1950s & 60s Bathrobes

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1950s & 60s Bathrobes
Elegance and comfort come together in the classic peignoir set. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Bathrobes of the 1950s and 1960s came in a variety of styles and shapes and could be used for different occasions. Bathrobes ranged from short to long and were produced from a variety of materials. Both men and women had more bathrobe options during the 1950s and 1960s than today's consumers.

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The peignoir set includes a long flowing gown with a matching robe or coat. The material is loose and skims the body. They are composed of lightweight, sheer materials. They are traditionally worn on the night of your honeymoon, but you can wear one for someone special at any time.


Loungers typically go on over your head. They are loose and made of lightweight material such as cotton. Loungers have a zipper or button closure down the front that extends from the neckline to the belly button. As the name implies, a lounger robe can be worn around the house to cover more revealing lingerie.

Dressing Gown

Dressing gowns were worn around the house by men. Typically made of silk, they were worn to cover the clothing while men spent the morning dressing or preparing for the day. Dressing gowns were lightweight, loose and frequently had a belt.


Kaftans are loose fitting and can be worn over a swimming costume or in the home. Some dress designs used this look and were very popular during the 1960s. Kaftans have long loose sleeves that are usually bell shaped. Kaftans are unstructured and flowing and come in a wide range of materials, from cotton to polyester.

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