Oh dear. I found an Etsy shop that has completely swept me off my feet, Beautiful Reign. I've been thinking a lot about vintage underpinnings and their functionality lately and this shop has introduced so many new 20's boudoir items to me. As I ogled over these items, I was curious on how they were used during their time, so I decided to do some research. Below are some very lovely things from Beautiful Reign and what I found out about them.
Boudoir Bandeau (link)
I originally thought this was to be worn while sleeping; a nicer looking version of wrapping your hair in a silk scarf to keep your curls. After some research, I found that these type of caps are also called morning hats and were slimmed down versions of boudoir caps. I fell upon this quote from the Museum of London's Exhibit 1920s The Decade That Changed London:
"The boudoir cap was a must-have for women across all social classes. They were worn first thing in the morning when drinking morning tea. Advertised as 'for the smart bedroom woman', boudoir caps were widely used as they were cheap to buy or make. Essential for women in the Twenties, 'the absurdity didn't follow us into the Thirties." -Ethel Mannin (via Uniquely Tea)
Covering-up your hair for breakfast before you had a chance to fix it back up is interesting, but I still like my original idea of the boudoir bandeau's purpose!
Power Puff, Pink Garters, and Matching Hankie (link)
This set is my absolute favorite from Beautiful Reign's shop. Just look at that amazing packaging; they don't do it like this anymore. I love the idea of having a hankie that matches your garters, even if you would be the only one who knew. Oh, and a fancy silk decorated powder puff...don't even get me started on how lovely that would be!
Silk Ribbon Lingerie Pins (link) & a pair of already sold Pins
I was a little confused as to what the actual purpose of lingerie pins were until I found this entry in Jewelrymaking Through History: An Encyclopedia-
"As woman's fashions changed in the nineteenth century, and a woman showed more and more of her shoulders to an adoring public, the need arose for a way to hide all the thin straps of lingerie and other underclothing. A quite inventive conceit of this period were lingerie pins...often with an imbedded pearl or small gemstones...They were sometimes worn on top of the outer garment, or underneath the dress to keep the lingerie from "peeking out." pg. 54
How clever to create decorated pins so they can be worn as an accent to your dress. I'm thinking that the set of three pins were made for wearing over the dress and perhaps the larger one is made to put as a further accent on the center of the collar? What do you think? How would you wear these?
Silk Linen Band (link)
I really enjoy how pretty such a functional item can be. A linen band is a great organizing tool for bed linens that you can also use for outfits when packing for a trip. I totally want to make several for these purposes.
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If you are interested in the functionality of vintage underpinnings, check out the new Everyday Vintage Life that goes up this Friday. There is going to be a two-parter all about 1920s garters!
Any 20s bedroom items you enjoy or are curious about their original purpose? Any neat shops you know of that sell these types of things?