EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BABYDOLLS
A babydoll is a type of sleepwear for women which often falls into the lingerie category. It is a short, sleeveless dress intended for nightwear and often has a bralette type top which flows down to form a loose dress which usually ends at mid-thigh or higher. It typically has spaghetti straps or is strapless but more recently, this garment has evolved even further to broaden its styles and to appeal to even more people with other changes in neckline such as halter necks or even cap sleeves. It is one of the few types of lingerie and sleepwear which is not only sexy, but also extremely comfortable and practical to sleep in. It initially started as a post-war sleepwear in 1942 by lingerie designer, Sylvia Pedlar due to the shortage of material available and has eventually turned to an erotic piece of clothing. Sylvia, however, did not use the term ‘babydoll’ for this piece of clothing and the name was instead popularised by the 1956 movie, ‘Baby Doll’.
Babydolls come in several different materials and styles. So, whether you’re petite or plus size, there is a style that is sure to look flattering on you. Ranging from opaque materials like satin, to more translucent materials like lace or chiffon, there are several types available to suit your personal choice as well as your mood. Often, they are adorned with added decorations like lace trims, faux fur, ruffles or even bows. The translucent or transparent kind of babydolls also often come with a matching set of innerwear to enhance the look. In addition to that, a matching flowy shrug or a wrap can be added for a more modest look. The shrug or wrap can either be a short one that goes just beyond the length of the babydoll or a long, floor-sweeping style for a more dramatic look. You can also pick and choose what feature you want to enhance and pick a style of babydoll accordingly. They are a great pick to hide the features you want while enhancing the features you like best. These were a really popular piece of nightwear in the 50s, and several western shoots were done wearing babydolls. It was all the rage from the 50s to the 80s where pretty much everybody owned one. The trend of babydolls faded from the 90s to the late 2000s, after which it, similar to other trends in the fashion world, has made a comeback. In a more contemporary style, recently, following the trend of nightwear as daywear, people have also started wearing this garment out, often paired with ripped jeans. Other, more risqué styles of wearing this garment are as a costume, mostly for dress-up occasions such as Halloween and costume parties.
All in all, the babydoll is an extremely versatile piece of clothing which stood the test of time and has continued to remain a favourite, and we can understand why! It is one of the most adaptable pieces of lingerie out there and you’re sure to find one fit for every mood. Not only that, but the best part is also that they do not occupy a lot of space which makes them great for travel as well. It is super comfortable and the perfect combination of cute and sexy in one!