Making a Case for the Nightgown as Caftan

So that you can have a good day


Nightgowns are confusing. Particularly because they’re called nightgowns. Gowns, as far as I’m concerned, are formal wear. And nights, most typically, are precisely when formal events occur. So when did it happen that the “nightgown” would become synonymous with the world’s most satisfying pleasure: sleep? And not that I’m trying to retroactively bridge the gap between the term and its modern-day intended use, but I am totally making a case for the nightgown as caftan, ergo as daywear.

Why? Well! Aside from the reaped aesthetic benefits of wearing a long sleeve, ankle-length dress that could have been the progeny of a very fancy luxury designer in its past life, so much of how we perceive clothing at Man Repeller is about directing our attention inward.

Sure, looking good is cool, but does that really work if you don’t feel good? What do clothes mean beyond the very literal message that they send when they cover your body? For me, it’s much more about how to make my clothes work to earn their salt. And when I say this I don’t mean by weathering the vicissitudes of a wear. I’m talking about the emotional stuff. That sentimental fodder we use to place value in our things. As for the nightgown as caftan as work-appropriate day wear? Yeah! It’s fun that I got it on sale for $161 (after I said I wouldn’t in this here money diary), but what makes it priceless is the message I intend for it to send — that I spend the majority of my time not at home, but at the office, so why not respect myself and my work the same way I do at home and demand the same kind of comfort within the four walls that nestle me from 9 to 5 (8 to 7)?

Think about it, people.

Then shop!

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis; Sleepy Jones nightgownAnissa Kermiche earrings, Chanel bag, The Row shoes, Annelise Michelson arm cuffs.


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  • Pia Hocevar Mucic

    what an incredible look! Love the dress, it’s chic and looks comfy!
    Fash ‘n’ fudge
    Fash ‘n’ fudge

  • I am really liking this. I love anything flowy and oversized for summer as I am definitely not a shorts or short skirt kind of person. It also merges into the current lingerie as daywear trend in a nice unexpected way.

  • Renee

    Glad you got the sandals. And this nightgown as day wear I can get into. Being that I’m 45, I I tend to take the things that I can pull off (at my age), like espradrilles ( castiners in red, Levi’s kick flares, even 2015 ysl wrist bandana, and admire/gaze longingly at the things I can’t. Did you ever think about getting a staffer who is pushing 50? You can still be a man repeller at my age right?

  • snap

    stop blurring nipples leandra! we love you but #freethenipple

  • Natali

    Looking absolutely fantastic and so magnificently unique! 🙂

  • Savannah

    Yay, you got the sandals! I noticed your hair is also getting longer. What made you decide to grow out your tresses? Btw, you look perf.

  • Stephanie

    I love that nightgown! So cute <3

  • M.

    Leandra, I am loving, loving the caftans you’ve been sporting this summer. And this nightgown as caftan idea is so perfect. As an avid instagram follower of yours, I must say that I am obsessed with this one you wore the other day. Could you share where you got it? It is perfect for a party I have coming up soon. I would really appreciate it! Thank you!

    • Leandra Medine

      Hey! It is Natasha Zinko <3

  • Allie Fasanella

    big fan big fan

  • I wore my nightie to the pub once in the summer, looked like a summer dress to me! It was a Sunday and I couldn’t be bothered to get dressed!