Who doesn’t love good loungewear? Several movie scenes demonstrate just how cool loungewear can be. Hollywood movie stars have a way of making anything look stylish, and us average Joes can take a page out of their styling book and sport the casual look even on less-than-causal occasions.
Loungewear Moments in Hollywood Films
The following movies show how good their stars can look in pajamas and other loungewear, proving that loungewear truly is a top-tier style.
Dinner at Eight
Dinner at Eight 1933 (Film Still)
Kitty Packard, played by Jean Harlow, is a high-class New Yorker and a friend of the protagonist in this 1933 George Cukor film. Kitty is seen lounging around in bed, and for this occasion, she wears a sequin robe with huge, feather-covered sleeves as pictured. This is a classic image of old Hollywood glamour; again, her loungewear has sequins and feathers!
Rear Window 1954 (Film Still)
Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense thriller, Rear Window, follows a murder investigation conducted by a bedridden photographer, Jeff, and his fashionista girlfriend, Lisa, played by Grace Kelly. After Jeff tells her that his lifestyle wouldn’t suit her, Lisa impresses him by revealing that she fit her pajamas in a tiny bag. Lisa slips away to put on said pajamas and comes out in the elegant white nightgown and sheer robe.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961 (Film Still)
Audrey Hepburn played Holly Golightly in the 1961 romance, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, directed by Blake Edwards. Hepburn’s character is a young and somewhat eccentric woman living in New York. Of course, Hepburn’s character has many iconic outfits, but one of the best is her pajama set, an oversized white shirt, and blue-green eye mask with its own fake eyelids sewn on.
Goldfinger 1965 (Film Still)
Sean Connery looks so suave as James Bond in his full-length, silk robe, though it’s no surprise that he looks good in anything. In this Guy Hamilton film, Bond has to defeat the villain, Auric Goldfinger, and keep up his dreamy look while doing it.
Grease 1978 (Film Still)
Released in 1978 but set in the 1950s, Randal Kleiser’s musical shows the best of 50s fashion. Who could forget the girls’ slumber party scene in which they perform “Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee?” Played by Stockard Channing, bad girl Rizzo’s slumber party outfit is just a button-up shirt. In contrast, Jan, played by Jamie Donnelly, wears a long-sleeved t-shirt over patterned pajama pants, and Marty, played by Dinah Manoff, wears a classic nightgown and hair curlers.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 (Film Still)
Anyone who says guys can’t wear crop tops has never seen Johnny Depp in Wes Craven’s 1984 slasher film, A Nightmare on Elm Street. In this still, Depp’s character is wearing a cropped jersey and low sweatpants as he’s ready to go to bed; but on the other end of the phone line, his girlfriend is begging him not to fall asleep lest Freddie Krueger murder him.
Girl, Interrupted 1999 (Film Still)
In 1999, Winona Ryder portrayed real-life protagonist Susanna Kaysen in James Mangold’s film adaptation, Girl, Interrupted. This film takes place in a women’s mental institution in the late 1960s. In a particularly happy scene, Susanna shows up, along with a friend/fellow patient, at the door of another friend/fellow patient in an attempt to cheer her up. Susanna makes her dainty pajama set look casually cool as she sits on the floor and plays guitar.
Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams in the 2004 Mark Waters film, is the most popular girl in school and the leader of the clique that is central to the plot. She could make anything look cool, but she doesn’t have to try very hard in her black tank top with white trim and purse patterned pajama pants. This pajama outfit makes her stylish as ever, even while sobbing to her friends about being dumped by the boyfriend she was cheating on.
Over time loungewear styles have developed and changed, but people have been making their pajamas look cool, cute, and even glamorous from the 1930s to the 1980s to the present day. So, there’s no reason you can’t kick back in your comfy clothes and look as cool as a movie star.