Originating in Persia, the first pajamas consisted of a pair of trousers and a jacket in soft rayon, silk or cotton, and the jacket element had a placket front and sleeves with no cuffs. In the late 1800s, British colonists adopted the East’s loose fitting night attire, especially men. When jammies entered the United States shortly after, they became a huge fad and many silhouettes were adapted from the original bifurcated sets – babydolls, oversized blouses, capri pants, etc.
Like menswear, sleepwear has remained relatively unchanged. Also, and I take this from my own experience, each person has their unique sleeping uniform. Call my soul bygone, but what I wear in the confines of my home after hours channels the 1950s – a silk or a cotton robe and a sleeveless, above the knee dress. Comfortable, but still feminine. I have two alternating sets, and one that is on my radar to buy or to make involves lace and comes from one of my sponsors, Girl with a Serious Dream.
After graduating from architecture school, with prior studies in geometry and ballet, owner Anita Aguirre made the decision to point her career in a new direction and pursue fashion design. It wasn’t long before her ever-growing interest in couture fashion led her to seek out, and fall in love with, the world of pattern-making. After her own engagement, Anita was instantly inspired by the idea of embracing what makes a bride feel stunning. It’s the little details that make a wedding day even more special. She envisioned a collection of unique pieces brides-to-be could wear while getting ready during the morning of the nuptials, the day before while sharing anticipation with bridesmaids or the following days as a way to make the moment last.
The target customer is a brides-to-be, but even though a wedding is not in my foreseeable future, I would wear one of her pieces. I shouldn’t feel any shame in wearing wedding attire for other occasions, and I don’t think women should. With that said, Anita and I are excited to offer one Madalynne reader one of her robes. To enter, like Madalynne and Girl with a Serious Dream on Facebook. Then, in the comments below, specify your method of entry and your contact information. If you’re already a follower on either platforms, don’t worry, just tell me so. Contest opens immediately and will close Monday, June 9th, when a winner will be chosen, notified and featured on this blog. Last, contest is open internationally. Good luck!