Saturday, September 10, 2011

I Love Lucy's Pajamas

Oh dear. This is not an "elegant" look, no matter what this 50s era ad (I found it at Wikimedia Commons, here*) has to say. I mean I guess they'd have to say that. No, wait. Love doesn't mean never having to say you're sorry (and that goes double if you ordered these things). What love really means is never having to say you look elegant in orange pants. Yeah, that about covers it.

No, do not tell us that there is a "new Sport Shirt look" in the world of pajamas. That is bad enough. But what is worse: that you are supposed to wear them as a couple. If one of you goes down this road to sartorial ruin, well, you are obliged to go down it together. The ad copy specifies that "you'll enjoy your leisure together more" if you and your Significant Other are wearing checked shirts and orange pants. Why, you can stroll around the house together, hands in pockets (no, not each others pockets - this is the 1950s, you know) and - grin.

Even Lucy and Desi know that these are not good pajamas. Look at them! Look at those forced smiles. And Lucy is standing on Desi's toes there, see? Because he is probably about to start complaining about these terrible things, in very rapid and emphatic Spanish. It's like a moment from an I Love Lucy episode that never was. I can't wait to see Fred and Ethel in those things. Fred's pants will be belted up around his armpits. And he'll say something terrible about how Ethel looks like a harvest moon or a giant orange or something. And then they'll all get stuck locked outside the apartment house, or end up at the Tropicana on the night Ricky is opening his new Fashions of 1953 revue.

I really wish they'd made that episode, don't you?

*And also in a Life magazine from 1953, for what it's worth ($6.95, apparently).

5 comments:

vanilla said...

Yes, you had to make fun of those; they are just screaming for ridicule.

Kath Lockett said...

They look like they've just escaped from prison and stolen a picnic tablecloth....

Amy Jessica said...

Oh my! Sport shirt look? how disasterous, beside the hideous design they also look quite uncomfortable :s
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Tori Lennox said...

Wow. I'm not sure but I think going buck naked would be preferable to wearing those.

AA said...

There's a confusing total of three pockets on this outfit. You know, for all the stuff you keep in your pockets while you're sleeping.