With all the features of a fine men’s at-home lounge-wear garment, this robe may have been a bespoke item, though probably ordered through the menswear department of a large store. Alas, the original belt has gone missing but – amazing surprise – I have material that is a great match to make a replacement! It’s such a project to find matching/coordinating colors and fabric types for a job like this that I’m really fortunate in this case.
Another rare find that just caused me to jump for joy when I discovered it . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A bit rumpled, but perfect! This was a higher-end men’s garment and an indispensable wardrobe item for men in the mid-century. A well-made bathrobe for elegant at-home time was worn by many men every day.
Lovely cotton, rayon and silk were commonly-used fabrics in mid-century and, like their street-wear brothers, these lounge-wear garments were well-tailored and elegant. I’m SO thrilled to uncover another one of these, which is a rare find (my favorite!)
I encounter a lot of rare finds, but they’re all different, so the surprises never stop! Stay tuned – you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
With winter coming, I just couldn’t pass this one up. Although it’s got some issues and is not my color, I’m going to keep it to wear around the house on a chilly day when I want the quilted comfort of a true vintage robe.
Not into yellow? Well, I can dye it! Yes, this robe is made of acetate, which will accept dye well – at least in my previous experience. So, crimson or hot pink will make a pretty coral color that will warm me up on cold, snowy mornings . . . . . . .
As an aside, don’t try dying at home unless you are experienced or don’t mind having a mistake (maybe a BIG mistake, depending on the garment). It’s a great way to learn, but do so with caution.
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I’ve got a couple of men’s bath/smoking robes of this style – each with a very different feel. This rayon one is “dashing” and “modern” in color and fabric design, though it’s been around for a long time.
The satin trim is classic, as well as the style, which endures even now.
These fashions always remind me of film noir, a favorite genre of mine. See you tomorrow.
Morgana Martin, the Magicvintagespy
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