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:
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.