Today’s Shopping Saturday is more of a Wishful Saturday….As I wrap up the first stage of the convalescing period, and also as I note that my summer wardrobe is using comfort and coolness as the primary aesthetic, I am reminded of the glamorous 40s, and the notion of the Hostess or Resort Pajama.
I grew up watching old movies because it was my father’s television and that was what he liked and he needed the TV to be on pretty much all day. I developed the impression, as a child, that when women are sick, or tired, they attire themselves in silk, coif their hair, fix their makeup, and sweep or lie about with delicate marabou puff slippers while people wait on them hand and foot. I was truly disappointed to learn that being sick is not just another form of being pretty, as I often contemplated my own 3 day bed head, bloodshot, feverish eyes, cracked lips and mossy teeth in tandem with some smelly t-shirt or such that I hadn’t changed in those three or more days.
Still, let’s pretend it’s possible…..
Upper left is a perfect example of a rayon Hostess or Lounging Pajama. You might go home, feeling the twinge of a tiny headache, and put these on while someone brings you tonic with lemon and you drape yourself over the divan, hoping someone handsome might stop by and find your sleeping mask (the silk one) for you…..
Next to it, interestingly enough, is a modern interpretation from Mary Katrantzou for Adidas. Yes, it’s “active wear” but active wear is often the new lounge wear, with the added benefit of it looking like you just got home from some healthy physical activity, but your hair isn’t mussed and you haven’t sweat a drop. Perhaps someone sexy will drop by and bring you a green tea, antioxidant, immune-boosting smoothie and feel your quads while you drink it….
Next, available on Etsy, the one that started this theme–an absolutely stunning set with some Chinoserie (don’t you love it when the computer says you have spelled something wrong but offers no options except “trichinosis” I know I do…). If you want to buy actual vintage, $300 is about the best price you’re going to get for a set that’s in good shape. From ClosetCaseVNTG.
These were not just for the rich folk, as there were plenty of sewing patterns so that the industrious woman could whip up her own set. I don’t have links to those specific patterns, but you can search Etsy, EBay, or even go over to Decades of Style where they have a really fun 1930s one-piece in an easy to use reproduction pattern.
For the holiday season, one lounges in velvet, naturally. Make sure your slippers have a bit of a heel…one can’t go barefoot at the beginning of the impromptu party that just created itself one snowy evening. Barefoot and lampshades are for later, darling. Throw on White Christmas with Bing Crosby and the gang and sing and dance along….
Another thoroughly modern interpretation is this, next to the bottom right, from Anna Sui’s Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection. It’s got a 1920s vibe going on, which makes underpropers optional, and who doesn’t find that comfortable? Meet them at the door in that, and no one will care that you have the flu.
Finally, bottom right corner, a 1939 Lobster themed lounging set. The link to it has disappeared into the 404, sadly, but if you go to Artful Blasphemy on Pinterest and find the board for Shopping Saturday Ideas, you can look at a bigger photo.