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Two of my favorite daily routines that I love to indulge in, taking as much time as possible, are my morning and evening rituals. Upon waking up, tending to the dogs, cooking my breakfast and reading the morning papers, lounging is a must, and why not lounge in style?
The evening mirrors these activities as I look forward to unwinding with leisurely reading material, a cup of tea and wearing comfortable clothing no matter where I may be wrapping up the day around the house.
It has taken time to find and save up for the items I enjoy wearing. And while I still haven’t found a pair of slippers that are simple, streamlined, but can still be worn outside to pick up the paper, I’m making progress. By choosing to wear items that feel luxurious on the skin, but also conceal and reveal the woman we are just enough so as to allow us to feel comfortable and maintain some mystery, our behavior responds in kind. Whether it be what we eat, how we sit or where we allow our mind to wander, our clothing is quite powerful for our psyche as we begin and end the day. After all, when we dress in a manner that reflects respect for the life we are living and the woman that we are and are becoming, every single moment of the day, whether we are at home or outside the home becomes a privilege to savor.
Essential Lounge Wear
1.A beautiful robe
Silk, cotton, or any mixture of soft fabric to lay against our skin in the design of a robe is the first piece of clothing we often put on when we wake up and the last thing we take off at the end of the day. Worn as a layer to wear when we step outside of our boudoir, the length should be appropriate for lounging in the living room and dining room or stepping outside in the morning to pick up the morning paper. I prefer a longer robe that is not too bulky as I can always wear a set of pajamas underneath to nip the cold. Below are a few that caught my eye.
~La Perla Seta long robe (black or white) in silk/satin~
2. Second skin chemise or sleep set
Not only is the choice of a chemise or a short sleep set a choice that welcomes a touch of luxury into your everyday, as well, such an item is easy to pack when you travel. Even in winter, unless it’s unusually frigid, wearing a chemise allows your body to breath and the warmth can be brought by the layers of sheets and blankets you snuggle underneath.
~La Perla Whisper lace-paneled navy sleep dress, Araks Jael silk-charmeuse chemise (navy), Frette Lille Longuette Nightgown (white),La Perla Maison Classic camisole and shorts, Fleur de Mal lace-paneled chemise~
~Christine Gatsby long gown, 100% silk (ivory or black)~
~Patricia Fieldworker Timeless Lace Chemise 100% silk~
3. Pajama set
For summer or winter, having a favorite go-to pajamas set is a wonderful option for wearing your sleepwear out in public (within your home of course). Chance is offering a fun cotton striped short set this season, but silk options are always a wonderful choice as well. Choose a color that complements your skin tone, a size that fits the length of your arms and legs (don’t hesitate to shop in the men’s section!), and enjoy looking stylish and playful all at the same time.
~Bodas Cotton-Poplin pajama set, Chance Summer PJs, 100% soft cotton, Mark & Graham Classic Woven Women’s PJs, Olivia von Halle Gigi silk crepe de chine pajama set, Journelle Hepburn PJ silk set, Journelle Garbo PJ silk set~
While I have yet to find a pair of slippers that I love, a cashmere pair always catches my attention. However, having a pair on hand that can go outside in the elements, if only for a moment to let the dogs out or pick up the paper in the snow and rain is a detail to consider as well.
Ultimately, what we wear as we begin the day and put it to bed is an everyday luxury not to be forgotten. It may take time to find these four items that are of top quality and speak to our lifestyle and signature preference, but if you keep your eyes open, you’ll soon find something worth investing in. After all, a quality item will be in your closet and capable of being enjoyed for years to come, all the while ensuring you look as stylish as you are comfortable. Fais de beaux rêves (Sweet dreams).
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