[Images Above: bygonekits.blogspot.com and hunch.com]
Left to right: a Simplicity pattern circa 1940 and Greta Garbo in the 1930’s.
French author Marie-Henre Beyle, better known by Stendehal (his pen name), once wrote, “Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.” Well, that may seem true, at surface level. But when you do a little research, often you’ll find that the “newest” thing isn’t actually new at all! It is simply a re-vamped version of the same, original concept– whether this concept was first conceived a century ago or a decade ago, whether this “new” thing we “MUST. HAVE. NOW.” is in its fifth reincarnation or hundredth. This new post, entitled “Obsolete Fashion,” will be devoted to uncovering and re-discovering some of the most interesting, outrageous, and under-appreciated or over-appreciated (a matter of personal taste) trends of yesteryear. Today, I will be taking a peek at lounging pajamas.
While there are a plethora of fun fashion options for cold weather (soft scarves, chunky, cable knit sweaters, thick, knit tights, pretty legwarmers, bright handwarmers, stylish boots, etc.), some days, it is extraordinarily difficult for me to trade my cozy, flannel pajama pants with drawstring waists and my oversize, fleecy pullovers for garments that fall under the umbrella of daytime, work-appropriate apparel! This is one of the reasons lounging pajamas appeal to me. In the 1920s and 1930s, these garments, made of soft satin and embroidered “a la Chinoise,” became not only acceptable, but moreover, a chic, stylish item for women to wear to soirees in the homes of their bohemian friends. As a matter of fact, the phrase, “the cat’s pajamas” was coined in the 1920s in reference to the “unconventional” spirit of the female flapper (“cat”).
What do you think, ModLovers? Is this a fashion trend you’d like to see return?