10 best women’s summer nightwear

No more tossing and turning in the heat with our edit of sleepwear for the summer months

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With the recent wave of heat sweeping the UK, we’ve been tossing and turning all night and wishing we’d thought to buy a cooling fan while the shops were still open. With your comfort (and sanity) in mind, we’ve found the best nightwear to keep you cool and stylish throughout the season, from fun short and vest sets to luxurious silk chemises.

1. Pina Coladas Vest & Short Pyjama Set: £18, asos.com



If you’re looking for something in the novelty department, this fun set perfectly embodies the summer spirit (white rum, of course); perfect for holidays. The soft-touch jersey is lovely and light for warmer weather.

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2. Eberjey Paloma Lace Teddy: £75, Selfridges.com



Clingy satin is the last thing you want when you’re hot and sticky, but, if you’re still after something with a bit of elegance, this rayon and lace teddy is a more feminine alternative to boy shorts. With adjustable spaghetti straps and an elasticated drop waist it’s a really comfortable fit, too.

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3. Aster Baby Doll and Knicker Set: £44, luvahuva.co.uk


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We’re big fans of Luva Huva’s ethical lingerie, which is all handmade in the UK, and this stone blue baby doll is our summer pick. It’s beautifully soft and made from a blend of organic cotton and soy piece and is elasticated around the bust to fit your shape. Comes with a matching pair of knickers, finished with a teal blue taffeta bow, and – our favourite part – you can order different sizes for top and bottom.

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4. Presence Cream Floral Lace Trim Wrap: £28, debenhams.com


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This is a lovely light wrap to throw over your PJs (or your birthday suit) when lounging around the house or when the postman comes. Cream, with a pretty autumnal flora and fauna print and lace details on the cuffs, it’s poly silk, so you can chuck it in the washing machine.

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5. Jersey Pineapple Print Shorts Set: £20, next.co.uk



Unless you’ve been staunchly avoiding the shops for the last few months, you’ll know that tropical fruit prints are most definitely ‘in’. Among Next’s great nightwear collection this summer is this pineapple design, great to slip into after a hot summer day. It’s got us 'dreaming of summer days', as it says on the tin.

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6. Mosaic Pyjamas: £7, hm.com



This simple design from the high street favourite is a summer essential and ideal for those on a budget. The classic white jersey vest has pretty button detailing on the top, but the real standout is the boho-style, kaleidoscope pattern on the shorts.

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7. B by Ted Baker Cream Flowers at High Tea Lace Set: cami, £18.50, and shorts, £16.50


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Ted Baker’s B collections always have a pretty, floral nightwear. This matching short and chemise set is our favourite from their current collection, featuring a big colourful blooms and gorgeous scallop details, perfect if you’re looking to add some colour to your pyjama drawer. 

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8. Paisley Print Chemise With Cool Comfort Technology: £16, marksandspencer.com



This figure-flattering chemise is made in the same sweat-wicking, breathable blend as M&S’s workout gear collection, making it ideal for hot summer nights. Paisley may have fallen out of favour after the swinging sixties but since a revival in the catwalk shows of everyone from Jonathan Saunders to J.W. Anderson in 2011, it’s firmly back on our radar.

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9. Silk Nightie: £60, hush-uk.com



Luxury loungewear brand Hush has a gorgeous range of high-quality, simple designs, such as this 100 per cent silk nightdress, available in red or beautiful silver-grey. You’ll have to machine wash it separately on cold, but we reckon it’s worth it.

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10. Paisley Print Pyjama Set: £26, topshop.com



Another boho paisley number, this matching set has a Middle Eastern feel to it. The loose boxy tank top and elasticated shorts are maximum impact, minimum effort.

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The Luva Huva baby doll is one of our favourites for an ethical, long-lasting and luxurious purchase, closely followed by Hush’s silk nightie, while H&M’s print pyjama set is super-soft and a bit of a steal at under a tenner.


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