Recently discovered this vintage shave coat that I really like, which brings me to the question: what the hell’s a shave coat? This one appears to be 1960-era, was made in the U.S.A. by brand Jayson of “Wash ‘n’ Wear” 100% cotton, and best of all, comes in a faded black and white prison stripe (trimmed in black piping with large pearlized buttons). But what makes a shave coat different than a bathrobe, pool/beach/swim robe, smoking jacket, etc. Was a man expected to own a shaving coat in addition to his regular robe or as another alternative? Was it more typically worn by itself or over pajamas? The elbow sleeves, absence of a collar, deep pockets (for shaving accoutrement), button front (in addition to its belt), and washable cotton make it better suited to shaving and distinguish it from some other robes. There isn’t much information out there (which is only to say it’d take more research than my lazy Googling to learn more about the history of the shave coat and what made it fashionable in the 60s), but to appreciate this find as a useful and stylish summer robe, I don’t need to know any more.