Sleepwear that will keep you cool during hot nights. 

Claire Harmeyer
Updated May 27, 2020 10:49 am
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I learned to pack smartly while studying abroad in college, and the no-fuss, space-saving sleepwear I took everywhere was a cotton nightgown. My friends teased me endlessly for my “grandma pajamas” during those four months abroad, but I didn’t care. I will admit my three-quarter-length sleeve, teal nightgown wasn’t the cutest choice, but it hardly took up any space and was way more comfortable than constricting shorts. I stand by my decision to wear nightgowns, and now, my friends have revoked their teasing and are jumping on the trend themselves.

During quarantine, nightgowns have risen from the dead, flooding Instagram and TikTok feeds with women wearing satin nightgowns either posing moodily or lounging on couches. Women are resurrecting the old-fashioned sleepwear with a modern twist—while maintaining the comfort that makes them so appealing. Lightweight and breezy, nightgowns are perfect for hot summer nights and are much prettier than your old oversized T-shirts.

From satin to cotton textiles and long-sleeve to tank-top silhouettes, shop the best nightgowns for women below.

Best satin nightgown:

Bare Necessities

Choose from 10 colors—like navy, blush, lavender, or baby blue—for this PJ Harlow Lindsay Satin Nightgown. A racerback cut and breezy fit make this silk nightgown ultra comfortable and flattering.

Best sheer nightgown:

Nordstrom

Sheer nightgowns are not only super lightweight and sweat-proof, but they make for sexy sleepwear, too. Choose between off-white and black for the In Bloom by Jonquil Long Chemise. This see-through nightgown features an open back, lace bodice, and tulip skirt, making for romantic sleepwear.

Best cotton nightgown:

Madewell

Madewell knows a thing or two about creating comfortable and cute clothing, and this Pintuck Sleep Dress is no exception. Victorian-inspired details like a flounced hem and delicate pintucks make this cotton nightgown a classic.

Best black nightgown:

Nordstrom

Fans of the classic LBD will love this lacy black nightgown. And if you’re daring enough, you can wear this baby outside of the house, too. Pair the Lauren Ralph Lauren Lace Trim Satin Chemise with a silky jacket and heels—then slip straight into bed when you get home.

Best white nightgown:

Soma Intimates

Tired of waking up hot and sweaty? The Soma Intimates Cool Nights Lace Bodice Chemise is designed specifically to keep you cool during the night so you can catch those much-needed Z’s. Bonus: A lace bodice and sheer detailing in the back add an extra flair to this white nightgown.

Best long-sleeve nightgown:

H&M

The collar, front pocket, and buttons on the H&M Cotton Nightshirt make it perfect for preppy sleepers. But the comfort and breathability of this cotton nightgown make it an appealing choice for anyone, TBH.

Best short-sleeve nightgown:

Nordstrom

You know your favorite oversized T-shirt to sleep in? Well the Honeydew Intimates All American Sleep Shirt is like that but even better. Ultra-soft fabric makes this nightie super cozy, while the V-neck and lace trim add a flattering touch. This number comes in four patterns, so you might want to stock up.

Best floral nightgown:

Bare Necessities

Small details—like a ruffled hem and neckline, pearl oyster buttons, and a dainty floral print—make the Eileen West Butter Rose Knit Chemise a keeper. We can already see ourselves dreaming sweet dreams in this cotton nightgown.

Best long nightgown:

Bare Necessities

Embrace the old-fashioned floral prints of traditional nightgowns with the Eileen West Dreamy Rose Knit Nightgown. A scalloped hem, sleeves, and neckline add feminine touches to this long nightgown.

Best plus-size nightgown:

Target

A bright floral print on the Stars Above Women's Plus Size Floral Print Simply Cool Button-Up Sleep Shirt transports you to a tropical oasis. A notched collar, chest pocket, and piping elevate this plus-size nightgown to super stylish sleepwear.

Best button-down nightgown:

Nordstrom

Have you ever stolen an oversized button-down shirt from a man in your life to sleep in? Same. The Midnight Bakery Stripe Sleep Shirt offers that same comfort, but the high-low hem and V-neck make it super flattering. The wide cuffs add a fun, feminine twist.