Sweet dreams of you,
Every night, I go thru . . .
I’m singing this song and thinking about the search for nightwear. Not the playtime stuff, strictly for dreaming in today’s column.
The search for supportive nightwear has been a near bust. Yes, that store across the pond has a few (pricey) things. But if you are at or near the top of the Bravissimo/Pepperberry size range, they can be too snug or too bare, or both. I’m not asking for much. I’m not walking to the corner to buy a newspaper, but I would like a bit of support for walking to the kitchen to switch on the coffee pot. And I need something that keeps the ladies from flopping around separately when I roll over in bed. I haven’t yet found sleep bras in anything close to my size.
Enter, the corset. Well, a lace trimmed corset camisole, to be specific.
M. Rena Corset Cami
I found this at Lions Lair in Islamorada, Florida last month.
It’s stretchy, 92% Nylon, 8% Spandex, ribbed and seamless with gathers and gentle shaping providing support for lounging and sleeping. It’s quite long, and the hip length works for my long torso. It is made in the USA. This is nightshirt nirvana, or as close as I’ve come to it in ages. And it’s not just sleepwear, but also a great layering piece. I picked up one in white, black and beige.
Sweet Dreams, indeed.
What kinds of supportive nightwear have you found?
P.S. Sweet Dreams is the name of the biopic about Patsy Cline, from whom I’ve chosen my nom de plume. I love her music, but there’s an exchange in the film that I think perfectly captures the essence of The Cline: “You want to be Kitty Wells, don’t you?” a record producer asks her. “Hell no,” Cline shoots back, “I want to be Hank Williams.”
So June at Braless in Brasil wants to know if it’s also shapewear around the middle? And I want to know: (1) cost; and (2) did you find it yourself, or did your Lion’s Lair “personal shopper” find it for you? I’m so jealous that you got to shop there!
It’s lightly smoothing, hence the comfort for sleeping. I’m a bit unskilled with shapewear actually…usually forcing something too tight that moves a bulge rather than smoothes it. Does that make sense? The corset cami hugs, but it isn’t smooshing a roll of fat someplace else.
They were 34.95 full price at the time of my visit to the store (last month) but there were discounts with purchase, starting from the first bra.
is it a shelf bra? underwire? up to what cup size would it support?
Hi Donna — It’s not a shelfbra, and there are no underwires or seams. It’s a stretchy, fitted tanktop. I think it is intended as a layering piece.
I wear a 40H or 40GG bra, depending on the manufacturer. This corset-cami is supportive enough for me to use as loungewear, it doesn’t give the shape and support I get from an actual bra. They are one-size fits most. It would definitely support women smaller than me and appears that I could still add a few cup sizes and it would still work.
Hope that helps. And thanks for the comment. This was my first ever product review, and your questions help me learn what needs to be included to be more useful.
I’m quite fond of “The Original SleepTop” (high neck), but it’s size range is somewhat limited (cup sizes C/D and DD/F only). I have one Bravissimo sleep tank, but find the SleepTop (I have two nightgowns as well as four of the sleep bras) both more supportive and more comfortable.