Although Marilyn Monroe famously claimed she wore nothing but her Chanel No. 5 to bed, pictorial evidence proves otherwise. In fact, the hourglass silhouette of all classic film stars remains a point of inspiration for fans of vintage clothing. And just because you’re going to sleep doesn’t mean you can forget about one of the mainstays of vintage: attention to detail. Chic women everywhere don’t turn off their sense of style just because they’re turning off the lights. If anything, it is just another opportunity to turn up the glamour.
The classic boudoir wardrobe would be incomplete without a silk kimono robe, which can easily be found at most vintage stores. This piece provides a wonderful topper to a full-length (but still sexy!) nightgown. Take your inspiration from this Carine Gilson Gabrielle option, with its short hem, bright colors, a wide belt and bell sleeves. No glamour girl would ever be caught without a pair of adorable slippers with a hint of fluff, be they with a short heel or flat like this pair from Debenhams. A soft silk eye mask like this Otis Batterbee peacock one, with its fun print, and a puff of powder in a time-tested scent like Angel by Thierry Mugler will finish off everything you need to feel just like Marilyn, Marlene or Rita for a few hours of much-needed beauty sleep.
Your Golden Girl,
Olive, UV Blogger and VisforOlive Creative Director
Pictured: Carine Gilson Gabrielle silk-satin and lace kimono - net-a-porter.com, Jenny Packham Lace-trimmed silk-chiffon gown - net-a-porter.com, Black Closed Toe Mule Slipper - debenhams.com, Angel by Thierry Mugler Perfumed Body Powder - nordstrom.com, Unique Vintage Izlla Lavender Flora Botanical Mist - www.unique-vintage.com, Otis Batterbee Turquoise Caesar Liberty Print Eye Mask - liberty.co.uk