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Steve Frame
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I am deleting old posts at my site getting ready to shut it down for good. This was an interesting discussion we had there. Wonder what some of your thoughts are on it. - Steve


I was reading an old story that I saved from a daytime mag from the late 80's or early 90's. Sorry didn't save the issue as it got wet when my hot water heater busted a year or so ago. I couldn't even save the whole article just saved parts of it.

Anyway I think it was from Daytime TV magazine, and the article was praising how the wardrobe folks in soaps did a good job at the time with matching men's sleepwear to the character they played. For instance they said it made perfect sense for Adam Chandler to wear silk pajamas. They praised how AW always showed John Hudson (David Forsythe) emerging from bed in an old t-shirt and boxer shorts. It just seemed so fitting for the characters, and they praised each one.

I was sitting here looking at it and thinking about today's shows and the male characters on them. Personally I don't know very many guys at all who wear pajamas to bed, so it seems crazy to me to see so many guys on the soaps wearing them or something to bed. I mean I don't know what a lot of guys wear in real life, but I do know that the majority of guys I know (mostly from a group of friends I have who go camping together alot) either sleep in underwear or nothing at all. Now at the camp where we go all of us wear our underwear in our sleeping bags, but I know that many of them admit to sleeping the buff at home. And no there is nothing sexual between us group of friends - just to set that straight. We are just fishing buddies and camping buddies. There are about 30 of us in total with about 15 or 20 of us at the most at the camp. Also during my 5 years of college, I had 5 roommates and not one of them slept in pajamas. And as an RA who did bed checks at night I never saw any guys in pj's. So that is my basis for this.

Anyway I just wanted to get others opinions about the male characters in soaps and whether you think the wardrobe folks are still doing a good job. And what you imagine the male characters on your soap should wear or possible wear to bed.

Some ones that pop in my mind are:

Bo Brady (Days) - I would think that he sleeps in the buff; showing him in pajamas of any type would be wrong.

Paul Williams (Y&R) - same as Bo

Victor Newman (Y&R) - silk pj's

Adam Chandler (AMC) - silk pj's

Holden Snyder (ATWT) - I can imagine him like John Hudson, old t-shirt and boxers for pj's - no traditional pj's for him; would be totally wrong

Dusty Donovon (ATWT) - under Brian Bloom's portrayal either undies or nothing, with Grayson's interpretation, I would think some type of pj's

Roman Brady (Days) - I think just boxers with no shirt, or nothing at all. Putting Roman in pj's would be totally wrong for the character

Abe Carver (Days) - pj's would fit the character

Shawn Brady (Days) - like his father

Philip Kiriakis (Days) - boxers under JKJ; under Kyle PJ's

Tad Martin (AMC) - boxers or briefs to bed - no pj's for him even though the Martin home might have required them growing up

Rex Balsom (OLTL) - boxers, no shirt

Will Munson (ATWT) - nude

Brad Snyder (Days) - breifs/boxers or nude

Lucas Roberts (Days) - pajama bottoms, no shirt

David Vickers (OLTL): since he wants to be wealthy I would think he would love to wear silk pajamas, but when he doesn't have the money to buy them, he probably sleeps in pajama bottoms

Antonio (OLTL): nude - boxers or briefs only at the most

Christian (OLTL): nude always

Nash (OLTL): boxers

Josh Madden (AMC): nude or boxerbriefs

Jamie Martin (AMC): nude or boxerbriefs

Luke Snyder (ATWT): boxers

Simon Fraser (ATWT): nude - doesn't even own pj's

I could probably think of some others, but will be anxious to hear your thoughts. Or any other part of the wardrobe matching the character. For instance, I feel that Mimi's wardrobe on Days does not match her social status at all. She dresses in too many designer type things to match how poor she has always made herself out to be. Things like that.
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