These Old Hollywood Photos Will Convince You To Step Up Your Sleepwear Game

In a time when everyday fashion is dominated by athleisure and pajamas worn as streetwear, it’s refreshing to revisit sleepwear for the home that’s a little more luxurious.

Just look at the women of Old Hollywood, for example. When it came time for lounging at home (or sometimes at the beach), they wore matching pajama sets, silk dressing gowns and plush robes that made tasks as mundane as ironing or talking on the phone look glamorous. But that doesn’t mean their garments were any less comfortable than your average sweats.

If you can’t tell, we’re seriously coveting some vintage-inspired sleepwear and loungewear. After seeing the photos below, you will be too. And just in case you’re inspired to do a little shopping, we’d recommend checking out Reformation, OddBird, Sleepy Jones, Figleaves, Coyuchi, Journelle and Parachute.

Carole Lombard

Lombard wears a long silk robe, circa 1932.
Lombard wears a long silk robe, circa 1932.

Barbara Stanwyck

Stanwyck wears a white belted robe in a publicity still for "The Gay Sisters," 1942.
Stanwyck wears a white belted robe in a publicity still for "The Gay Sisters," 1942.

Martine Carol

French actress Martine Carol at home in pajamas, undated. 
French actress Martine Carol at home in pajamas, undated. 

Ava Gardner

Gardner takes a break from the glitter to iron her pajamas in this 1950 photo.
Gardner takes a break from the glitter to iron her pajamas in this 1950 photo.

Veronica Lake

Lake wears a negligee and dressing gown, circa 1942. 
Lake wears a negligee and dressing gown, circa 1942. 

Lauren Bacall

The actress wears a silk robe while sitting on the bed, sometime in the 1950s. 
The actress wears a silk robe while sitting on the bed, sometime in the 1950s. 

Ginger Rogers

Rogers on the phone wearing a bathrobe in a scene from the film "Twist of Fate," 1954.
Rogers on the phone wearing a bathrobe in a scene from the film "Twist of Fate," 1954.

Loretta Young

Young wears a striped robe in this image from 1940.
Young wears a striped robe in this image from 1940.

Marilyn Monroe

"The Seven Year Itch," filming on location on 61st Street in Manhattan, New York City.
"The Seven Year Itch," filming on location on 61st Street in Manhattan, New York City.

Audrey Hepburn

Hepburn photographed in 1955 wearing a patterned robe. 
Hepburn photographed in 1955 wearing a patterned robe. 

Dorothy Malone

Malone wears a pink dressing gown while on the phone, circa 1955. 
Malone wears a pink dressing gown while on the phone, circa 1955. 

Esther Williams

Williams wears a robe in this photo from 1956. 
Williams wears a robe in this photo from 1956. 

Claudette Colbert

Colbert wears a striped pajama set in "The Palm Beach Story," 1942.
Colbert wears a striped pajama set in "The Palm Beach Story," 1942.

Myrna Loy

Loy wears a robe with furry trim, circa 1935. 
Loy wears a robe with furry trim, circa 1935. 

Dorothy McGuire

McGuire doing morning exercises wearing silk pajamas, undated. 
McGuire doing morning exercises wearing silk pajamas, undated. 

Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor sits at a mirror-topped vanity table and applies perfume, circa 1940s. 
Taylor sits at a mirror-topped vanity table and applies perfume, circa 1940s. 

Rita Hayworth

Hayworth wears a bathrobe over her swimsuit as she pins up her hair while standing next to parked car at the beach in this undated photo.
Hayworth wears a bathrobe over her swimsuit as she pins up her hair while standing next to parked car at the beach in this undated photo.

Grace Kelly

Kelly bundles up in her robe after a dip in the swimming pool at her home in Hollywood, 1954. 
Kelly bundles up in her robe after a dip in the swimming pool at her home in Hollywood, 1954. 

Katharina "Toto" Koopman

Koopman wears a dotted robe in this 1934 photo. 
Koopman wears a dotted robe in this 1934 photo. 

Carole Lesley

Lesley wears a robe while standing in a door frame, circa 1964.
Lesley wears a robe while standing in a door frame, circa 1964.

Ann Sheridan

Sheridan poses in a black silk robe in this undated photo. 
Sheridan poses in a black silk robe in this undated photo. 

Katharine Hepburn

Movie star Katharine Hepburn models a gold robe and pajama set, circa 1935. 
Movie star Katharine Hepburn models a gold robe and pajama set, circa 1935. 

Joan Fontaine

Fontaine wears a robe with a floral pattern in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion," 1941. 
Fontaine wears a robe with a floral pattern in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion," 1941. 

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Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow relaxes on the golf course in 1932.
Jean Harlow relaxes on the golf course in 1932.

