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Nighttime Is the Right Time for Dreamy Dressing

March 19, 1993|JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

After a long, busy day, many women look forward to a good night's sleep. Part of the pleasure is slipping into something comfortable for the slumber ahead.

While women want comfortable sleepwear, they also look for something sexy to don before climbing into bed, says Michelle Sullivan, sales representative at Leonardo's Boutique in the Hyatt Hotel in Garden Grove.

"Women care what they wear to sleep," agrees Leslie Stoddard, co-owner of Intimate Concepts in Irvine. "Nightwear is moving toward a sexier look and there is a lot more variety in today's sleepwear."

You'll also find many more colors than ever before. "Besides black and white, there is a lot of women's nightwear in warm colors like brown and gold, which are very popular," says Lena Marie Sulahian, owner of Marie's Boudoir in Laguna Niguel.

The following sampling of stores offers nightwear perfect for snoozing and lounging.

EROGENOUS ZONE

This store carries a lot of specialty nightwear, says salesperson Lelania McDaniel, including a Classics by J & J 100% silk two-piece shirt and pants set. The shirt is long-sleeved with one pocket. The outfit is loose fitting and comes in red or white ($120, sizes small, medium and large).

The store also has an XTC Leather teddy, which McDaniel says is "very sexy." This is sleeveless with lace on the front and spaghetti straps. It comes in black and has attached garter straps ($80-$110, sizes 34-38).

The Loves Delight baby-doll short teddy has connecting nylon shorts. The nightie comes in black or white and has spaghetti straps and a fishnet and lace top ($24, sizes small, medium and large).

343 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 879-3270.

INTIMATE CONCEPTS

This store carries a lot of revealing nightwear, including the Shirley of Hollywood 100% stretch lace teddy. This tight-fitting sleeveless sleepwear has a lace-up front and low V-neck. It comes in black, red or white ($26, sizes small to 4X).

The store also has an Empire 100% chiffon baby-doll set. The spaghetti-strap top is sheer black with lace and embroidered red roses. There are matching sheer black panties ($25, sizes small to 4X).

The Shirley of Hollywood sleeveless form-fitting body stocking is made of cracked-ice fishnet and comes in purple, black or white. There is lace up the front and a very low back ($49, sizes small, medium and large).

5406-A Walnut Ave., Irvine, (714) 262-1010.

KRISTEN'S LINGERIE

This store carries a wide variety of women's sleepwear, including a Varena floor-length white cotton nightie. The gown has a round neck with buttons down to the bust line. At the hem there are small white cotton bows. Available in small, medium and large and petite by special order ($90). A matching robe with long sleeves gathered at the wrist is sold separately ($115).

The Tzzz 100% cotton pajamas come in pink, sea-foam green or blue with white polka dots. The top is a short-sleeved pullover with a white organdy flower at the neck, and the bottoms are shorts. You can find small, medium and large sizes ($30).

The store also carries Treesha and Lasoie Charmeuse night slips in peach, shocking pink, purple or red. These pullover slip-style nighties have a scoop front and low back with spaghetti straps. They fall knee-length or mid-calf ($20 to $60, depending on the mummy--weight and quality--of the silk).

1036 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, (714) 631-7399.

LEONARDO'S BOUTIQUE

This store carries a wide variety of women's nightwear, including a Blanche long, white chiffon gown. The top part has spaghetti straps and is made of sheer lace, and the bottom half is composed of pink chiffon. There is an accompanying short-sleeved jacket, also in white lace and pink chiffon. Both are ankle-length and loose fitting ($180, for the set, one size).

The Circa 2000 teddy has a bold Hawaiian flower print in yellow, red, blue and pink. The 100% chiffon nightwear flairs out at the hips, giving a ruffle-like appearance. There are spaghetti straps ($30, sizes small, medium and large).

The store also carries a Nan Flower teddy that Sullivan says looks like a bathing suit. This comes in red, pink or blue and has a satin V on the stomach, mesh on the sides and lace at the bikini line and on the top. There are spaghetti straps and a snap crotch ($37; small, medium and large).

300 Plaza Alicante, Hyatt Hotel, Garden Grove, (714) 740-0307.

LINGERIE FOR LESS

These stores carry brand-name nightwear at 20% to 70% less than many department and specialty stores, says Santa Ana store manager Michelle Liger.

The silk knee-length Cassi L chemise with a scoop neck has spaghetti straps and a crisscross back. It comes in solid red, white, black or blue and is available in small, medium and large ($30). Pair this with a matching silk kimono robe made by the same maker. This is also knee-length and has a loose tie belt ($55).

The stores also carry a Sarah Jane two-piece cotton pajama short set in a paisley or floral pattern of soft peach, blue and green. The shorts are trimmed in lace ($14).

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