The Cozy Story of Pajamas: A Brief Journey Through History

The Cozy Story of Pajamas: A Brief Journey Through History

Ever wondered about the story behind the comfy attire that accompanies you to dreamland each night? According to somewhat unscientific stats, we spend about one-third of our lives asleep, meaning our pajamas tag along for a significant part of the ride. So, do you really know them? How did pajamas come to be, and what's their story?

1. Origins - From Bare Sleep to the Reign of Silk Robes

Hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was a common habit for folks, both men and women, to sleep in the buff. However, around the 16th century, as attitudes towards modesty shifted, people started donning sleep robes that snugly wrapped them from neck to toe.
Enter silk in the medieval era, among the priciest materials for sleepwear. Imported from China, silk was adored by nobles and the wealthy for its softness, smoothness, and breathability.
Pretty Lady, Early Fashion, Romance, by H.C. Christy, 1911 Antique Art Print

2. Birth of Modern Sleepwear - From Men's Wear to a Fashion Statement for Women

The Victorian era saw the birth of what we now recognize as modern sleepwear. In the 18-19th century, fashion-savvy Brits fell for the loose, comfy pants worn by Muslims in India. They brought these pants back to Europe, added a top, and voila – the complete set of modern sleepwear emerged! The term "pajama," originating from the Bengali word পায়জামা (payjāmā), found its way into English in the 19th century. Back then, owning a set of silk pajamas was an extravagance reserved for the aristocracy, mostly worn by men.

However, women were not easily allowed to don pants until World War I. The frequent nighttime air raids popularized pajamas among European women, becoming a practical and fashionable choice.

Olive Hewerdine, 'Pyjamas suitable for Zeppelin raids,' drawn for The Tatler in 1915. Source. From @ILNtweet archive @Mary_Evans.


After World War I, the atmosphere lightened, and sleepwear gradually transformed into relaxed fashion, even becoming a social tool. In 1931, Vogue boldly declared that women could attend formal dinners in sleepwear, and some daring ones strolled to theaters in their PJs.

 

3. Big Leap-From Home-wear to Women Power Symbol

As fashion trends continued to evolve, pajama styles became more refined. Coco Chanel introduced wide-legged pants paired with light T-shirts and sleeveless tops, a blend of laziness and elegance that caused quite a stir in society.

In the 1934 film "It Happened One Night," the female protagonist donned a man's two-piece pajama set, sparking imagination and initiating a new trend in women's sleepwear.

In the 1953 film "Roman Holiday," Audrey Hepburn's scene in a two-piece pajama set brought a refreshing perspective to sleepwear fashion.

Subsequent styles included Beach pajamas, Peignoir, and Slip Dress, each contributing to the ongoing narrative of sleepwear fashion.


Over the centuries, sleepwear development mirrored the awakening of women, shifting from pleasing men to a form of self-expression. Although fashion trends influence many, mature individuals prioritize the naturalness of fabrics and the comfort they provide, wearing sleepwear more for themselves than for societal expectations.

 

4. Soft Cobble-From Wellbeing to Selfcare

Each piece of sleepwear from the Soft Cobble brand is crafted with meticulous care, ensuring the perfect blend of comfort, style, and luxury. Experience the luxurious touch of silk and embrace the essence of indulgent loungewear.


Even if we stay at home without venturing outside, with silk loungewear as our faithful companion, life takes on a journey to distant realms. It is clothing designed for home wear, a gift of love we prepare for our own bodies.

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