Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dressing up in dressing gowns


Dressing Gowns the new IT trend ??  Nick Nolte in a Dressing Gown .. 
Surprisingly, nightwear seems to be hitting the red carpet lately. And not of the slinky lingerie variety, as you might imagine! Veteran film star Nick Nolte attended the premiere of his latest movie Gangster Squad dressed in one of his dressing gowns, a fetching canary-yellow number. There was no obvious explanation. Perhaps he just pressed the snooze button a few too many times before the big night!
But it seems that Nolte, by wearing an item generally more appropriate to a night in with a cup of cocoa, may actually have been bang on trend. Last year the onesie – previously only acceptable on children under the age of two – hit the high street in a big way. New Look reportedly sold a onesie every three seconds in the run-up to Christmas, and a multitude of celebrities abandoned restrictive skinny jeans for a cosy, comforting all-in-one suit. Stars including One Direction, Justin Bieber, Louis Walsh and JLS have all been pictured in public wearing this item of pyjama wear, also nicknamed the ‘funsuit’. Actor Chris O’Dowd and journalist Dawn Porter even tweeted pics of themselves wearing matching onesies on their wedding day!
Alas, celebrities aside, the onesie is not the most flattering garment, and there may be a case for leaving it behind, alongside the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, in a pile of fond 2012 memories. It’s a new year and if we’re going to wear nightwear as daywear, it’s time to embrace the much more flattering, wearable and adaptable dressing gown. After all, just days after Nick Nolte’s appearance in his yellow robe, pop star Rita Ora was seen sporting an elegant dressing gown style sequined dress at the Brit Award nominations.
Dismiss images of the fluffy gown you step into after a long bath, and instead consider the advantages of the dressing-gown shape as an item that can flatter any figure. For example, the plunging V-neckline of wraparound garments creates a feminine outline from the neck to the cinched-in waistline. The draped style can be dressed up effectively with pendant necklaces and hair in an up do. Meanwhile, the flowing sleeves can help to hide upper arms, as well as adding an extra splash of glamour. Maybe this is the year of the dressing gown. 
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