Although it can be a little bit of a challenge, it is possible to find plus size cotton nightgowns that don't look like something even your grandmother would have been too cool to wear. You can be comfortable, practical and still pretty in classic sleepwear.
Styles of Plus Size Cotton Nightgowns
A nightgown does not have to hang like a bag on you. The whole point of having an all-cotton nightgown is to feel lovely and luxurious, as well as comfortable. If you've been to the department stores and seen clothes that are too depressing to sleep in, try some of the online stores where things are specifically designed for plus size women.
Woman Within has a lovely selection of sleepwear. It should be noted that, while they make clothes for women from sizes 12W to 44W, they do not tend to use plus size models for some reason, and this can make it a bit more difficult to judge how a nightgown will look on you. But you can't beat them for choice, so it's still a good source.
Just a few of the options include:
- Long Length nightgown by Dreams & Co., a short-sleeved gown with a sweetheart neck and button placket. It has a ruffled hem and the sleeves have pretty trim. There is scattered floral embroidery and shirring on the front and back for light shaping.
- Cotton Flannel Plaid gown by Only Necessities is a ankle-length gown with a ruffled hem, long sleeves, shirring and a front-button placket. It comes in red, burgundy, or blue.
- Tag-Free Sleepshirt by Dreams & Co. is a short-sleeved, mid-length gown with side slits, round neck and satin trim. The labels are printed to guarantee you extra comfort and the fit is loose and easy. It comes in a multitude of colors and prints.
- Long Cotton-Knit Gown gown by Dreams & Co., a cotton jersey gown with long sleeves, front button and loop closure and round neck.
- Pintucked Nightgown by Only Necessities, a cotton jersey gown with long sleeves, button placket and flounce hem. The pintucks give added interest and shaping.
- Print Peignoir set by Dreams and Co. could be a great choice for a getaway weekend when you want to maintain comfort and look pretty, but not sexy. It comes in four color patterns and features eyelet lace with ribbon trim on the straps, bodice and robe sleeves, a sweetheart neckline, pintucked yoke with shirring for pretty shaping, a button placket and satin ribbons. The robe has side-seam pockets for extra convenience.
There are many, many more, so take your time when you start to browse.
Increasingly, everyone wants sleep to be even more healthy and that means organic bedding and sleepwear. Organic plus size cotton nightgowns are not as readily available as they ought to be, although Gaiam makes a long-sleeve, ruffled V-neck nightgown, also in a short-sleeve, tea-length version that goes up to size 16.
The other option is to have a plus size cotton nightgown made for you, or make it yourself, as sewing a nightgown is much easier than daywear. Consider using a source such as Etsy, where a seller offers a short nightgown made to measure in organic cotton and a range of colors.
If you want to make something yourself and are interested in an old-fashioned cotton gown, try the patterns at Smocking Store, where they offer a pattern for a winter nightgown that goes up to size XXXL and has a charming Victorian style. They carry a number of other patterns as well in a range of styles, all reasonably priced. You can make yourself a nightgown in a variety of cotton weights to suit every season!