After a recent movement to ban PJs from some public spaces, The Clock Bar, Thomas Street, Dublin has followed suit in an effort to keep its clientele a bit classier on the weekends. Now, after 7pm on Saturday and Sunday, the bar is refusing admission to anyone who shows up in a tracksuit.
However, the move to enforce proper attire in public hasn't stretched to all of Dublin's nightlife. Nash's pub, right across the from the Clock bar, isn't planning on letting people in based on what they're wearing.
"There is no dress code here. We don't even have doormen," saids Nash's bartender Dougie Parminter, speaking to the Herald. He does admit that he's seen "increasing numbers of patrons wearing tracksuits and runners," according to the Herald.
The UK’s move to discourage pyjamas and sweatpants in public has stretched from supermarkets to youth groups. The supermarket chain Tesco, for instance, has put up signs across their UK stores saying that "footwear must be worn at all times and no nightwear is permitted" in order to ward off anyone who has decided to shop in their nighties.
In Dublin, a youth group banned members wearing their pyjamas during the summer with the sign stating, "Call us old-fashioned, but we think young women should wear pyjamas when they go to bed, not in a youth club where there's young men and adult men."
When questioned as to why this movement to wear comfy clothes out of the house has come about, former model Celia Holman Lee commented, "I have no idea where this trend came from, the only thing I can think of is because supermarkets are opening now all night, that maybe people just started to do their shopping in their pyjamas."