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Men's Nightshirt

Updated on June 11, 2014

Men's Nightshirts and Nightgowns

If you're looking for a great gift for dad, consider buying him a men's nightshirt. Nightgowns and nightshirts are far more comfortable than pajamas. Women shouldn't be the only ones that enjoy the comfort and freedom that only these free flowing garments can offer. Men can wear nightshirts and nightgowns too, in fact 13% of men already choose to sleep in some sort of sleep shirt. There are plenty of choices for men's sleepwear, such as flannel, cotton, knit, and more.

My grandfather, who I called Papa, loved to sleep in along button down cotton nightshirt. He always reminded me of Rip Van Winkle in it. When I was a young girl I thought Papa was super old fashioned, which he was, but the real reason he wore nightshirts is because they're so comfortable. They provide warmth just like pajamas do, but they also allow you to move freely and comfortably throughout the night. My Papa was right about most things, and sleeping in a comfy men's nightshirt was just yet another example.

Browse the comfortable and classic men's sleepwear on this page and find the perfect gift for you dad or husband.

Wee Willie Winky wears a nightgown
Wee Willie Winky wears a nightgown

History of the Nightshirt

Learn the origin of this comfortable sleep wear

It is defined as any loose garment that's worn by men or boys in bed while sleeping. You may recall the old 1841 poem that begins:

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,

Up stairs and down stairs in his night-gown,

Tapping at the window, crying at the lock,

Are the children in their bed, for it's past ten o'clock?

Making it clear that men have been wearing comfortable night gowns for centuries. The first mention of night shirts sprang up in the Middle Ages. Before then, most people either slept in their day clothes (people were much less concerned with cleanliness back then) or in the nude.

The earliest night shirts were actually just plain undergarments, which were nothing more than a super long white cotton shirt. By the early eighteenth century, however, a man's sleep shirt could be as ornate as his day clothes. Clothing catalogs from 1915 mention a "longcloth nightshirt" for men. By 1890 pajamas began to steadily replace sleep shirts for men. However, they can even be found today for guys that prefer to wear looser fitting garments to bed.

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Basic men's sleep shirt
Basic men's sleep shirt

Cotton Nightshirt for Men

This makes a super cozy gift for him

This cotton men's sleep shirt is super roomy and comfortable. It's a classic blue in 100% cotton and features three buttons to make it easier to take on and off. It has a traditional breast pocket. It's long sleeved and has a long hem length to help keep him warm on cold winter nights My papa liked extra long night shirts like this one during the coldest winter months.

This nightgown is available in your choice of basic blue with royal blue piping or in a sophisticated yet classic charcoal (pictured).

Knit Men's Nightshirt - He will sleep comfortably all night long

This super cozy knit nightshirt for men has just enough spandex to make it super comfortable. It's available in your choice of blue or green and in sizes small through xx-large. The 5 button closure makes it easy to take on and off and the t-shirt style neckline is as comfortable as it gets. This soft and classy men's nightgown would make a great gift.

Cotton Knit Men's Night Gowns - So soft and comfortable

These knit nightshirts for men are available in a variety of colors and sizes. They feature a modern cut and fit. They would even be great for women.

American Essentials Men's Sleepwear Organic Cotton Nightshirt, Merlot Stripe, Large
American Essentials Men's Sleepwear Organic Cotton Nightshirt, Merlot Stripe, Large

The rich color and simple style will make this his favorite sleepwear night after night.

Derek Rose Men's Majestic 1 Piped Pullover Nightshirt, Navy, XX-Large
Derek Rose Men's Majestic 1 Piped Pullover Nightshirt, Navy, XX-Large

This pull over sleep shirt is longer, making it warmer.


Flannel Men's Nightshirts - An absolute classic that makes a great gift

Flannel nightshirts for men provide him with classic style and warm cozy comfort all winter long. Flannel is a great choice for colder climates. My Papa enjoyed wearing his flannel sleep shirts on the coldest nights.

Majestic International Men's Monterey Night Shirt
Majestic International Men's Monterey Night Shirt

Guys love this traditional red and blue plaid flannel.


Broadcloth Men's Night Gowns - Classic men's sleepwear

Broadcloth, the crisp cotton that reminds me of hospital gowns, is for the traditional man. My Papa preferred broadcloth nightgowns during the spring and summer.

Private Label - Mens Long Sleeve Broadcloth Nightshirt, Green 27262-S/M
Private Label - Mens Long Sleeve Broadcloth Nightshirt, Green 27262-S/M

This basic green night shirt is a traditional favorite.


Find More on eBay - Grab a great deal on eBay

Here you'll find a selection of men's sleepwear on eBay with these current auctions.

I remember my Papa wearing his cozy nightshirts at bedtime. He never slept in anything else. Who are you shopping for?

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      nick-gondoras 4 years ago

      I like nigthshirts on women better. Just an opinion because I am a guy

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      Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

      @dellgirl: Thanks. My grandfather used to wear nightshirts during the cold winter months. That's what gave me the idea to put this page together.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Youâve really created a unique lens. Itâs really different and such a great idea for a lens! WayToGo!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good selection here, great lens and well set out. Never owned one of these, might suggest to better half