Nightgowns are a funny thing. If you’re anywhere north of 40, you likely remember wearing them to bed every night—at least through elementary school. From Disney princesses and then-trending characters to ruffles, there were a lot of lace-trimmed necklines and sleeves and lots of floral prints (plus flannel versions for winter).
I eventually graduated to oversized tees and boxers, and my adult pre-sleepwear has come to include a random tee shirt, tank top and past-their-prime workout pants that aren’t quite ready to be tossed (although TBH, I’ve never been a fan of sleeping with bottoms).
This “after school” through bedtime outfit formula worked for a long time, but I’ve recently found myself not looking forward to rifling through my loungewear drawer and “slipping into something more comfortable” at the end of the day. Now work out five or six days a week, so I really don’t want to wear anything compressive in my downtime. Suddenly it’s all about the nightgown—again. Not a frumpy grandma schmata, but a casual, swingy dress that’s simply comfortable (and doesn’t require styling because it’s only being seen by two people).