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Sleep well in Carr & Westley. The nightwear range includes collections from popular brands such as Slenderella, Totes and Besty. Browse the range of cosy dressing gowns, warm pyjamas, comfortable slippers and many more items.
  • The History & Design Of Winceyette Nightwear

    Winceyette PyjamasWinceyette is a term many are familiar with. But how many of you actually know what it means. It often pops in clothing product descriptions, so let’s enlighten you...

    Traditionally, winceyette is a cotton fabric made from a twill weave. Its design is similar to that of flannel, only it is a slightly thinner material that does not share the same heavy texture. Winceyette’s light, yet warm and breathable design, has made it a popular fabric for nightwear.

    Its brush surface has a distinctive raised texture known as napped flannelette, on one or both sides. For those familiar with weaving, the weft is closer than the warp. The napped cotton is dry finished by raising fibres on the surface to produce a ‘fuzzy’ feel and appearance. It is this ‘fuzziness’ that retains the warmth and the napped appearance that makes it instantly recognisable.

    It is not clear exactly when Winceyette nightwear first became popular although there are references to its use during the Second World War. Flannel fabric itself was first developed in Wales in the 17th Century, where weavers discovered that by adding the ‘nap’, they created an uncommonly soft fabric that kept warmth in better despite its lighter weight.

    The traditional Winceyette night garment is long sleeved, long in length and of a simple design for maximum warmth and comfort. Its style has become popular in nightwear because it has the ability to absorb and then release perspiration – helping to avoid waking up in a pool of sweat!

    The fabric design used in Winceyette nightwear is so versatile, it is no longer associated with something only older generations would wear. There are numerous colour and pattern variations to suit all tastes, including the popular, traditional tartan. Nowadays, many youngsters even wear these designs during the day! Indeed, flannel itself has enjoyed a renaissance in recent times, having been a favourite of US truck drivers and people in the music industry.

    Winceyette nightwear has always been a good product for Carr & Westley. We have been trading for 94 years and still to this day offer a selection of winceyette products. You can find a range of our winceyette nightdresses and winceyette pyjamas in our nightwear section.

    See Our Range Of Winceyette Nightwear.

  • Bed Jackets Make The Perfect Christmas Gift

    We have seen a steady increase in the popularity of bed jackets over the last two years. If you’re looking for a gift for a loved one this festive period or are attempting to make a hospital stay a slightly more pleasurable experience then a bed jacket could be just the ticket. Slenderella Bed Jacket

    As winter approaches and the nights get colder, a bed jacket can add that extra little bit of comfort and cosiness. They can be described as 'half-dressing gowns' as they only cover the top half of the wearer but it's design offers you a bit more mobility, and more importantly, you can wear one in bed.  They are perfect for wearing around the house or if you have stay in hospital.

    Carr & Westley have been offering bed jackets via mail order and via our website for over two years.  By purchasing via mail order or online you don’t need to brave the high street and can select from a wide range of designs and colours.  We deliver direct to your door and don't even charge for delivery!

    So if you’re looking online for a bed jacket, or other nightwear products, then feel free to browse our nightwear range and come back regularly for special and clearance offers.

  • A Bed Jacket Is For Life..

    Bed Jacket

    Whilst nightgowns and housecoats remain as popular as ever, the humble bed jacket has rather fallen from favour in the past few years. Resigned to hospital stays and gifts, it found itself towards the lower end of Carr and Westley’s selling popularity lists.

    It has, however, made a comeback in recent times mainly thanks to its usefulness and exposure to wider audiences.

    The bed jacket, a woman’s garment, is a waist-length robe, worn to cover the chest, shoulders and arms whilst sitting up in bed. It’s short length and cape-like cut allows it to be put on (or removed) whilst still in bed. Often made of sheer or lacy fabric and displaying very feminine trimmings and details, it was often used more for seduction, rather than warmth or modesty. It was popularized in 1930s Hollywood films featuring glamorous settings and glamorous stars lounging languorously in their silken bedrooms. Ostrich feather tips, swan’s down, pleated tulle and shirred lace were just a few examples of the extravagant materials that could be used in creating these confections.

    These garments are currently very popular with people who have been hospitalized or recommended bed rest. I was recently introduced to the wondrous garments when I gave birth to our son last February (warmth and modesty definitely on my mind more than seduction and Hollywood glamour!). Sitting up whilst feeding him at night, I found a dressing gown cumbersome and hot, yet it was too cold for lightweight nightwear. Arise the bed jacket! It was the perfect alternative.

