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Nisha JamWal
My friend Nisha is a star in India and she has inspired novels, articles and TV shows. She is in town and I am spending as much time as possible with her. We have a lot of catching up to do. That said, Nisha has forgotten her nightie in Mumbai and, this afternoon, we have tried to find her a suitable one. This proved to be a more difficult task than expected, and I am ashamed to say that we lamentably failed.

I need to come clean here. I am not a nightie person. I prefer to steal my husband’s shirts and sleep in them. Much better. Much more comfortable, not to mention cheaper. And I love the bohemian vibe of an old shirt. In short, it is a win-win. I couldn’t borrow one of my nighties to my friend Nisha, I am not sure I have one. There you go. Not very French, I know.

I was confident that we would find what Nisha needed at M&S. Little did I know that the only nighties on display were dotted or with floral prints (some with both, actually). How can a guy fancy a woman in M&S nighties? I am pretty sure it must be the first recommendation of all marriage counsellors: ‘ditch the M&S nighties’.  Honestly, it is better to sleep naked. Maybe you need a M&S nightie when you want to make it as hard as possible for the poor guy lying next to you. Nisha summed it up the following way:

“I wouldn’t die in it!” There you have it.

Undeterred, we tried H&M. There was almost nothing. We were told that nighties were out of fashion. There were a couple of pyjamas, but that’s as far as it went. Still no nightie for Nisha.

We tried a few other shops, to no avail. Where are the nighties gone?

For the first time in my life, I decided to go to Ann Summers, thinking that it was just a lingerie shop. Wow! Where did I take Nisha? I felt almost ashamed of myself. This is a shop where you go if you want to become a dominatrix. Who wears this type of lingerie? I am French and I really thought that it was too much, even for me. We were out after two minutes.

Nisha will probably use one of her partner’s old shirt or T-Shirt tonight. It looks like there are no acceptable nighties in London. 
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • I know her! Like have her columns and all! 🙂 You are friends with a star!

  • Jenny Woolf

    I think I might have seen some in John Lewis…. but well, the very word, “nightie” How could it possibly be sexy??

  • Carolina HeartStrings

    Perhaps something like a swim-suit cover-up. But, I’m w/ you Muriel – an old T shirt is my fave.

  • Ann Mullen

    Your friend is truly beautiful. What a wonderful face to get to sit across from. I’ll bet her husband thinks so, too. I don’t know why you couldn’t find any lingerie? Not that I have actually set foot into a real store in a long time, but I see frilly rayon and nylon stuff in my sister’s catalogs. Why you couldn’t find any amazes me. I am shocked, I tell you. Just shocked.

  • Suerae Stein

    I can’t stand nighties. They get all bunched up and wrapped around my legs when I try to sleep. I’m with you – a t-shirt is much more comfortable. I am surprised that you couldn’t find one. There are plenty over here and not all of them are grammies jammies!

  • I voted for the birthday suit before we even got 1 sentence in…
    It works in France AND India!

  • SarahHague

    Did you try John Lewis, or Selfridges, or Harrods? I’m sure one of them must have had something. I like to sleep in a stretch cotton beach dress which is very cool, or a long tee-shirt like nightie when it gets a bit nippy. If I’m with my DB, I sleep in my birthday suit, or something suitable…

  • SarahHague

    PS we didn’t spend long enough in Gloucester Road to get together. It was a dash to Slick Willies then on to Harrods and a picnic in Hyde Park with my boys and niece, followed by the Bank of England Museum (free) which is excellent (FYI).

  • Penelope James

    I’m a nightie person and I used to buy all my nighties at M&S. Now I get them online. That nightie from M&S is the same floral one they’ve had forever. Meant for nightie, granny age holdouts like me who wouldn’t have been caught dead in the floral one in the swinging 60’s. That said, I can’t imagine a star like Misha in a nightie, but how about a slinky negligee?

  • MuMuGB

    You are getting M&S nighties online? Wow! I have to say that they are very soft, but not what Nisha wanted!

  • MuMuGB

    Glad you had such a good time ! The weather is a bit funny here, you were lucky for your picnic!

  • MuMuGB

    We were on high street ken, and clearly it is not the place to be for nighties!

  • MuMuGB

    Well, apparently not in India….

  • MuMuGB

    I suppose we just went to the wrong places…silly old me.

  • MuMuGB

    So was I. One of the shop attendants even told me that nighties were out of fashion…

  • MuMuGB

    Nothing beats an old T-shirt!

  • MuMuGB

    I don’t know…in fact, I don’t have one…

  • MuMuGB

    She is a star and a lovely person too. Very approachable & generous.

  • Carol

    We used to call M&S Marks & Sparks. I guess they have lost the spark. Fun post.

  • Nisha JamVwal

    What a fun/ funny time we had, hunting for , of all the things- a nightie!!!

    http://nishajamvwal.blogspot.in
    @nishjamwal

  • Nisha JamVwal

    Thank you so so much Ann! Touched
    http://nishajamvwal.blogspot.i
    @nishjamwal

  • Nisha JamVwal

    Thank you so much Hajra,
    delighted that you read my columns!!
    http://nishajamvwal.blogspot.i
    @nishjamwal

  • Nisha JamVwal

    On that magical night !

  • MuMuGB

    I don’t know. Some do love M&S

  • I LOVE M&S and hate how there are none here in the US! I guess that says a lot about my prudishness then? heheheh…….

  • jonesbabie

    There are plenty of lingerie shops and nighties available here in the US and I still end up sleeping in a man’s t shirt most of the time. It’s about comfort and being able to turn over in bed without getting twisted up in my clothing.
    Your friend is a beautiful woman Muriel and I hope you had lots of fun catching up while she was in London.

  • MuMuGB

    We had a lot of fun trying to catch up. As for nighties, I am 100% with you. Nothing tops up hubby’s large T-shirts.

  • MuMuGB

    Joy, we need to talk. If you have a partner, M&S nighties are a no no. There is a law against M&S nighties in France. Honest.