Plus Size Sleepwear-It’s The New Outerwear

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Get Comfort and Style with Street-Ready Loungewear

If you’re like most of us, you probably wish you could spend your days wearing your pajamas. Well, with the huge trend in athleisure wear and the growing trend in loungewear-as-daywear, guess what? You can!

Athleisure and pajama-style clothing aren’t going anywhere. In fact, if you read fashion blogs, you’ll see that these trends are still going strong and expected to continue well into the future.

Why wouldn’t they? After years of being told they weren’t dressed right unless they were hobbling around in tight clothes and high heels, women said no thanks. The comfort revolution is in full sway now and sleepwear is now the new outerwear.

How It All Began

It appears that a bunch of women woke up one day, shook their heads and wondered, “Why can’t ALL our clothing feel as comfy as our p.j.s?” Designers and retailers responded with a flurry of easygoing clothes in luxurious fabrics that could take these clothes from the bedroom to the street.

Even better, they are usually paired with footwear that’s equally comfortable, whether it’s chunky boots or stylish sneakers.

There are good reasons why the trend has stayed and why it’s expected to stay strong.

  • These clothes are fully celebrity-endorsed, with many influential stars not only wearing this type of clothing but creating their own clothing lines.
  • In the midst of the retail downturn, leisure wear and athleisure wear continue to be big sellers.
  • These styles can be blended with more street-worthy items you own to create looks that take them almost everywhere.

Stepping Out in Plus Size Sleepwear

The trend shows no signs of slowing down. Recently, superstar plus-size model Ashley Graham was spotted hitting the town in an athleisure outfit of leggings, crop top and sneakers. According to an article in Women’s Wear Daily, new companies are springing up to challenge the lock that big-name lingerie sellers have on the $12 billion women’s underwear market.

They’re doing it by creating underclothes and loungewear in a huge range of sizes that’s stylish, comfortable and made for women of all sizes and shapes. Michelle Cordeiro Grant, who founded the lingerie company Lively after working at Victoria’s Secret, told the magazine, “It’s no longer about choosing between ‘sexy’ and ultimate comfort, that’s how we came up with our concept of ‘Leisurée’ (lingerie and leisure).”

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Plus Size Women Get in on This Trend

These luxurious-feeling, comfortable outfits can transition from day to night and indoor to out easily. They also fit the modern trend of finding joy at home, among your loved ones, rather than out partying and running around. As Gavazzi Daccò, co-founder of luxury pajama brand Morpho & Luna put it, “Staying in is the new going out.” Plus-size retailers and manufacturers haven’t been asleep at the wheel. In addition to a plethora of leggings, traditional activewear and comfortable sleepwear at most plus-size retailers, you can find new styles that cross the line from sleepwear to gym wear and street wear.

How to Style Your Plus Size Sleepwear as Daywear

To keep from looking like you really did just tumble out of bed and head for the door, even if you did, you’ll need to style your loungewear properly if you’re going to wear it outdoors.

Lay a great foundation. Make sure you’re wearing good, supportive underclothes or shapewear. A lot of sleepwear and loungewear is made with thin or sheer fabrics. You don’t want to flash any more than you have to. Wear a camisole if you need a little more coverage.

Wear the right shoes. No, you can’t stroll the city streets or go to your office in your slippers. But most loungewear will look great with a cute pair of sneakers or a sassy pair of wedge sneakers. You can also wear ballet flats for a cute look with your loungewear or leggings. Make sure your shoes look clean, fresh and without holes, otherwise you’ll look like a homeless person.

Do your hair. At the very least, slick your hair back into a knot or a ponytail and smooth it down. In fact, a sleek, pulled-back look or a ponytail that’s slightly messy in back is a good match for this casual style. But don’t sport a messy-all-over hairdo with this type of outfit. The idea is to look cool and laid-back, not sloppy and unkempt.

Accessorize it right. A fabulous pair of sunglasses, a watch and some cool earrings will elevate your loungewear look. Don’t forget a great purse.

