July 15, 2021

Summer is here, so it’s time to do away with warm PJs and knitted loungewear and opt in for something cooler - the chemise! But, what is a chemise? And how and when should you wear one?

We’re answering all your chemise FAQs right here!


What is a chemise?


A chemise is a classic undergarment which originated as a piece of clothing worn close to the body to protect your clothes from the natural oils your skin produces. In modern day, a chemise is usually a loose dress worn as nightwear, and now comes in many revealing silhouettes and fabrics. It isn’t fitted at the waist, and usually doesn’t feature any fastenings for ease of getting on (and off!)


Hustler Brooke Chemise Red

How to wear a chemise?

Usually a chemise is something that is worn at home, either to wear to bed or something to cover yourself while making breakfast in the morning if you prefer to sleep in the nude! However, it is now fashionable to incorporate chemises into your outerwear, such as layering over t-shirts, under jackets, with boots or heels. For shorter chemises, they look great layered over jeans. The great thing about chemises is that they are very versatile, and work great as something loose and light to wear in the summer, but can also be layered under warmer clothes in the winter.
 
Red slip dress lingerie as outerwear look
PHOTO (left): CHRISTIAN VIERIG/GETTY IMAGES

Do you wear a bra under a chemise?

What you wear under your chemise is a personal choice - however they are usually worn as a lone garment without underwear. As they are typically sleeveless, a mismatching bra strap may be a little unsightly, but wearing a bra for extra support if you require it isn’t out of the question. You can go for a strapless style, or choose a bra which compliments the fabric and colour of the chemise.

Navy chemise with black lace


How do I choose the right chemise for me?


Firstly, you need to decide where you want to wear your chemise - are you planning to just wear it as a bedtime piece, or out and about? If you’re wearing it to bed, the best option would be to opt for a short chemise so you feel less restricted at night. If you’re in need of some bust support, try a chemise that has a lined bust or is fitted at the top.

For outerwear or wearing around the house as a cover-up, you’ll need to avoid sheer fabrics! Choose an opaque style made of silk or satin - but you can always choose something that has cheeky lace cut outs in the right places.

If you’re planning on wearing the chemise traditionally under outerwear, then make sure to pick something with no frills or trims that might show up or be uncomfortable under clothing. Simplicity is best here!

When choosing your size, pick your usual dress size. If you’re between sizes, we’d advise sizing up to get the loose-fit a chemise should have.


Now you’re all set - shop chemises on Playful Promises.

Lemon yellow slip dress by Wolf & whistle


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