Moneybags Monday: Jenny Packham's Nighty

I want this, but it’s the same price as a holiday. Not that that usually stops me – if it’s something I can get a lot of wear out of – but this is highly impractical. Can I wear it to the shops? No. Can I wear it swanning about the house? No – I’ll inevitably spatter bean-juice down it or tread on the bottom and rip it. I’ll brush my teeth and some of the flying paste-droplets (they spray everywhere, don’t they?) will land on it and stain it forever. I’ll sharpen an eyeliner and one of the blasted shavings will land black-wax-side down on the skirt.

No, it’s an impossibility even at a tenth of the price – I can’t even sleep in it as it will trap my legs and irritate me, it’ll end up around my neck in a huge bunch and I’ll think that someone is trying to suffocate me. C’est pas possible. In my head, I’m swanning about in a hotel suite at the Dorchester, ordering butlers to prepare my Balenciaga dress for the evening’s events; I’m holding a martini delicately in one hand and a fan in the other. (A paper fan, not one of those big industrial metal ones.) My Jenny Packham lace-trimmed slip is shimmying about my person perfectly and pooling in a puddle of silk at my feet – a gentle breeze ripples the curtains as Brad, George and perhaps Davy B (so long as he keeps quiet) are preparing my bath….

Jenny Packham Silk-Satin Chemise, £595 from Net-a-Porter:

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  1. Tora
    May 30, 2011 / 12:18 pm

    Oh, but it is like a dream :< I love it to bits.

  2. Tora
    May 30, 2011 / 12:20 pm

    Oh, and let me quote net-a-porter:
    If it doesn’t fit, return shipping is free.”

    it is so TEMPTING!

    • May 30, 2011 / 6:00 pm

      @Tora yes, except I can never be arsed to return stuff! x

  3. Abigail
    May 30, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    Ooh Ruth, that’s fabulous! Actually it would be well worth it, a gorgeous garment like that you could wear for years and that would greatly reduce the cost per wear. A girl always needs something very beautiful and highly impractical in her wardrobe…:) Just watch the baked beans!

  4. Natalya
    May 30, 2011 / 1:24 pm

    I love this but I like the feathery one on net-a-porter it’s so cute, I really wanted a Jenny Packham nightgown for my honeymoon, dreams of swanning around in ridiculously expensive silk, dashed by my mr lol and put toward much better use; duty free at the airport lol!
    Absolutely beautiful think you may be thinking your on shoot though as that’s the generally the only place butlers, hubby’s and gorgeous guys will be following you around with champagne and running baths for you……I dunno maybe you life is actually like that?………wouldn’t surprise me!! ;-)
    Xoxo Natalya

  5. Natalie
    May 30, 2011 / 2:00 pm

    Lovely. I got married in Jenny Packham and I love her designs. Maybe for one day you could recreate the fantasy of wearing it but on a budget- get your other half to pour you champagne while you waft around in it, ensuring you leave the tags in to send back!

  6. Soso
    May 30, 2011 / 2:00 pm


  7. Coco
    May 30, 2011 / 4:24 pm

    Have… To… Resist…
    It’s the same here. I’ve been lurking over those Giuseppe Zanotti heels. Thank God doesn’t ship to Canada. I would have seven hundred (thousands?) pairs of haungtingly beautiful shoes on my credit card.

    Net-à-porter does ship to my home. Oh my…

  8. Aislinn07
    May 30, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    gah it doesnt come in XX small :( damn you petiteness!

  9. May 30, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    “it’ll end up around my neck in a huge bunch and I’ll think that someone is trying to suffocate me”, this made me laugh out loud. Love it. I know exactly what you mean, so beautiful yet so impractical!

  10. Lily
    May 31, 2011 / 12:15 am

    Hi Ruth,

    First of all, you don’t need to publish this – I just didn’t want to write to you on your “urgent”/PR contact form.

    I absolutely love your blog – I am a bit of a research-a-holic and have always been into finding the best beauty products that actually work and I’ve spent a small fortune over the years trying various products with varying degrees of success. Your blog means I no longer have to spend hours trawling the Internet looking for the elusive products that work. It’s great to get an honest opinion from someone as in-the-know as a model whose livelihood depends on looking fabulous!

    I feel a little strange writing to a complete stranger as if to a friend to recommend something I thought you’d like… but I’m feeling a little crazy…

    A friend of a friend of a friend designs lingerie and I love her nightwear. Although it’s not in the same league as Jenny Packham, I have a couple of her gorgeous silk and French “Leavers lace” pieces (which I believe are stocked by Harvey Nicks and Selfridges) and randomly a little boutique in Belgravia. In case you’re in the market for a beautiful silk nightgown I would recommend looking at her site: No need to plug her website on your site, just thought you might be interested.

    I too love Jenny Packham’s designs and recall a time a few years ago when I was in the market for a ball gown and having not had any luck finding one last minute, I went to Harrods and tried on one of JP’s gorgeous gowns. I hadn’t heard of JP and didn’t think to look at the price tag before getting an assistant to hem it for me so that it could be altered. I described the height of my heels that I had planned to wear with the dress and the assistant brought some Louboutins for me so she could hem it to the correct length. My feet are quite wide and not made for Louboutins so 15 minutes into the fitting my feet started to go numb. I asked the assistant how much it would cost for the alterations to be done at short notice and she told me the total cost (including the price of the dress). A few minutes after this I started to feel very faint. I am not sure if it was the revelation of the price of the dress or whether it was because my circulation had been cut off by the shoes, but I had to sit down and put my head between my legs! I was so embarrassed I had wasted the assistant’s time so when it came to pay for the dress and pre-pay the alterations I had to act a fumble in the bag for a wallet I’d left at home and make my exit. Although it’s still the ball dress of my dreams I will sadly have to wait until I earn a little more than I currently do before indulging in a JP dress!


    • May 31, 2011 / 8:25 pm

      @Lily thanks, hope you didn’t mind that I published this – useful info for others looking into luxe nightwear! I have bought from Julianne before actually, she sometimes has amazing sales on – the chemise was beautiful! x

  11. Aoife
    May 31, 2011 / 1:13 am

    “A paper fan, not one of those big industrial metal ones”. In pretty much every post I find a sentence that really just delights me – that’s my pick for this one :)

  12. May 31, 2011 / 10:07 am

    I love the idea of wearing a night dress like this, and my boyfriend thinking as I climb into bed “wow look at my amazing girlf looking beautiful with no make up on and this sexy nightdress”. In reality Im wearing a baggy old tshirt and jogging bottoms so my fake tan doesnt stain the bed sheets and I have a shiny face from my serum etc and greasy hair from my overnight conditioner!!

    I actually have a lovely Vicky Secrets one that I bought last year, maybe I should start making the effort? This one is amazing but I agree that the price is too much, but then if you want a high quality chemise they usually are this expensive!!

    Love the blog as always xxx

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