A rockabilly Bye-Bye-Birdie Playboy hot weather classic – the short short baby doll nightie. Just right for after the St. P’s party. I’ve come across a few of these during my investigations, but rarely with the original panties! The green is more or less unusual, too, and goes perfectly with Stella’s new auburn hairdo.
Although “baby doll” nighties started out in the 1940’s when many fashion hemlines skyrocketed because of the shortage of fabrics, the earlier ones did not tend to be as short as they became during the Kennedy era. Many 1950’s babydoll nightgowns were just above the knee – shorter than the skirt and dress hemlines popular then, but hardly short by today’s standards.
As always, though, it has pretty lace and ruffle trim and has held up like crazy over more than 50 years! It’s always new for the Magicvintagespy – I wonder what will be next . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY