Monday, 27 July 2009

Housecoats - a modern days morning robe ?





A housecoat or a duster, was worn when women in the 1940s were cleaning their house in order to protect what they were wearing for the day. Housecoats, long buttoned robes of light fabric ( but could also be made of warmer material ) became popular since they covered more than aprons or pinafores. A housecoat was an informal evening wear, usually roomy with buttons or a zip in front. Lengths were knee length or longer. Another way to use it was as robe over ones underwear, for instance when you needed to do hair or put on makeup.

4 comments:

LandGirlontheHomeFront said...

fabulous...actually makes me want to clean the house!

Gingeyginge said...

They are great, though some now call them dressing gowns...I have a long floral one, when you have it on its so snug you dont want to take it off..lovely post...

Diva said...

Yes, that´s what I was thinking ! ;) Ms Gingey, perhaps you could post a picture of your house coat ? It would nice to see a "real" one.

Amanda said...

I love the idea of a housecoat. It seems so informal, yet glamorous at the same time.