Vintage 1940’s Housecoat, Or Dress? Visible Monday

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I adore this vintage 1940’s housecoat, and have worn it out of the house many times. So far, no arrests. I just love the cheerful print and the sturdy cotton material. Many of my vintage 40’s and 50’s pieces are fragile now, and can’t take a good washing. This dress can. I can’t remember where I found it, but I’ve had it for at least six years – probably via eBay.

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It’s not a dress to wear to the office, I admit. It’s one for going out for tea or margaritas, or to a house party with a couple of friends. Of course, also perfect for browsing the New York Times at home with a skinny latte.




It pairs better with chunky sandals or platforms (sim), but it was actually chilly here today! So I added funky boots (sim), and for fun: faux pearl chandelier earring (sim).


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Love the deep pink flowers against sky blue background.


The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple:

  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button “Add Your Link”. It should open a new page.
  4. In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!


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  1. Thank you for another excellent post. Where else could anybody get that kind of info in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such info.

  2. Wow how beautiful!! I love vintage pieces as they are always so unique! I love how the pretty roses match your lipstick perfectly! Very nice look hugs xxx

  3. Hi Patti, I will link back to this Visible Monday next Monday alright? As a lot of readers have already seen my Sunday post. At least I have joined again. Progress.

  4. Patti, what a great idea creating “visible monday”! Very cool. I think that the housecoat looks darling on you, and the fit is great too. Wear it everywhere!

    xx Belle

  5. What a stunning piece Patti, much too pretty to be hidden away indoors, it deserves to be seen and admired. It looks in really good nick too. Loving the nails also.

  6. Love the dress/housecoat in this floral pattern – so feminine. Although everything you wear is utterly feminine, it seems to be your signature. Thanks for the link up party again this week Patti x
    Anna’s Island Style

  7. Oh, this housecoat/dress piece is such a beautiful thing! Lovely floral print and the colour suits you so well!

  8. What a beautiful colour. Yes, you’re right. It’s definitely an outfit to wear while sipping a few cocktails. πŸ™‚

  9. Your housecoat is so pretty on you , so special because of its age , it must have always been so well cared for. Perfect for inside or out.

  10. That is so beautiful! The colours are still so vibrant, it looks fresh and new, and I would not have been able to tell it was that old without you mentioning it. What a great piece. I think it would be very at home at a cocktail party! Have a super week x

  11. What an amazing housecoat/dress Patti! Glorious colours and it look looks lovely on you. It reminds me of the summer which seems so far away in freezing England at the moment. x


  12. What a fabulous piece, Patti – I love seeing you wear vintage! Gorgeous colour and print, and I can tell you love it, you look radiant! And as someone who wears vintage nightdresses and beach dresses out and about – I salute you! xxxx

  13. Housecoat or maxi dress, this piece is gorgeous, Patti. I can so see myself wearing it with a leather jacket and maybe even a beret πŸ™‚ xoxo

  14. That dress/housecoat…..whatever it is supposed to be it is DELICIOUS!!
    You make it come alive.
    Your colouring is perfect and the cut is a dream.
    I am pea-green….:oP

  15. Beautiful housecoat – I would have thought it was always meant to be a dress! Gorgeous colors and pattern. Have a wonderful week, Patti.

  16. The pattern and cut of this housecoat are great, and the length works well for you, but I’m afraid I’d drown it it. Yet I think it would be absolutely fun to wear. You seem like you enjoy it anyway πŸ˜‰

    There’s something to be said about quality if a piece is still in excellent shape after more than 70 years. Do they still make them like that? Somewhere?

    Have a great week!

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  17. Quite stylish for a house coat! The floral print is lovely .. and sure, I’d wear it out for coffee πŸ™‚


  18. Fantastic pattern and swish factor. This is the kind of dress you can swan around in and have fun in. Thanks for hosting your get-together! It helps me stay on track.

  19. Hi Patti! I have a dress very similar to yours and I wore it as a duster. It received a ton of compliments. Mine was a dark floral. I love the soft blue hue of yours. The pink flowers look very pretty with your shade of lipstick.

  20. It is amazing no matter where you choose to wear it. I absolutely love the print – I am a sucker for florals but that color combination is my favorite. If you ever decide to get rid of it let me know! Have a great week! : ) Ana

  21. Vintage is always so special. You and Melanie are great about wearing housecoats as dresses or jackets.

    The print and colour on this is so wonderful with your skin tone. And it looks like your lipstick matches the red on the piece perfectly!


  22. Oh my, Patti. That outfit is adorable!! How I do love vintage housecoats and loungewear from the 30s and 40s, especially to wear for everyday. The prints are always fantastic. Much prettier than anything you’ll see today. And the fabrics are divine! Cool silky rayons, nice crisp cottons and check out this darling seersucker one I have on my site. If it was my size I would have kept it for myself, for sure!!

  23. It’s beautiful, Patti!! One of my favorite outfits on you. I have been told to try wrap dresses but can only remember worrying about the one wrap top I bought. I didn’t want to pin it, but it was one stretch away from a likely arrest for indecent exposure. πŸ˜‰

  24. Well, you need something nice to wear when sipping margaritas or lattes, too. This sure beats my typical “lounge wear” of a ratty tee and yoga pants, should up my game a bit after seeing this…

  25. What an adorable print! I have a plaid housecoat, also vintage and every time I wear it my teen sons say “mom, what are you wearing?” Comfort and old school style my darlings, lol. You look gorgeous!!!

  26. Wow how beautiful!! I love vintage pieces as they are always so unique! I love how the pretty roses match your lipstick perfectly! Very nice look πŸ™‚ hugs xxx

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