Product Review: Silk & Soul Lunares Collection

Hello Everyone,

When I reviewed the fabulous Fleur’t with Me Wild Child lounge collection several months ago, I alluded to how challenging it can be for boutique owners to find inexpensive sleepwear for their inventory mix.  Most small businesses stake their reputations on providing customers with more unique and better quality items than can be found at big box or chain stores, and many boutique-oriented manufacturers focus on smaller, ethically-sourced collections which utilize indulgent fabrics, eye-catching details, and a superb fit.  In short, quality shows through in all things, even pajamas, and quality costs more.  However, not everyone can afford to splurge on higher priced lounge wear, and I am always watching the market for something fashionable and wallet-friendly.  Enter newcomer Silk & Soul.  The brand contacted me last year, and while the bra styles were not a good fit for the shop, the lounging collections were absolutely adorable.

This is what happens when you try to watch TV, lounge, or take photos of your new pajamas at my home.
This is what happens when you try to watch TV, lounge, or take photos of your new pajamas at my home.

As a consumer and a retailer, I love when manufacturers create seasonal palettes with an element of compatibility among styles because it offers maximum mix-and-match capabilities.  Silk & Soul follows this pattern by creating miniature capsules, of which the Lunares is one, that work interchangeably together, and in many cases, the pieces transcend their own collection to work with elements of another.  As a result, a customer can purchase a few items from a capsule that recombine with each other or with other items in his/her lounging wardrobe. The ability to offer a quality product with such easy versatility greatly appealed to me, and we began carrying the line last fall.

Lunares Short-Sleeved T-Shirt in Black — $20; Lunares Woven Shorts in Black/White Dot — $24
Lunares Short-Sleeved T-Shirt in Black — $20; Lunares Woven Shorts in Black/White Dot — $24

My constant eyeing of the Lunares set did not go unnoticed, and my dad and brother squirreled away a few Silk & Soul pieces as a Christmas gift.  I believe I mentioned in the past how divergent my image of “ideal” sleepwear is from the pieces I actually wear.  Left to my own fantasies, my sleep and lounging preferences are full-on glamorous, worthy of any starlet to grace the silver screen.  I am draped in slinky chemises with vintage lace and topped with decadent robes made from silk and feathers, my hair and makeup expertly done while I stare wistfully out an open window enjoying a warm breeze.  My overactive imagination aside, it astounds me how I am instantly attracted to sleep and lounge pieces which are, at their core, not really “me.”   The real me sucks at doing hair and lives with it in a pony tail or loose braid when home, and my make up (which is mostly just lots of eye shadow and liner) is only put on for workdays.   I am not sitting indoors by the window either.  On my days off, you can usually find me barefoot on my deck wearing a well-worn tee shirt and shorts with one dog monopolizing my lap while another tries to maneuver into the coveted position.  And for sleeping?  I’m straight cotton nightgowns or over-sized men’s shirts.

Lunares Racerback Tank — 17.50; Lunares Knit Black Shorts — $20
Lunares Racerback Tank — $17.50; Lunares Knit Black Shorts — $20

Consequently, though I love some of the more gorgeous lounging pieces I’ve seen others rocking, casual shorts and shirts are more my actual speed, and my dad and brother snagged me two pairs of shorts, a short-sleeve shirt, a racer-back tank, and a nightie all in the size large.

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Because the shorts are strictly for lounging, the shorter length works well although I do admit to not wearing them much at the moment simply because it’s been cold here.  When spring takes root in a couple weeks, I imagine they will come out often, particularly because the neutral colors mean they work with everything.  Of the two pairs, I prefer the woven, black and white shorts the best.  While the stretchy knit fabric and classic drawstring design on the solid black shorts is comfortable, I love the lightweight, breezy feel of the woven fabric better, particularly because they seem to cling less.  Sizing up could have also fixed this issue too, but since I am trying to lose weight, I am hoping these will fit better as my size changes.

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Even outside the Lunares collection, all of Silk & Soul’s tops are basic enough to transition from lounge to casual attire, similar to the Wild Child pieces from Fleur’t, and the use of interesting details like see-through mesh, lace, and ruching add visual interest.  Featuring a tag-less design and soft cotton-blend fabric, the tops sport a relaxed fit which I enjoy.  For lounge, I prefer to have tops which are not overly tight in the shoulders or stomach but which still are figure flattering, particularly because I often pull from my lounge and PJ drawer on the weekends or when guests are visiting.  Added stretch accommodates a larger bust, and the frequent use of solid colors, as with my pink and black tops, make them ideal for layering underneath clothes too.

