BrideGuide: Nightwear for Newlyweds
BrideGuide: Nightwear for Newlyweds
By TheDelhiBride
I got married a few months back, and amidst all the wedding planning and trousseau shopping I didn’t stop to think about what I would wear to sleep as a newlywed bride in my in-laws’ house. It was only when the wedding was 2 weeks away that the thought crossed my mind, “Will these old pajamas and t-shirts no longer be deemed appropriate night wear?” My mother was rather scandalized when I considered taking my worn-out and stained t-shirts along with me to my new house. “But they’re SO comfortable, mom! You know how the older it gets, the softer it feels? Plus, it’s only to go to sleep. Nobody will even notice.” Ummm…yeah right. My mother flat out refused to take no for an answer, hastily dumped my old Sarojini Nagar pajamas (that she had herself so lovingly bought for me years ago) in the back of my cupboard and said, “we need to go shopping!” But where to begin? What was ok and not ok to wear to sleep in my in-laws’ house? Would I no longer roam around in whatever I fancied irrespective of the time of day?” As if the stress of shopping for my wedding lehenga and finding perfectly matching jewellery was not enough, I had to add “bridal nightwear appropriate to wear in front of in-laws” on my shopping list. Lucky for you, I did all the research, and here’s the definitive bride’s guide to night wear:

1.For the all around conservative bride

          As my mother suggested, buy a nightie. Or as it’s called these days, a nightdress. Of course, since it was my mother’s suggestion, it also came along with an image of what an aunty would wear to sleep (no offence, mom!) Thankfully, there are plenty of options these days that scream “newlywed” and NOT “aunty”. Buy one with fun prints, or a satin one with slits on the side. You can also buy a plain night dress with a floral cover-up to add a fun element to the outfit.

2.For the somewhat conservative bride

          You want maximum coverage outside of the bedroom, but you want something typical of a newlywed-young-bride and a nightie just doesn’t make the cut. While you can’t walk around in a babydoll, a chemise  (with an optional kimono coverup) and slim fit pajamas  will do the trick. Walk around the house with all 3 items, and sleep off comfortably in just the chemise.

3. For the practical / too-cool-to-care bride

          If the thought of having 3 different clothing items on you is painful, join the “I’m just going to wear what I’ve always worn, wedding be damned” club. My mother’s jaw almost fell to the ground when I suggested to her, “instead of trying to wear a nightie, which I’ve never worn before in my life and will probably feel really uncomfortable in, why don’t I continue wearing tshirts and pajamas to sleep?” But once I promised her I would buy shiny new ones in bright colors, she let it go. Pajamas in feminine colors – think bright pinks, royal purples and sunny yellows – paired with comfortable cotton tshirts are fairly easy to find. You can also consider wearing a tank top/cami and shorts underneath, so that you can slip off the pajamas when you’re going off to sleep in the unbearable summer heat. So how do you make pajamas and a tshirt work for your newlywed look? You don’t. You’ll look like a school/college girl who still lives at her parents’ house. But who said that can’t be a good thing?

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