you were looking at someone capable and put together.

My wife the teacher says while not formal, most teachers still make an effort to be clean and put together and it just came up dealing with a kid who needed some hygiene and dress guidance.


TDPRI Member
Aug 10, 2020
Nor Cal
I'm in my mid-50's and i've always tried to find a job that did not have a dress code. Never understood it, unless maybe you were public facing i guess... but even then I never got the whole suit/tie thing, but thats just my opinion. I work in IT (software/dev-ops) and work from home most for the past 11 years, but I could care less what anyone wore in work or public, what their hair looks like or if they have facial hair or not. Are they smart workers and good human beings, if so, I'm good. Oh... I usually wear jeans and tshirt in the cooler months and shorts and t-shirts in the warmer months. But again, to each their own, pajama's or suit/ties, neither impacts my world/life... but a crappy human or co-worker can.
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Friend of Leo's
Sep 2, 2022
I would let the midnight guys in the Data Center slide on the dress code most of the time. I would warn them when I could of any of the upper management that would be around in the morning or late at night. I never really understood making people who work in restricted areas at 3 AM dress in business attire, especially on weekends. Every now and then I would get an email my from boss "reminding me" to enforce the dress code because someone complained to her.

John Backlund

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Nov 2, 2003
South Dakota
Jeff Bridges character was way ahead of it's time....this is almost normal at Walmart these days.