Indeed, women in confinement would walk in their gardens, cut flowers, and get exercise in their nightclothes.
Nightgowns can offer a sexy look with the addition of lace on areas of the sleepwear. This partially see-through material feels elegant and bares some skin so you can look stylish even in your sleepwear.
Flannel provides extra softness, making it ideal if you need a little more comfort to doze off. This nightgown material is also one of the warmest options, which is an added bonus if you live in a colder climate. Hanes Women's Wear Around Nightshirt. Arabella Women's Chemise with Lace Neckline. Previous Page 1 2 Sleep Tight in Women's Nightgowns and Sleepshirts Bedtime is your time to relax and recharge, and one of the best ways to achieve a restful slumber is by slipping into comfy women's nightgowns and sleepshirts.
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Include Out of Stock. The nightcaps were generally simple bonnets, similarly crafted of different material and weight for the changing seasons. If stepping into a private garden, a sun hat or bonnet put on top. For cooler weather or just convenience, the night-jacket was added, or sometimes worn upon rising.
These were waist or hip length, started off being very much like a shirt, but by were crafted more like a little jacket, made of soft warm material, and perhaps embroidered and trimmed with ribbons and lace. They were sometimes fitted, but loose enough for free movement while sleeping, and featured cues from the changing fashions, like pagoda sleeves, or military cuffs.
This garment became quite fancy and a status symbol by the late Victorian era, and generally known as a bed-jacket. Along with her nightgown and cap, a lady might sleep in silk hose, wool stockings, and drawers. There were pockets crafted that could be tied into the crotch of drawers, suspended from the drawstring front and back.
In the pocket would be a handkerchief or some kind of absorbent wadding. Upon rising she would put on velvet, cloth, leather, or sheepskin slippers, and she could select dressing gown, wrapper, or peignoir, which were names for what we today would think of as a bathrobe, but there were differences. A British dressing gown circa , an American wrapper circa , and a French peignoir circa She is obviously turned out in very fine clothes, the bodice and lace-work petticoat visible beneath a brilliantly coloured embroidered and trimmed robe, with engageantes and kidskin gloves.
Dressing gowns were relatively simple, but by no means plain, and worn over bedclothes, undergarments, or nothing, particularly useful for bathing. This article would have been the most common and versatile of the three. Wrappers were usually quite ornate and designed to be worn over a complete set of undergarments including crinolines, and tailored to fit like a dress, accentuating shoulders, bosom, and waist.
They were sometimes open at the front of the skirting to show off decorative petticoats beneath. Petticoats and crinoline covers were specifically crafted with a triangle of lace for this purpose. A lady might wear her wrapper as far as the breakfast room and still maintain respectability. Peignoirs were a little different, and became somewhat racy. The word literally means comb in French. It was a lightweight often chiffon robe worn over night or day clothes while a woman prepared her tresses, or more likely had them prepared by her maid.
It would catch the loose strands of hair, and any excess powders or pomades applied. The word started to be misused in Britain around as a fancy term for a dressing gown or bathrobe, and by the end of the century sometimes included long gloves and stockings of the same material for occasions when a lady might be seen in her nightclothes, such as visiting family or friends, and during travel.
Remember, even the palaces of Britain had shared bathrooms and water closets. Such a sheer outfit with nothing underneath probably led to many exciting boudoir adventures. Indeed, the boudoir jacket that appeared late in the s was a combination of the peignoir and night-jacket, usually being short, lacy, and tailored to follow the curves of the torso.
Of all the garments covered in this article, Kate Tattersall listed her night-jacket the most frequently, adoring the soft wool cashmere and pink satin trim. She took it with her on many of her travels. The luxurious garment was a gift from her stepmother. Please note, there are countless museums that provide excellent examples of these garments. For ease of photo credits, the images used in this article are all from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
For a condemned prisoner it acted as a hood to hide their face during hanging. Women could wear a bonnet with a veil. In both instances, male or female, it depended on what an individual could afford.
The truly poor were hanged with their faces exposed, the jeering crowd watching the details of the agony. Starting in a white linen hood was provided by the London prison authorities, and it quickly became standard practice throughout the Empire. Chapters Indigo Canada and the Kobo Edition.
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