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.
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.”
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!
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.
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!
Gray floral velvet wide leg pants from Anthropologie
These would look smashing with a kimono worn over them.
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-TopHat Mercantile on Etsy
40s Brocade Lounging Jacket-TheYouKnowWhatKitten 0n Etsy
1970s Scarf Print Hostess Pajamas Jumpsuit-BluegrassVoodoo on Etsy
Till next time…….
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