image003-1Summer nights

I seriously struggle to find things I like to wear in the boudoir. (The word ‘boudoir’ always makes everything sound saucy. Boudoirs belong in bordellos. I promise that this is not a saucy post.) I have no desire to don any night-time negligee (bras? basques? corsets? I want to SLEEP, not suffocate) and whilst I have the obligatory drawer of flammable plaid pyjama sets, if I wore these in my hot box of a city flat, I would boil like a piece of gammon.
No, I like to keep my night time gear simple – floaty, white and long. A long white nightie may not be the sexiest apparel if you have a boyfriend in situ, but it makes you feel clean, girlish and faintly paranormal (like a sort of serene ghost, I always think.)
Such nighties are surprisingly hard to locate. You don’t want to go down the ‘Victoriana’ route too much: high necked nighties with a battalion of buttons and in-built hauteur. Such nighties may make one feel prim and purposeful, but they are also a bit terrifying. Zara Home does a fine line in broderie anglaise nighties with a rustic French vibe, and I recently discovered the divine website which specialises in long silk and cotton nighties with a deep V, which are elegant, rather than cutesie.
I am particularly lusting after the silk ‘Emily’ number. It is so simple and beautiful that I think I’d actually have a hard time parting with in the morning.
By Pandora Sykes