Myrna Loy

Actress Myrna Loy in a scene from the 1933 movie "When Ladies Meet."
Actress Myrna Loy in a scene from the 1933 movie "When Ladies Meet."

Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck in action on the tennis court, 1934. 
Barbara Stanwyck in action on the tennis court, 1934. 

Lucille Ball

Ball poses in a printed dress in Hollywood, 1936. 
Ball poses in a printed dress in Hollywood, 1936. 

Judy Garland

Actress and singer Judy Garland with two pet dogs, circa 1940. 
Actress and singer Judy Garland with two pet dogs, circa 1940. 

Bette Davis

Bette Davis poses with a flower arrangement, 1940. 
Bette Davis poses with a flower arrangement, 1940. 

Lana Turner

Lana Turner walks down a staircase with her Pekingese dog in Hollywood, California, 1940.
Lana Turner walks down a staircase with her Pekingese dog in Hollywood, California, 1940.

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn, screen and stage star, returns a drive during a friendly game of tennis at the Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia, 1940. 
Katharine Hepburn, screen and stage star, returns a drive during a friendly game of tennis at the Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia, 1940. 

Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong stands on a roof wearing a black and white ensemble, undated. 
Anna May Wong stands on a roof wearing a black and white ensemble, undated. 

Jane Russell

Jane Russell, shortly after being chosen for the lead female role in the 1943 film "The Outlaw." 
Jane Russell, shortly after being chosen for the lead female role in the 1943 film "The Outlaw." 

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall in a trouser suit, circa 1945.
Lauren Bacall in a trouser suit, circa 1945.

Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman poses near a rock, circa 1949.
Ingrid Bergman poses near a rock, circa 1949.

Debbie Reynolds

Actress and singer Debbie Reynolds plays baseball, circa 1950. 
Actress and singer Debbie Reynolds plays baseball, circa 1950. 

Elizabeth Taylor

Actress Elizabeth Taylor sits on a stack of pillows, wearing purple pants and a yellow shirt in this undated photo. 
Actress Elizabeth Taylor sits on a stack of pillows, wearing purple pants and a yellow shirt in this undated photo. 

Dorothy Dandridge

A portrait of actress Dorothy Dandridge at home, 1954. 
A portrait of actress Dorothy Dandridge at home, 1954. 

Lucille Ball

Ball wears a matching denim outfit in this photo from 1955. 
Ball wears a matching denim outfit in this photo from 1955. 

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot at the Cannes Film Festival in France, 1955. 
Brigitte Bardot at the Cannes Film Festival in France, 1955. 

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood poses for a portrait at home in Los Angeles, circa 1955.
Natalie Wood poses for a portrait at home in Los Angeles, circa 1955.

Dorothy Dandridge

Dandridge poses in front of a poster for her movie "Carmen Jones" in 1955 at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Dandridge poses in front of a poster for her movie "Carmen Jones" in 1955 at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Gene Tierney

Actress Gene Tierney poses with colorful umbrellas in this undated photo. 
Actress Gene Tierney poses with colorful umbrellas in this undated photo. 

Audrey Hepburn

Hepburn rides a bike with dog in basket in this undated photo. 
Hepburn rides a bike with dog in basket in this undated photo. 

Ginger Rogers

An undated portrait of actress Ginger Rogers in a ruffled dress.
An undated portrait of actress Ginger Rogers in a ruffled dress.

Rita Hayworth

Actress Rita Hayworth, dressed in a white playsuit, sits on a picnic blanket in this undated photo.
Actress Rita Hayworth, dressed in a white playsuit, sits on a picnic blanket in this undated photo.

Ava Gardner

An undated photo of actress Ava Gardner. 
An undated photo of actress Ava Gardner. 

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe sits in shadow against a garden fence, wearing a striped dress, 1954. 
Marilyn Monroe sits in shadow against a garden fence, wearing a striped dress, 1954. 

Lena Horne

Lena Horne wears a printed top and black skirt in this photo, circa 1942. 
Lena Horne wears a printed top and black skirt in this photo, circa 1942. 

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn on a golf course at the Bürgenstock resort, Switzerland, 1954.
Audrey Hepburn on a golf course at the Bürgenstock resort, Switzerland, 1954.

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly, known as Princess Grace of Monaco, stands among the rocks in a photo from around 1955.
Grace Kelly, known as Princess Grace of Monaco, stands among the rocks in a photo from around 1955.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren in a scene from the 1954 movie "The River Girl."
Sophia Loren in a scene from the 1954 movie "The River Girl."

Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor on location in Indiana for the filming of the American drama "Raintree County," 1956. 
Taylor on location in Indiana for the filming of the American drama "Raintree County," 1956. 

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