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The nightwear fundamentals

It’s easy to get into a comfort zone with nightwear, but sexy can be fun. Here are few tips.

fashion and trends Updated: May 14, 2008 15:01 IST

The modern Indian woman is not always modern when it comes to sleepwear. Most women are content with sweat pants and an old Tee.

Some don't try out in fashionable nightwear because they think it is too much effort. Others are uncomfortable. But there are many practical and trendy options available now.

Experiment with fabrics:
Silk is traditionally used for nightwear because it is soft, flowing and lightweight. It is expensive but long lasting.

Satin sleepwear is glamorous and has more shine. The downside is that it is also a heavy fabric. "Today, satin is most preferred, but people are ready to experiment with other materials, as long as they are comfortable." says Mehal Vohra of lingerie and sleepwear brand, Etam.

Cotton is the best choice for the hot and humid climate. As a result, many designers and brands are now creating collections for nights wear in good old cotton. Lycra too flatters almost everyone. Its stretch and its body hugging quality make for ideal sleepwear, althought it is warm for most months.

Bedtime style: There are many choices too, in stylish nightwear. "The boring and conventional styles are out. Lacework and short above the knee lengths are in vogue ," says the spokesperson of La Senza.

Tips for choosing nightwear:
You can choose a negligee that you are comfortable in. They come in various lengths and styles.

The colours you wear make a difference. The two-piece sets which team spaghettis and tank tops with traditional pajamas look adorable and are practical as well. Choose between prints and solids.

A hint of lace on the neckline adds to the sensuality of the outfit.

Satin babydoll like negligees with ribbons are as sexy as they are comfortable. You can add tie up straps and bows to the gowns.

If you want to go bold – opt for chemises and camisoles. Sporty boy shorts with a matching top are a good option for those who don't like 'feminine' styles.