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Nightwear, also called "sleepwear", "sleeping
suit", "nightclothes", or "nightdress", is clothing designed to be worn while sleeping. The style of nightwear
worn may vary with the seasons, with eg. warmer styles being worn
in colder conditions. Some styles or materials are selected to be
visually appealing or erotic, sometimes in addition to their
functional purpose of warmth.
Examples of types of items of nightwear include:
- Babydoll - a short,
loose-fitting nightgown or negligee for women, generally designed to
resemble a young girl's nightgown.
sleeper - a warm sleeping garment for infants and young children.
- Chemise - when used in
reference to sleepwear, it is a delicate, usually provocative,
loose-fitting, sleeveless, shirt-like lingerie, similar to babydoll, but tighter at
- Negligee - loose,
sensuous nightwear for women usually made of sheer or
semi-translucent fabrics and trimmed with lace or other fine material, and bows.
- Nightgown - loose
hanging nightwear for women, typically made from cotton, silk,
satin, or nylon.
- Nightshirt -
loose-fitting garment, longer than a regular shirt.
- Nightcap - a warm cloth cap sometimes worn by women or men with
pajamas or a nightgown.
- Peignoir - a long
outer garment for women usually sheer and made of chiffon. They
are usually sold with a matching nightgown, negligee or panties but are often worn with
- Pajamas - loose fitting
two-piece garments for women, men and children. They may be made
from cotton, silk, satin or synthetic materials.
There are several other types of garment that are commonly worn
for sleeping – especially cloting otherwise used for physical
education, see next section – but these are usually not referred to
as nightwear, because they may also be worn during the day
and in public. Also, sleeping without any clothing at all is not
According to a 2004 U.S. survey, 13% of men wear pajamas or
nightgowns for sleeping, whereas 31% wear underwear and another 31%
sleep nude. Among women 55% wear pyjamas or nightgowns, which were
counted under the same option: