A rockabilly Bye-Bye-Birdie Playboy hot weather classic – the short short babydoll nightie. 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 “babydoll” 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 . . . . .
Whenever I encounter beautiful examples of sleepwear lingerie from this era, I always bring them home. Although I love the pj’s, knee-length gowns are another favorite. While made of the same type of wonderful nylon, the gowns usually have more elaborate and prettier decoration.
The Fifties saw mostly pastel pieces similar to the one on right, though sometimes in red or black. During the Sixties bright colors were popular, as on the left. This was kind of backward to how lingerie slips were made – go figure.
Anyway, there was no debate or stopping-to-think-about-it for me, but always nice to know all about it . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pretty lingerie doesn’t get much better than this – at least not in the mid-priced range. Back in the day, almost any woman could afford to dress herself in this one. No, it’s not silk or designer-wear, but it’s lovely – by the MOVIE STAR company.
Pretty soon it’ll be time to wear nighties like this, whether you’re a bride or not. Can’t wait!
Both these lovely nighties are made of 100% nylon with lovely texture, typical of their era. The gown on the left is two layers, with accordian pleats on top and beautiful lace and ribbons at the neckline. Honeymoon stuff . . . . .
The gown on the right is much simpler and sweet, with ruffles at the armholes, floral print on the bodice, vintage buttons and a belt which ties in back. Just right for the next slumber party.. . . . .
Love it so much! I also found a fabulous rayon dressy sheath from the Forties or Fifties – will show you in a day or two. Stay tuned. . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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