Best nightgowns for women 2023: The sleepwear styles to shop now

Looking for new nightwear? The best nightgowns for women are making a fashion comeback

three women wearing some of the best nightgowns for women
(Image credit: M&S, Simone Perele, The White Stuff)

The best nightgowns for women haven't always been seen as fashion-forward. But as boudoir style returns to the runways, nightgowns are gaining momentum as the sleepwear style to invest in for the season ahead. 

Light and breathable, the best nightgowns for women are set to rival the best pajamas this season. Offering a more feminine look than classic collared pajamas, nightgowns come in numerous iterations, from warm flannel styles to long over-shirts, and silky slip dresses. Ensuring there is a nightgown to suit every taste.

As we head towards spring, we can't help but think about the warm weather that is coming our way and the best nightgowns are perfect for what to wear in the heat, particularly if you opt for strappy slip dress silhouettes or loose-fit cotton styles. Many of the best pajamas brands also offer the same fabrication and prints as they're pajamas in a nightgown, making it an easy style to add to your wardrobe. 

Best nightgowns for women

When selecting the best nightgowns for women, fabric, and cut are the most important factors to consider. Natural fibers are ideal, particularly if you're looking for a sleepwear option to keep you cool at night, and the best nightgowns can be some of the best sleepwear styles for night sweats, thanks to their more airy silhouette. 

When it comes to shape, A-line and trapeze silhouettes will be the lightest, giving you plenty of room for movement at night. For something a little more loungewear leaning, look to camisole style slip dresses that can easily be worn around the house with your best robe and slipper combo. 

long navy nightgown with V neck

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1. M&S Pure Cotton Broderie Trim Long Nightgown

Specifications

RRP: $25.99 / £15
Sizes: US 2-22: / UK: 6-26
Fabric: 100% cotton

Reasons to buy

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100% cotton for breathability
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Great size range
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Long silhouette

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly plain in terms of design

Offering a longer length than most of the best nightgowns we found, this V-neck cotton design from British clothing brand, Marks & Spencer, takes on the silhouette of a t-shirt for the most comfortable of bedtime options. Thanks to the oversized t-shirt style, this navy design could also be used as one of the best loungewear options for relaxing in at home. And if you really want to, you could slip on a belt, a denim jacket and a pair of white trainers and head out in it too.


satin pink slip night dress with lace inserts and cut out back

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2. H&M Satin Nightgown

Specifications

: $27.99 / £18.99
Sizes: XS-XXL
Fabric: 97% polyester, 3% spandex

Reasons to buy

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Pretty lace detailing
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Ideal for warm weather
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Comes in two colorways

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

For something a little more sumptuous and silky, try this H&M camisole nightgown for size. This gorgeous, pale pink design can also be worn instead of your best Valentine's Day pajamas as it exudes romance, thanks to the high-shine fabric and delicate lace trim. The cut out detail at the back takes this straight-to-market piece into designer territory, and it's available in black too.


jersey nightgown, camisole silhouette in light grey

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3. The White Company Jersey Nightgown

Specifications

RRP: $75 / £50
Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: 96% viscose (LENZING™ ECOVERO™), 4% elastane | Lace: 88% polyamide, 12% elastane

Reasons to buy

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Jersey offers added stretch for comfort
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Year-round color
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Attractive lace trim

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

The White Company has already stolen our hearts thanks to its sumptuous selection of the best cashmere socks and cozy cable knit sweaters, but its nightwear collection shouldn't be overlooked. Crafted in the palest of grey jerseys, this slip dress style nightgown features a delightful lace trim for added detail. Thanks to the stretch of the jersey, this will be super comfortable to sleep in, just add one of the best sleep bras underneath if you feel you need extra support. 


long floral print smocked body nightdress in pink

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4. Loretta Caponi Smocked Nightdress

Specifications

RRP: $710 / £515
Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: 100% cotton

Reasons to buy

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Can be worn in the day as a dress
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Beautiful detailing
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100% cotton for breathability

Reasons to avoid

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High price point

Believe it or not, this stylish floral printed design is in fact one of the best nightgowns for women, although we wouldn't blame you for wearing this out the house too. With a ruched bodice, this delicate 100% cotton dress is ideal for sleeping in, but is also an excellent piece to add to your capsule wardrobe for travel. The lightweight fabric ensures it's great for sleeping in, in the heat, while the design means this is also one of the best midi dresses to wear out on holiday too. Two wears, for the price of one. 


yellow linen nightgown

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5. Desmond & Dempsey Turmeric Yellow Linen Nightie

Specifications

RRP: $185 / £150
Sizes: S-L
Fabric: 100% linen

Reasons to buy

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100% linen for breathability
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Could be worn out of the house
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Bold color

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

Another dress that straddles the line between day and sleepwear is this turmeric yellow design from Desmond & Dempsey. Already creators of some of the warmest pajamas for women, this cool yellow, 100% linen dress, is sure to keep you comfortable on long hot summer nights. With slim shoulder straps and a gathered, dip back, this is the bed time dress you'll want to show off. Wear alone in the day, or slip a white t-shirt underneath for added coverage. 


floral printed grey slip nightdress

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6. The White Stuff Nina Woven Nightdress

Specifications

RRP: $51.50 / £35
Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: 100% cotton trim: 56% cotton, 44% modal

Reasons to buy

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Cotton-modal mix, great for breathability
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Attractive print
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Good price point

Reasons to avoid

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Not great size range

In a slip dress silhouette, this camisole nightdress is ideal for those looking for something a little prettier for bed time. The metal grey adds a chic finish to the dress, while the white floral print adds a delightfully feminine touch. Add your best slippers - preferably the cozy, fluffy kind and a good book, and you're ready for the ultimate night in. 


