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National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day – April 16, 2023

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, celebrated on April 16 every year, is a day when employees are encouraged to come to work in their pajamas. The tradition of wearing pajamas to work has taken off over the years thanks to several public figures and celebrities who have joined in. Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day fosters a fun and laid-back attitude while also helping employees feel more at ease at work. Theoretically, not many people who arrive at work dressed in suits and high heels are completely at ease doing so every day, but we all do what we have to. People can dress as they like on Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day.

History of National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day

Originating in North America, the name and garment known as pajamas are now used all around the world (regions of which are now occupied by the U.S. and Canada especially). The influence of the British empire on the greater Western world and the rest of the world, in fact, contributed to the increasing popularity and use of pajamas. Before this, pajamas were known as “mogul’s breeches” and were first worn in England as “lounging clothing” in the 17th century. However, these lounging clothes eventually disappeared. The term ‘pajama’ was first used in English in the 19th century. Pajamas didn’t become fashionable in Britain or the rest of the world until 1870.

Traditional pajamas, which were made up of a shirt and pants, are where modern pajamas got their start. Pajamas have evolved to the point where they now come in a variety of styles and designs, some of which use unusual or non-traditional materials. Pajama bottoms are frequently purchased separately because both men and women like to sleep or lounge in just their pajamas, sometimes paired with a t-shirt.

Even though they differ from other sleeping apparel, such as nightgowns, pajamas can occasionally be found with other types of nightwear. For instance, wearing a shorter nightshirt as a top. For the wearer’s convenience in using the restroom, certain pajamas are designed with a butt flap, also referred to as a “trap door” or more popularly as a “drop seat,” which is a buttoned aperture in the seat.

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day timeline

1600s
Pajamas as “Lounging Wear”

An early style of pajamas, known as lounging attire, is fashionable in Britain in the 1600s but later goes out of style.

1870
Pajamas Becoming Fashion

In Britain, traditional pajamas start to become popular.

1900s
Pajamas Become More Popular in the U.S.

Pajamas gain more popularity in the 1900s, especially in the 1920s and 1930s, replacing one-piece nightwear.

2004
First “Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day”

The campaign for “Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day” is launched.

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day FAQs

What is National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day?

National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day, celebrated on April 16, is an American fun holiday on which taxpayers and corporate workers wear pajamas to work.

Is Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day a real holiday?

Yes, it is. Starting in 2004, the idea behind the holiday was to allow workers to relax on the day after Tax Day.

When were pajamas invented?

Pajamas were introduced to the Western world in 1870, through the influence of the British colonials.

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day Activities

  1. Wear Pajamas to work

    There is no better way to observe National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day than to carry it out. Go ahead, don your favorite jammies!

  2. Have a pajama-themed party

    Given that the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, which is a day off for most people, you can have a pajama-themed party to mark the occasion. Invite your friends and party the night away!

  3. Share the fun online

    Finally, after all the fun has been had, be sure to share the fun on social media using the #WearYourPajamasToWork hashtag. Show everyone what they’re missing.

5 Interesting Facts About Pajamas

  1. Night suits

    In Africa and South Asia, people call their pajamas "night suits."

  2. Female pajama industry revolutionized

    In the 1930s, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel changed the game and upped the ante in the production of female pajamas.

  3. They were beachwear in the 1920s

    In the 1920s, pajamas were worn to the beach by high-society men and women.

  4. It’s common evening wear in Japan

    In Japan, it is quite common to see an adult step out in their pajamas in the evening.

  5. Pajamas usually come with a drop-seat

    Before the 1950s, it was fairly common for pajamas to include drop-seats, a buttoned opening at the seat that made it simple for the user to use the bathroom.

Why We Love National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day

  1. Pajamas are comfortable

    Wearing pajamas is comfortable and allows more freedom of movement for the wearer than regular clothing. Pick out your favorite on this day!

  2. Pajamas are protective

    Wearers of pajamas are more likely to avoid getting the flu and are protected from colds. We love this for the winter months!

  3. They can double as evening wear

    Sometimes we can wear our pajamas as regular evening wear. In most cases, though, it’s a combination of pants and a T-shirt.

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 16Sunday
2024April 16Tuesday
2025April 16Wednesday
2026April 16Thursday
2027April 16Friday

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