How Do I Choose the Best plus Size Sleepwear?

Maggie Worth

Choosing the proper plus size sleepwear can be a critical part of getting a good night's sleep. You'll want to consider factors such as style, fit, fabric, appearance, and price. Remember that you may need to try on several items before finding those that are the best for you.

Many people find that pajamas feel best in a loose fit, so it is a good idea to take this into consideration if you are trying to decide between two sizes.
Many people find that pajamas feel best in a loose fit, so it is a good idea to take this into consideration if you are trying to decide between two sizes.

Plus size sleepwear comes in a variety of styles, including short sets, traditional pajamas, and nightgowns. Tops may have full sleeves, short sleeves, or straps. Some items, particularly lighter-weight items, may come with matching robes or may have them available as a separate purchase. For men, sleep shorts, sleep pants, and pajamas are common. Which style is best for you is really a matter of personal preference and may vary based on the situation or weather.

For example, one woman may wear nothing but nightgowns year-round, while another prefers short sets in the summer and full-length pajamas in the winter. A third might wear a simple nightshirt at home, but prefer an embellished pajama set for a girl's weekend away. Men may prefer full pajamas in the winter and sleep shorts in the summer. Some people wear robes of varying weights in all seasons while others wear them only in cold weather. As long as you are comfortable — both physically and mentally — wearing the plus size sleepwear you have chosen, the style is the right one.

Fabric is an incredibly important factor when choosing nightwear. When trying on plus size sleepwear, remember that you will be wearing it for long hours at a stretch and that the feel and comfort of the material will play a role in how well you sleep at night. Consider not only how the fabric feels in the dressing room, but how it might feel if you get cold or hot at night. Remember that certain fabrics can feel soft and silky to the touch, but can become sticky and uncomfortable on a warm night if they don't breathe well; some fabrics are easier to care for than others as well.

Fit may be the most important thing to consider when trying on plus size sleepwear. Most people move much more while they are asleep than they do while standing in a fitting room. Try moving around when you try on a sleep garment: rotate your arms, holding them above your head, and sit cross-legged on the floor. It may feel silly, but it will help you find out if the item is going to bind as you move in your sleep. If the item is fitted at any point, consider whether it will be comfortable to sleep in.

Once you've found the types of sleepwear that make you physically comfortable, compare them for appearance and price. Color, cut, design, and embellishments can all play important roles in appearance preferences, though you'll want to evaluate any embellishments for comfort as well. Finally, choose your favorite item that fits in your budget.

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