Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

Vintage Bed Jackets

Today’s vintage musings are about a type of lingerie one rarely sees in modern form: the bed jacket.

Think, if you will, of those 1930s Hollywood films featuring glamorous ladies lounging languorously in silken bedrooms. They’re wearing bed jackets, pretty little bits of boudoir wear made of sheer  fabrics with ultra feminine trimmings and details. Picture organza extravaganzas with ostrich feathers, swan’s down, pleated tulle and shirred lace worn by pouting platinum femme fatals, like these:

Nothing captures the decadence of old Hollywood glamour quite like this!

I often come across lovely vintage bed jackets. I’ve got them in bias cut silk from the 1930s, in rayon from the 40s and in nylon from the 50s.

You can certainly wear them for their original purpose, to cover your shoulders while you sit up in bed sipping tea laced with brandy while reading a racy novel.

They can also be worn while out and about, as a little cardigan with jeans or over a silky slip dress, like this:

Bed jackets are a sweet bit of vintage luxury that can be adapted, worn and enjoyed in a modern context.

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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