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Pajamas and a transformation after centuries

Pajamas have been around for a long time but little changed until the early 20th century, the introduction of nightwear and the way we wear pajamas has created a new style of dress.

Men's nightwear

From the early 1600s to the mid-1800s, the nightgown was shaped similar to a day shirt with a folded collar and a deep neck opening at the front. The nightgown is trimmed with lace down the sleeves and down the neck. It was only in the late 1800s that nightgowns were available in a variety of fabrics, including felt, cotton, linen and plain or colored silk.

In the turn of the new century, ankle-length nightgowns became "nightgown", with longer versions hitting the floor known as night robes. It was in the first quarter of the 20th century when nightgowns slowly disappeared in style, followed by night robes and nightgowns, and replaced with the modern nightwear we see today in the middle. 20th century.


Women's sleepwear

Men started stylizing their pajamas long before women did; while men go through lanyards and decorative accessories on their tops, women keep dresses or nightgowns simple. The traditional nightgown nightgown resembles an Indian banyan or a Japanese kimono, looks like a robe or coat that extends to the calf, and a small sash or bow is tied around the waist to hold the shirt. Until the 20th century, variations in nightgowns were few. One theory of why women experimented with pajamas so late was due to the patriarchal nature of Western society; many feared speaking out for women's rights or appeared to have joined the growing suffrage movements of the late 1800s to early 1900s.

In the early 1900s, Coco Chanel was the first designer to create glamorous and elegant pajamas for women, convincing ladies that pajamas could be worn as comfortable and beautiful as nightgowns. traditional. Women's pajamas officially dominated the market in 1909, but sales really only surpassed sales of traditional nightgowns in the 1980s.


Modern transformation

The transition to modern pajamas in the 20th century has involved stepping away from overly serious habits and liberating feminism. In the mid-20th century, two main trends changed completely: Women's 'baby doll' pajamas and modern men's pajamas that replaced the traditional men's nightgowns, inspired by military outfits. the simplicity but comfort of WW2.

By the 1970s, an increasing number of people were starting to wear Chinese and Indian nightgown-inspired silk shirts and pants. Women have also begun adopting unisex designs, wearing the same nightwear for men.



Pajamas and the future

What can we expect with pajamas during the next century, or even in the next few decades? One point we can take from history is that for a long time, the dressing of pajamas will remain unchanged; It was only when the development of sewing machines began to take over and a market for nightwear opened up.

One trend we can see to continue into the future is the normalization of pajamas around the home and outside of the house. With traditional and cultural aspects blending around the world, many people are finding themselves at ease. Pajamas have grown from nightgown nightgowns that are never seen outside the home, to casual everyday clothes that can be worn on the street, at grocery stores or even at pitched food establishments. often. Perhaps someday, pajamas will be the norm for any event.




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