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Lady Berkleigh and her Man Tailored Pajamas

Lady Berkleigh and her Man Tailored Pajamas

 This ad was found in the Lady's Home Journal, December 1950. Notice the focus on how these pajamas were tailored to a 'man's taste' by 'makers o men's shirts and pajamas'. 

This ad was found in the Lady's Home Journal, December 1950. Notice the focus on how these pajamas were tailored to a 'man's taste' by 'makers o men's shirts and pajamas'. 

As I was studying a lovely pair of vintage pajamas and researching the brand prior to listing, I stumbled upon an advertisement for the exact same pair which made me ecstatic. I couldn't help but notice how incredibly sexist it was, (don't worry, I won't go into my "how vintage ads are sexist" rant... perhaps I will save that for a different post) but more so I noticed how drastically different the desired look was from the previous decades! 

When we look at pajamas from the 1930s, we see so much glamour and femininity. Silks, rayon and lace, with dramatic details and movement were the bees knees for women's fashion. Then suddenly we have these 'man tailored' styles of the 40's and the 50's that promote comfort for a more active 'modern' woman. My thought is, could the rush of women entering the workforce bring about this new outlook on women's views on not only fashion, but also the realization that they can achieve and be just as productive as their male counterpart? Who knows... but the advertisement for these Lady Berkleigh PJ's certainly emphasizes the fact that these were designed and tailored by designers of men's pajamas, however still hold a very feminine touch. 

I find these pajamas fascinating as well as incredibly beautiful. They are of course a lovely shade of pink with a merlot color in the fringe and trim. They are not in fact too masculine, as they feature  the sash tie to accentuate the waist and are fitted in all the right places. I love how the pants are fitted in the hip with pleats in the derriere which cause the pants to cascade into a delightfully wide, open leg. 

The material resembles the elder fabrics used, as they are made of a silky rayon blend (feels a lot like Bremberg to me) which was to be replaced later on in the decade with cotton blends and of course, nylon. 

I am so glad to have been able to find these very special jammies as well as to offer them to vintage lovers, and they are currently listed for sale. I must say, it was hard not to keep them for myself!

 

Go check them out HERE

Cheers my loves! 

 

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