Sunday mornings, my husband insists on having “la grasse matinee”. I had never heard of this but he assures me it’s very French and very necessary. From what I can tell, it’s just sleeping-in but it certainly sounds more luxurious when you say it in French. That’s us having a grasse matinee above. But this post isn’t really about what one does during a grasse matinee but rather what one wears. If you’re going to loll around in bed for hours, you should really dress the part, don’t you think?
When I was pregnant, I started building a mini-trousseau because I didn’t actually have any sleepwear. I was a panties-only girl for over a decade but with a baby on the way, I thought it was time to start sleeping like a grown up. I took my time and scoured sites like Rue La La, Faire Frou Frou, Hautelook and even Amazon and scored pretty fabulous deals. A trousseau is not built over night – although if you can afford it, shop away! Several months after my first purchase, I have a pretty decent rotation of sleepwear which includes several nightgowns, a pair of satin pajamas, a silk kimono robe and marabou bunny slippers. Admittedly, the silk kimono doesn’t get much play these days because we have a nursing baby but everything else is easily washable. I use lingerie bags and Woolite religiously. Everything goes in the gentle cycle and hang-dries.
Slipping into a pretty nightgown post-partum did wonders for my self-esteem as I was not so thrilled about exposing my strange, deflated looking stomach. Now that things are more settled, it’s nice to have a relaxing Sunday morning dressed in a manner that seems more appropriate for family time in bed.