Midnight blue, lace trimmed nightgown

(Image credit: Simone Perele)

7. Simone Perele Nocturne Nightgown

Specifications

RRP: $195 / £165
Sizes: 1-4
Fabric: 87% silk, 13% polyamide

Reasons to buy

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High silk content
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Attractive design
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Available in 5 other colorways

Reasons to avoid

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Confusing size range

If you're looking to add a little more luxury and va-va-voom to your sleepwear drawer, then the best nightgowns for women by lingerie designer Simone Perele should be on your shopping list. Already masters at creating the best bra and pants sets, the label has taken its luxury silk and lace detailing into sleepwear with some magical results. This short-hemmed nightdress is crafted from 87% cotton for a light and delicate feel, while the lace adds further gorgeous detailing. 


blue chambray cotton nightdress

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8. Toast Bea Soft Double Cotton Nightshirt

Specifications

RRP: $165 / £99
Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: 100% cotton

Reasons to buy

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100% cotton
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Traditional shirt shape
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Could be worn out

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

Made from cotton, this denim chambray style night shirt is a great hybrid between the best pajamas and the best nightgowns for women. Featuring three front buttons for an adjustable neckline and a back, curved yolke for added fullness to the dress, this delightfully light, but long sleeved nightdress is a great wear all year through. The denim blue hue gives this retro silhouette a modern feel, while the relaxed style makes this sleepwear design something you could easily wear in the day too. 


Simply Be heart printed night dress

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9. Pretty Secrets Valentines Short Nightie

Specifications

RRP: £14 (UK only)
Sizes: 8-34
Fabric: 95% Cotton 5% Viscose

Reasons to buy

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Great size range
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High cotton count
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Great price

Reasons to avoid

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Dual sizing makes selecting correct size more complicated

Getting ready for a season of love? This heart-printed nightgown is a great option for those that are after something a little more fun. The repeat pattern is a great option as we head towards Valentine's Day, while the t-shirt dress silhouette makes this extremely comfortable and easy to wear. Available up to a size 34, this was one of the most size inclusive nightgowns for women that we found. 


black and white checked nightdress in a shirt cut

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10. CyberJammies Beth Heart Dobby Check Nightshirt

Specifications

RRP: £32 (international shipping available)
Sizes: 8-22
Fabric: 100% cotton

Reasons to buy

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Good size range
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Crafted from cotton
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Has a pajama style

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't convert cost into dollars, but does ship internationally 

If you love the best flannel pajamas then this nightgown might be the one for you. Essentially a classic pajama top - but longer, this nightgown or night shirt features a revere collar and button-through silhouette. Finishing around the lower thigh, the nightshirt features a long sleeve, making this a great design for late winter and early spring weather. In a monochromatic palette, we love the subtle heart print in the centre of every check for a romantic finish. 


white revere collar nightgown

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11. M&S Pure Cotton Muslin Revere Nightshirt

Specifications

RRP: $38.99 / £22
Sizes: US: 2-22 / UK: 6-26
Fabric: 100% cotton

Reasons to buy

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Closer look to traditional pajamas
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Sized up to a 25
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Made from 100% cotton

Reasons to avoid

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Quite a plain design

The borrowed-from-the-boys look has made its way from boyfriend jeans to pajamas with this long white nightshirt. With a relaxed and oversized silhouette, channelling an androgynous style, this is one of the best nightgowns for women, thanks to its light cotton construction and timeless style. While some may prefer a design with more color and print, you really can't beat the old classics. 

Which brand is best for nightwear

When it comes to the best nightwear brands the answer is really dependent on what you're looking for. While many straight-to-market brands now offer sleepwear, you might want to look to specialist retailers if getting comfy at night is an issue for you. Regardless of where you buy your sleepwear from, always check the fabric composition of any item and decide whether it has enough natural fibers for your needs. 

Which is the coolest fabric for a nightgown

The coolest fabric for a nightgown will always be a natural fabric as these are the most breathable options, allowing heat to escape your body easily as you sleep. Fabrics such as cotton or silk are best for this purpose. Silk is very expensive and often silk nightgowns will be amongst some of the most expensive sleepwear pieces you can buy. If you can't buy 100% silk, but still want a silk fabric, look for pieces that have a high content of silk, ideally over 50%.

Is it comfortable to sleep in a nightgown

Whether a nightgown is comfortable or not really will come down to your personal preference, but for those looking for the best pajamas for night sweats, a nightgown might be the best alternative as due to the lack of pants, a nightgown is naturally more breathable and cooling. You can also get nightgowns of shorter and longer length, if the idea of the hem riding up bothers you. Selecting a cotton jersey nightgown that stretches and moves with you might be the best place to start if you're wearing a nightgown for the first time. 

Rivkie Baum
Fashion channel editor

Rivkie is a fashion editor, writer and stylist with twenty years' experience in the industry. Rivkie studied design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, and fell in love with styling and journalism, and has covered fashion weeks in London, Paris and New York, as well as shooting editorial all over the world.


Specialising in plus size fashion, Rivkie has long championed that style is for everyBODY and has appeared on a host of radio stations and television shows, pushing for greater representation for plus size women and fashion throughout her career.