This morning I woke up well rested but surprised at what I was wearing: a Brooks Brothers dress shirt and Churchill-dot boxer shorts. Seems I conked out in the middle of “Pompeii” for the third night in a row, which probably means it’s time to return the movie to Netflix.
As for what trad types wear when they’re actually preparing for sleep, Lisa Birnbach broaches the subject in the October issue of Town & Country with a piece entitled “The Lost Chapter Of The Preppy Handbook.” Already online, the piece has the dry humor that proliferates the OPH but is far scarcer in the more conceptual sequel.
Question: Are you allowed to sleep naked? First, let’s define naked. We are a tribe that believes in layers. You may be a little warm, but never so warm you wouldn’t want a sweater nearby. We like to be prepared. We also like hyperbole: “I feel naked without my pearls” or “I can’t relax without a blazer.”
Head over here for the full piece. And in the meantime, without creeping us all out, what do you wear to dreamland? Here are a few examples from Brooks Brothers catalogs from the time of the preppy handbook. And yes, BB still makes the nightshirt.
Oh, and here’s my idea for a sleepwear design: go-to-hell pajama set embroidered with little prescription symbols. — CC
Top image via Slow Love Life.