Company’s Coming! Vintage Inspired Hostess Dressing

40s inspired lounging outfit

A 1940s lounging pajama set I own inspired me to put together an outfit that would be perfect for holiday parties at home. Knowing I’d be having friends and family stopping over for cocktails and appetizers, I wanted to look festive, but still be comfortable.

The set actually comes with black satin wide leg pants, which unfortunately don’t fit me. But luckily the fabulous jacket does. All I had to do was pair it with another pair of black wide legs pants to get the same look.

Back in the day ladies wore what was referred to as “at home” wear. Hostess gowns and lounging pajamas were a middle ground between street wear and bedroom attire.  You can see from the photos below just how glamorous they were.  And though these are models and actresses, the average women wore  similar outfits for entertaining or just lounging around the house! Here’a great Vogue article that shows stunning examples of hostess dressing through the years.

1940s striped lounging pajamas1930s lounging pajamas

Lounging ladies

Hostess wear remained popular right through the 1970s.  Then things sort of got waaaaay more boring casual. But I kind of like the idea of dressing up a bit when company is coming.  And holidays are the perfect excuse to create a look I call “casual glam.”

40s lounging jacket

But really, if you think about it, an outfit like this is pretty easy to put together and a nice alternative  to sweatpants or leggings and a tunic. YAWN. And you’ll feel like Katherine Hepburn or Loretta Young sashaying around the house with a martini or bellini in hand!

40s style hostess outfit

This works for a Christmas brunch, dinner or cocktail party. I went for a 40s vibe here,  adding a red peplum top, green suede peep toe platforms heels and a hair flower.  But if you like a 20s inspired look, then find yourself a vintage kimono. Or even a new one. They’re very popular right now and are great way to dress up an outfit.

burnout velvet kimono


This  black burnout velvet kimono is available from TrashyDiva.
And if you’re not familiar with the brand, I can attest they have some of the best quality vintage inspired clothing on the internet.

I own several of their dresses and, before I started downsizing my business, used to carry their line.  Great stuff. And I was not compensated for saying that!

velvet wide leg pants from Anthropologie

Gray floral velvet wide leg pants from Anthropologie
These would look smashing with a kimono worn over them.

40s lounging pajama look

By the way, this is my beloved little tiki bar I’m standing in front of. Whenever company comes this is the spot they gather around.

It was twelve years ago that my Dad built it for my Hawaiian themed wedding on December 5th. Since my anniversary just passed, I’ve been thinking a lot about that day.

I had a small party at my house and we had no proper bar for serving drinks to guests. So my very talented father whipped up this adorable  bar for us.  It was one of the last things he was able to build before his illness advanced to the point where he had to put down his tools.  So it has such special meaning for me.

And on my wedding anniversary I like to sit at it with a drink and not only toast to my wonderful husband, but to my wonderful Dad as well.  I’m sure he’d be thrilled to know how many fun times we’re still having around his creation.   Best wedding gift ever, for sure!

And here are some authentic vintage items I’ve included for “hostess with the mostest” style ideas.

1940s Lounging Set
1940s Lounging Set-TopHat Mercantile on Etsy

1940s brocade lounge jacket

40s Brocade Lounging Jacket-TheYouKnowWhatKitten 0n Etsy

70s scarf print palazzo jumpsuit

1970s Scarf Print  Hostess Pajamas Jumpsuit-BluegrassVoodoo on Etsy


Till next time…….





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By | 2017-12-14T19:21:18-04:00 December 10th, 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 December 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks Jessica. It’s funny how vintage loungewear was only appropriate for at home wear. Now if you wore it outside, it would be considered dressed up. My have things changed. I love my moss green suede peep toes. They’re actually pre-owned Faryl Robin shoes that I found this past summer for only $15. I love her earlier designs, as they were really vintage looking. I was so excited when I found these in my size and in such good condition.

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    Jessica A Jannenga December 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I love reading and hearing about the outfits of the past and what ‘loungewear’ was considered or hostess wear. I also love the comparison to Herpburn or just feeling glam enough around the house. Your jacket is stunning, I love the print and it looks so fab and flowy with the wide leg pants. i also cant stop staring at your beautiful moss green peep toes.
    Very glam 🙂
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 13, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Thanks, Suzanne. I’ve never found anything like this thrifting either. 1940s pajama sets are pretty rare. That’s why I’m not sure I will be able to part with this one. I had it for sale on my site, but then decided to keep it, I liked it so much!

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    Suzanne December 13, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Happy Anniversary! What a cool little bar.

    Your PJ top is gorgeous. I’ve never seen anything like that when thrifting. You do look wonderfully glamourous.


  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 12, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for the compliment, Elsie. And thanks for stopping by. Appreciate you taking the time to comment.


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    Elise December 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    WOW, So cool that you are styling a vintage PJ set. Beautiful look!

    xx, Elise

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you Kathrine. I couldn’t believe when I found this, what great condition it was in for its age. Looks brand new!

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    Kathrine Eldridge December 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Love this elegant chic look! Dying over this floral jacket. Perfect holiday look in my book.

  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 11, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Hey Vix! Thank you so much for the anniversary wishes. And you are so right, 70s loungewear looks perfectly acceptable on the street now. Wearing vintage loungewear out in public actually looks dressier than most of the sloppy excuses for casual wear I witness these days.

  10. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 11, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Thanks Patti! I do love those hostess dresses from the 60s. Some of them were such cool prints.

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    Vix December 11, 2017 at 7:19 am

    What a wonderful lounging outfit. You look so classy and glamorous and I adore your Dad’s Tiki bar. Happy anniversary.
    I love 1970s loungewear – although I tend to wear mine out! xxx

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    Patti Gibbons December 10, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Love these lounging outfits from the past! And you look marvelous right now, Theresa. I think my mother had some long hostess dresses in the 60’s – sorry to see them fade away. xo


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