    The ribbon tie front bed jacket is my favourite because it looks pretty whether tied or open but their are a number of different styles to suit your preference. Some of the models are made from a thicker material than other and have long sleeves - it really depends what situations you want to use them for.

    Carr & Westley offer a great range of bed jackets with new styles arriving every season. The company's aim is to become the nation's number one choice for bed jackets by offering the widest range possible. If there is a style or design that we don't yet offer, please let us know and we'll try our best to include it in our range.

  • More choice in Bed Jackets than ever before!

    Slenderella Bed JacketOur stock is currently arriving for our Autumn/Winter season and features our largest range of bed jackets yet! A perfect gift idea for your loved ones, the 'half-dressing gowns' only cover the top half of the wearer, but it's design offers you a bit more mobility, and more importantly, you can wear one in bed.  They are also popular for hospital visits and can make the stay a slightly more pleasant experience.

    As the cold approaches and the nights draw in, a bed jacket can add that little bit of comfort & cosiness. Carr and Westley have been offering bed jackets via mail order & our website for over five years.  By purchasing via mail order or online you don’t need to brave the high street and can select from a wide range of designs and colours.  We deliver direct to your door and don't even charge for delivery!

    So if you’re looking online for a bed jacket, or other nightwear products, then feel free to browse our nightwear range and come back regularly for special and clearance offers.

  • Carr & Westley's 8 Sleep Tips

    7 sleep tips

    There are some great little tricks if your struggling to get your eight hours. Some of them work and some of them don’t. Some of the best sleep tips involve all natural techniques that you can do in your own home. Here are our top 7, not scientific, just years of practice.

    1. Make sleep a priority. Try not to stay up till all hours of the morning when you know you must get up early. Do this enough times and then your body will no longer sleep when you want it to. You will have reset your internal alarm clock, which will only make you groggy and very cranky.

    2.Start a sleep/bedtime ritual. Start getting ready for bed earlier in the evening. Unwind from the madness of the day at least 2 hours before bed. Start lowering noise and lighting, along with any other stimulants. Take a shower or bath or just wash your face. Now put on your pajamas, nightdress, nightgown, bed socks or bed jacket and get comfortable. Create a bedtime for yourself. Going to bed at the same time every night tells your body what time to go to sleep.

    3.Create a restful place to sleep. No television in the bedroom. No clutter in the bedroom. Make your bedroom an oasis from the rest of the house. Make sure that you have a good quality mattress and foundation on your bed. It should be comfortable and support your spine.

    4. Cut back on what you take in before bed. Avoid foods and try to cut back if you smoke.

    5. Relax. Listen to music, soft, peaceful music to practice deep breathing to. Close your eyes and clear your mind. Some people swear by practicing meditation techniques at bed time as well as counting backward from 10,20, or even 30.  The belief is that your body comes to understand that you are ‘counting down’ to sleep and it begins to relax into the beginning stages of the sleep mode.

    6. If you just cannot sleep, get up. Now this is a important one. If you are laying in bed staring at the ceiling then get up. Attempting to force yourself to sleep results in a horrid restless sleep.

    7. Exercise. Now don’t exercise within 1-2 hours of bedtime, see point 4. Find some time during the day, even first thing in the morning, to exercise. It has been scientifically proven  that people who exercise have a better quality of sleep. Exercise helps to reduce stress levels and increase health, both of which help to create a more peaceful quality of sleep.

    8.Finally, nightwear. This is where we can help, the right nightdress, PJs or bed jacket can keep you warm on the coldest nights or cool during stuffy summer nights. Take a look look out our range by clicking here.

  • Autumn Is Starting To Bite

    The nights are drawing in, the wind has a chill and temperatures are dropping. It’s safe to say Autumn has started to bite. We may not have enjoyed the hottest summer on record, but autumn/winter always comes as a bit of a shock.

    So why not treat yourself to a little comfort for the approaching frosty mornings? In the Carr & Westley Autumn/Winter Collection we have put together a great range of dressing gowns and housecoats that can keep you warm and cosy while the kettle is boiling on a winter’s morning.

    Embroidered HousecoatSlenderella’s Super Fleece Dressing Gown, available in Cream or Lilac, is a current favourite that is guaranteed to keep you warm and toastie during the cold months ahead. Or if you looking for something with a little more styled detail, we recommend the Embroided Fleece Housecoat which features a luxurious satin applique yoke and distinctive Peter Pan collar.

    Carr & Westley has been supplying Slenderella Dressing Gowns for many years and we thoroughly recommend them as a personal treat, birthday or Christmas gift.  And with our extra mile, complete satisfaction or your money back, promise you have nothing to lose.

    And remember, Carr & Westley offers FREE UK DELIVERY on all products.

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