In Metro Manila, Philippines, there are some shopping malls or other people laden, dress code less establishments that can shun you because of what you’re wearing. Security guards actually are on double duty there, checking your bags and frisking your torso and derriere for bombs and possible weapons of mass destruction as well as eyeing your outfit from head to toe.
Your most comfortable holey shirt or sando (i.e. wife-beater), equally comfortable holey shorts and flipflops could be your ticket back home to change into something more presentable. Or judgmental glares from the shopping public could be more than enough to send you back home and change.
That’s why, I’ve decided to embark on a social experiment and check out how Americans can comfortably wear their PJs to the grocery or the drugstore. Oh, the things I learn on American television.
So one extra cool, late autumn evening, when we just needed to do a quick emergency grocery run, I decided to keep my pajamas on with a wool beanie, winter coat and fuzzy boots.
There were no security guards (as most establishments – even banks! – do not have actual security guards, instead they have automated security systems) to judge my outfit. And so I entered the automatic sliding doors with ease.
Did I get any judgmental stares from fellow shoppers inside the supermarket? No, they didn’t even bat an eyelash at my bacon striped, smiling sunny side up eggs and waffles pajamas. I didn’t even get a stolen glance from any of them.
It was as if going to the grocery in your pajamas was the most normal, natural thing in the world.
And so I did it again….in my flipflops instead of fuzzy boots. Nobody cared anyway! But I still don’t go to the grocery in my pajamas on a regular basis. To be honest, it still feels odd.
Though I do know that even if it seems that they don’t judge, but yes, Americans can be extra judgmental and even harsh. Hello Fashion Police? But, at least to us mere mortals, we can pretty much wear whatever the heck we like.
Would you attempt to do the pajama experiment if you lived in the US?