It’s been about 60 days since I’ve worn a structured garment thanks to the San Francisco Bay Area starting a shelter-in-place order earlier than anywhere else in the U.S. Plus I’d just returned from Italy when it was hit hard with Coronavirus, so my employer said, ‘hey why don’t you work from home for a week or so?’ even before the official order came down. Thus, I was an early adopter of the PJs-all-day lifestyle instead of my usual CorpGoth fashions (though I sometimes spice things up with wacky headgear for a #quarantinefabulous lewk).
While we usually look at frock flicks with ostentatious, elaborate fashion, how about some historical costume pajamas and casual wear? That feels closer to home (y’know, social distancing and all) right now!
Delysia’s dressing gown in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
I like to imagine I’m swanning around my swanky flat in this feather-decked gown like Amy Adams, skin all aglow and curls lightly tousled.
But it’s more likely I’m frizzy and vainly attempting homemade masque treatments in a vaguely satin sack like Frances McDormand.
The queen’s nightgown in Marie-Antoinette (2006)
Nice, simple, white nightie with a big, elaborate, pain-in-the-butt formal ceremony to wake up to.
IDK, I’d prefer to sleep in.
All the kimonos & nightgowns in Downton Abbey (2010-2015, 2019)
Both the series and the movie gave good bedroom game, showing ladies in gorgeous kimonos over 1920s undergarments as they dressed or with nightgowns in bed.
And then there’s the best reason to lounge about in nightwear — breakfast in bed.
Mr. Darcy’s bathrobe in Pride and Prejudice (1995)
How about some token menswear? Doesn’t get more casual than Fitzwilliam Darcy stepping out of the bath, all dripping wet, and getting wrapped in a robe by his manservant.
The bad girls’ slumber party in Grease (1978)
I’m not a fan of the movie, but this ridiculous scene is exactly what I miss as I sit alone in my house with only my two cats — I wanna hang out with my friends and get drunk and silly, dammit! Yeah, yeah, I’m flattening the curve for now, it’s for the greater good, and I am an introvert by nature, but I’m really going to enjoy seeing friends again someday.
What’s your quarantine fashion sense? Do you have fabulous vintage PJs?