For as long as I can remember, I have been a JimJams for sleepwear proponent. JimJams, pjs, whatever one calls them, allowed me to blur the line between inside and outside wear. Of course, that was BL (before livestock), when all I needed to do on a weekend was to make a bagel/Sunday Times run. I could literally stay in my JJs from Friday night to Monday morning. It almost makes me weepy to think about it. Even now, when the likelihood of doing barn chores in my JJs is slim to none, I tend to stay in my sleepwear for as long as possible. Then the hip gave out. Suddenly, the mere idea of having to put on/take off JJ bottoms can have me thinking of going au natural in the middle of winter. I have - very begrudgingly - turned to nightgowns.
Having not given a thought to them for decades, I had to do some research. I knew I did NOT want flannel. I am not Laura Ingalls and, by the time I am done tossing and turning on my fleece or flannel sheets, I would be bound as tightly as a geisha's foot. And was I ever shocked at the prices! I much prefer natural fibers - cotton, wool, linen - so I bought one cotton and one cotton blend. On sale. With free shipping. When I slipped on the cotton nightgown, I was immediately reminded of Uncle Fester. Or, Uncle Fester joins the Army, as it is an Army-like green. It went from neck to toes in a long, shapeless green tube. But it is comfy and the dogs could care less about my lack of fashion sense. The second one was tres chic and I had an overwhelming desire to sashay all over the place. Until I realized that my present version of 'sashay' is more of a slow, crablike gait, entirely lacking in graceful moves.
I am not sure that this switch in my nightwear allegiance will outlast its present convenience. It is awfully nice to be able to get ready for bed in minutes, rather than 10s of minutes. And there is a little Gloria Swansonesqueness (whoa!) about the idea of sashaying around in a nightgown, when my sashay comes back. Plus, I can always pull on a pair of jeans under the nightgown and go do chores! Woot! Woot!