Womens Dressing Gowns
Womens Dressing Gowns
At the start of every day, and at the end too, most of us will seek the comfort of our favourite womens dressing gown as we prepare for the day ahead or get ready for bed. Coming in many guises, dressing gowns for women vary for the season and for different end uses. At the first sign of cooler wintry days, nothing says 'cosy' quite as eloquently as a lovely warm robe! From the plush, skin pampering texture of a fleece robe or down-filled chill-beating wrap on colder mornings and chilly evenings, to the rich, soft absorbency of a towelling bath robe for after your shower or to luxuriate in after a candle-lit bath (well, we can always dream) we have the right dressing gown for the season. Come spring and summer, it's time to swap that coddling warmth for something a little lighter and easier to wear on warm days. Here's where the ultra feminine, lightweight versions of dressing gowns for women come into their own. They give cover without overheating the body, and are usually made in soft breathable cotton jersey or lightweight silky woven fabrics, and often designed as an easy wrap or kimono style with wide sleeves and a tie belt. Many of our women's dressing gowns coordinate with our ladies' nightdresses or pretty pyjama sets. A pair of cosy slippers or mules is all you need to complete the look.
Women's dressing gowns through history
You have to go way back in history to the early 18th century to find out the origins of how the dressing gown began to be worn. It started out as a garment worn pretty exclusively by men, either around the house for comfort instead of their outdoor clothes, or in the office when a strictly tailored jacket became too uncomfortable. This early form of dressing gown derived from the 18th-century wearing of the banyan – in imitation of the oriental style, it became very fashionable. Women's dressing gowns came towards the end of the 18th century and were looser and less restrictive form of dress that they could wear around the house. Towards the turn of the 20th century, they developed into a popular style called a peignoir - a form of softer, lighter gown that was acceptable to be worn when receiving guests in their home, but was not worn outside.