It's Too Hot for Pajamas, so I'm Stocking Up on Short Nightgowns


(Image credit: @aralynbeaumont)

Hot summer nights are not a problem for everyone. This I know. But they are, in fact, a problem for me. I live in L.A., where some evenings don't cool down enough to bring relief from the 95-degree day. I also don't love running the air conditioning all night long. (Yes, I'm one of those earth lovers.)

Historically, I've been a lover of pajama sets, and I own a more than I care to admit. Lately, though, I haven't been able to sleep through the night in the shortest of pairs, which is why I've turned to short nightgowns. It may seem like they have the same amount of fabric as a cami and shorts, but there's a significant difference: Nightgowns allow my body to breathe.

The best part about nightgowns? They come in so many varieties. From silky slips and lacey chemises to cotton sleep shirts and babydoll dresses, they meet whatever need, mood, and occasion you may have, every night of the week. Even if you run that AC all night long, I promise you'll still love waking up in a pretty sleep dress. Here are 27 of my favorite short nightgowns on the market right now, so you, too, can experience the luxury of a flowy dress made for bed.

Up next, I gave myself a budget for summer shopping, and these 25 on-sale items made the cut.

Copy Editor, Branded Content

Aralyn Beaumont joined Who What Wear as the copy editor for branded content after a career in food media. Years of poring over intricate recipes with a fine-tooth comb and working with high-profile chefs has prepared her well for working with fashion's top brands while honoring Who What Wear's voice. Her background as a research editor makes her a finicky editor who will probably care too much about making sure all copy is as factually accurate and aligned with the house style guide as can be. Maybe it's because she's a Gemini, but her personal style is impossible to pin down: One day you'll see her in a turtleneck sweater tucked into a midi skirt with heeled boots, and the next, she'll be wearing mom jeans, a white Hanes tee, and classic Vans. At the end of the day, her style reflects her various moods. Sometimes it will be feminine and elegant, and others it will be grungy or androgynous. Certain things will always remain constant, though. She'll forever be on the hunt for the perfect pair of high-waisted jeans.