Vintage lingerie is pretty and sweet for the bedroom, but not considered a staple piece of the modern girl’s contemporary wardrobe.
But considering the luxe materials and unique embellishments normally found on vintage lingerie, it’s too bad that wearing pieces like bustiers, bed jackets and slip dresses aren’t trendy for day.
That’s why I asked Brande of Victory Vintage Boutique to show us how she’d wear a vintage bed jacket to illustrate just how versatile a piece of vintage lingerie can be.
I believe that when we style vintage, we don’t always have to follow mainstream fashion rules to take advantage of its style potential. Despite its original purpose, every piece of vintage can be styled for modern day fashion function — vintage bed jackets included!
Keep reading after the jump to see how Brande styled an ’80s vintage bed jacket not only for bedtime bliss, but for party, glam and casual looks!
Brande is an inspiration in the vintage fashion industry and shares her style through the Victory Vintage Boutique blog, Facebook page and on Twitter. Please say hi and let her know which of the looks below was your favorite!
Do you own vintage lingerie that you’ve worn when the sun is shining? Let me know in the comments below the post!
Vintage Lingerie Worn for Day
Before checking out Brande’s looks below, watch her video for a few quick personal tips on how to wear vintage lingerie for day!
Bed Jacket Styled for a Party
Outfit: Custom Bustier & Petticoat Crinoline – Victory Vintage Design Studio
VICTORY VINTAGE says: This look is to celebrate the spunky side of being a girl! It’s your birthday? This is your outfit!
Wear the bed jacket under an embellished bustier and with a fluffy vintage pettiskirt! I made the jacket perfect for a party by styling it as a shirt worn under the bustier. The bed jacket and bustier together reminds me of a jelly bean, which is a color family I just can’t enough of for spring!
SAMMY DAVIS says: My jaw dropped when I first saw these pictures! Brande wears crinoline exactly like the modern girl should for 2012 style that’s fun, fresh and worn for a celebratory occasion!
To make less of a statement at the party, I’d swap out of the crinoline pettiskirt for a hip-hugging pencil skirt. You’ll feel pretty and pin-up without worry that your outfit won’t fit through the doorway!
Bed Jacket Styled for Glamour
Outfit: Dress – Layered Vintage Slips / Hat – Vintage / Accessories –Vintage
VICTORY VINTAGE says: This look is one of my favorite ways to wear the bed jacket, by transforming it into a cardigan.
I styled this look with a vintage slip dress and belted the bed jacket as a cardigan. With its beautiful ruffled chiffon and lace details, the jacket really steals the show!
The slip dress is actual layered vintage nylon slips, since wearing just one slip can be too sheer. To duplicate the look, choose a slip dress in the same color family as the bed jacket to avoid creating color contrast. Then have fun adding additional vintage touches for this oh-so-gorgeous glamorous look!
SAMMY DAVIS says: Brande, thank you so much for that tip about layering slip dresses! Belting the bed jacket over a sheer number below truly captures the romantic essence of this piece.
This look screams cocktail party style, because thanks to your outfit you’ll have great conversation to connect with strangers when they ask how you created such a fabulous vintage look!
Bed Jacket Styled for Casual Day
Outfit: Denim – Red Bustier – Victory Vintage Design Studio / Cluch – Vintage
VICTORY VINTAGE says: I’m wearing the bed jacket as a sweet cardigan over an embellished bustier for a casual look. I’ve got just a bit of sexy peeking thru the jacket to create a pretty but modest look that goes great with my favorite pair of jeans.
I like this look for dinner and a movie with my hubby, but without feeling too casual. The bed jacket’s unique ruffles makes me feel pulled together without having to dress up!
SAMMY DAVIS says: The bed jacket’s blush color makes it a perfect piece with light denim, and the pop of red from Brande’s bustier below is a nice touch to complete the look.
This bed jacket is particularly versatile because it has buttons. For a bed jacket that ties at the neck, you could wear a fitted red tank beneath for the same effect without showing as much skin.
Bed Jacket Styled for Sexy Sleepwear
Outfit: Slip dress – Vintage
VICTORY VINTAGE says: For my fourth and final look, I’m wearing the bed jacket to show its original style intention. The classic use for a bed jacket is to wear over a sleeveless garment for an extra layer of warmth and modesty for bed.
The jacket’s satin feel is so silky against the skin and looks so feminine paired with a nylon or chiffon nightgowns in a light shade. For this look I complimented my pairings by mixing pastel hues for a soft but still sexy feel.
SAMMY DAVIS says: Ah, the bed jacket worn with its original intention in mind! I’m such the shorts and T-shirt to bed kind of girl, but this look inspires me to think creatively next time I dress for sweet dreams.
For stylish slumber, this is a chic and modern way to incorporate vintage into all hours of your day!
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About the Contributor
Brande Wilkerson is an Austin, Arkansas-based online vintage seller, designer, stylist and mother of 2 girls, Heidi & Faith.
She’s sold handpicked vintage pieces in her Ebay store Victory Vintage Boutique for 11 years, and recently launched the Victory Vintage Design Studio on Etsy where you can find vintage wedding gowns and cocktail dresses repurposed into fun and fabulous couture pieces.
All photos were shot & styled by Victory Vintage Boutique