When at home, having breakfast, playing cards, or just relaxing with a good book, Georgian and Regency men would slip into something more comfortable: a banyan. An informal dressing gown also known as Indian gown, it was made in a comfortable, loose, full kimono style. Over the decades, though, the style become more fitted and gained set-in-sleeves, resembling more a man’s coat. And as a coat, it was eventually worn outside the house, and even for business meetings.

Here are a few examples:

What do you think of these banyans? Aren’t they beautiful?

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