Nightgowns come in many shapes and styles, but what they all have in common is their one-piece shirt, shift or gown design. Women who prefer short nightgowns will find dozens of styles and fabrics to choose from. Perhaps the simplest short nightgown style is the nightshirt--usually shaped much like menswear, with a button-down front. One of today's most popular short nightgown styles is the simple tunic or chemise. These sometimes have shaped bodices and then flow gently to high or mid-thigh.
With the advent of modern materials, chemises, sleep shirts and other styles of short nightgowns are often made of lightweight modal, nylon or petal-soft synthetic wovens. Woven and knit cottons are also very popular. Short nightgowns also include sexy chemises, often featuring molded cups and lace embellishments. All styles of short nightgowns feature ease of movement and comfy lounging or sleeping.