My Favorite Loungewear and Sleepwear for Curves

When you’re soft and curvy, it’s harder to find flattering sleepwear and loungewear. Add kids or roommates into the equation, and you want some modesty with your comfort. These are my favorite loungewear and sleepwear pieces that let me be comfy after a long day at work, have me covered when Emerson comes running in our room in the middle of the night after a nightmare, and other than the crazy bedhead, I won’t be embarrassed answering the door to a neighbor at 8am on a Saturday.

The best loungewear and sleepwear for women with curves and large busts

PJ Salvage Thermal Pajamas

These pajamas are my JAM. You may recognize them from my gift guide.  I have them in black, they’ve been washed a dozen times and are still a rich hue and the same size and shape. The sleeves aren’t too long, and with the banded hems the pants don’t drag on the ground. They’re that perfect mix between roomy and tailored where you don’t look like you’re wearing your dad’s long johns but you’re comfortable. They’re a nice thick thermal but soft. It may seem crazy to spend this much when you can get thermal long johns at a big box retailer for a third of the price, but the fit and quality is pretty stellar.

Lands’ End Cotton Robe

I bought the shorter version of this knit robe when I was pregnant to have in my hospital bag. I JUST got rid of the robe this spring, not because it was worn out but because I got hair dye all over it. Six years of hard wear, weekly washing (and when Emerson was a newborn, often daily washing) and it stayed strong and rich in color. I replaced it with this longer version for a bit more warmth and it’s just as awesome.  I find this robe runs large, if you're unsure especially if you're petite, go with the smaller size so the neck stays closed nicely. Available in Regular, Petite, and Plus sizes, and even some prints too.  If you don't like the color selection, check next season as they regularly switch up the available colors.

Lands’ End Fleece Robe

It’s super cozy, doesn’t shed or pill, holds up great… did I mention how cozy it is? Nothing better to slip on at 5am when Cindy whines to go outside. Get it monogrammed and feel tres chi chi even though you still have sleep in your eyes! I have a Petite Large and it’s comfortable and not too short (yet no fear of tripping over it when climbing up the stairs half-asleep).  It comes in Petite, Regular, and Plus sizes.

Oscar De La Renta Luxe Knit Long Gown

Why don’t they make more sleepwear with bust support? Especially after having and nursing Emerson, I don’t have the perkiest of breasts and not only is it goofy looking to have my breasts hanging down in sleepwear, it’s not terribly comfortable. This gown has gathering and a seam under the bust that doesn’t lift the bustline but it at least separates them from my stomach, giving me a bit of shape. It’s a soft silky knit fabric, a style that isn’t too lingerie-like, and it has held up nicely through multiple washes and tumble dries.  Also available in plus size.

Shadowline Silhouette Gown

Remember when you used to watch soap operas as a kid and the glamorous ladies had elegant nightgowns with matching silky robes? Feel like you’re right from DOOL or Y&R with this gown. It comes in other lengths; I was nervous to get the long 53” length but it hits above my feet. It also comes in plus size.

Soma Intimates Lace Sleep Cami

Again, hooray for brands that offer a bit of support for breasts when it comes to sleepwear! While I don't want to go to bed in underwires, it's nice to have some definition for comfort and style, especially when I'm puttering around the house.  Soma's Cool Nights collection is breathable (great for those like me who sleep hot, or those who are dealing with hot flashes), silky, and holds up great after many washings.  And three cheers for adjustable straps! They have coordinating pants and shorts but I haven't tried them yet.  I often wear this cami with a long cardigan and yoga pants. I recommend the dark colors for more modesty.

Now I'd love to hear from you… what are your favorite pieces of loungewear or sleepwear? Any tips where to find great loungewear for those who have large busts and soft curves?


  1. Christina
    January 24, 2016 / 8:30 am

    I really enjoyed this post! I have been looking forever for sleepwear that is supportive, so I’m definitely checking out your recommendations.

  2. Ros
    December 27, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    I’m a bit late to the discussion, but LLBean also has a fleece robe that is FANTASTIC. I am buying one this year after continually wearing and loving the one my MIL keeps in their guest room (and that thing must be 15 years old at least, but it’s the best!)

    Serious question though: why do so few tank tops sold with PJ pants have any support at all? I’ve resigned myself to either wearing a ‘sleep bra’ (aka: something comfortable and reasonably shaping), or wearing nothing (preferred route, but I’m pretty busty and sometimes that isn’t the most comfortable). Do you have any more recommendations for sleepwear with bust support?

  3. Sallie
    December 22, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Great ideas in this post! Check out the Soma Embraceable PJs – the ones sold as separates. I have two pairs of the leopard ones and love them. They are very comfy and on sale right now!

  4. Lee4
    December 22, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Soma definitely makes great pajamas. Styles/colors are pretty, they are super comfortable & wash very well.

  5. Noeb49
    December 22, 2015 / 10:00 am

    I’ve been exclusively wearing Soma’s Cool Nights collections for at least 5 years now. I’ve got pjs, gowns, shorts, and the sleep camis. Love them all and highly recommend. Also like their dresses for spring and summer.

  6. Amanda choj
    December 21, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    I tend to wear leggings and a waterfall cardigan or plain longsleeved shirt as lounge wear. I have a few soft bras and bralettes I tend to wear around the house for my ddd’s. I also have some built in bra tanks from soma.

  7. Kathryn Braun Fenner
    December 21, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    I have been eyeing the Soma cami for a long time–my LL Bean tanks with built-in shelf are dying, and I cannot even find replacements on eBay–Bean’s stopped putting shelf bra in. The J Jill ones are too revealing of my prominent nipples. I just wish the Soma cami wasn’t so expensive!

    • Kathryn Braun Fenner
      December 21, 2015 / 5:04 pm

      I see that they are marked down to $21! yay!

  8. Nihongo Dame Desu
    December 21, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Would you mind sharing what size you wear in the PJ Savage Pajamas? I want to snag a pair while they are on sale but want to get the right size, and you and I are more or less of a size.

    • December 21, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      I got an XL to be extra roomy in my calves (often times pants like this are too tight on my legs) but think an L would have also fit well.

  9. December 21, 2015 / 9:33 am

    I bought the thermal PJs after you recommended them in your gift guide and love them! They are super soft and so cozy warm 🙂 My one gripe is that the fabric seems to attract fuzz and cat hair and because I got the black ones, the fuzz is visible 🙁 I tend to wash them very regularly to get rid of the fuzz and so far they’ve held up! Next time I’d consider a lighter color to hide the fuzz.

    • December 21, 2015 / 10:34 am

      I haven’t had the fuzz issue, but I do have the blonde dog issue (but then my entire life has a light coating of blonde dog hair!) 🙂

      • December 21, 2015 / 11:24 am

        Haha, yes, having lived with pets for most of my life, I just accept it for what it is 😉 I just changed my flannel bed sheets the other day for regular cotton sheets — wonder if that will eliminate some of the fuzz? In any case, though, they are so warm that I don’t mind :]

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