Nightdress, nightgown, sleeping shift, whatever your terminology of choice, I prefer to sleep in a nightgown. And the frillier and the fancier the style, the better for my wellbeing. Now mind you, when I was young I was expected to sleep in the flannelette type gown that Nanna wore to keep warm and covered up but I have long dispensed with that style.
I like to have many nightgowns in the dresser drawers, as I prefer to wear something different each night. I am kept very busy searching for new designs, unique pieces and lovely colours to match my moods. Several designers come to the forefront when I look for nightdresses. The frill factor is important and this element is evident in Sally Jones’ Phoebe (stock #p259L). Perfect for dreaming, a vintage inspired nightdress in sage French lace and natural chiffon complete with cameo suits my Victorian personality.
Colours that complement my skin tone are purples, pinks and light greens so when I saw this bold, hot pink chemise and robe ensemble from Silk Cocoon, I knew it would be perfect for a summer evening outfit. Elegant silk with crepe satin trim and a pretty, delicate bow at the V-neckline make this set a keeper. What is brilliant about this collection is there are many mix and match pieces. Short chemise, long gown, knee- length robe, baby doll jacket and solids as well as prints.
One line of nightwear that I find extremely subtle and gracious is Schweitzer Linen. Most family run businesses take pride in their craftsmanship and this company excels when it comes to sourcing the finest luxury fabrics. Andrea, a cotton jersey, Ivory coloured nightgown is sumptuously tailored to feel like silk. Italian imports, intricately etched lace and scalloped side slits accentuate a woman’s true beauty.
Indulgence is so important in this fast-paced and demanding world. So, step aside chocolate, as many women may find the decadence of lovely nightgowns much more satisfying.