|1930s leisure fashion, Image source|
Now I have no problem with casual clothes, my favorite pop culture icon James T. Kirk appears to have prophesied not just the cell phone but the velour track suit:
and I've walked my dogs in pajama pants and old t shirts plenty of times. Still I feel my best, my most me, when I'm wearing my vintage style clothes. Thankfully, embracing vintage style, particularly the looks of the 1930s, doesn't mean saying good bye to comfort. 1930s ladies had a brilliant summer solution to the stylish comfort dilemma, the beach pajama.
These loose fitting, breezy sets are every bit as comfortable as a pair of sweats, yet boast the glamour of an evening gown. Finding an authentic set of 1930s beach pajamas would most likely be a difficult and pricey endeavor, but thankfully their are other options.
For the home seamstress there are a number of patterns available on the internet, such as this pattern from Wearing History.
Or if your like me and you can barely sew on a button you can turn to a maker of repro clothing.
If you are going to make or order your beach pajamas you'll need some style inspiration first, and you wont find it at all the mall or in any current magazines. However, you will find it on the BBC's Poirot. A veritable gold mine of 1930s style in the area of gorgeous beach pajamas Poirot does not disappoint.
A mint green polka dot pair
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Shorts version (not strictly beach pajamas but still cute)
The navy outfit on the left is a very tailored example of the beach pajama style, Image Source
Last year I got my first pair of beach pajamas from Time Machine Vintage, and they are probably the most comfortable clothes item I own:
The minute I put them on I knew I would be ordering a second pair the following summer. Another etsy shop with a thirties bend, Nudee Dudee, makes jump suits, sailor pants and striped shirts, that while not strictly beach pajamas, will make you think you are on a cruise ship with the little Belgium.
Revamp vintage is another source for very authentic looking pajamas.
If you are interested in 1930s fashion and love comfortable clothes to wear outside the home in, then beach pajamas and their like are for you!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Beach Pajama Inspiration
In the past 70 years it seems that what we call leisure wear has changed a bit: