It’s February and for many of us its darned chilly – sartorially we are thinking only of staying cozy.  Unless planning an upcoming cruise or tropical getaway, the idea of Spring fashions right now leave us, well, cold.  Who wants to start picking out new sandals when we have just gone upstairs for a pair of warm socks?  Even as crazy as I am for the newest, latest fashion news, it’s pretty hard to get excited about linen pants and sundresses just yet.  The approach of Valentine’s Day has the lingerie, jewelry and chocolates adverts ramped up.  Which got me to thinking… while we wait for the Spring Fashion editions to hit the stands and for the gray of February to give way to the…er…less gray of March…lets talk about what we wear underneath our clothes and away from the rest of the world.  Lingerie and sleepwear – two of my favorite feel-good things!

Now, before anyone gets too excited, I am not going to be discussing those really naughty little items we or our significant others have purchased that have been surreptitiously donned, coyly paraded and then shucked seconds after they have been seen…we all know the ones…those racy numbers that have spent more time on the floor than on us.   Sorry boys, but before you feel left out, keep your eyes open over the next several weeks ‘cause I am going to write about your stuff, too.

So this month I will take a peek at the stuff we wear at home, to bed, and underneath our every day clothes.  Do you feel sexy or at least pretty in your pajamas?  Does your everyday lingerie make you smile?  What do you put on when you get home at night and get out of your “school clothes”?  

I know I can admit that my answers to these questions aren’t always inspiring, and in some cases are kind of sad.  But, recognizing this dreary situation, I have made an attempt to put a little romance or at least a little care into the everyday.  I think of my undies, pajamas and loungewear as an opportunity to feel pretty and even a little bit sexy every day.

A great starting point for reinventing your “private” wardrobe is with a robe or caftan.  This item is the one you grab that can be thrown on over nothing or anything – it should make you feel good both in terms of its comfort but also aesthetically.   Whether you want to feel glamorous in pink satin or crisp and clean in a classic white terry spa robe – this item should reflect how you WANT to feel.  It should cover you, completely, be easy to take on and off and be relatively sturdy and easy care.  Invest in one that makes you feel good – you will thank yourself for it.   Now is a great time to shop for robes – the Christmas stock is on clearance and the Valentines stock is in, too!    

I have several moods and temperatures so I have three robes – my all-purpose fluffy white spa robe, my cozy yet elegant long cashmere one which is a bit more appropriate for things like Christmas morning, and last but not least a very lightweight short knit robe for the warmer months, when I do still need to cover up – if only to let the dog out.  

So what is YOUR current go to robe?  What would you like it to be?  

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