My Vintage Style-Jumpsuit Inspired by 1930s Beach Pajamas


30s inspired jumpsuit

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.

Beach pajamas

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.

30s inspired striped jumpsuit


jumpsuit inspired by 1930s beach pyjamas

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!

striped 30s inspied jumpsuit

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




Linking up with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday 

Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday.

Catherine of Not Dressed as  A Lamb  #IwillwearwhatIlike

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By | 2017-06-27T10:20:11-04:00 June 25th, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style|12 Comments

About the Author:

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 Campbell
    Theresa Campbell July 2, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you Jess! I sometimes check out the latest fashion magazines to see what styles they’re showing. But I love my vintage fashion magazines and that’s where I get most of my style inspiration. I’m certainly planning on wearing this outfit for this holiday weekend. Going up to Maine to visit hubby on the yacht he works on. It will be perfect for that 🙂


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    Jessica A Jannenga July 2, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Love this look on you! Wow, you certainly found this jumpsuit looking like the real piece.. those pictures were a great inspiration. I always find the history of garments interesting so thank you for sharing! The hat looks fabulous and you now need to wear this to the beach or sailing.. perfect vintage look !
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Hee hee. And you’d look great it in for sure. BTW, how was your vaca in Greece? Hope it was fun. Will have to pop on over to your blog to read about it.

    I would love to have known what the other trader was asking for those beach pyjamas. Over here they are going for mucho dinero. I think I’m going to look for a pattern and sew some.

    I love that you get asked if you’re wearing some high end designer when you’re wearing vintage. I think those of us in the business of vintage are so immersed in the various eras of fashion and its history that it seems strange to us when others don’t recognize it. Bad case of terminal vintage tunnel vision I guess 🙂


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    Vix June 28, 2017 at 10:06 am

    You look absolutely wonderful, I’d happily steal that jumpsuit off you and wear it myself.
    A fellow trader had some amazing 1930s beach pyjamas on her stall earlier this year, to my eternal regret I never asked the price.
    You’re right, some people don’t have a clue about vintage clothing – which I find very odd as clothes were part of everyone’s history, from every social class. I often get asked which designer my outfits are from, because people assume that because my clothes aren’t commonplace they must be high end – which I’m delighted by, I’d hate to look like a museum piece. xxx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 28, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Yes, it’s one of those outfits I could live in all summer! And the thing about fashion from the past, it often has a timeless look to it that appeals, whether you’re “into” vintage or not. It’s why designers are always borrowing from the styles of yesterday for their current collections. One certainly doesn’t have to be an expert to appreciate classic looks 🙂

    Thanks for visiting

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    Anna Marcus June 28, 2017 at 2:18 am

    I love this jumpsuit even though I am not exactly an expert in vintage clothing. It’s just has a easy chic vibe around it that you want to wear it all the time

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Yes, 70s jumpsuits are fabulous. The prints were much more mod looking and the fabrics were different. More jersey and knits. But even back in the 1970s designers were inspired by the fashions from the 30s. The fashion wheel turns round and round 🙂


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    Vicki June 27, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I tend go go for more of a 70s look when I wear jumpsuits. But this one is pretty cute and very summery looking.


  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Thanks Patti. Considering authentic 30s beach pyjamas are several hundred dollars these days, this one is waaaay more affordable for sure 🙂

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    Patti June 26, 2017 at 9:23 am

    This is fab – it has that wonderful vintage vibe, in modern (and affordable) fabrics. Lovely look, top to toe. xox


  11. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 26, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Know what you mean about the shopping. I don’t have any friends where I live who shop vintage (more for me!), or have similar taste in clothing. So I often shop alone. It would be fun to have a partner in crime one in while!

    As far as the past influencing current fashion, the more the merrier, I say. Except I haven’t been overly thrilled about certain looks from the 1980s that have been revived. Those I can do without. 🙂


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    Suzanne June 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    That is too funny about the sales person. I agree…it is SO much better shopping with a like minded friend.

    I have several friends in Holland and we all have such different styles it makes shopping impossible.

    I love this, it looks comfy and chic, like you may have just strolled off the French Riviera.

    You are right of course, they are always drawing on previous eras for clothing inspiration.


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