Spotlight on lingerie

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Do you like your lingerie and loungewear to make a sartorial statement, or do you prefer to keep it a luxurious inner secret? Pandora Sykes shares the new style rules to look and feel amazing now…

PRETTY LITTLE THINGS

To the young millennial, lingerie is not merely underwear; it is a sartorial way of life. Take Kendall Jenner, who teams her lace bralet with a bomber jacket and faded mom jeans. Or Alexa Chung, in a lace-trimmed slip dress worn with Converse to a Californian BBQ. Then there’s Gigi Hadid, stepping out in a cashmere tracksuit, whilst younger sister, Bella, favours a retro-fabulous logo shell suit, worn with a temple-pinchingly tight Croydon facelift ponytail.

There’s no doubt about it, the contemporary lingerie market is booming: with the sleepover aesthetic no longer just for little kids; and loungewear far from a trend relegated solely to the sofa.

So, who are the new kids on the block? Firstly, there’s DKNY and Desmond & Dempsey, new and exclusive to Brown Thomas. Botanical prints like the wallpaper in East London’s hippest spots, jostle with a modern take on the ‘house coat’. For a slighty more upscale take on the pyjama, there’s Diane Houston by Gilda and Pearl, which the Gen Z-er will rightfully pair with some dad trainers and an army jacket for the ultimate street-style-approved mash-up.

Feeling - as many of us are, come Christmas - a little more lo-fi? How about some supremely snuggly Uggs, to be worn with a pair of Spanx leather-effect leggings (a new move for the brand), or some iconic logo underwear and loungewear from DKNY and Calvin Klein (Bella would approve.) Double-drop or mix your logos, for ultimate 90s points. For the slinky-inclined who like their lingerie worn as, well, actual lingerie, there’s Dutch brand Love Stories - an Instagram favourite for its well-priced lacy triangle bras and animal print separates.

All, if I do say so myself, provide the perfect partner for a Christmas brunch of smoked salmon and Bucks Fizz. And if you want to stay in them all day, well…. you’ll get no judgment from me.

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THE ART OF BOUDOIR

A luxurious bedtime routine will never fall out of vogue. A bubble bath, accompanied with a scented candle, followed by lashings of body oil, fresh bed linen and the eventual slink into a silky pair of pyjamas or gown has become such a night-time routine well worthy of cliche; and one which even by mere mention elicits a groan of satisfaction from most women (and many men.)

To set the tone, the obvious lingerie contenders are La Perla and Simone Perele - bywords for luxurious French lingerie that will forever stand the test of time. Romantic and graceful chemises, robes, slips and silks, they allow everyone to indulge their inner Sophia Loren. At a slightly more affordable but no less indulgent end of the price scale, is Stella McCartney - a woman who has truly cornered every avenue of the womenswear market - and Ralph Lauren, whose classic tailored pyjamas offer a more masculine twist on the decadent nightime routine.

If comfort is key, but lace is less important, then cast your eyes upon the offerings from Hanro whose cotton jersey loungewear can masquerade as an errand-running outfit as much as it can loungewear and pyjama-wear.

Whether you opt for fuss-free and form-fitting, or loose and tactile, there is something timeless at whichever end of the spectrum you opt for: whether a crisp pair of men’s pyjamas, or a lacy slip-style nightie. The optimum, of course, is to enjoy both. Where one end of the scale merely slides into the other…. go on. Why not? It’s Christmas.

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