Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Is it a housecoat or a dressing gown?

housecoat or dressing gown


Is it a housecoat or a dressing gown? Here’s a question that has been an issue for me for sometime, I seem to be one of the very few people in my circle of friends who call that item of clothing a housecoat and a dressing gown. If you ask me, they’re not one and the same, they’re two very different things with very distinct purposes! 

Housecoat

housecoat or dressing gown
£65


A housecoat is something really fluffy and cosy. It’s made of super soft, oh so squishy, want-to-smush-my-face-in-it thick cotton or towelling. You wrap yourself up in your housecoat after stepping out of the shower, or first thing in the morning when you roll out of your duvet and into the next best warm layer. You lounge around in a housecoat, you throw it on over clothes, as well as pjs, to get a quick warm. It’s the original blanket with sleeves, only it has pockets big enough for a tube of Pringles and the tv remote, and a belt you always pull a little too tight.

That’s a housecoat. It’s a coat you wear around the house. With me?

Dressing Gown

housecoat or dressing gown
£149


A dressing gown is like a second silky smooth just-shaved skin. It’s lightweight, with shorter sleeves, and smaller pockets. A dressing gown is something you slip into after a luxurious bubble bath or steamy shower. After drying off and putting on your best undies, you slide on the dressing gown, you hair still wrapped in a towel-turban atop your head. You wear a dressing down as you finger through your wardrobe, looking for that show stopping little number you’re going to wear for a night on the town, or that seductive little black dress you’re going to wear for your big date. You keep your dressing gown on as you dry and style your hair. You keep it on still as you apply your make-up. Once you’re preened and primped and perfectly polished, you slip out of the dressing gown and into your outfit for the evening. 

That’s a dressing gown. It’s a gown you wear to get dressed in. See what I’m saying?


What do you think? Do you call it a housecoat or a dressing gown or, like me, do you think they’re two completely different things? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, 


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16 comments:

  1. I've never heard the term housecoat before!
    I call the top picture a dressing gown and the second a robe haha
    xxx
    www.adrugstoreaddiction.com

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    1. Ooo robe, I like that, for some reason it makes me think of the ones you get in a hotel or a spa lol! I seem to have a word for everything!

      Sarah :)

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  2. At first I thought the big fluffy 'housecoat' was a dressing gown, but I think you've convinced me! A house coat is something to wear around the house to keep warm, and a dressing gown is something to wear whilst getting read to go out! Nice post, great argument, definitely changed my mind!
    Emily
    http://dreamuphappiness.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes! Another one on my team! :) Now to convert the masses!

      Sarah :)

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  3. I've never heard of the term housecoat, but that definitely makes sense! I've always called both types a dressing gown, but now I definitely know better haha! Very interesting post!

    Sian xx
    www.cakeydreamer.co.uk

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    1. I think it makes sense too yet I keep having to make the same argument lol! They're two very different pieces of clothing!

      Sarah :)

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  4. The first is a dressing gown for sure! The second, well i've never owned anything like that but I guess I would call it the same.

    Amy at Amy & More

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    1. Haha its amazing how many different names they go by, there's such a divided opinion!

      Sarah :)

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  5. I've actually never heard of a housecoat. I've always just called it a dressing gown :L Although I do see what you mean about them being different.
    www.alicemay.org

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    1. I wonder if housecoat is a more traditional saying? I've seen some sewing patterns from the 20s and they called it a housecoat, it was a long, floor length, quilted housecoat for ladies to wear over their night ware to keep warm around the house!

      Sarah :)

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  6. I wear the first type and I call it a dressing gown haha x

    gingerphoebe.blogspot.com

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    1. So many people do! Most of my friends call it a dressing gown too, and they can't get their head around a housecoat!

      Sarah :)

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  7. I've never heard of housecoat before! They're both dressing gowns. Just the fluffy one is used to stay warm and cosy after a bath and before bed and the silky one is used before naughty time. Woo!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Naughty time. I can't say much more hahaha!

      Sarah :)

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  8. See I call the top one a dressing gown, and my other half calls it an house coat but I'll always call it that as that's what I was brought up with xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. My other half calls them both dressing gown and he thinks I'm crazy for even using the word housecoat lol! I'm pretty sure my family call them both a housecoat so that's going to be where it come from for me too!

      Sarah :)

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