I’m mum-shamed for wearing my PJs on the school run but I don’t care, I rock them when I’m shopping in Primark too04/23/2021
MICHELLE McCartney reckons that mums who don’t like her choice of attire for everyday life need to get a life.
The mum-of-three is regularly on the receiving end of horrified expressions and sarky comments for wearing her beloved "jammies" every time she goes outside.
“I’m not hurting anyone when I go out in my PJs. I do get funny looks from women who don’t know me," she says.
"But it’s not as though I am going out in just my bra and knickers is it?”
Michelle says that while her school mum mates are supportive of what she wears when she does the daily school run – not everyone is.
“Some mums say things like 'jammas AGAIN, Chelle?'
"Or, 'well at least you're keeping warm, I suppose.'
“But I’ve been wearing my pyjamas on the school run for over nine years now. I did it when my son was in junior school and I do it with my daughter too – I’m not going to stop now.
“Everyone is used to seeing me trucking up at the school entrance in the same clothes I got out of bed in.
“Friends of friends do a double take. I know I’ll probably never get an invite round to theirs for a morning coffee. But who cares?
I’m not hurting anyone when I go out in my PJs. I do get funny looks from women who don’t know me.
“The other mums who do the pyjama walk of shame do look me up and down before giving the nod in recognition. That’s why I know I’m not the only mum doing this.
“Parents try and get away with what they can in the morning. We’re all doing the best we can.”
Michelle reckons that in 2021 doing the school run in her pyjamas is perfectly okay and mums need to cut one another some slack.
“Today athletic leisure wear is the norm for most mums around my way. Are my pyjama bottoms any different to sporty leggings or lounge pants? I don’t think they are.”
Criticism from someone much closer to heart – her own mum.
She says: “My mum has never been able to understand why I dress like this. She is of the generation of women who think that when us mums head out the door we need to do our hair, put on make-up and wear fancy clothes but that’s just not practical is it?
“Who wants to spend all that time to look like that during a pandemic?”
The mum-of-three who lives in Derbyshire says that since she was a girl she has always preferred to wear her nightwear outside the bedroom.
“When I was eight I had a pretty dressing gown which I like to wear off the shoulders around the house. My mum wouldn’t let me go out in it.
“That was the moment when I realised it was silly to say certain clothes couldn't be worn outside.”
I wear my pyjamas to bed, when I get up in the morning I’ll shower before breakfast and then put a fresh pair on for the day.
Michelle, who sells cosmetics from home, says she has got seven pairs of pyjamas that she wears on a daily rotation.
“I wear my pyjamas to bed, when I get up in the morning I’ll shower before breakfast and then put a fresh pair on for the day.
“My favourites are long night shirts or long sleeve night tops over comfortable loose fitting pyjamas bottoms.”
Michelle says everyone in her family knows she is a fan of Winnie the Pooh and they’ll regularly buy her new sets as presents.
“I buy them from Primark and yes I am wearing pyjamas when I buy them.
“But my eldest daughter will also treat me too. I was in hospital recently and she bought me a pair to take with me.
"She's 21 and she takes a lot more care over her appearance. She is resigned to me out and about in my jammies.
“When I am out shopping I don’t pay any attention to anyone who looks at me or does a double take.
“I’m sure there have been sniggers about it behind my back.
“Luckily I have got good friends who understand there is more to life than what I choose to put on my body. I’m not going out in my bra and knickers am I?
“When I do the shop I put my earbuds in that way people can say what they like and I just don’t hear a word of their snarky comments.”
Michelle does everything in her pyjamas. From the school run, to the local shop to going out for a walk with her daughter, 10.
“The school she goes to is three streets away. We usually walk together," she explains.
“My local supermarket is a quarter of a mile walk away. It’s honestly not a big deal.
“They are used to me rocking up like this. No one has ever asked me to leave for being inappropriate dressed.
“It’s not like I’m in my bra and knickers is it?”
Michelle says she can’t get her head around the rules of modern day dressing.
When I do the shop I put my earbuds in that way people can say what they like and I just don’t hear a word of their snarky comments
“If you are on the beach you get to wear a bikini. Some of those thongs are smaller than a hankie. Yet if you went outside in bra and knickers people would be rude to your face," she says.
“My son is 17 and dresses up to go to college and when he gets home the first thing he does is changes into his pyjamas too.
“The kids have grown up with my attitude towards daily clothes and have zero problems with it.
One evening recently a girlfriend and her kids popped in for hot chocolate and they were all wearing their pyjamas.
“We were so comfortable together it was a lovely evening. Everyone was covered up and nothing was on show – why should it be a problem?”
Michelle says the last time she wore a dress and a pair of high heels was nine months ago when she celebrated her daughter’s birthday at a pub.
“I’m appropriate when I need to be – and I can probably dress a lot better than many other mums too!”
Stacey Solomon isn't afraid to wear her PJs out either, and was spotted last Christmas shopping in them.
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