Have you ever wondered about the origin of pyjamas? Well, the name is derived from the Hindi word “pae jama” which means leg clothing and the use of pyjamas dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Traditionally, pyjamas were a unisex garment of long loose trousers tied at the waist with a cord or drawstring worn in traditional garb throughout the Middle and the Far East. They could be tight fitting on the whole leg, or else full at the waist and knees, and then tight at the calves and ankles. A belted knee-length tunic was usually worn over them. Europeans, while residing in these countries adopted them to wear as exotic loungewear. However, they were not popular items of clothing until the twentieth century.
Traditionally, the garment for sleeping in used to be a long nightshirt, but, from around 1870 the Western world began to see the benefit of wearing pyjamas for warmth and comfort with flannel pyjamas becoming easily available. The fashion style of the 1920’s encouraged the wearing of pyjamas by women made in brightly colored rayon or silk, trimmed with ribbons, and lace, while the men’s pyjamas were made in cotton, silk, or flannel.
By the 1940’s “shortie” pyjamas came into vogue for women, these later became known as “baby doll” pyjamas, which typically consisted of a sleeveless smocked top with a frilled hem worn with balloon panties frilled at the leg. This style of sleepwear developed into standard sleepwear for the summer by the 1960’s. In the 70’s similar styled front buttoned two-piece pyjamas for men and women became fashionable and freely available. These styled pyjamas are still for sale for men, women, and children’s sleepwear.
Pyjamas for daywear
Pyjamas became a fashion statement during the 1920’s for daywear as well as for sleepwear. In particular, casual beach pyjamas inspired by designer Coco Chanel became a fashion item, and by the end of the decade were also popular for evening wear for informal home dining. This trend, continued to develop and by the 60’s pyjamas emerged as “Palazzo Pants” with very wide legs often decorated with beadwork and fringing. The designer, Halston, introduced pyjama styling of bias-cut pantsuits made of crepe or satin, which he called –pyjama dressing!
This informal style of dress has become an acceptable form of modern fashion. The fashion houses of Ralph Lauren, and Giorgio Armani, having adopted an Asian influence in their fashion designs that have carried the trend of pyjama styling even further as a fashion norm of the 21st century.
See the Phiten’s Star series pyjamas at Phiten Online Store, the online shopping portal for Phiten products. Phiten’s Star series pyjamas are designed to reduce stress in the body while sleeping. Infused with AquaGold, the pyjamas are manufactured to provide orthopaedic support. As they are made of high quality cotton, it makes them more comfortable to wear than regular sleepwear. The elasticized hems on the wrists and ankles ensure good warmth, particularly during the cold and rainy season.