Wha -- where am I? Oh, sorry, I just fell asleep at my laptop looking for new sundresses. What is it about this summer staple that always gets the short end of the stick? Not all sundresses suck, but I've been really disappointed with the options out there.
I want a wispy fabric that just drops from my shoulders and doesn't touch my body anywhere else. I want a nightgown. And lo and behold, New York Magazine just ran a piece on nightgown-inspired dresses. Of course, you can get cheaper versions in the actual nightgown/lingerie aisle, and if you wear them with confidence, no one will ever know the difference.
So I asked xoJane's stable of gorgeous writers and editors to put on a nightgown that could double as a dress, style it as though it were a dress (shoes, jewelry, maybe a bra, etc), and send it to me. The results below:
Hannah: I bought it in a thrift store last year. It used to be floor-length but my mom helped me hem it into something less medieval. The tag says "High Life Lingerie," and I'd estimate it's from the late 60s or early 70s. I like the flower-child-cult-hippie girl vibe it has, but the silhouette also reminds me of Nancy Sinatra and Go-Go dancers. It's very sheer so I wear it over a thick nude Spanx-y style slip and a nude bra. As for accessories, I like thin gold necklaces and I did my hair flippy at the ends, a la Miss Sinatra. And I think in the fall it would look pretty cool with some white tights and Go-Go boots.
Liz: Here's one I dug up of me from at least 6-7 years ago. I've had this thing since I was 17!
Daisy: This is not my style at all, but I was in Old Navy to buy shorts for my camping trips and I saw this dress and thought it would be perfect for climbing out of the tent on 95 degree days since, let's be honest, no one with my build actually looks good in shorts. It wasn't until I pulled it out of the bag when I got home that I realized it was actually a nightgown. (This is the second time I've done this in the recent past.)