Keeping Luxury in Loungewear

March 2, 2008 • Magazine

Keeping Luxury in Loungewear

Keeping Luxury in Loungewear

Sat, 2008-03-01 10:00

Rachel Yeomans

A woman’s daily routine of comings-and-goings with work, family and other outside obligations usually require copious amounts of coffee and flexibility — along with several outfit changes. At the end of these obligations, sometimes that very last outfit you slip on is the most important outfit of such a day. That being the pajama set.

Now I admit I have the boxer shorts and oversized tank top like any woman; but there are times I want to feel pretty as well as comfortable in my loungewear. If I look forward to being in my pajamas throughout the day, then why not feel a touch of elegance while gracing my apartment in flannel and satin? Yes, usually I am the only seeing myself in these glamorous evening pieces, but stylish pajamas don’t have to match the cost of my stylish Dolce dress.

Personally, I am an avid fan of robes. Even in my stretch pants and t-shirt, as soon as I tie the terry belt I instantly feel my daily stress brushed off my shoulders and replaced with coziness and comfort. Being such an enthusiast, I admit I own on average six of these wonderful pajama enhancements. However my all-time favorite is The Sweetest, Softest Robe on Earth by Bath & Body Works. It sounds a bit along the Care Bear angle, but it unarguably lives up to its name. The jersey robe from GapBody is another staple among my collection, primarily for business travel. The robe folds well in my suitcase, and offers an essence of home while being on the road.

It isn’t difficult to find robes that provide the luxury of comfort sans the luxurious cost; however pajama sets can be a different scenario. Usually you have to buy the top and bottoms separately, and after one wash the top shrinks so the buttons end up above the midriff and the bottoms stretch to become over-elasticized ankle pants. Two brands I’ve come to rely on without splurging on Natori, are the Cyberjammies and Ballet lines from Cyberjammies is designed with woven cotton for added softness along with some extra inches for those of us in the market for length. And Ballet’s Zhen Bamboo camisole and pant set are more form-fitting to avoid bunching while asleep, and offer stretch and comfort due to its sustainable bamboo-derived fabric.

Also, with the designers heading towards the likes of Target, Kohl’s and Kmart, I must say the Simply Vera line by Vera Wang at Kohl’s offers some amazingly comfortable and quite stylish lounge and sleepwear. There is something to be said for not needing to worry about being seen in your pajamas while getting ice in a hotel hallway.

Otherwise at the end of the day—whether in my home or in a hotel room — I can shed my day of stress by slipping on an evening ensemble of terrycloth and cotton and feel just as luxurious as I would in silk and sequins. Only in place of diamonds, I dutifully accessorize with shearling slippers, a DVD and a glass of wine. Cheers!

1. Bath & Body Works – The Sweetest Softest Robe on Earth Original: $80, Sale: $39.50
2. GapBody – Stretch Jersey Short Robe $39.50
3. Natori – Matahari PJs $240
4. Cyberjammies Check Dressing Gown $58
5. Cyberjammies Aqua Check Pajama Top & Bottom Top: $32, Bottoms $32
6. Ballet Zhen Bamboo Cropped Pajama Pants & Cami Cami: $30, Pants: $36
7. Simply Vera Vera Wang Solid Shirred Pajama Set (Red & Black) Original: $58, Sale: $29
8. Cashmere Travel Loungewear Set $340 (including shipping)
9. UGG Australia Roo Original: $79.95, Sale: $59.98

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