Fashion Dr: I need a dressing gown

BRONWYN WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 26/09/2012
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DRESSING GOWN OR DRESSING DOWN: Most dressing gowns are too slinky or too slobby to be properly elegant.

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Dear Fashion Doctor

I don't always feel ready nor want to get properly dressed as soon as I get out of bed, so I reach for my dressing gown. But honestly, I've never had one I liked. Catching sight of myself in the mirror is horrid, yet the back-in-the-womb comfort is irresistible, it feels really good. Often I do some chores before I get showered and smartened up. A dear lady told me once: "It takes longer in the morning to look normal when one's older" and I agree. Women in films never look like me in the morning.

What I need is an attractive garment that doesn't break the bank and meets my requirements. The colours and styles generally available are old-ladyish and depressing. My wonder garment needs to be as flattering as possible, draught-proof from neck to wrist and ankle, and loose but with no baggy sleeves to drag through the grandchildren's eggs and toast soldiers. This rules out the kimono. I do hope you can suggest a solution.

Elizabeth

Fear not, Elizabeth. We all struggle with elegance in the morn. Sick of looking homeless while eating my muesli, I began wearing a floor-length, wrap-style evening dress, which with its soft modal fabric made a perfect snuggly and elegant dressing gown. It was designed by Starfish but sadly it's a style no longer made.

I have, however, hunted out a few great options for cosy floor-length wrap dresses with long sleeves that are available online. Go to Nordstrom.com and type “Loveappella Surplice Maxi Dress” into the search box. Also try Revolveclothing.com and search “Maxi Wrap Dress”. There's a lovely grey jersey style by Bobi. If you can't be swayed to shop online then a pair of loose merino trousers and a drape cardigan could be lovely as well.

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