|Wearing a very loose gown made of cotton - oh how I loved the gown and my friend and I tried to (unsuccessfully) replicate it! Seen here: the pure joy of having a baby!|
I've declared my "formula" before, that is, my favorite fabrics, cotton being king, and my love especially for cotton jersey knit because of maneuverability in bed and the bed linens. Tank type nightgowns are the way to go as far I'm concerned, with no lace, embroidery, or other embellishments because they irritate.
Furthermore, nightgowns are the way to go if you have problems with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) because then there is no pressure around the belly area, and as stated in my earlier post with my "formula," they should be at least tea-length or there may be psychological trauma for all involved if that gown goes up too high when bending over, caught in bed with gown twisted up to waist, etc. Please spare your loved ones (and especially the NOT loved ones like a plumber in the house you weren't aware of - it CAN happen!) the trauma. Anyway, without further ado:
- Hanro nightgowns, especially the tank style. Although, unfortunately, they aren't a jersey, they are a beautifully luxurious mercerized cotton, very smooth and almost silky without the problems that come with silk. I try to keep the bleach to a minimum with these gowns but sometimes the temptation is just too strong and so I have a couple that started out a beautiful soft robin's egg blue (which I always think of as "Princess Diana blue") but are now white. They're uber-expensive yes (huh! she says, "exhorbitably so") but I find that they last forever. I have a couple that have got to be at least eight years old and and are worn regularly, not to mention abused. Hubby sees these gowns as "go-to's" for Christmas presents and Mother's Day gifts - bless his desperate heart!
- Natori - moving right along - is well known for it's silk (and polyester) super outrageously-priced gowns, but will occasionally come out with a simple knit white tank gown. When they do, I snap them up. Unfortunately, this has happened only once or twice, but I keep hoping that it'll happen again soon! (Hope springs eternal, anyone?)
- Ralph Lauren comes out with a nice couple of cotton knit nightgowns each year but you have to keep an eye out for them and order immediately. They disappear as soon as they show up on the Ralph Lauren website or on Nordstrom's or Macy's sites too. They last for years.
- Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Dior: I've lumped these three designers together because it is almost impossible to find any of these designers any longer in nightwear and most certainly with the "CFIDS/ME/fibro restrictions." Please, if anyone out there happens to know how to get word to any of these designers, please ask them to get back to designing more nightgowns too. I used to bank on their gowns and am really upset that they seem to have stopped designing nightgowns, or at best, rarely so. I did find one by Donna Karan a few days ago and immediately ordered it. It was almost enough to make me jump out of bed and do a jubilation dance!
- Eileen West: After such a great success with the pink tank jersey one I bought a couple of months ago, I was ready for experimentation.
- Nautica: Ah! Finally, my experimentation worked in my favor. I've never bought Nautica before but when I saw the tank, long, no frills, and 100% cotton and a jersey, I couldn't resist and I'm thrilled. The one I bought is a green and blue stripe (stripes are so "in" now but I hate to think what they'll look like in a season or two? They ARE going the "wrong" way and so difficult to wear though I have a couple of dresses in stripes: to be worn WHERE, exactly? Oh that's right: to the doctor's!)
OK, back to topic. So, I've learned a very good but expensive and time-wasting lesson. Expensive because now those charges are on my credit card and will need to be refunded. Time-consuming because hubby will need to do returns for me. On the other hand, going to the store would have been even MORE time-consuming (I thought to myself as I was trying those gowns on with the a/c broken and wanting to cry from the sheer exhaustion).
Of course, there's also the boxer shorts/tank top combination to wear, but if you suffer from IBS the bloating and indeed, sensitivity around the waistline in general, it may be a bit hard to deal with. I also keep a couple of PJ's on hand, just for variety and every-once-in a-while, and wear a tank top while using the top of the PJ's as a bed jacket as my body temperature does its St. Vitus Dance throughout the day.
I have found that keeping down the carbs helps me with the IBS and temperature fluctuations, so you may want to see if there are any foods that contribute to your IBS. I'm convinced that each person has foods that help them/harm them and these foods vary with each person. Gosh: not too off-topic, am I?
Anyone out there with any ideas of comfy sleepwear that works as "live wear"? Let us know. Don't be shy!
Thanks for stopping in and hopefully there were a few pointers to make your life easier. I'm hoping that the day is treating you well, or as well as can be!