I've always loved the look of flirty babydolls, but had no clue about the origin of the classic lingerie style until I wrote this post.
The name is linked to the 1956 film, Baby Doll, directed by Elia Kazan. It's based on the Tennessee Williams story of two feuding gin owners living in the deep South. Carroll Baker plays Baby Doll, virgin wife of a middle-aged man, who in 3 days time (her 20th birthday) must consummate their marriage. Baby Doll sleeps in a nursery bed, wears short baby doll dresses, and taunts the men with her sexuality. At the time, the controversial film was boycotted by Catholics and condemned by Time Magazine. (For more, see below.)
Today's flirty babydolls haven't lost any of their girly, sexy appeal. And the empire waist design flatters all boob sizes and body types.
Here are 12 modern-day versions of the lingerie babydoll, just in time for Valentine's Day:In Bloom by Jonquil Natalie Babydoll & G-String Available in Sizes XS, S, M, L via Nordstrom Shirley of Hollywood Chopper Bar Lace & Net Babydoll Available in Sizes S, M, L, XL via HerRoom Hanky Panky Enchante Babydoll w/G-String Available in S, M, L via HerRoom Parfait by Affinitas Kitty Babydoll Available in Bands 30-40, Cups D-G via Bare Necessities Stretch Lace Babydoll Available in 6 Colors, Sizes 1X to 6X via Hips & Curves Elomi Maria Babydoll Available in Bands 34-42, Cups E-H via Bare Necessities Shirley of Hollywood Sheer Net Babydoll Available in 5 colors, Sizes 1x to 3x via HerRoom Front Shelf Cup Babydoll Available in Sizes 1x to 4X via Hips & Curves Cleo by Panache Marcie Babydoll Available in Band Sizes 28-38, Cups C-J via HerRoom Caged Cup Babydoll Available in Sizes 22/24, 26/28 via Lane Bryant
To see what Carroll Baker wore in the film, check out this trailer:
Have you ever worn a babydoll style dress or lingerie? What do you think of the history behind the name? Is it creepy or classic?
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