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Alaskans in PJs partying outside in fall. "PJ-kurssi 17.-19.4.2015" by taru.kaisla is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Alaskans love their PJs

Many Alaskans have a weird relationship with their PJs. You often see people walking their dogs in PJs at sub-zero temperatures in bunny boots and a down coat. At sub-zero temperatures, people get outside in their PJs to pick up the newspaper from the box at the end of their driveway. They even drive their kids to school they are wearing their PJs underneath thermal pants and a down parka.

Fleece pyjama trousers are a Fairbanks street style trend

Recently, the obsession with fleece PJ pants has taken over even into public live. A month ago, I saw a guy at a dance place sitting at the bar in his PJs! One of our friends commented that the guy is having his good night drink and the cab driver has less hassle to dump the drunken guy into his bed in his dry cabin. Last week I saw some students wearing blue PJs with polar bears and snowflakes print. Well, the university’s mascot is the nanook, which is the native word for the polar bear. Thus, I took it as a juvenile joke.

Pyjamas at the grocery store

Yesterday I was at Fred Meyer’s West. There I saw six (!) people wearing fleece PJ pants with a downcoat. At the checkout, a dad and his son were both wearing camouflage fleece PJ pants. The daughter/sister wore these pink and white Barbie print pyjama trouser in this fabric. The other three were a man in his 60s, a man in his 30s, and a woman in her 40s. The older man and the woman pushed their charts in gray and plaid fleece PJs, respectively. The younger man loaded his shopping bags into the back of his truck wearing black fleece PJs with yellow and red emoticon print.

fashion blogger in fuchsia and brown work outfit
Fuchsia Sophie cashmere cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch, light blue boyfriend Hinge leather pants, brown Gucci belt, brown Clark booties and printed LV silk scarf (all own)
style blogger in shearling motorcycle jacket with winter accessories and bf jeans
Andrew Marc shearling motorcycle jacket with RAK cashmere printed scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc winter white beret, Leather CoatsEtc light blue gloves and Hinge leather boyfriend pants, Clark booties and Jaeger tote (all own)


I have to admit I love my fleece pyjama trousers from the men’s department in winter. But wearing them to the grocery store or on campus? No way! I also wouldn’t wear my women’s pyjamas anywhere else than at home. Do you wear your PJs outside the house? PJs outside the house are a no-no for me. Now what is the Style to Inspire me?

details of a shearling motorcycle jacket
Zoom-in on the Andrew Marc shearling motorcycle jacket with printed cashmere scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc winter white beret and gloves, and Jaeger tote. The various shades of white and the light blue of the scarf, pants, and gloves tie the outerwear outfit together. All pieces are my own


You can find other curious Alaska stories on a rehearsal for an Alaska fashion show, why skinnies are an Alaska classic, and Alaska outdoor wedding shoes.

Photos of me: G. Kramm

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