With a bleak November sneaking up on us, even the California sun is giving us the cold shoulder. And of course, along with holiday cheers, warm sweaters, and everything else that screams winter, comes the dread of waking up in the morning.

   Why should you be hauling yourself to school when even the sunrise is late? You think “forget it!”, you feel way too groggy to even get out of bed, much less get dressed properly. You wear pajamas to school.  Now they aren’t full-on pajamas, no. Just some sweatpants and a comfy T-shirt. But I would be lying if I said it ended there.

   Slowly, you realize how easy it is, how effortless it seems to not change into “normal clothes.” You begin pushing the limit, you slip into bunny slippers, baggier shirts, onesies, and eventually, blankets. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for wrapping myself in some cozy fleece in the winter. The faded smell of fabric softener mixed in with the fuzzy sensation of the fabric outdoes even the warmth of a summer day. Perks of blankets aside, there is a certain line that is crossed when you show up to school donning one. This may be surprising, but pajamas and blankets are not very smart or acceptable wardrobe choices.

   First of all, if you wear pajamas to school, don’t expect to be taken seriously. If you are going to deliver a presentation, no one is going to even pay attention. Inspired by your clothing choice, they’d all be too busy fantasizing about sleep. To me, someone wearing pajamas just screams, “I am tired!” Even if there aren’t any presentations, you will constantly project a sluggish vibe to your teachers and peers. Wearing nicer clothes will give you much more confidence and credibility.

   Also, my personal experiences are a testament to the fact that more polished clothes make me more self-assured. When I put effort into my outfit, it is definitely the highlight of my day. I feel that I can be more assertive and poised. Although some people may not be very interested in fashion, it is still nice to build up a personal style. You’re obviously going to grow up one day, and work in a professional environment, an environment that will require professional attire. Is it really that hard to practice a bit for the future?

   Then we move onto the inconvenience of blankets. Believe it or not, if you choose to wear your blanket as a piece of clothing, it can make you unproductive!

   According to an article on “Web to Success” (an online “business help” organization), particular clothing items put you in the frame of mind of productivity. These clothing items are often slightly uncomfortable.

   I “tested” this theory out by wearing jeans at home while doing homework for the past week. Although this isn’t a scientific experiment, I can definitely conclude that I felt much more “awake” and engaged in what I was doing while being not 100 percent in my comfort zone.

   Lastly, and most importantly: You. Will. Lose. Your. Blanket. Don’t argue with me, because it most certainly does happen. Usually during lunch, when the sun finally decides to show up, we experience a little flashback of summer.

   By then having a blanket on you can be excruciatingly (okay, that’s an exaggeration) hot, and you think “Well, I might as well drape it on this random bench for now. I’ll come back and get it later.” But then you don’t come back. Your blanket sits by its lonesome self on that bench, and it waits. And waits some more. But you never come, because how are you supposed remember that you brought it to school? Who even brings blankets to school anyways?

   Oh right, you do. I for one, am quite fond of my blankets and would be terribly sad if I lost one. Just putting that out there. Next time, before you drape your beloved fleece blanket over your shoulders as you get ready for school, think about the consequences. Are you willing to put up with humiliation, a lack of confidence, and diminished productivity just for personal warmth? I most definitely would not. So, be taken seriously. Build your own style. Be productive. Don’t lose personal items. Pajamas and blankets–don’t wear them to school.