Summer Snoozing: Light and Breezy Pajamas and Loungewear

Well, the East Coast is heading surely into summer after a long winter and a (thankfully) long spring, and as someone who doesn’t sleep well in the heat, I’m looking for pajamas and loungewear that are both cute and cool.  I can’t really sleep with anything long on my legs anyway, so summer pajamas are right up my alley: camisoles, boyshorts, babydolls, and short-sleeved pajamas in soft, breathable fabrics and relaxed silhouettes offer comfortable relief from the heat.  Here are some of my favorite styles I’ve spotted in stores recently– anything catch your eye?

"Intrigue" Bird Print Nightie by Hotmilk (A-D and DD-G versions available).

“Intrigue” Bird Print Nightie by Hotmilk (A-D and DD-G versions available).

Somewhere Julia Lambert is sniggering “put a bird on it, Sweets”, and I KNOW, I have lots of bird stuff in my apartment/lingerie drawer, but whatever. This is light and pretty, and it comes in two versions to accommodate mothers who wear both core and full-bust sizes.

"Zen Floral" Plus-Size Chemise by Natori

“Zen Floral” Plus-Size Chemise by Natori

Sometimes I look at satin/silk/lace summer loungewear and think “you are so pretty, and you would make me so sweaty”. Even though this chemise features lace, the top is stretch lace and the skirt is soft knit, which I find much more comfortable in warm weather. It’s a pretty plus-size option that reminds me of …

"Pandora" D-G Stretch Lace Chemise by Figleaves

“Pandora” D-G Stretch Lace Chemise by Figleaves

… this lovely full-bust stretch lace chemise from Figleaves. I’ve never tried any of their loungewear, but I’d be really curious to see what the support is like, because the styles are very alluring and feminine.  Speaking of supportive nightwear for full-bust sizes…

Cami Top in Lagoon by Bravissimo (D-H cup sizes)

Cami Top in Lagoon by Bravissimo (D-H cup sizes)

Bravissimo has a really great range of full-bust nightwear, including some options that are available up to J-cup sizes.  While not as lacy or romantic as Figleaves’ offerings, the range of simple, colorful camis, night dresses, and tank tops will keep you feeling cool and supported without an underwire.

Nightdress in Bramble by Bravissimo

Night dress in Bramble by Bravissimo (D-J cup sizes)

Shorts and camis not your thing? I’d totally wear this night dress as loungewear to goof around the apartment on a hot summer weekend.  Best of all, it’s available up to a 38J, offering support to a wide range of full-bust sizes.

Come Out & Play Babydoll in Bamboo/Dawn by Between the Sheets

Come Out & Play Babydoll in Bamboo/Dawn by Between the Sheets

I adore my Venus in Play babydoll from Between the Sheets (review here), and I’ve worn it so much it’s nearly on its last legs.  With a flattering, flexible fit for small-bust and full-bust sizes alike, this snuggly babydoll is light, soft, and breezy: perfect for a hot Summer night.

"Lotus Blossom" Babydoll by Dollhouse Bettie

“Lotus Blossom” Babydoll by Dollhouse Bettie

One of my favorite new-to-me brands at February’s Curve trade show was Dollhouse Bettie. Their in-house designs are simultaneously contemporary and retro-inspired, and they inspire a playful creativity that encourages the wearer to mix and match pieces to suit her personality. The Lotus Blossom collections feature lots of gorgeous pieces (particularly for those who wear petite sizes (and check out these cool snag-proof stockings!)), but I was totally charmed by this babydoll.  In stretch lace and sheer mesh, this strapless babydoll mixes sophistication and an effortless, almost beachy sense of relaxation.  The Azure colorway is a winner too!

Anthropologie Eberjey Shorts and Cami

“Bohemian Reverie” Cami and Shorts by Eberjey (image via Anthropologie)

This color will never not remind me of Pistachio Ice Cream.  Also this whole set is adorable, I love the sweet lace trim, and Eberjey is the master of comfy, cute jammies.

"Domino Dots" Plus Size Pajamas by Oscar de la Renta

“Domino Dots” Plus Size Pajamas by Oscar de la Renta

Navy blue! Polka dots! Ruffles! Sold.

Pajamas (DD-H) version in grey by Hotmilk

Pajamas (DD-H) version in grey by Hotmilk

Sometimes simple is super. This classic cami-and-pajama-pant set offers wire-free support up to an H-cup for new mothers and mothers-to-be. The Hotmilk website suggests packing this set in your hospital bag, and I can’t help but agree.

"Venice" Night Dress by Only Hearts

“Venice” Night Dress by Only Hearts

I just really love a good, classic night dress. This one, made in New York City by Only Hearts, is beautiful. The soft knit and relaxed silhouette offer comfort, and pretty lace trim adds a little romance.

Lace Trim Camisole and Boyshort by Hips and Curves

Lace Trim Camisole and Boyshort by Hips and Curves

This right here? My favorite style of pajamas. Available up to a size 5X in multiple colors (and currently on sale for $19.95!), this set would make a great lingerie-drawer staple.

"Constanza Eyelet" Slip by Eloise

“Constanza Eyelet” Slip by Eloise

Finally, this one just makes me want to go on vacation. Can’t you see it? Relaxing in a beach house, strolling in the waves before breakfast, kicking back to snooze in a hammock with a glass of iced tea…

If you need me, I’ll be at my desk. Daydreaming.

5 Comments on Summer Snoozing: Light and Breezy Pajamas and Loungewear

  1. Mom
    June 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm (9 years ago)

    pretty things! Love,

  2. Erica of A Sophisticated Pair
    June 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm (9 years ago)

    I love your sleep options, but seriously, what is this “long spring” you speak of? It went from cold (for us) to hot here. We had like two weeks of spring and then ran full speed into summer. Also, for maternity sleepwear, Cake has some very lightweight, comfortable PJs including little camis and matching shorts. They’re made from that delicious modal fabric that feels fantastic against the skin.

    • Sweets
      June 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm (9 years ago)

      oh no! I forgot the South got slammed by summer– we had some shamefully beautiful weather up here. My commiserations, friend. And yes– Cake Lingerie is so awesome! I’m recommending it to all my pregnant friends 😉

  3. Rachelle
    July 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm (9 years ago)

    I just got my order from Bravissimo of a ridiculous amount of pajamas and loungewear, which included that purple night dress. All in all, I got three night dresses and two pant/top sets. I’m soooooo happy to have comfortable PJs that aren’t nursing wear (considering my toddler is now 3 & has been done nursing for an entire year). I’d love some more sexy, supportive nightwear for a full-bust customer….

    • Sweets
      July 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm (9 years ago)

      Oooh, so glad to hear you like the Bravissimo loungewear! I haven’t heard too many reviews, and my one experience with it was so long ago, it’s great to hear you love them!


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