Sleepwear is not only something we put on before we get under the covers at night; it has become a fashion statement and something to wear as we lounge around the house on a cold winter’s night or a lazy weekend morning. There is a variety of sleepwear available on the market today to suit the taste of anyone and everyone.
Many of us remember getting into our “jammies” as small children and being tucked into bed at night feeling safe and cozy. Today, children’s sleepwear is still soft, comfortable, and covered with their favorite cartoon characters, but it is also designed for safety. It is available in flame-retardant fabric, or parents may simply choose to dress their children in snug fitting sleepwear; both of these options are safer in the unlikely event of a nighttime fire. Options include traditional two-piece pajamas, one-piece nightgowns or night shirts, one-piece footed pajamas, and draw string gowns for infants.
While pajamas are still often associated with children, adults can wear them too, and we have so many more options now than we did as children. Women’s sleepwear has the largest variety, perhaps because women view it in a variety of ways. Although many women choose to sleep in silky chemises and camisole sets, such items are often reserved for spending the evening with that special someone. Sleepwear intended only for sleeping includes nightgowns of various lengths, pajama sets, shorts and tank sets, and even nightshirts. All of these fall into the same category, but the variety grows exponentially when the options of fabric are introduced. Cotton, silk, satin, silk-substitutes, and of course, flannel are some of the most popular fabrics.
Men’s options in sleepwear go far beyond the wide-striped pajamas seen in 1970s sitcoms. Many men opt for silky or flannel two-piece pajamas in a variety of styles and colors, while others are comfortable in a snug cotton t-shirt with a pair of boxer shorts or pajama pants. Still other men choose long nightshirts for sleeping in.
Many sleepwear sets for men, women, and children include bathrobes or housecoats that match their pajamas in fabric, color, and style. For added comfort and coziness, slippers or thick socks might be worn for moving around the home when not in bed. With so many options available, the people of the world should be going to bed snug, comfortable, safe, and even fashionable, if they so choose.