While not quite the “smoking” garment of lore, this was a 1950’s dad’s answer to the “dressing gown”, made to wear before putting on any clothing which could be worn outside the house. Whether after the morning shower while preparing for his day or in the evening after work hours an elegant robe of this type could be worn, possibly while relaxing with coffee and the newspaper or a highball and, of course, his pipe.
The wide, decorative collar and cuffs were de rigueur for these garments, as well as a matching tie belt. Sometimes, the pockets were also accented with trim. Rayon and satin were common fabrics for the older versions while quality cotton, as above, became popular after WWII when wash-and-wear was the favorite for fabric care.
OK, here’s the other men’s robe in my collection and, dare I say, it’s better than the last one! Same styling; marvelous black satin sash and trim but . . . . . . ..
look at that fabulous silky rayon(?) fabric and the really cool abstract/atomic pattern!! That’s what makes me suspect that it could be older than the last one.
This one really hangs out in the library with a cigar and a glass of cognac. Maybe you’re listening to Dick Tracy or The Shadow on WSPY.
Never mind. If the sleeves weren’t way too long, I’d probably be wearing it right now. Fixing that little issue would not be a big thing, but I also love it just as it is. Madge doesn’t care. Maybe one of these days . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
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