Chic girls everywhere are often faced with choosing between comfortable — think track pants and oversized, ratty T-shirts — and sexy when looking for at-home loungewear. The problem is, while many of us would love to opt for the sexy and feminine every time, such pieces just aren’t that conducive to actually lounging.
Enter loungerie, a new term used by the undergarment industry to describe a style hybrid of chic lingerie pieces that are more about easy comfort than support.
One of the new companies that have successfully brought the loungerie concept to life is Plum Pretty Sugar. Launched in 2009 and designed by the British-born, California-bred Charlotte Mills, the line features soft and silky fabrics in several colorful prints with styles that range from tanks to kimonos and tunics.
According to Mills, the brand’s style is “easy-living chic,” which seems appropriate given her California upbringing.
Mills describes the PPS collection as “the vibration of my heart,” and indeed, there is something dreamy and feminine about her creations, which promise to help any woman be both comfortable and beautiful within the privacy of her own home.
Plum Pretty Sugar‘s kimono-style robes, tunics, slip dresses, tanks and lounge pants come in a variety of colors and fabrics. Choose between cotton voile and habutai silk in patterns that evoke colorful Indian garments, a riotous garden or modern sixties chic.
Current patterns include Beckoning Creatures, the hippie-prep Pink Love Poppy, the new Lilac with Ribbons Tied up with String, and the vibrant Darling Jardin Bleu and Silk Road Sweet.
The line also offers “a garden of sweet tanks for inside or out and a lounge pant to cozy into” — a set that has also been cleverly marketed as the ideal bridesmaid gift. Not only are the sets personal and functional, but for the coordinated bride they can also provide a uniform “getting ready” look for the girls on the morning of the nuptials. Many of the pieces like the tanks and tunics can also be worn outside the boudoir as well.
Plum Pretty Sugar also offers a line of bedding and curtains, printed fabric headbands, as well as “blooms” (printed pretty sacks with secret pockets and a drawstring pull) for jewelry and cosmetics.
The line can be purchased online at www.plumprettysugar.com or on Etsy.
There’s no doubt that a Plum Pretty Sugar piece will help brighten up the coming winter and would help any woman feel more feminine and stylish, whether she is lounging around the house, getting ready for a night out or looking to bring some casual romance to her honeymoon.