The State of Sleepwear: Nude or Prude?

by Alexandra Owens


Conde Nast ArchiveConde Nast Archive For the people out there who worry that our country is heading in the wrong direction, to a place of loose morals and toddlers dressed like Kim Kardashian, I offer you hope in the form of a recent survey by CouponCodes4u.com: The website polled 2,129 cohabiting men and women to find that an overwhelming 62 percent wear pajamas to bed (only 11 percent sleep in the nude, and 27 percent snooze in underwear). And we're not talking scandalous nighties, either. Forty-three percent of women strongly prefer "flannel pajama sets" (really?) to lingerie, which only got 11 percent of the vote.

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Maybe it's my Florida upbringing (even the idea of flannel there makes me claustrophobic), or maybe it's the fact that I live in the twenty-first century, but I find the old-school sleepwear trend really surprising-especially when you look at the reason why women are going for the Victorian look. Thirty-one percent chose pajamas because they "didn't want their partner seeing them naked." In fact, just 23 percent said that their partner saw them naked every day.

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To which I say, if you and your partner are living together, there is a healthy chance they are going to be seeing you nude anyway. So why do the hours when they're sleeping (and presumably not staring at you, unless they're really creepy) matter? All the stuff we do to prepare for bedtime is embarrassing enough-there is nothing remotely sexy about scrunchies, eye creams, moisturizing socks, face masks, and acne spot treatments. They need all of the help they can get so your nightly ritual doesn't begin to resemble a dermatologist's office. Why not balance it out with a little lace trim and spaghetti straps?

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