The Glamour of Peignoir and Pyjamas: boudoir elegance...

vivien leigh gone with the wind bedjacket via breakast at yurmans
vivien leigh gone with the wind bedjacket via breakast at yurmans
jean harlow boudoir via jaila grace dune tumblr
jean harlow boudoir via jaila grace dune tumblr
smoking jacket
smoking jacket

Now I am assuming, glamorous readers, that if you are reading this you will also be the type of person who likes to daydream a little... to enjoy the luxuries of life...to travel a bit...to seek out beauty and elegance...and to surround yourself with style.

Whether it is a signature scent, an exquisitely scented candle, a beautiful home, or reservations in a charming restaurant...it is glamour which you seek? Yes? We may not always attain it on a daily basis, but we may as well strive for it, no?

Well, there is an area where it seems the human race has lost it's aspiration for glamour, having succumbed to what can perhaps most kindly be described as laziness, and that is the choice of sleepwear which is currently considered acceptable.

Yes, I am talking about tracky dacks.

No, wearing sports gear to bed is not acceptable. Great for the gym. Or for running.Very practical.

But there is a time and a place for everything, and call me a stickler for detail (ok, I admit it) but chucking on the old track suit, or cutesy rabbit pyjamas just doesn't exude elegance.

jean harlow dinner at 8 via vintage gal tumblr
jean harlow dinner at 8 via vintage gal tumblr

I mean, if Jean Harlow were wearing fleecy flannelette pyjamas, or a tracksuit, I'm sure those chocolates wouldn't have tasted so good.

But there's something else here too... an item of clothing we seem to have forgotten about... one which is not only practical for keeping one's shoulders warm, but also for keeping the smouldering looks warm: the peignoir...

Asthe pre-cursor to the dressing gown, this is an item almost as flimsy as it is beautiful...

black-peignoir life via rex word puzzle
black-peignoir life via rex word puzzle
trip-ginger via movie star makeover
trip-ginger via movie star makeover

Whether as a silk satin number trimmed with feathers, or a flowing gown-like item made of sheer chiffon, the peignoir is most certainly a glamorous item.

alinda bed jacket
alinda bed jacket

And luckily all is not lost, because they are still being stitched.

This most exquisite bed jacket in quilted satin is custom made by Leontine, so you can choose your own colour and fabric. And even better, you get to choose your own monogram & border, which is then hand embroidered & appliquéd. Oh, it's too much...bring me the smelling salts, quick....

vintage peignoir sets
vintage peignoir sets

Alternatively, there are still some rather fabulous peignoir sets out there in vintage land, charming little numbers from the 1930s through to the 1970s, when we seemed to lose the concept of boudoir elegance somewhere in the sportiness of the 1980s. (These are a random selection from Etsy.)

claudette-colbert in men's pyjamas with clark gable
claudette-colbert in men's pyjamas with clark gable

And don't think the gents are getting away from my tirade on boudoir attire scott free...

No, indeed....the standards have slipped here as well...

As a reminder, doesn't Clark Gable look dashing in his contrast trimmed (and piped) pjs?

Interestingly, this scene, from the 1934 film, It Happened One Night, in which Claudette Colbert pops on a pair of men's pyjamas, had an enormous influence in the popularity of men's style pjs for women.

And even though she does look adorable, she has much to answer for, starting such a trend. But we shall forgive her as she wears them with much comedy and coquettishness.

glamorous men's sleepwear smoking jackets and silk pyjamas
glamorous men's sleepwear smoking jackets and silk pyjamas

And while those tracky dacks may seem oh-so-tempting, they just have no suavity about them, unlike this rather debonair assortment. There are such elegant options out there for men's sleepwear, if one looks a little beyond the check flannelette offerings.

I particularly adore the notion of a smoking jacket... originally intended as a comfortable jacket to change into from a white or black dinner jacket, and something to only wear about the house, but sophisticated enough to wear with house guests about.

It's thought to be the precursor to the men's dressing gown or robe. But that quilting just gives it a certain urbanity, don't you think?

daniel green vintage advert via flickr
daniel green vintage advert via flickr

And lastly, if you are still with me on my rant, we need to talk about slippers.

I desperately want a pair which have a little heel and a lot of glamour.

Something comfortable but something charming.

And I don't want ugg boots. Or fluffy rabbits on the toes.

I want these....

vintage daniel green boudoir slippers 1939
vintage daniel green boudoir slippers 1939

Made by Daniel Green in 1939, they were appropriately called "from-frou" slippers, and came in Blossom Pink and Heaven Blue. Even the colours sound frou-frou.

daniel green vintage advert 1940s flickr
daniel green vintage advert 1940s flickr

No wonder she is so excited...these are slippers worth slipping on...

flickr daniet green slipper smart
flickr daniet green slipper smart

So, Daniel Green, I challenge you to release some of these rather scintillating little designs from your archives, because your current collection is woeful. Take a look at this, the latest season from Daniel Green...

slippers
slippers

Yes, I think there is definitely room for improvement here. Just check back in your own archives please, Mr Green.

So, meanwhile, what is out there which classifies as glamorous sleepwear? Well, how about this, for starters?

donna karan sleepwear mrs press sleep mask elegant sleepwear
donna karan sleepwear mrs press sleep mask elegant sleepwear

A glamorous little ensemble, complete with sleep mask. Of course.

lord byron loves italy robe
lord byron loves italy robe

Or perhaps the finest lace trimmed ivory silk, in a matching gown & robe set. It has that peignoir glamorosity about it.

Jeannette-McDonald via movie star makeover
Jeannette-McDonald via movie star makeover

So there are fabulous options out there, and there is no excuse for looking daggy in the bedroom. For men or women.

But tell me, what's your favourite attire?

And please don't tell me it's tracky dacks!!!

images :: vivien leigh // jean harlow // smoking jacket // jean harlow bed jacket // black peignoir set // ginger // claudette colbert & clark gable // mens sleep wear 1/2/3/4 // daniel green ad // slippers // advert // advert // daniel green // womens sleep wear 1/2/3/4 // gown and robe from lord byron loves italy // jeanette mcdonald