5 Lightweight Cotton Nighties to Wear All Summer

5 Lightweight Cotton Nighties to Wear All Summer

From cotton nightdresses to linen nightwear, these luxury ladies sleepwear styles will keep you cool, all summer long

After a long (very long and very hard!) winter, summer is finally here! Sure, we may not be celebrating with month-long European vacations and lots of events, but we’re oh so thankful for the warmer weather.

When it comes to sleepwear and loungewear, if there’s anything the past year has taught us, it’s about versatility and comfort. More than ever before, we’re looking for pieces that do double and triple duty: as nightwear, around-the-house wear, and working-from-home wear. Here are the five cotton nighties you’ll find us in from now through the September long weekend.

The Gathered Neck Dress is a brand new shape from The Sleep Shirt’s Pre Fall 2021 collection. It falls just below the knee, with full-length sleeves, a tie-up keyhole neckline, and gathered pleats around the neckline that add feminine flare (and, of course, give the nightie its name). These details make this style a sweet choice as either a warm-weather nightgown or a dress for a garden party. We especially love it in this breezy white cotton/linen blend, which has small horizontal stripes woven in.

The Gathered Neck Dress also comes in a top version – check it out here.

The Pocket Kaftan is the piece that our founder, Alexandra, coveted the most – and since its arrival, she’s been wearing it while working from home, while hanging around on the weekend with her kids, and will soon be wearing it to lounge around her new (very exciting!) pool. She owns it in Black Linen, which is super versatile, as well as this Sapporo Cotton Linen Stripe, which is a lovely stripe from the Spring 2021 collection.

If you’re already a fan of our popular Oversized Kaftan, you might like the Pocket Kaftan: it’s slightly shorter for summer, and, true to its name, has handy pockets.

We first created this style in 2013 – just one year after The Sleep Shirt was founded – and it’s been a bestseller ever since. The reason? Like us, there are plenty of you out there who want a simple cotton nightie that’s not overtly sexy, sheer, or makes you feel silly.

The Sleeveless Nightie is the epitome of contemporary sleepwear: it’s a classic style that’s not too revealing yet doesn’t make you feel like a granny, and it really looks great on everyone. It’s also one of our coolest nightshirts, making it ideal for summer (or all year round, if you’re a hot sleeper – you know who you are). It’s shown here in this pretty floral, a new fashion print inspired by vintage teacups from our Pre Fall 2021 collection.

We first introduced this slip dress for Resort 2021 and have loved seeing how our customers have been styling it. It looks great layered over a T-shirt or under a cardigan, or worn on its own on those hottest days of summer. It’s a simple, elegant style, cut on the bias to skim the body, with a slight high-low hem and adjustable straps for a better fit. We've never offered a Tencel blend before, but we couldn't resist this gorgeous, smooth twill that hangs beautifully off the body. It also comes in White Linen and Black Linen, but this Blush Tencel Twill is relaxed, elegant and sophisticated.

You know that we’re fans of blue and pink – our Blue Oxford Stripe and Pink Oxford Stripe are classics and are always available – so why not combine the two? One of our favourite prints this season, the Blue & Pink Trio Stripe was inspired by a vintage Japanese print, but updated and digitally printed on a smooth cotton.

With its empire waist, the Pocket Nightie looks great around the house, and the pockets mean you never have to be far from your phone or lip balm. It’s a sweet style for summer, at home or away.

Discover even more lightweight cotton sleepwear here.