Spring/Summer 2012 Lingerie Trend: Bed Jackets Are Back!

Image via Brown Belly and Etsy

Everything old is always new again, which is the case with lots of vintage lingerie trends. Girdles are all the rage after being reinvented as vintage shapewear with sex appeal, and garter belts and thigh high stockings are hotter than ever. Bed jackets are the latest trend to pop up, which makes perfect sense when you slot them into the lingerie as outerwear trend which is also taking the lingerie world by storm.

I think the bed jacket trend gets a bad rap sometimes, since bed jackets tend to conjure up images of your grandmother in those big quilted housecoats. Designers are reinterpreting the bed jacket in some sexy and modern ways for a new generation. Women are now wearing them as part of special occasion lingerie sets as well as over dresses as outerwear. Either way, it’s a gorgeous trend that is perfect for the muggy summer days that are coming up.

This Ambient Bed Jacket shown above is from the Etsy seller Brown Belly. I love the beachy look that it has, but could also see it being worn out for dinner just as easily.

Image via Toad Lillie

If you want to wow someone for a special occasion, Toad Lillie is the designer to go to. This Tease Ruffled Bed Jacket is handmade using couture techniques, and is just sheer enough to be supremely elegant without sacrificing sex appeal.

Image via Ayten Gasson

I was lucky enough to review this piece from Ayten’s upcoming line, and it’s still one of my absolute favorite things to wear out. You can’t buy it in this fabric yet, but it’s a standard silhouette in her collections so make sure to check her website for what is currently available.

Image via Proper Vintage Clothing

If you want to pick up an authentic vintage option, there are lots of beautiful and affordable ones on vintage sites, Etsy, and Ebay. This peach bed jacket is the best of both worlds for me. It’s authentic, but also wearable as outerwear or even at the pool.

Are you a bed jacket fan? Can you think of more fun ways to wear them?


  • Reply Laura April 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Woah some serious gorgeous in this post! Thank you so much for bringing that heavenly first piece to my attention – I was so pleased it was on Etsy for an extremely reasonable price! Now I’m planning everything I’ll be wearing it with this summer 🙂

  • Reply Moira Nelson April 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I knew Bed Jackets would make a comeback! They are one of my favorite pieces of Intimate Apparel… I spotted a beautiful embroidered Natori Bed Jacket at Bergdorff’s last Fall & have been on a mission to bring ’em back ever since! Great post, Holly!

  • Reply Priscilla April 19, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Back in the 90s, when the underwear-as-outerwear trend came around the first time, I wore my grandmother’s vintage bed jackets over lacy bras or camisoles, with any kind of bottoms from jeans to skirts+. Bed jackets are fun and old-fashioned.

  • Reply Lingerie Please May 16, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Oh I love these bed jackets. I am so happy they have come into fashion. Just gorgeous!

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