Lets start with the most basic of facts: Its dang cold outside.
Unless youre among those kicking back in sunny Florida, your fingers and toes are numb, your goosebumps have goosebumps, and spring along with its promise of warmth seems as distant as Mars.
For the frigid majority, we have a few suggestions. Lurk near radiators, fireplaces and other warm spots. Avoid the great outdoors whenever possible. And find a pair of warm, soft pajamas. We wont tell a soul if you decide to stay in them night and day.
Sharon Haver, founder and editor of focusonstyle.com, has a practical outlook on sleepwear if youre thinking of purchasing a new night wardrobe.
I prefer sleepwear you can answer the door in, says the New York-based stylist and consultant. Im not much into dainty pink.
And dont necessarily look in the sleepwear aisle, she says. The dance enthusiast loves Lululemon lightweight pants, which move from yoga to nap time in a snap. But theres nothing wrong with good, old-fashioned flannel, she says.
When it comes to clothes you sleep in, theres flannel, then the jersey ones which are soft and stretchy and drapey and then theres silk, Haver says, then pauses to laugh. OK, most people dont buy themselves silk pajamas, but I think the (washable) silk pajamas are nice when theyve been washed several times.
Find your comfort zone
Comfort is essential, says the style guru, so look for a loose waistband and a fuller top. A sleep shirt is another option both practical and attractive, she adds.
Sure, you sleep in it, but theres no excuse for looking ugly, Haver adds.
Mary Rose MacKinnon, public relations manager for L.L. Bean, agrees that a nice-looking pair of pajamas will move from evening into daytime hours gracefully. L.L. Beans pajamas and robes have been selling well this chilly year, she says.
Look for pajamas made of very soft cotton and bottoms with a comfortable waist, MacKinnon says. The fabric should be warm and cozy, but never bulky. Our customers tell us they love our sleepwear because its soft, warm, cozy and durable.
And what more could any of us ask for on a cold winter day?