Truths About Bed Jackets

Treacle asked me what I thought of this little bed jacket from Love & Luster.

 But my response is hard to limit to 140 characters on Twitter, so, here we go…

As a general rule, I adore bed jackets. They remain a necessity for those of us who like to lounge about (however infrequent life may allow it) and they have their general fashion options too. However…

As lovely as it is to see a contemporary lingerie line make bed jackets, and pretty as this bed jacket is, I find this one a bit disappointing. And here’s why.

There are three fundamental requirements of a bed jacket:

1) A bed jacket must be, in fact, a short jacket. The bed jacket beats a peignoir by a mile for lounging long periods of time in a seated position simply because there isn’t a mile of fabric to rumple beneath your tail feathers. No lady likes a lumpy rear to sit upon — and once seated, adjusting so much extemporaneous fabric is not only tiresome by anything but ladylike. I prefer mine to stop at the small of my back; but to each their own. (In this case, the Love & Luster bed jacket does just fine.)

2) A bed jacket ought to be frilly, feminine, sensual… Otherwise, we’d just put on a sweater. *wink* (Here the Love & Luster silk chiffon bed jacket excels.)

3) A bed jacket must have at least one working button, tie, or other closure option. This is not only a matter of modesty (covering deep plunging necklines of nightgowns while lounging with the family watching a movie etc.), but one of practicality. No woman wants to find her bed jacket slipping down her shoulders… It’s like continually adjusting ill-fitting bra straps! The less tailored/constructed the bed jacket, the more this is necessary. (Here the Love & Luster bed jacket fails. …But, in fairness, perhaps this is why they call it a “Cropped Silk Chiffon Cape”. However, that only further illustrates my point about slipping and sliding. Quality capes have some sort of closure at the throat because the lack of structure of a cape means it will slip and slide!)

As a woman who relishes her time lounging bed reading with her Kindle, I can tell you that failure at #3 just isn’t tolerable. Nor is is desirable for wearing over evening wear; unless you just want to drape it over the back of your chair — and risk leaving it there. Especially not at this price!

Also, it is annoying to see that the Cropped Silk Chiffon cape is a “seasonal item.” While not explicitly stated as “available at holiday time,” that’s what this generally means in retail; unless it is fruit or other perishable product. Tsk-tsk, Love & Luster, for limiting our time to luxuriate by limiting the time of year we can purchase it.

While a valiant effort, especially in a world where lingerie past has been as forgotten as lingerie practicality, it’s a shame that I just can’t gush over this bed jacket.

I morn the loss of lingerie knowledge.

And so I continue to buy vintage bed jackets.

While we’re on the subject of lost lingerie lore…

There are three fundamental requirements for those who own bed jackets:

1) You must wear the bed jacket. It is a sin to let it sit in the closet, lingerie drawer, or even draped in the boudoir, unworn and forlorn.

2) To ensure that you’ll wear it, purchase those bed jackets which follow the three fundamental rules listed above. And make sure that your bed jacket(s) match or coordinate with your nighties; presentation matters, even if you dwell or lounge alone. Also, consider sleeve length. Some women hate anything that goes to the elbow or longer for lounging.

3) Take care of your bed jacket by properly laundering it. (Follow the rules for robes and peignoirs.) Don’t you dare let it become that grungy cotton “mom robe”, discolored by pancake syrup, newspaper print, and heaven knows what else!

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