Naked Sleeper Seeks Sleep Romper
July 19, 2019 12:42 PM   Subscribe

I've been a nude sleeper for like thirty years, but I can't always get away with that. Then I saw this, which fits into my needs if I gotta sleep in a room with non-naked company, but yeah, I don't want to spend $160 because Gwyneth Paltrow says the fabric has some sort of magical woo properties.

I want it to be "cool" as in light fabric, no waist, and definitely not long sleeves or long pants. Loose, but not so loose it gets all tangly when I'm tossing and turning, cuz that's like why I don't wear PJs ever. I've searched, and everything seems to have an elastic waist or made of satin or somesuch, and that's just not what I'm looking for. Am I really going to have to buy this one? I hope not. Please help.
posted by RedEmma to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Forgive me if I'm asking the obvoius, but - have you considered a plain cotton camisole and sleep shorts with a drawstring waist, and you just tie the waist super-loosely? Or a long sleeveless tee?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:45 PM on July 19, 2019 [4 favorites]

(hit post too soon)

Only asking because I have similar issues and have been satisfied with those options.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:45 PM on July 19, 2019

Thanks for asking EmpressCallipygos. I'll do that if I have to. But damn if the romper doesn't look worlds better to me.
posted by RedEmma at 12:51 PM on July 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

I agree with the Empress just on the fact that sleeping in a romper sounds like torture compared with sleeping in hot shorts and a cami, but you think a romper is what works for you, I have found a few options. None of them are perfect, but one of them might work:

Can't quite tell what this fabric actually is: Flora Nikrooz Laurel II Sleep Romper
Buttons might be a dealbreaker? Mapale 7238 Sleep Romper
Yes I recognize this is maternity wear, but it might work anyway: Heather Grey Lace Trim Maternity Sleep Romper
This one feels fairly basic?: Aerie Sleep Romper

I'll see if I can find a few more.

(also, obviously this one is not for you but I needed to share this sassy sleep romper modeling baby)
posted by brainmouse at 12:56 PM on July 19, 2019 [10 favorites]

Another maternity one might work (don't automatically discount maternity!): Light Blue Shoulder Tie Sleep Romper
Amazon one that might be on the too loose side: Ekouaer Sleepwear Womens ... Romper Pajamas
A fairly skimpy one: Danskin Loose Romper
posted by brainmouse at 1:14 PM on July 19, 2019

Rompers are cute, but I want to warn you... if you move around a lot when you sleep, rompers tend to ge lt all twisted up in your business, if you know what I mean. Apparently I throw my arms over my head when I sleep because whenever my arms/shoulders went up, so did the romper. All parts of the romper, giving me sudden surprise nocturnal wedgies.

And don't even get me started on the fumbling lengths one has to go to if they have to pee in the middle of the night.

Rompers are the devil's sleepwear, unless you are the sort of sleeper that lays down and remains still like a doll all night long.
posted by Gray Duck at 1:57 PM on July 19, 2019 [27 favorites]

I love these cotton nightgowns by Natori. Because they’re a bit longer than short nightgowns, but not too long, they tangle up a lot less than other nightgowns I have.
posted by sallybrown at 2:05 PM on July 19, 2019 [3 favorites]

I think you should go to walmart and buy the first/cheapest romper you see and take a nap in it. Not having any waist at all and it all being one piece is exactly what's going to make it twist around your body.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 2:08 PM on July 19, 2019

To clarify: The walmart romper would serve as a proof-of-concept for your sleep-in-a-romper idea. If it turns out you do like it, get a better romper, but I strongly suspect it will be the worst imaginable thing to sleep in if you hate beign twisted up in your sleepwear.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 2:10 PM on July 19, 2019 [3 favorites]

Yeah, being a usually naked sleeper who has tried a few sleep rompers for the same reason, you want bodycon rather than loose. Loose will twist and bunch. Bodycon is cool enough since most of you is exposed. I own this one. For 10 bucks might be worth trying. The drawstring is mostly decorative.
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity at 2:55 PM on July 19, 2019

Not a romper but I hate wearing pajamas and these are as comfortable to me as nothing at all: Ekouaer Sleepwear Set

Very light soft fabric, loose/stretchy, drawstring with no elastic, don’t get tangled in the sheets or around my legs. They even have pockets. I liked them so much I bought two more.
posted by impishoptimist at 4:26 PM on July 19, 2019

Rompers are the devil's sleepwear, unless you are the sort of sleeper that lays down and remains still like a doll all night long.

I am pretty much this kind of sleeper and would not wear a romper for the reasons cited - it would crawl up my junk and make getting up to piss complicated, even though I pretty much need to wake up in order to turn over. Shorts and tank top all the way.
posted by bile and syntax at 4:40 PM on July 19, 2019

I have a nearly knee length cotton tank. It is loose and comfortable. They make what are like knit boxers for women. You could go with a set like that.
posted by Oyéah at 5:44 PM on July 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

I also hate pjs because they twist up in my sleep. Right now my favorite sleep garment is actually a tee shirt dress from Target.
posted by bunderful at 6:00 PM on July 19, 2019 [2 favorites]

I bought a romper at Target as a swimsuit cover up and lounging around the house thing and I end up sleeping in it all the time and it's the best. This one is the closest to it that I could find. It does have a waist, but it's not binding at all, and also works to keep the top part on me, unlike separate top and shorts combos.
posted by pixiecrinkle at 6:47 PM on July 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

This isn’t exactly cheap, but oh Lordy do I love it. It somehow doesn’t bunch up, get hot, or get twisted around. I was a naked sleeper for decades and now I wear this every night.
posted by Gusaroo at 6:53 PM on July 19, 2019

There's this one on Amazon which isn't cotton but is really cheap.
posted by essexjan at 11:57 AM on July 20, 2019

If you sign up for the Lunya mailing list you get $20 of your first order, if you do end up pulling the trigger on that romper. I have two tanks from them that I really wanted to dislike based off the price but I quite like them. They both had lots of good reviews though, doesn't look like the romper has any yet.
posted by ataco at 7:02 PM on July 20, 2019

My solution is to step in bed in a t-shirt and underpants and take them off under the blanket. If I need to get out during the night, on they go, off again after the deed is done. Nobody should have to sleep in clothes.
posted by Namlit at 2:03 PM on July 21, 2019 [1 favorite]

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