Nightgowns in plus sizes are probably the easiest of pajamas to find. Whether they are worn to keep warm in the dead of winter or to feel sexy on a sultry, romantic summer evening, just about every full-figured lingerie retailer sells at least a few different styles of nightgowns. The key is to know what you want when you go shopping.
About Plus Size Nightgowns
Nightgowns are primarily nightwear created to cover up a woman's body while she sleeps. They are made to look like a dress or a gown and are loose-fitting so they are comfortable to wear. They come in various lengths and fabric weights, and many women own several as each one may be a reflection of her different moods. Feeling sexy? Then a silky chemise may be in order. However, if you're cold and in need of a gown that will warm you and make you feel comfortable, then a cozy flannel gown may be what you need. Nightgowns come in the following plus-size styles:
- Sleep shirts
- Nursing or maternity
- Night shirts
- Flannel nightgowns (all lengths)
Women's nightgowns come in a variety of styles, fabrics and colors. Some gowns are designed to be worn out of necessity, while others are just fashionable and really don't serve any useful purpose except to look pretty or sexy.
Nightgowns worn when the days (and nights) are hot are fun to buy. They are designed to keep the body cool while covering up what's most important: your assets. These plus size pajamas come in a variety of styles including sleeveless or short-sleeved. Some summertime nightgowns also have long, thin sleeves. Warm-weather or summer nightgowns come in:
- Light cotton
Nightgowns for Cold Nights
While many women prefer pajamas instead of nightgowns on cold, winter nights, there are those who feel more comfortable in a gown. These styles are primarily knee-length or longer and have long sleeves, although many summer gowns can be worn year-round. They either zip up, button up or just slide on over your head. These nightgowns can sometimes be used as a "cover up" in warmer weather when you need to show some modesty. Fabrics used to make heavier nightgowns include:
- Egyptian cotton
Buying Nightgowns in Plus Sizes
When choosing a plus size nightgown, keep in mind the following:
- Buy your size; purchasing a bigger size will only make you look larger.
- Stick with a fabric that complements your skin tone and body type.
- If possible, wear a nightgown that supports your bust.
- Wear only what makes you feel comfortable. If wearing a light cotton nightie boosts your self-esteem more than a sheer babydoll, then wear that instead.
- Highlight your assets; sometimes a longer, ankle-length gown with a low-cut, embellished neckline will look and feel better than wearing a short, form-fitting chemise.
Nightgowns in plus sizes can be found at any retailer who sells full-figured lingerie:
Sewing Plus Size Nightgowns
As always, if you can't find what you want in plus size nightgowns, you can sew one (or find a seamstress who can!). Your local fabric store should carry all styles and weights of fabrics and notions that can be used for nightwear. Plus size sewing patterns for nightgowns can be found at:
Caring for Your Nightgowns
The style and fabric you choose will determine how you care for your nightgowns. Simple cotton garments can handle a light wash and low-heated dry. However, more delicate items such as silk chemises or long gowns need to be handled with care. Follow the laundering instructions on the label as some may need to be dry cleaned, while others can be hand-washed and air-dried.