The dressing gown has always been an item of clothing where man felt freer to experiment with cloth and pattern. It is no coincidence that full-length paisley, spots and primary colours find a home nowhere else in the wardrobe other than in a dressing gown.

Partly this was the result of the privacy of dressing, but then pyjamas were seen by fewer people and they did not reach such exuberant heights. Honour that tradition next time you’re choosing between a plain navy gown and something silky and spotted.

The gentleman pictured here, on the cover of the May 1936 edition of Man and his Clothes, wears satin in broad blue, grey and cream stripes.