By the 1920s, the traditional cotton and lace cap of the 19th century had been transformed into a confection of colorful silk and lace ornamented with silk ribbons, bows, and flowers and labeled “boudoir cap.” These boudoir caps were worn first thing in the morning, in the privacy of the lady's bedroom by women of all classes. A woman donned this feminine headgear to hide her uncombed hair while having her morning tea or to protect her elegant coiffure while dressing.
An exquisite 1920s boudoir cap features a wide rose pink silk ribbon band ornamented with pastel silk ribbonwork flowers.
A bright green satin 1920s boudoir cap is decorated with an ecru lace band insert in front and is trimmed with ribbonwork silk roses and narrow silk ribbon bows.
A feminine 1920s boudoir cap showcases an abundance of trimmings – narrow yellow silk ribbons, delicate ribbonwork flowers, ecru lace frill, and a fabulous wide silk ribbon bow to the back.
1920s boudoir caps are adverstised in a mail-order catalog. These caps feature lace frills, satin ribbon, and ribbonwork flowers. To the left is a women's boudoir cap trimmed with silk lace and rows of narrown silk ribbon to match. Lace frill bound with white ribbon. Comes in sky and pink silk.
Center shows and attractive boudoir cap of fine net, trimmed with tucks, narrow satin ribbon, and Valenciennes insertion, narrow frill edged with lace. White net trimmed with sky and pink ribbon.
Right show a very pretty boudoir cap of allover lace, lined with silk, and trimmed with narrow satin ribbon and rosette. The frill is edged with Valenciennes lace. Colors: Sky and pink.