One of the clothing items on my “vintage wish list” is an authentic pair of 1930s beach pajamas. But they are pretty rare
pricey which means I won’t have any hanging in my closet anytime soon! So when I spotted these in a small boutique in Marblehead Ma. recently I couldn’t resist. They may not be the real thing, but they sure as heck were close enough to that 30s beach pyjama look I love.
Wide leg pants and jumpsuits were originally introduced by Coco Chanel in the 1920s. Affluent women wore them for yachting. By the 1930s the trend became widespread, as more and more women adopted them for beachwear. You can read the history of the beach pyjama here.
The women back then knew how to dress with elegance and style, even when just heading out for a day at the shore. That’s why I use the fashions of the past to inspire my contemporary outfit choices. And luckily, vintage styles are revived all the time. That makes it easy to put together a vintage look, even if you don’t have the authentic pieces.
And the funny thing is when I entered the shop I said to the 20 something sales girl, “Where do I find that cute jumpsuit that is in on the mannequin in the window? I need to buy one because it reminds me so much of 1930s beach pajamas.” And she looked at me like I was a crazy lady.
In my elation over my discovery, I failed to remember that there are plenty of people out there who have no clue about the styles of previous eras, and probably don’t care to know either. So, of course, this gal couldn’t possibly relate to my excitement over what she thought was just another summer jumpsuit she had to sell.
That’s why it’s always more fun to shop with like minded friends who understand and appreciate each others vintage addiction!
I can tell this is going to be one of my favorite summer outfits. It is super comfy to wear. It is a rayon fabric, but substantial, with a crepe like hand. So nice and drapey.
Love the stripes for a bit of nautical vibe, the button closures on the legs and the fact that the waist band is elasticized in back, making for easy on/off. A perfect outfit for dining out. Very forgiving fit, meaning lots of room, even for dessert. I’ve already tested it for that!
The store I purchased this from does not sell online. But I did find this jumpsuit available here.
And even though it was inexpensive, the quality is surprisingly good.
Jumpsuit by Re:Named
Vintage necklace and bracelet from the 1950s
Hat and polka dot chiffon scarf tied on it-thrifted
Wedge sandals by Azura. These are super comfortable and you can get them at a deep discount now
Till next time
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