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November 19, 2007

Nightgowns for the petite, plus-size woman of age!

Filed under: Lingerie,Petite and Plus-Size,You Asked For It — Francesca @ 9:24 pm

An internet friend asks:

I am fairly recently married to a guy who grew up with one brother.
One of my favorite things to do now is to get nice girly presents for
his mom, who is 81 and either a 1x petite or a 2x petite. Imagine my
horror when I first tried to shop for her! I had no idea!
Fortunately, there is a Talbots store close to me, and I’ve been
pretty lucky there.

My question is this: Where can I find nice age-appropriate nightgowns
and robes for her? Hanukkah and her birthday arrive soon. Thank you
so much.

Francesca finds this question, and the context surrounding it, very sweet.

However, as difficult as it is to find petite plus-size clothing, finding petite plus-size nightgowns and robes is even more difficult, which is why Francesca admits to sleeping often in her college t-shirt and 10-year-old sweatpants.

And here we have the additional factor that we are looking for attractive and comfortable nightgowns for an elderly woman, not lacy, frothy underthings for the plus-size pop tart.

So we turn to Woman Within, which sells clothing in sizes 12W-44W. Among their offerings in robes and loungewear are a few petite items which may meet the taste of our internet friend’s mother-in-law, such as this fleece lounger with plaid trim

or for something more girly, there is this satin robe, which is lined with fleece inside. It is not a petite size, but at 50″ long it will come to our friend’s mother-in-law’s ankles, if she is over 5′ tall, which is OK, Francesca thinks. Just be sure the belt is removable so that it can be tied at the waist, rather than the hips of the petite girl!

Happy Chanukah and Happy Birthday and Happy Shopping!




  1. lands end has really nice night gowns as well.

    Comment by Elizabeth K — November 19, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

  2. I’ve had some great luck buying nightgowns for my elderly 2X Mom at both Kohls and Target. For the past 3 years, Kohls has had a great selection of very pretty but demure flannel and cotton nightgowns in 1, 2, and 3X. My mom’s about 5’4″ and they fall just below her knee, so they should be fine for an even more petite woman.

    Comment by Maura — November 20, 2007 @ 2:22 am

  3. This is a great question – I wanted to buy my Ma some nice nighties for Xmas a few years back, and none of the big department stores here had anything but polyester floral muu-muu nightmares. (I eventually struck gold with a great store, but it’s NZ only, I think –

    I read an article, written by a carer working in a nursing home, which said how sad it was when elderly people are left with old & worn clothes to wear. The author was always touched by families who brought in good quality underwear & toiletries for the residents.

    Comment by Margo — November 21, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

  4. UG! No! Stay away from Woman Within/Layne Bryant! Their clothing is FUGLY! It’s all very manly and made to make fat women look as terrible as possible! Oh how I miss Robinson’s May. It had the best clothing for us short and fatties! No one else has their taste.

    Comment by Jami JoAnne Russell — July 12, 2008 @ 2:32 am

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    Comment by talbots closing — December 8, 2008 @ 8:35 am

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