Women Plus Size Sleepwear You Can Wear Anywhere

Racerback Swing Tank. This soft top will go easily from the bedroom to the nightclub and beyond. It has a sexy racerback top and a flirty, easy-to-wear swing. It’s made of a ribbed cotton blend and comes in black or white.

Super Soft and Comfy Pajama Pants. Long, slouchy pants are perfect for pairing with your favorite athleisure items. Unlike many sleep pants that are cropped short, giving you that unwanted “flood pant” look, these have a nice long 40-inch inseam. They come in black, deep teal and heather gray. They’ll easily become your got-to pants for everything.

Rhonda Shear High Waisted Cotton Control Legging. This gorgeous legging features tummy control and cuddly-soft fabric that makes it perfect for lounging, sleeping or running around.

Cropped Swing Tank. Still don’t think loungewear can be sexy? Then try on this swingy, raw-edge crop top that will change your mind in an instant. Wear it with any of your leggings or pajama pants and take it out if you dare.

Lane Bryant

The plus-size giant’s Cacique line features great-looking clothes that you’ll want to snuggle into all the time. Check out these sample pieces.

Sleep Jumpsuit with Striped Elastic Band. In a super-soft rayon jersey blend, this surplice jumpsuit features a stay-closed V-neck, jogger-style pants and a sequin belt.

Ribbed Wide Leg Sleep Pant. These knockout palazzo-style pants are a style statement that need only a tank top or straight-lined tunic to look amazing anywhere.

Brushed Jersey Sleep Top with Satin Trim. The satin stripe on the sleeve gives this an upgraded-athleisure look. Throw it on over jeans, leggings or shorts.


Standards & Practices Plus Size Sami Knit Jogger Pants. These mesh-detailed joggers are the height of trendy athleisure. They’re perfect for sleeping, lounging, strutting the street or even jogging.

KOH KOH Womens Sleeveless Cocktail Wide Leg One Piece Jumpsuit. This super-easy, elegant jumpsuit is truly one garment that can do it all. It’s great for lounging at home but is chic enough to wear at even the most formal event. The jumpsuit has an elastic waist and wide legs with deep side slits.

Verdusa Women’s Boho One Off-Shoulder Caftan Sleeve Harem Maxi Dress. Be effortlessly boho-chic in this asymmetrical dress that drapes beautifully over curves to create a dramatic look. In several colors and prints, this dress is as comfortable as pajamas. It’s a stunner whether you keep it in or take it out.

Soft Surroundings

This retailer is known for clothes that are luxurious, comfortable and stylish all at once. They even give each item a softness rating from 1 to 3. Their clothes go up to plus size 24.

Hug-me Cardi. This plush, velvety cardigan features faux fur and a shawl collar. Available in seven colors, it’s perfect for cuddling indoors and can also venture outside.

Saturday Pullover. A lightweight hoodie with a high-low hemline and cowl neck is perfect for lounging at home, going for a stroll or running errands all weekend.

Slimsations Knit Leggings. These cozy leggings are designed to slim and shape you, with built-in tummy and thigh support and shape-recovery technology.

Loungewear from Universal Standard.


Get Stylish with Women Plus Size Sleepwear

If you find beautiful, curve-enhancing sleepwear that’s too pretty to keep under wraps, there’s no need to hide it.

Turn your evenings at home into occasions that make you feel good about the way you look. These outfits are just as comfortable as your beat-up sweatpants or faded-out pajamas, but they look great and they add tons of style.

The items in the photo just above,  and the two photos below are from Universal Standard’s Loungewear Collection.  Let your imagination run a little wild, as you think of all the ways these pieces can compliment your wardrobe.  Naptime, running errands, and afternoon with the girls…well, you get the idea.  See their collection here.

Let Us Know In The Comments Below!

You don’t have to be sloppy to be comfortable. These luxurious athleisure and loungewear pieces will give your mood a boost every time you put them on. Start your search with our suggestions and then be on the lookout for loungewear. If you find some that’s too pretty to keep under wraps, dress it up and take it out on the street.

We love to hear about your great finds, and the things you’d like to hear more about.

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