Pajamas to the Beach? Ladies in the 1930s did it in style!

That’s right!  According to Voguepedia  beach pajamas were introduced by Coco Chanel in 1922.  Starting out as wide legged trousers for ladies to wear while yachting,  they made a natural transition to resort wear for shoreside or cruises.  These beach outfits consisted of jumpsuits or full pants worn with short sleeved or halter tops, accompanied at times by a bolero or jacket. Women wore these over swimwear for strolling the promenade or boardwalk

At first only the most affluent women wore them to the beaches of the Riviera on holiday. But by the 1930s the style became more widespread.   Women in the United States eagerly adopted the trend after seeing their favorite screen stars wearing them on film. The style was revived in the 60s and 70s in what most of us would remember as “palazzo” pants.

This is a look I am totally smitten with and would love to get my hands on an original set of 30s beach pajamas. But they’re quite rare, so it’s literally like finding a needle in a haystack!  It’s a look that is both casual and very glamorous.  Nowadays they would be appropriate to wear most anywhere.   So if I can find some really fabulous rayon print fabric, perhaps I can have some custom made for me.  They are perfect for Florida. So the search is on!


Models in Palm Beach wearing beach pajamas

Models in Palm Beach wearing beach pajamas


Below two photos via Giant Pants of the 30s on Tumblr


Actress Ann Sothern wearing fabulous wide legged “pajama” pants

and halter top.

Actress Ann Sothern in beach outfit

Actress Ann Sothern in beach outfit


Oftentimes the pants were so full they almost looked like a long skirt.
This striped jumpsuit with the wide belt and striped edge hat is the epitome of classy, summer chic!!


Beach pajamas 1932

Beach pajamas 1932

Below photos via La Mode Pyjama

1930s Fashionable ladies  strutting their stuff on the Riviera.

Women in beach pajamas Cote D'Azure

Women in beach pajamas Cote D’Azur

Women in beach pajamas-Monte Carlo

Women in beach pajamas-Monte Carlo

This star studded beauty is my favorite!

1930s star print beach pajamas

1930s star print beach pajamas


So what do you think? Would you wear this style?

Have a glamorous day!



By | 2014-09-08T08:36:15-04:00 June 14th, 2014|Fashion|2 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa
    Theresa August 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Thanks, Liz! Beach pajamas certainly are fabulous and the authentic ones are so difficult to find. So having some made are always an option 🙂

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    Liz August 1, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Oh my, I LOVE this post! I dream DREAM of owning beach pajamas as I just think they are so divine. My only problem is I’m a tall woman so I might just have to get some made to make this happen.

    Thanks for the great photos for inspiration.

    Liz 🙂

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