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Bedtime Stories - Fashion for Night






Recently, after meeting with several girlfriends, I was reminded of our matching pajama tee shirts in college that we wore every night to bed.   I wore my short red tee-shirt with a blazing yellow owl for years after college until one day I realized that this beloved specimen was a tad worn out and perhaps not that attractive to myself or anyone else. Finally, after many moons of use, the lovely piece was retired. Which brings me to the main topic of the moment:  What is ultimate apparel to be worn in the darkened hours? Yes, we dress well during the day for ourselves and the world with hair coiffed and a smudge of makeup but at night do we keep putting our best foot forward or do we digress and wear a spouses old tee-shirt and grandma underwear?  The Today Show recently did a poll among the female commentators and found out they wore tee-shirts and underwear to bed. Exactly my point - they were polished, poised and pulled together by day but at night draped in something not as attractive to themselves or others.  And, possibly still wearing the 20 year old tee-shirt. The question is why do we beatify by day and become drab and boring at night?  Or are we putting ourselves last at the end of the day? 

"There are no ugly women - just lazy ones"  - Helena Rubinstein


Well, many years ago after giving up my shapeless and tattered pajamas, I decided it was necessary to start purchasing soft and silky concoctions for the nighttime and early morning routines.   A nice pair of pajamas combined with a beautiful robe suddenly commanded compliments because even with cold cream slathered on or a cup of coffee or tea in hand in the morning - I appeared attractively presentable to self and others.   Neatly tailored pajamas can make you feel beautiful on a dark and cold night or a silky chemise against the skin can be luxurious. Now - there is only one slight catch - it is difficult to find beautiful nighttime apparel.  The fabrics and cut can either be too childlike, bulky or just plain ugly.   However, never fail - I do have a few favorites. 



#1 Rule:  Stay away from Cotton - Opt for Jersey


Cat On a Hot Tin Roof - The Chemise






I.  Classic & Cool Chemise:  During the summer months, a chemise is the impeccable and functional choice when the heat prevails. 








"Always wear pretty pajamas to bed, you'll never know who you will meet in your dreams."

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#2 Rule:  Opt for a Tailored Pajama Look - Either with Shorts or Long Pants



Pajama Party










II. Tailored & Polished:  A beautiful tailored set of pajamas in short or long sleeve are essential in providing comfort and style.  





"Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury." - Coco Chanel



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#3 Rule - Finish with an Opulent Robe that is Fashionable!


Ravishing Robes 








III. Luxury is Bliss:  A simple yet elegant robe can be a gift to self.   Seriously, invest in a couple of robes for the sheer thrill of feeling lovely.


After Shower - Soft & Comfortable - Lots of Colors Available




Natori Shangri La Robe


Classic Terry Robe - Fall & Winter Mornings



Nordstrom Lingerie Terry Robe


"I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence." - Yves Saint Laurent

Happy Fall!  Until Next Time!

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style












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