A good set of pajamas is timeless, comfortable, and won’t be embarrassing when you go to fetch the mail or gather around the Zoom screen. Chances are, this year, you’ve spent a bit more time lounging around the house in what used to be purely sleepwear — so it’s time for an upgrade. Maybe it’s a cozy, warm pair you’re after. If so, Skin’s knit oatmeal-colored set might be perfect, or a classic flannel pair in traditional tartan from L.L.Bean. For those who prefer a nightgown, there’s a floaty, smock-necked option from fashion-world favorite Hill House Home, or a classic shirtdress style from Eberjey. Whether you’re a hot sleeper or a cool one, or prefer shorts, rompers, nightgowns, or pants, these fourteen pairs of ultra-soft, breathable, and chic pajamas are perfect for all your future lounging, napping, and sleeping.
Australian brand Deiji Studios began with linen bedding before expanding into sleepwear — so you know they’re focused on making pajamas cozy enough for a good night’s rest. This set, which is made for comfort thanks to the wide cut of the arms and shorts, is made in a family-run factory, in which the linen is rubbed with natural pumice stones to break down all the crunch and stiffness. Next, the now supersoft linen is dyed with environmentally friendly natural dyes. The result is a pair of hypoallergenic, breathable, and even biodegradable pajamas that will last for years.
This boyfriend-inspired sleep shirt is made from a breathable cotton blend, with relaxed, wide-cut sleeves to ensure you’ll have a constriction-free sleep. Wear on its own, or pair with thin ribbed leggings or ribbed knit palazzo pants on chilly mornings.
Sleepwear brand Skin is all about luxuriously soft fabrics, and this cozy set is no exception. The slim fit pants are somewhere between a legging and a sweatpant, with a figure-hugging cut and handy pockets. Meanwhile, the v-neck pullover has a pretty drape and low cut arms to give way for movement during sleep.
Lake does one thing and one thing well: classic cotton sleepwear. This red striped pair, made out of a buttery pima cotton, feels festive in December and classic in all the other months. Looking to gift a whole sleepy set? It pairs particularly well with the brand’s lightweight cotton pima robe.
This sweetheart neckline romper is an excellent choice for hot sleepers. It’s made from tencel modal, a sustainable wood-based fiber—not that you would know it based upon the ultra velvety feel. Silky straps and a little mesh lace paneling along the neckline add pretty details to this otherwise unfussy sleepwear staple.
Auckland-based General Sleep is founded on sustainable practices — so you can sleep easy knowing how your favorite pajamas were made. They only use GOTS-certified cotton and linen, and produce their pieces with a manufacturer who employs green energy — and pays their team of talented designers, sewers, and makers fairly. This organic cotton set mixes a classic wide legged trouser with a kimono wrap top, which cinches flatteringly at the waist.
This limited edition holiday set from size-inclusive Universal Standard is made from soft, breathable pima cotton. Both the back of the top and the sides of the shorts have a pretty tulip overlay design, which means less constriction while sleeping. The set, which is available through size 4XL, also comes in a classic black and a dusty grey sage.
If silk sleepwear has felt too fussy or delicate in the past, try Lunya. The brand’s machine-washable silk is both smooth and durable, so while it might look considerably more elegant than other pajamas, it’s just as easy to care for. Like other natural fibers, silk is excellent for thermoregulating —making this set perfect for hot sleepers. The wide-legged pants have a comfortable elastic waistband which hits at a flattering mid-waist point, and side slits for further comfort and coolness while sleeping.
All Stars Above
If you’ve found yourself wanting a pair of silky pajamas but you’ve balked at the price tag, look to this silky satin set from All Stars Above. The pretty golden camisole and shorts pairing boasts romantic details like a delicate bloom stencil, and subtle lace trimming on the shorts and the camisole’s V-back.
If cozy flannel is what you’re after, you can’t do better than LL.Bean’s best selling Scotch Plaid Flannel set. Available in six authentic tartans, the set is made from warm Portuguese cotton flannel that has been brushed to give it that perfectly worn-in softness.
Eberjey’s Cecilia Enchanted Sleep Teddy is sewn from a lightweight jersey, which feels incredibly soft against the skin. Lace-trimmed shorts and straps are paired with an elastic waistband and a low draped back for comfortable, non-constrictive sleeping and lounging. It’d pair well with a long, chunky knit cardigan, or one of the brand’s classic piped-edge robes.
The Lazy Poet
Each of The Lazy Poet’s prints are hand drawn, which accounts for this tropical botanical set’s painterly look. The frilled edges add a romantic touch — but the fabric, 100% cotton — is far more comfortable and wearable than most ultra-feminine sleepwear.
Hill House Home
Hill House Home’s nap dresses were beloved pre-pandemic—but as 2020 has better acquainted all of us with our loungewear, the dreamy, feminine nap dresses, which are somewhere between nightgowns and day dresses, have filled a void that just couldn’t be touched by sweatpants. This one, the Caroline, is available in classic white with a swiss dot motif, as well as two limited seasonal botanical prints. The brand is also striving to be more size inclusive — this style is available from an XS to a 2XL.
Up-and-coming New York-based designer Buggy combines her Greek heritage with hand-blocked prints, crafted by skilled female artisans in India. The Náni combines a seaglass blue with an intricate paisley print, all on soft, lightweight cotton voile. While the print might draw the eye first, the little details this nightgown are what set it apart: a pretty scalloped edge, a feminine tie top, and a flattering, mid-calf length all make it a favorite.