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Writer: Teiko Nartey – Khama

ORIGIN

The babydoll, originally intended as a nightwear for women is a short, sometimes sleeveless, loose –fitting Nightgown or negligee. Versions were made for children – with the length been kept short so as to provide ease during nappy change.

It was invented by a designer called Sylvia Pedler in 1942 when there was fabric shortages during the World War II.

CONTEMPORARY TIMES

In modern times, it’s been defined as short day-wear dresses. Mini in length and flared out in a flirty, innocently girlish way. A hybrid between lingerie and a little girl’s attire. Renowned designers like Jeremy Scott, Valentino, and Giambattista Valli have all created different versions of the dress.

HOW TO WEAR THEM

Babydoll dresses are easy throw – on dresses that can be dressed up or down. They come in sleeveless, long bubble sleeves,
Short sleeves and in shirt sleeves. You can choose to wear a shirt with the sleeves ones or wear it without one. It can also be worn
With sneakers, sandals or heels. The choice in footwear is entirely up to you to decide; depending on where you are wearing it to.

Here are a few of them that we are crushing on!

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Let us know in the comments below if you own one and how you style it. If you don’t own one, are you inspired to get one now?

Stay safe and stay home if you can!

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