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To champion the return of the "housecoat";?

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LadyTrevelyan Fri 08-Apr-16 23:25:57

My Grandma and Auntie B.both removed their coats when getting home and then put on their housecoat - a bit like Mrs Overall. I swore I would never wear such a thing but...

So practical and has pockets to pick up bits and pieces and, also, keeps my shoulders warm. I picked up mine from a charity shop.

I am single and I don't think this is

TheSpottedZebra Fri 08-Apr-16 23:28:10

But surely if you wear your coat inside, you won't feel the benefit ?

LadyTrevelyan Fri 08-Apr-16 23:28:27

Should say this is a springtime notion as my house is freezing so I do have a "winter housecoat". Very warm.

Kummerspeck Fri 08-Apr-16 23:28:50

Ooh yes, my aunties wore housecoats, brilliant idea. They are as comfy as a dressing gown but you don't look like a slut if you are wearing one in the middle of the day!

LadyTrevelyan Fri 08-Apr-16 23:30:12

I always feel the benefit of a coat but have many differing warmth ratings.

Chillyegg Fri 08-Apr-16 23:30:33

Isn't it the same concept as house lounge wear/goodies etc? I think yanbu I have clothes for just in the house and I'm getting a bit obsessed with compiling lots of comfy clothes.

ZenNudist Fri 08-Apr-16 23:30:50

I called my dressing gown a housecoat as a child. That's what my grandma called it.

I still often wear my fleece robe over clothes in the morning or when I want to snuggle on the sofa in my track suit!

Chillyegg Fri 08-Apr-16 23:30:57

That should read hoodies

It depends, do you remove your bra before putting on a housecoat? If not, I'm sticking with my pjs...

Clare1971 Fri 08-Apr-16 23:32:22

Am finding it hard to visualise. Do you mean overalls? Can I have a picture. I already have a head scarf for cleaning in and am considering a pinny...

MrsBungle Fri 08-Apr-16 23:32:34

I have a fleecy zip up jumper I adourn once I enter the house - well, once I am in for the evening. It has zip pockets and the word "active" emblazoned on it which is hilarious as I am rarely active when wearing it I feel it is a modern housecoat.

JeffyJeffington Fri 08-Apr-16 23:35:19

The concept is new to me but I already want one. Can you provide a link to a suggested supplier? I like the look of the paisley number in this link but can't access the website!

YolandiFuckinVisser Fri 08-Apr-16 23:37:12

My mum's 'housecoat' was what I would call a 'dressing-gown' which is what I wear exclusively for going down for a wee after getting naked for bed or between bath and bed. Having said that, my housecoat/dressing-gown is 25 years old & has lost its belt so not fit for receiving visitors in.

trufflesnout Fri 08-Apr-16 23:40:17

you won't feel the benefit

are you my grandma?

Nospringflower Fri 08-Apr-16 23:42:34

I think this is one...

YouTheCat Fri 08-Apr-16 23:42:50

My 21 year old dd lives in her she has about 5 dressing gown whether she has actual ordinary clothes on or not. She would definitely be in the market for a housecoat á la Margot from the Good Life.

StayAChild Fri 08-Apr-16 23:43:05

Is it quilted?

SealSong Fri 08-Apr-16 23:43:06

The housecoat is one of the most practical garments ever. They -
- keep your clothes clean when you are doing chores at home
- If someone comes to the front door you can whip it off in a jiffy revealing your clean clothes underneath
- They have big pockets in which to put useful things such as your glasses and fags
- They are usually nylon so easy to launder
- They keep you warm

If only they weren't so totally fugly. My Granny swore by hers. That and her hairnet. And her little see through plastic rain bonnet.

I have not seen anyone in one since around 1974

LadyTrevelyan Fri 08-Apr-16 23:44:40

I gave up bras a while ago and love vests.

Jeff That looks a bit too fancy shock, although I am coming round to itgrin.

Lucked Fri 08-Apr-16 23:44:47

My kids are constantly messing up my clothes which is annoying if you are planning to go out or are expecting visitors. I was watching Shirley Valentine the other day and she wore a housecoat over her clothes and I did think that it would be useful.

ExpandingRoundTheMiddle Fri 08-Apr-16 23:46:28

Oh dear. I'm sure there was a heated thread about the definition of housecoat a few years back. Some right thinking posters knew that a housecoat is a thin long sleeved button up polyester garment with a collar and patch pockets not unlike a lab coat or grocer's coat but in quick dry non iron fabric. Other foolish muddled posters were labouring under the misapprehension that a housecoat was a rather tacky and impractical fire risk of a padded dressing gown.grin

BlackeyedSusan Fri 08-Apr-16 23:46:50

I used to have one in about 1974... but it was mothers word for a dressing gown. confused

averylongtimeago Fri 08-Apr-16 23:48:04

I had a housecoat when I first got married in the '70s. It was not a dressing gown, an entirely separate thing. It was a sort of tunic which buttoned up the front, had big pockets and was in a fetching Brown and white check, made of nylon or polyester.
The 70s, the decade taste forgot.
You wear a housecoat over your clothes, like an all round apron.

ShesAGreatGas Fri 08-Apr-16 23:48:24

I get into my PJs as soon as humanly possible after walking through the door. I also rarely get dresses on a Sunday (shower and change into 'loungewear' ie. tracksuit or onesie)

My granny definitely wouldn't approve. I can hear her voice now: 'Midday and not a soul in the house dressed <tut tut>'

ExpandingRoundTheMiddle Fri 08-Apr-16 23:48:25

And then they got started on pinnies and it all went poof! But YY to the (proper) housecoat.

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