Several centuries ago one could be clothed in what was termed, ‘undress.’  Not as exciting for some as it sounds. But for those who know – exquisite silk gowns, embroidered or patterned and the allure of semi-transparent linen.

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Few shops stock anything like the grandeur of the past but if you are in the habit of tearing off your day time suit and yet, not ready for the caress of your Derek Rose pyjamas, then consider the glories available at New & Lingwood on Jermyn Street, London. Here, marvel at the choicest silk gowns – perfect to welcome anyone at your door, Martini in hand, in an array of sparkling colours and designs.  They cost an absolute fortune…but isn’t everything relative?