One of the best-kept beauty secrets is lingerie.
You are thinking how is lingerie a beauty secret?
Lingerie is a very powerful beauty secret because it makes us feel fabulous and if we feel fabulous our confidence grows, our happiness soars and we are all round more attractive women.
Feeling beautiful underneath our fashionable exteriors is so important to our mind-set. Sleeping well is so much easier if we feel the part. A shabby old tracksuit and a holey pair of socks do nothing for anyone’s joie de vivre. Even if it is for your eyes only a beautiful nightgown or pair of pyjamas can make the world of difference to our equilibrium. Why shouldn’t we dress for bed? Comfort and beauty are not mutually exclusive; they can work very well together.
Try it; you will see I am on to something.
In Paris I have a small ritual; it is a treat I look forward to and a personal tradition I have been following for years.
I take myself up the art deco escalators at Le Bon Marche and lose myself in the lingerie department. There is a style of nightgown I love; bias cut with a little bit of lace and a lot of movement; a slip style that moves and doesn’t get caught in the most uncomfortable of places. I don’t like that feeling when sleepwear rolls around and around, almost like a straightjacket. The straps need to be the right length and the cut under the underarms high enough to feel protected but not so covered that I feel like, Mrs Doubtfire or equally like an ageing siren. It doesn’t even matter if I am carrying a few excess pounds, the feel of luxuriousness and femaleness I have when I step into the gown far outweighs any curves that I begrudge.
Playing to the feminine strength is very much a French woman’s game.
She adores her lingerie and probably owns a wardrobe full of lovely pieces. She must or there could not possibly exist so many boutiques throughout France specialising only in lace pretties.
I found my nightgown, almost identical to this one and as a beauty secret, I think it’s working. xv
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