Fashion Dr: I need a dressing gown

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.


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 and type “Loveappella Surplice Maxi Dress” into the search box. Also try 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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- Wellington


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