The Intelligent Consumer: Have yourself a glammy little Xmas
Style police: When shopping for Christmas, don't forget your most appreciative recipient: yourself
Sunday 21 December 1997
You try finding slippers and dressing gowns at any other time of the year and the choice is minimal. December is your month for finding what was once charmingly called boudoir wear. Mercifully, fashion has nothing to do with your choice of robe and slippers. Only your nearest and dearest will ever see you in your deshabille anyway.
Janet Reger's Jean Harlow marabou slippers (pounds 72) with kitten heel or stiletto, appeal to the vamp in every woman. Janet's daughter, Aliza, says they're positively teetering out of the shops. To complement the Harlow look, Reger's ivory or black lace and satin robes (pounds 480) are delectable wisps of lingerie.
The late Tina Chow showed us how sexy a Noel Coward paisley dressing gown can be on a gamine woman. Simpson of Piccadilly is the place for silk paisley men's dressing gowns (pounds 275). Ralph Lauren's velvet monogrammed slippers, best in black or navy (pounds 185), complete the Coward-esque Christmas. No, Style Police wouldn't spend that money on a pair of slippers either - unless, like Ralph Lauren's you can wear them as evening shoes.
None but the brave would even try to follow the ultimate boudoir babe Marilyn Monroe. But have a look at Warners' Monroe collection and just try to resist sneaking the siren-red 100 per cent silk gown (pounds l19) trimmed with feathers into the changing rooms of Harrods.
If your family were to think marabou, satin and silks are a little "fast", thenYves Saint Laurent menswear has the most delectable cotton kimonos and boxer-inspired terry-cloth hooded robes in town, all for under pounds 100. Yves seems to do classic English better than we do: particularly with his navy and white boxer dressing gown. Or how about House of Fraser's festive white towelling bath robe (pounds 45) adorned with full-blown red roses? Then there's Georgina von Etzdorf, patron saint of patterned velvet. pounds 750 will buy you a velvet robe in practically any von Etzdorf print. The matching backless slippers will be another pounds 78.
Style Police is going to let you in on a secret. While shopping for the definitive boudoir-wear, we couldn't resist at least a nod to this season's colours. Gap's grey fleece dressing gown (pounds 44) and matching slippers (pounds l2) are for those winter nights when you feel like curling-up in front of a roaring fire.
I'm sure your Christmas shopping budget doesn't even come close to the pounds 1000 you'd need to buy that bit of heaven on earth otherwise known as Emernegildo Zegna's cashmere dressing gown. However. When you buy one of these beige beauties, you are not just buying a dressing gown. Boyfriends and husbands may come and go but Zegna cashmere will be yours for life.
Life & Style blogs
Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
Victoria Beckham's clothing sales double to £30 million in one year
'Tis the season!: Google celebrates Christmas Eve with second animated Doodle
Christmas 2014: Jesus was not born in a stable, says theologian
UK's first plus-size fashion magazine Slink hits the shelves: 'Style doesn't stop at size 8'
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...
£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...
Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: DORSET MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...