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How wearing stylish pyjamas changed my life

Author: Elle Canada

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How wearing stylish pyjamas changed my life

Last year, I had an unexpected fashion crisis while watching the romantic comedy Green Card (1990). I was fine until the scene in which Andie MacDowell prunes roses on her Upper West Side rooftop, wearing pretty blue matching pyjamas—New York at her feet, floral flannel on her person. I looked from MacDowell’s sleepwear to mine—battered leggings and a T-shirt emblazoned with a flaking cat face—and thought, That is a woman in control of her life.

Clearly, I needed to up my sleepwear game. I spent my days in four-inch heels—there was no reason to turn into Blossom once the sun went down. I started with nightgowns: long, white cotton nightgowns from France, with sweetheart necklines and delicately embroidered bodices. Fresh and lovely, they seemed readymade for strolling (with ethereal grace, bien sur) through a lavender field at dawn. Then I discovered Paper Label, the Vancouver brand which makes camisoles and shorts so deliciously soft against the skin that my husband said it was like spooning an alpaca.

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Soon after, I learned the joys of the short silk robe, and how it can elevate any morning ritual, from grinding coffee beans to improperly applying CC cream. Years ago, I’d bought a vintage satin chemise in Amsterdam. I brought it out and paired it with my robe. Have you ever worn a short silk robe and a satin chemise and enjoyed an americano in the sunshine? Something was happening. I started listening to classical music in the kitchen. I brushed my hair before bed and when I woke up. I added “Elodie” to my list of baby names. I felt like a woman in control of her life. At the very least, I looked like one. One Sunday morning, my parents stopped my, and my dad, seeing me in a white cotton nightgown and lace tunic, asked if I was going to church. “Dad,” I told him, laughing in sheer amazement, “I woke up like this.”

Check out some of my top Fall 2014 stylish sleepwear essentials in the gallery below.

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Stylish sleepwear essential: The chemise

Every woman needs something gorgeous and lace-trimmed in which to float about her home. Choose one in cream or black, and pair with a short robe and a perfect latte. Agent Provocateur lace-trimmed chemise ($1,037 USD), at net-a-porter.com. GALLERY: How 7 fashion people are upgrading their lives right now

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Laura deCarufel Source: Courtesy of Agent Provocateur

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Stylish sleepwear essential: The pyjamas

There's nothing sweeter than wearing a full set of pyjamas—see Zooey Deschanel on New Girl for the cuteness potential.   Joe Fresh sateen sleep set ($29), at joefresh.com. GALLERY: ELLE Canada editors on their fall upgrades

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Laura deCarufel Source: Courtesy of Joe Fresh

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Stylish sleepwear essential: The sleep mask

Breakfast at Tiffany's can lay claim to many indelible images (that Givenchy dress!), but Holly Golightly's turquoise sleep mask is among the chicest. If you're a sleep mask neophyte, start with one in classic black. (You'll be more likely to wear it on the plane.) H&M jersey eye mask ($5.95), at hm.com. GALLERY: 10 ways to wear the single earring trend

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Laura deCarufel Source: Courtesy of H&M

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Stylish sleepwear essential: The robe

You need at least three robes in your sleepwear arsenal: something super cozy for winter mornings and sick days, something short and sweet for the breakfast terrace, and something (read: this) long and elegant for late evenings by the fire. Aloë silk satin kimono ($510), at avenue32.com. GALLERY: 10 totally wearable fall miniskirts

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Laura deCarufel Source: Courtesy of Aloë

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Stylish sleepwear essential: The slippers

It's time for a grown-up slipper. Look for one that is as comfy as all-get-out, and matches well with your new sleepwear wardrobe. Charlotte Olympia Cat Nap slippers ($600 USD), at charlotteolympia.com. GALLERY: 10 ways to upgrade your wardrobe this fall

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Laura deCarufel Source: Courtesy of Charlotte Olympia

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Stylish sleepwear essential: The nightshirt

A nightshirt is one of those playful pieces that make sleepwear shopping so much fun. Choose one in a pretty, poppy colour. Equipment silk-washed pajama shirt ($210 USD), at net-a-porter.com. GALLERY: 10 ultra playful Fall 2014 handbags

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Laura deCarufel Source: Courtesy of Net-a-porter

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