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As I mentioned above, I tend to sleep more in shirts or nighties than shorts partly because every night, I am lucky enough to go bed with two very handsome, very hot, very snuggley males—and by “hot”, I mean they put off the heat of a thousand suns right against my back.  It is not unusual for me to wake up quite warm because one or both of them has wedged their furry bodies against my back and clicked the heat setting to amplify.  As a result, lightweight, breathable nightgowns are a must, and the Lunares nightgown delivers.  The length provides enough coverage in the front and back to let me feel comfortable, and the strappy shoulder and back design keeps me cool.  My one critique is that the straps are longer here, and if you are very petite or have a shorter torso, the nightie may dip too low in the front.  Otherwise, it’s very comfortable to wear.

Lunares Nightie in Black/White Dot — $30
Lunares Nightie in Black/White Dot — $30

Comfortable designs and soft fabrics aside, the aesthetics are also perfect for me too.  Black and white is kind of my thing.  Over half my wardrobe is some combination of black, white, and/or gray and has more or less remained that way since I was in high school.  Naturally, a set which relies heavily on one of my favorite contrasts is going to appeal to me, and I think the interjection of the hot pink is a classic way to add a pop of color to the neutrality of the pieces.  In fact, I’ve mixed my Lunares items easily with other pieces in my lounge wardrobe as well as wore them to the store.  Some of the other collections use more sleep-oriented prints like stars or clouds, but the sharp mod-inspired black and white dot print is flashy and bold.  The nightie concerned me because I wondered how those dots would look, but I love it and think it offers a more unique twist on sleepwear.

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All of the pieces have washed well and held up over time which is nice too.  Because of the lower price point, the cotton-blend is not as soft as the modal based sets like Fleur’t with Me or the Tia Lyn Bliss set (which is on my review agenda), but you’re also looking at an entire set for under $50.  Overall, I’ve been really pleased with the quality and durability and am considering ordering more from them this spring.  However, I do have one quibble:  The items are sized small through x-large, and I would love to see something like this offered in plus-sizes.

Review Bonus: All sleepwear is on sale right now!!

Seriously, they saw the opportunity to be in pictures and jumped at it . . . Einstein being the baby who has to sit in my lap.
Seriously, they saw the opportunity to be in pictures and jumped at it . . . Einstein being the baby who has to sit in my lap.

Product Review: Silk & Soul Lunares Collection
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
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15 thoughts on “Product Review: Silk & Soul Lunares Collection

  • February 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm
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    I know this review is about nightwear, but I couldn’t stop admiring your hair! I LOVE IT!!!!

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  • February 5, 2016 at 1:24 am
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    You are so effortlessly gorgeous

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  • February 5, 2016 at 3:36 am
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    The lounge wear is fabulous and so is your new coiffe!!!

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  • February 5, 2016 at 5:57 am
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    I agree, the nightwear looks really comfy and your hair looks fab!

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  • Erica
    February 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    Thank you everyone for the compliments on my hair, but alas, tis only a wig! I didn’t feel like doing my hair on the weekend (I told you I am lazy) so I threw on my Halloween wig. But if the positive response is any indication, perhaps it’s time to break out the scissors and black dye!

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    • February 7, 2016 at 11:31 pm
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      I just came by to say how amazing your hair looks – any details on the wig would be appreciated!!!

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    • February 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm
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      That wig looks absolutely fabulous on you. I think you should take a picture of you in that wig to a hairdresser and have them replicate it on your real hair. Short hair is so low maintenance if you don’t like taking time to style it.

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      • Erica
        February 9, 2016 at 2:21 pm
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        That’s not a bad idea! I don’t know that I’d do the coloring because my hair grows fast, but I like the bob look. I just have very fine hair, so it’s hard for me style it. Up until I was 25, I didn’t even know what a flat iron was, so I am a total newb with hair products and gadgetry.

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        • February 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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          I have baby fine hair that’s so thin it can’t have any volume. I keep my hair short, medium at most, and it’s the only way I can have any volume.

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          • Erica
            February 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm
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            That’s why I try to do too (I used to have long mermaid hair) as well as blow dry upside down and go light with styling products. It’s a tough hair type, especially for someone whose go-to hair style each day was a pony tail!!

  • February 10, 2016 at 12:57 pm
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    I agree with all of the compliments offered above. Now I have a mental picture of a shoot with you in Silk & Soul and the pups in their own black and white threads — houndstooth, maybe?

    (And I’m definitely going to check out S&S for when I don’t want hang out in my work clothes all evening, but it’s too early to get into my PJs!)

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    • Erica
      February 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm
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      Thank you! 🙂 I would love to get my dogs to wear clothes of some kind, at least a sweater on cold days when all they do is look at me and shiver, but they *despise* clothes. The boys promptly run around and try to get them off, and Khaleesi will. not. move. She just stands impossibly still and stares at you with these very sad eyes. So, alas, the doggies will not be playing dress up with me! (which is a shame because Khaleesi has a coat my mom made for her mother Hailey that matches a Cruella De Ville costume my mom wore one year)

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