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Pyjamas in public okay by Aussies, expert says

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 Australians apparently don't have a problem with people who wear pyjamas in public. Do you? (iStock)Australians are more accepting of those who shop in their pyjamas than their British or American counterparts, according to a retail expert at the Queensland University of Technology.

"Culturally getting dressed up to go shopping has fundamentally changed over many years and I think retailers in general are fairly laid back and Australians are fairly laid back," Gary Mortimer told the Courier Mail newspaper.

"In Australia we don't really have a very strict class structure and I think because of that we're a more accepting nation,'' Mortimer said.

The phenomenon of going out in public in one's pyjamas - and even bathrobes - has grown in recent years.

Teens have hopped on the trend, the Wall Street Journal reported in January, thanks to retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Aeropostale and Pink.

And celebrities including the director Sofia Coppola, designer Rachel Roy and actress Katherine Heigl have all been spotted in public wearing their PJs.

Today, PJs; tomorrow, underwear?

The trend has spawned backlash in some parts of the world.
In 2010, a Welsh franchise of the British grocery chain Tesco banned nightwear after customers complained that the sight of other, pyjama-clad customers made them "uncomfortable and embarrassed," the Sun reported then.

In February, a Louisiana parish commissioner introduced a motion to ban the wearing of pyjamas "and other traditional sleepwear" in public after seeing three men in Walmart wearing pyjamas that showed "their body parts."

"Today it's pyjamas. Tomorrow it's going to be 'I can wear my underwear in public,'" Michael Williams told KSLA 12.

Other places that have banned pyjamas include:
  • A welfare office in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Schools in Middlesbrough, England - who banned parents from dropping their children off for school wearing pyjamas.
  • The City of Shanghai, China, during the 2010 World Expo.
  • Schools in Florida and Vermont.

But Australia's Mortimer doesn't believe that his countrymen "are that concerned with what their fellow shoppers in store are wearing."

"As long as you have appropriate footwear you're not going to fall over and have an accident," he said.

What do you think of wearing pyjamas in public? If you do it, why do you do it? If you don't, do you frown on it? Share your thoughts and comments in the field below.

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