Stylish Sleepwear from Hunkemöller

Hunkemöller is a name that I have only just become familiar with, but it is actually one of the largest lingerie specialists in Europe. A luxurious treasure trove of lingerie, leisure and sleepwear, Hunkemöller designs its products in house, and has a focus on quality and luxury when it comes to its designs and fabrics used. Currently supermodel Doutzen Kroes is a face of the brand with the range ‘Doutzen’s Stories’ which is sure to be very popular this Christmas, but the brand is so much more than sexy, sensuous undies, it also has sleepwear that is both beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear, plus it all comes boxed in such a way that it would be a thrill opening it on Christmas morning,

I was recently asked if I would like to review a piece of sleepwear from Hunkemöller. Now, I do have a few rules when it comes to sleepwear. The first is that I am most definitely a PJ girl, I rarely wear a nightdress as I find them impractical and uncomfortable – when it’s warm in Summer I just wear a vest top instead. I also like jersey fabrics or stretch cotton – I am a fairly restless sleeper so my pjs need to move with me, rather than tying me in knots. Crisp cotton is cool and stylish, but it doesn’t move when I do and I have ruined so many pairs of pyjamas by ripping them when I was not sleeping well. But even saying all this, I do like prettiness rather than cute prints.

The Limited edition Pyjamaset Modal lace is a beautiful two piece set that successfully combines luxury softness and style with practical stretch fabric (viscose and elastane) that makes it super comfortable to wear.

It combines a beautiful lace and jersey style top, with adjustable back straps, a lace bodice with an empire line style. The top is slightly longer in length than usual pyjama tops, which should stop in riding up when you are asleep. The V neckline is attractive, especially if you are a woman with a larger bust. This is teamed with long length pyjama bottoms that are loose fitting and have an elasticated waistline.

This limited edition pyjama set comes in classic black, but also in coloured options in red and blue. If, like me, you like to have new pyjama’s at Christmas, this could be a perfect gift idea for a loved one, or for yourself, and will certainly look more glam on those Christmas morning photographs than Primark fleecy efforts.

 

Reviewed – Rosie Crochet top from Boux Avenue

I really enjoy a good shopping trip to The Bullring in Birmingham, and one of the places I most enjoy paying a visit to is Boux Avenue. Quite simply, Boux Avenue offers a lovely range of lingerie, sleep wear and beach wear, but also treats its customers to something a little bit more. The stores have boudoir styling, with a touch of retro elegance – underwear is kept in luxurious sets of drawers and there are gorgeous occasional tables and mirrors scattered throughout the stores. Tie in with this the attention to detail, your items are beautifully wrapped in pink floral paper, with scented petals placed in with your goods, and you have a feminine, girly store par excellence, and one that I just love to visit.

With Theo Paphitis at the Birmingham Boux Avenue launch

With Theo Paphitis at the Birmingham Boux Avenue launch

When I was given the opportunity to review items from Boux Avenue, I knew that I wanted to choose something from the sleep wear collection. I have got quite a few pieces of Boux Avenue underwear, but have yet to try the lovely sleepwear. I chose the Rosie Crochet Top, which I fell instantly in love with, but I decided that this was far too pretty just to be kept for bed, so I decided to buy it to wear as a top. I personally think it looks gorgeous!

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Rosie crochet top
£16.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

200122_01EX_0_BK_680x918The Rosie Crochet top comes in a lovely grey marl colour, and is 100% stretchy viscose. It has a rounded necklace and cap style sleeves which are made of gorgeous crochet detailing, a feature which also travels all the way around the back of the top. It is this detailing which I think makes this pyjama/lounging top into such a lovely piece to wear casually with jeans.

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Rosie Crochet top Boux Avenue
Jeans F&F
Shoes Matalan
Necklace Vintage

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This is a very feminine top that is also really comfortable to wear. I chose a size 18, but could probably have gone down one size as there is plenty of material in this top. The stretch, and the slightly longer length makes this a great choice if you carry weight on your stomach, whether you want to wear this for bed or day wear. The lace detail is just so eye-catching, especially on the back, a really gorgeous, dressy feature.

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I teamed this with jeans and glossy red pumps – a nice contrast to the grey marl of the top.  The round neckline lends itself perfectly to a statement necklace, but I opted for a neater vintage crystal necklace that I have recently acquired from my mom. I also added a snake print cardigan when it turned slightly cooler.

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cardigan Dorothy Perkins

Of course, if you want to wear this as sleepwear, Boux Avenue suggests the top is the perfect match for Rosie vintage rose print pyjama pants. I have to agree, and these are a gorgeous pair of PJ bottoms, with a drawstring waist and very light, silky feel.

Rosie floral pyjama pants £20.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Rosie floral pyjama pants
£20.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

I will be bringing a second Boux Avenue review later this week, this time for a fantastic beach cover -up.

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