Right – oh ho ho!!! – you are going to love this.
I was invited the other day to see a new-ish nightwear brand called Cucumber and it’s absolutely terrific.
Their USP is that it is nightwear for women who get too hot at night. It is made of a whizzy technical wicking fabric which does something with sweat like turns it directly into dreams or something. Anyway you won’t get sweaty in these.
I’m not sure if the implication is that it’s for peri-menopausal or straight-up menopausal women but the story is: if you’re too hot at night, wear this.
BUT! I went to have a look and a feel and a stroke of the merch, (which includes nightdresses and harem pants as well as pyjamas), and I quizzed one of the co-founders, Nancy, and it struck me that the fabric was a very good sort of temperature-regulating thing generally. For everyone, hot or cool.
Nancy was strangely shy about telling me what exactly the fabric was. “It’s a polyester micro fibre” she hissed in a stage whisper. She went on to say that she is reluctant to announce this because any other fabric than “cotton” goes down very badly, especially with women of un certain age who just recall the sweaty stinky manmade fabrics of the 70s and shudder.
Personally, I think cotton has got an awful lot to answer for and the fact is that fabrics have come a long way in quite a short time; this fabric has almost nothing in common with drip-dry fabrics of yore, other than the fact that neither of them are cotton.
Anyway I demanded a pair – the v neck t-shirt and cropped pyjamas in navy jersey – and wore them and they are so good. Very soft and comfy. I enjoyed the practical scrubs-ish element to them, which I require as I spend at least two hours downstairs in the kitchen every morning from 0615 before I get dressed, so any nightwear of mine needs to broadly double up as daywear. They have nearly replaced in my affections my pineapple print pyjamas from asos.com. (Their new season version of those PJs is here.)
Cucumber are still a very small company – only 6 months old – run with determination and passion by two women just like you and me (if only I could count and not panic at the slightest sign of financial risk and if only you had not just had a baby). Their range is limited as they are so new but the product is great and I really do think we are seeing the start of the next Hush or Me+Em.
Now, look, these are not cheap – (a pair of cropped pyjama bottoms is £79) – but nothing good usually is, and if you are in need of a smart new pyjama set for a group holiday or a hospital trip or you do genuinely get really hot at night or, goddamnit you’re just sick of your shitty old PJs, these are for you.
These are true to fit, take your normal size.
Nancy Cutner Zeffman says
We are thrilled that you are thrilled by our new company! It means a lot us that you so immediately ‘got’ our intelligent fabric concept. We’re so glad you are loving your new night/day pj’s – enjoy staying cool! xxNancy and Eileen, Cucumber Clothing
These look lovely, but are a bit too expensive. Do you think you can persuade Cucumber to give Spikers a bit of a discount? On the sweat-wicking theme, I’m going to Cambodia next month and it will be ridiculously hot. All the blogs advise against cotton and linen (will get sweat-soaked and hang heavy), but I don’t particularly want to walk around temples in full gym kit. Any tips on sweat-wicking clothes which won’t make me look like I’m going spinning?!
Hi Danielle – technical fabrics just are a bit expensive, alas. If I was visiting a very hot country on a budget I would probably pack light and rely on picking up clothes locally x
My top temple-viewing outfit in Cambodia last summer was a loose midi skirt (elasicated waist, some sort of man-made fabric, & other stories), loose t-shirt and straw hat. Don’t make the colossal mistake of thinking cycling round the temples would be fun – have never been so sweaty..
Best to just surrender to the sweat. Have a good time, the temples are amazing and the people lovely.
Ooh interesting. Does the fabric have any stretch. I can only wear stretchy nightwear as a massive bed wriggler x
yes lots of stretch xx
I sometimes wear athleticwear to bed for similar reasons. Especially shirts that are a bit worn or that I don’t like well enough anymore to wear during the day.