Back in the old days robes and slippers were a very traditional gift to give at Christmas time. Today not so much because every one is too busy tracking down the newest, latest electronic gadget to give someone. Practical, comfortable loungewear no longer gets the respect it deserves. Bathrobes and slippers have become the Rodney Dangerfield of Christmas presents!
But you have to admit, you can’t wrap yourself up in an electronic gadget to keep out the winter chill. And surely you need something comfy and cozy to relax in while you’re playing Angry Birds or checking your Facebook news feed.
Do you remember whenever anyone unwrapped brand new bathrobes and slippers, how they would immediately put them on and then proceed to hang around the house in them all day? It’s THE classic Christmas Day outfit! Or maybe it was just my wacky family.
Of course, I’m partial to vintage loungewear and I think it makes a nice, nostalgic gift, sort of like wearable comfort food! Why not wrap a vintage chenille robe around a Kindle Fire or Nook? Or slip an Ipod into the toe of a pair of vintage slippers?
Here are some pictures to perhaps inspire you to give the gift of vintage loungewear this year, or any year for that matter!
Even in their robes this family looks more formal than many people look today, even when they go to church! Love how the Dad has a shirt and tie on and I seriously covet the Mom’s blue robe with leopard collar.
Here’s a Mom and her little girl in cute matching pink quilted robes. The mother /daughter matchy, matchy thing was big back then.
And my all time favorite, the chenille bathrobe. My husband gave me a beautiful vintage blue chenille robe for Christmas, way back when we were dating. That’s when I knew he was a keeper!
This is a Four Queens chenille robe, “for that pinup girl glamour.” Notice the soldier in the bottom left corner. World War II was nearing the end, but like many of the ads in the 40s it still includes a reminder that our soldiers were risking their lives overseas.
And then, of course, there are the slippers!. I prefer the more glamorous type rather than those big, fuzzy things that look like sasquatch feet! And nobody did glamorous slippers better than the Daniel Green Company.
Here are ads for some very adorable Oomphies from 1944 and Ripons from 1950. Does anyone remember those slipper socks? Not very glamorous, but certainly cozy, comfy and warm!