A long nightgown, nightie or nightdress is a loosely hanging item of nightwear, today almost exclusively worn by women. A long nightgown is made from cotton, silk, satin, or nylon and may be decorated with lace appliqués or embroidery at the bust and hem.
Despite the implication that nightwear is to be worn after dark in the privacy of one’s home, pyjamas – and, this year, nighties – have a habit of making their way out of the bedroom and onto the catwalk with some regularity. Nightwear as daywear is an enduring trend.. t’s less explicit, or perhaps more subtle, than underwear as outerwear, and it carries with it the impression that there’s a casualness and comfort to the clothes being worn – although this isn’t always actually the case. Alongside that implied casualness, there’s also still something suggestively intimate about them.