Pajama Styles for the Dorm

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There is never a wrong time to take advantage of the opportunity to reinvent your style and update your wardrobe.  When living in the college dorm, this concept extends to your sleepwear as well.  Dorm rooms tend to be locations for social gatherings at all hours of the day, so chances are that you will be seen in your pajamas by many of your peers in addition to your roommates. Keeping that idea in mind, you want to be dressed appropriately for public AND bed according to coverage, style, and the weather.

  1. Flannel pajama bottoms

During the cold winter months, flannel pajama bottoms are a warm and comfortable option.  They come in all different colors and patterns, so you can feel free to make any fashion statement you choose with these.  You can pair these bottoms with any T-Shirt, either long-sleeved or short-sleeved, tank top, or sweatshirt.  You may even be inclined to get a matching flannel button down pajama shirt for extra comfort.

  1. Nightshirt

Ladies can lounge casually and comfortably with oversized shirts made for sleeping in.  Some different styles of nightshirts include longer V-neck T’s, Henley baseball nightshirts or tops honoring Greek life.  These nightshirts are lightweight for those hot sleepers, and can be found in a variety of colors and patterns.  This is a great option for a sportier look in the summer months or if your dorm room is on the warmer side. Wrapping up in a blanket if only a nightshirt makes you cold is a great option.

  1. Knit Tops and Leggings

You can find matching tops and bottoms, buy the pants or the top alone, or mix and match.  Knits come in all colors and patterns, so you have lots of style options to work with here.  You can find a pair of knit leggings with a floral pattern and match them with a solid color tank top or T-shirt.  Pair a knit top with flannel pajama bottoms or shorts, and finish the look off with a pair of knee-high socks.

  1. Thermals

When it comes to making a fashion statement, thermal pajamas have the same concept as the knits – lots of variety in colors, patterns, and mix and match options.  The biggest difference between thermals and knits, of course, is that the former are made to keep you warm and cozy during those cold winter months.  Ladies can even sport a thermal nightshirt (these will look great with knee-high socks).

  1. Nightgowns

Nightgowns are a great choice for ladies who want to look pretty and feminine in their loungewear.  However, when it comes to nightgowns, not all styles are appropriate for the dorm. Shorter length, cotton nightgowns are a safe bet here – although a little bit lace won’t hurt.  You can be pretty and fashionable in your nightgown, you just don’t want to get too formal.

  1. Rompers

Rompers are all the rage right now, and this style is extending into the world of pajama fashion.  These can be found in satin, knit and flannel.  Some style options offer long pants with a sleeveless top, or shorts with a long-sleeved top.  This type of loungewear is new, trendy, and quite comfortable.

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Katherine Carpenter

Katherine Carpenter

Hi I'm Katherine! I love DIY projects, especially ones that I can use to make my dorm room pop! My favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip, especially when it's on a cone. I love hanging out with my sorority sisters and giving back to the community. Always remember to live, laugh and love!