3.24.2011

Lady of leisure

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This is what I look like when I get up in the morning.

So not.

But either way, these last three photos do show my favorite dressing gowns. Dressing gowns are another lost aspect of polite society. Basically, you would get all your undergarments on, and put a dressing gown on over that. Then you would do your makeup, hair, read the morning paper, have a cup of tea, all the lovely little domestic things. I don't know exactly how long they've been around, but in the late 50s and 60s, they evolved into housedresses (or housecoats). Little loose cotton button ups, or zip ups, that you would wear either over your dress, or in place of a dress if you were between running errands or doing housework. For me, dressing gowns are like aprons, once you buy one, you just can't stop. They're just so darn pretty!

Many thanks to Lara Blair for the shoot, I'm so glad to have great pictures of my gowns and my living room!
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And, just in case you're wondering, the picture in the blue frame is one of Amanda Atkins fabulous prints, the two little portraits are of Sam and I that I painted years ago, and the big abstract one is painted by my sister in law Caitlin :)

45 comments:

art deco dame said...

I love houses dresses and dressing gowns!And its true they are very addictive,but hey there are a lot worse addiction we could be into.I at least get to look presentable when the mail man delivers a package to the door instead of just being caught in my pajamas!

Kelly said...

So pretty! Love the red and love the polka dots! I always watch old movies and see them in their dressing gowns and think I don't have dresses that pretty.

Dawn said...

What a lovely set of pictures! I lust after that red gown. And I'm intrigued by the shoes. Sigh!

Free Spirit said...

I want them =]

The Kerrs said...

Everything is so pretty! Beautiful photos!

P U R P L E - D E E R said...

I love your living room!

Catherine said...

I LOVE that first picture of the red gown - it's gorgeous! Now I'm going to have to go hunting for a dressing gown. I kind of have one, in a Japanese yukata-style bathrobe, but it's still really a bathrobe haha.

Also wanted to wish you a belated happy birthday! I absolutely could not believe that we are the same age - you are so much more sophisticated and lovely and elegant than I am!

The English Romantic said...

We should all try and look that great in the morning, it would make the day great too.
I'll try it tomorrow!
Love them,
Angela.

ihanuudet by fleure said...

I love all of your pics!!!

garofit said...

Love the photos, you look fabulous, and your dressing gown is spot on. Mine is passed on from my mother who had it in the 70's, it's a robe type of thing, I've loved since my childhood due to the beautiful floral pattern.

Alli said...

So pretty :)

Sportsgirl said...

You are stunning and so photogenic!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Love love love love love! And the bird hat, wow!

Alex Webley said...

Great set of shots. Love the clothes, composition and atmosphere.

My Vintage Darling said...

Stunning photos, and the red dress is absolutely beautiful! I have a beautiful 1930s silk dressing gown which my mum gave me, it makes me feel so glamourous.x

Alicja said...

the red dressing gown looks like it's Dorothy's dress that would match her Ruby Red Shoes :)
sooo pretty. Judy Garland would totally wear that :)

Vintage Girl said...

I wear a dressing gown pretty often, Although I wear them before my shower at breakfast and in the morning with the computer and family running around. Yours are very pretty!

nuranar said...

I love dressing gowns! I think I'm up to four vintage ones - a pink 1940s chenille, a blue 1930s satin, a pink/peach 40s satin, and my newest and current favorite, a cornflower blue seersucker. SO lightweight and comfy for Texas!

jojography said...

That red dress is adorable! I'd die to get my hands on such a gown.

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Katherine Michael said...

that second photo of you leaning on the couch is captivating. so elegant to just be something that's worn around the house!

Jean-Jean said...

this dress is amazing! you look fabulous!

Annabelle
http://totheteeeth.blogspot.com/

Madeline Quaint said...

The red gown is gorgeous, simply gorgeous on you!
I'm sure husbands of that time were much more content about how their wives looked like at home...

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

I love these shots. they're lovely!

jessica said...

you look so so beautiful, well done to the photographer and the stunning model of course!! X

Ms.Tips said...

these photos are so great!! I love the last one with the polka dot hoody. so lovely!

misc-maranda said...

gorgeous pics as usual! i think the red dress could definitely pass as a 'real' dress ;)

Dakota C. Walsh said...

Gorgeous!! You look just like a 50s cover girl in the first pic.

I love my long vintage dressing gowns and nighties, too, but I never fail to trip up in the hems and pop a few seams!

sarah said...

What beautiful photos! The red dressing gown is positively stunning. Lovely, as always!

The Zany Housewife said...

You in the red dress? Wow! Absolutely beautiful.

Lady in black said...

Honey, you look just fabulous. I love it.

Charlotte said...

Lovely photos! I like the third picture especially.

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

Bright Young Twins said...

OH MY GOD, give me that hat!!!

A x

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

STUNNING!

BaronessVonVintage said...

oh, just gorgeous. I do sooo especially love the first and last images (that polkadotted hood is just dreamy). One note regarding the idea that dressing gowns evolved into house dresses. Just wanted to point out that the more domestic house dress actually existed before and alongside the more patrician dressing gowns and hostess gowns (example: in the early 1920s and 1930s, middle class women wore and made their own house dresses:
http://sensibility.com/resources/vintage-images/1920s-house-dress-pattern/

http://www.unsungsewingpatterns.net/2009/03/simplicity-7001-womens-housedress.html, my favourite is the 1930s "Hooverette" http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/2010/08/hooverettes.html

I guess housedresses were more associated with the middleclass servantless woman, as opposed to the "My Man Godfrey" type ladies of leisure who fanned about in their boudoirs in dressing gowns and then received guests in their hostess gowns and such?).

Anyway, your dressing gowns are beautiful...you've got an enviable collection...much more elegant than a terry cloth bathrobe on a Saturday afternoon!

Solanah said...

While it is true there were housecoats popular for the lower classes, I was trying to make the point of how dressing gowns came to not be popular anymore, a thing of the past.

Anna said...

I wish I had your wardrobe!
It truly depresses me how house coats such as these are not standard in society anymore - they're so lovely!

VintageGoa said...

Oh my! You Look Gorgeous!
...Totally Out Of This World!
XoXo

nina-im-wunderland said...

those pictures are really, really lovely and you look beautiful in them.

BaronessVonVintage said...

thanks for your comment, solanah. I see what you mean now...that dressing gowns declined in popularity in the 50s and 60s. I thought you meant that house dresses came into existence in the 50s and 60s, so I was just trying to show links to really cute earlier house dresses. Interesting!

Ishawi said...

Your eyes make me feel scared, have no idea why. When I look on your eyes in these pictures I think U R bad woman.
But U look really gr8 and your outfit makes me impressed.

Ms. Dee said...

I love the little portraits you painted, I did something similar for my husband as a wedding present. Yours are darling. And these photos are super fabulous!

toridawn said...

I love everything about this post. I'm always looking for dressing gowns and house dresses at my local antique faire. What great pieces you have!

xo
toridawn

casey said...

Oooh! That red dressing gown is gorgeous! I often look through the ones at my favorite local vintage shop, but I have yet to add one to my wardrobe. Really must though!!! :D

♥ Casey

Lili said...

They are indeed very pretty! Especially the red one... Dare I say, it's breathtaking!

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