The distinction between these are a bit blurry, depending on the year and region and probably also family. Some of these were considered formal enough to receive visiting friends in, others were purely meant as a change outfit. Dresses called “house gowns” could also be added to this category, though you often see they’re a tad more formal.
Whatever the case, they were meant to be loose garments with little restriction around the waist and arms. They should also be easy to open and close. Therefore you’ll often find they have wide lace sleeves, and a casual fastening in the waist. Victorian versions were often of thick silks and cotton prints, in bold colours and/or patterns. Edwardian ones often used more delicate white fabrics and lace.
Things that make me happy: The colour pink, glitter, sparkly things, boys in makeup, boys, boys, boys, sarcasm.
Things I post about: Orphan Black, Glee, Klaine, Sherlock, Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Darren Criss, Orphan Black, Orphan Black, Marina and the Diamonds, Starkid, Doctor Who, Matt Smith, Food, and probably so much more. <3