Sunday, July 10, 2011

Daytime Nightgowns


When I was in the throes of my Jane Eyre obsession (don't be fooled, it's not over. It's resting while I prepare myself mentally, physically, and spiritually for the final Harry Potter movie. Which is also why I've been dormant for a little while) I started getting an eye for nightgown-y looking dresses. At first I started looking for frilly, going-to-bed-on-the-prairie type things in all of the usual spots to wear as they're intended--tucked neatly into bed--but my search didn't yield much until I started letting my tendencies yield to things only vaguely-nightgown looking.

outfit details: Dress/nightgown: Vintage; Shoes: J. Crew 2010; Necklace: vintage; Belt: J. Crew; Tote: fieldguided

The first thing I found--after that J. Crew dress--was this. I think it's probably an actual nightgown, but it was pretty much exactly what I was looking for. It had that detailed, delicate lace around the neckline that peeked out from the calico dresses in Eyre, with a little yellow ribbon to make it really perfect.


And since then I've been somehow really lucky, because I keep finding like-looking dresses and nightgowns in vintage and antique stores, where before I came out empty handed.

Pictures taken by John M.

30 comments:

  1. The dress is beautiful, and such a perfect length. Even if it is a nightgown, it's lovely as a day dress.

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  2. That dress is so delicate and beautiful!

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  3. That dress is so pretty, great find!

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  4. what beautiful lace! It looks like the perfect cool summer dress :)

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  5. That front panel and the yellow ribbon! Your dress is making me weak in the knees. Query: Did you have to wear a full slip underneath? I haven't figured out how to wear light/thin/filmy dresses without at least a half-slip...

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  6. How gorgeous and dreamy! It doesn't even look like a nightgown!

    Love that you're obsessed with both Jane Eyre and Harry Potter. Kindred spirits, methinks!

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  7. Truly Rhe in Troy had a bunch like this.

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  8. Oh! This is so beautiful, I adore dresses that could double up as nightgowns. I think that it arose out of my love for edwardian frocks, and the movie 'picnic at hanging rock'. So glad to have found your blog!

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  9. This is lovely!

    And Harry Potter definitely has me excited :)

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  10. Lovely find. If Jane was wearing this when she saved Mr Rochester from a fiery death, I would be surprised if he DIDN'T fall in love with her. No fear, one can never be too obsessed with period drama.

    May I suggest North & South whose lead Richard Armitage will be in the Hobbit (you:HP::me:LoTR though we love 'em both)?

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

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  12. I love this dress!! Mid length dresses have me all of a flutter at the moment!! And I agree heartily with Arianne. . . . .If you haven't seen north and south already you must watch it!

    Jess x

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  13. Wonderful dress!
    Sometimes I think about making dress or skirt like that as nightdress or daydress.

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  14. What a gorgeous piece! I adore old nightgowns because they so often featured amazing embroidery. I actually wore one that my aunt gave me as a dress for several years, and then cut down to a blouse when the hem became damaged. Unfortunately, it's so worn out at this point (I wore it a lot!) that I can't wear it anymore. :/ But it was fun while it lasted!

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  15. oh man, you look so beautiful! i totally know what you mean. my mother had a bunch of old nightgown-looking dresses when i was a kid (or were they actually nightgowns?) and i've started majorly pining for them recently.

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  16. this is a beauty of a dress. You look lovely in it.

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  17. This dress and your blog are just stunning. I'm amazed at your talent with style, words, photos and interpretation. Entering your blog is a romantic escape and I'll certainly be visiting regularly.

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  18. wow, that detailing is stunning! love it!

    Annah xx

    girlandbird.blogspot.com

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  19. so beautiful, such a romantic look! very jealous of the vintage shops in your area ^_^ xx

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  20. Beautiful dress! You can see the "Janian" influence. After looking through all your posts, I've come to the amazing realization that you have an awesome sense of fashion. Hope to follow you more!

    I too have been preparing myself for the last Harry Potter movie. I thought I was mourning when the last book came out, but it never struck me that when the books end so do the movies so now I'm overcome with sadness all over again.

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  21. Oh I looooooove this. These kinds of dresses will always be a weakness! <3

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  22. I own and wear a couple dresses that were nightgowns. They're perfect, though! Comfortable and cute! What more is there to ask for?

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  23. i just recently saw jane eyre. it was so wonderful and so eery. I'd say just as captivating as intriguing.

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  24. Gorgeous dress!

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  25. You look beautiful! And the detail on the dress is just too precious...

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  26. Beautiful! I love the neckline; it's perfect!

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  27. I love your blog!! It is so perfect! And your style is incredible.

    xo.

    gypsygaminevintage.blogspot.com

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