There’s something so satisfying about putting on a comfortable pair of pajamas at the end of a long day–or, you know, staying in them all day while working from home. Since pajama culture has become a staple not only for those who continue to WFH long-term but also those who are venturing to the nightclubs and dinner parties in fancy PJs. No matter what you're doing in them, there's no such thing as ever being too comfortable.
"[When shopping for pajamas,] it's all up to personal preference and what you want to call your 'PJ Vibe,'" says stylist Sheyna Imm. "I think just looking for something that feels unique and good to you [is important], whether that be slim-fit or loose, two pieces or one dress, silk or silk blends—it's your world."
Meet the Expert
Sheyna Imm is an NYC-based stylist and image consultant who works closely with clients in the editorial, commercial and personal styling world. Her client list includes Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, NBA, HBO, Target, Atlantic Records, and more.
From menswear-inspired pajamas and silk short sets to sustainably-made and classic flannel, these options will put you in the mood to lounge, sleep, or do anything else. From morning to night, to morning again, they're bound to be favorites. We should warn you, though: You may never want to take these off.
Ahead, the best pajamas that are perfect for sleeping, lounging, working, and all of the above.
Best Overall: Lunya Washable Silk Tee Set
Who else recommends it? Vogue, The Strategist, and Self all picked the Lunya Washable Silk Tee Set.
What do buyers say? 1,400+ Lunya reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
Do you run hot? Or always cold? Well, this set works for both of those issues. Thanks to its thermoregulation silk, Lunya has created magic in this set. Great for the summer or winter, the material may help keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Available in five colorways, these pajamas look like luxury and feel comfortable, relaxed, and practical. Plus, the pockets allow for storing any feel-good sleep essentials as you lounge. Did we mention it's machine-washable?
Price at time of publish: $198
Size Range: XS-2X | Colors/Prints: Tan, Black, White, Blue, Grey, Pink | Material: 100% silk | Care: Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry
Best Budget: GLOBAL Cotton Pajama Set
It's not often you can find 100 percent cotton, quality pajamas for well under $50, but this set on Amazon delivers just that. Featuring gorgeous prints and classic piping, this set has received over 2,000 5-star reviews and comes in both long-sleeve/pants and short-sleeve/shorts options. The shirts even have pockets, which is a potential game-changer if you like to run errands in your PJs (no judgment here).
Price at time of publish: $30.99
Size Range: S-XXL | Colors/Prints: Navy Blue Stripe, Light Blue Stripe, Blue and White Porcelain, Roses, +more | Material: 100% cotton | Care: Machine wash, tumble dry
Best Splurge: Olivia von Halle Lila Silk Satin Pajama Set
How can you not feel a little Holly Golightly in this luxurious pair of pajamas from Olivia von Halle? The trousers feature a flat front silk waistband and elasticated back that can easily double as outdoor statement pants—just add a crisp white button-down and strappy heels for a chic (but comfortable) outing.
Size Range: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Gold Sphinx, Green Waltz, Romy Pearl Tiger, +more | Material: 100% silk | Care: Dry clean or hand wash with a silk detergent
Best Size-Inclusive: SKIMS Sleep Set
Although initially hesitant about Kim Kardashian's newest venture, team Byrdie has officially jumped on the bandwagon. Not only do the pieces feature options for more skin tones than just pale beige, but the size ranges are inclusive, as well. The SKIMS Sleep Set feels very luxurious, designed with cooling rayon and a hint of spandex, making it the perfect couch-to-bed set (or, dare we say, work from home?).
Price at time of publish: $118
Size Range: XXS-4X | Colors/Prints: Ochre, Sienna, Copper, Jasper, Camel, Heather Gray, Onyx | Material: 95% rayon, 5% spandex | Care: Machine wash cold with like colors
Best Bundle: Lake Pima Bundle
To cover all seasons, consider investing in a PJ bundle, like this one from Lake Pajamas. Not only are they designed in the cutest striped colorways, but they're constructed from 100 percent Pima cotton, so you can count on them being as breathable as they are soft and cozy.
Price at time of publish: $148
Size Range: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Hydrangea, Parisian Green, Lavender, Celadon | Material: 100% Pima cotton | Care: Machine wash cold with like colors, lay flat to dry
Best Classic: Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Set
You no longer have to sacrifice style for comfort—Sleepy Jones masters both with its Marina set. We love the classic piping detail and adjustable waistband of these pants. The top has just the right amount of room so you don't feel constrained, and the set is machine washable.
Price at time of publish: $198
Size Range: XXS-XXL | Colors/Prints: Green & White Tent Stripe, Blue End on End, White Poplin, Large Navy Gingham, White & Blue Sateen Stripe, Navy Constellation, +more | Material: 100% cotton | Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low or line dry
Best Partywear: Sleeper Party Pajama Set With Feathers
A favorite of Imm's, these indulgent pajamas are made from 100 percent OEX-TEX viscose with a beautiful feather bottom; they feel like a party outfit and PJ set mixed into one grand ensemble. The pockets on the shirt are big enough to store a pen or phone while you’re working from home while remaining fancy-looking if you decide to wear it out. And, if the feathers get to be a little too much, you can always detach them. Plus, the brand offers plenty of other glamorous options if you'd rather shop around.
Price at time of publish: $290
Size Range: XS-3X | Colors/Prints: Black, White, Lavender Vichy, Pink Vichy, Ash Grey, Mint | Material: 100% viscose; 100% feather trim | Care: Machine wash cold with like colors, tumble dry low
Best Nightgown: Hill House Home The Caroline Nap Dress
This beautiful 100 percent cotton nightgown can be sleepwear or a fun day fit with a belt or cardigan. The ruched puff sleeves are whimsical and romantic, while the subtle ruffle hem makes it feel of the moment. It comes in an array of colors and prints that encompass every changing season.
Price at time of publish: $95
Size Range: XXS-2X | Colors/Prints: Sheer White Swiss Dot, Blue Botanical, Navy Tartan, Red Tartan, Sheer Black Swiss Dot, +more | Material: 100% cotton | Care: Machine wash cold with like colors, tumble dry low
Best Silk: La Perla Silk Pajama Set
Made with the finest Italian silk, La Perla knows how to do elegant, graceful pajamas that make sleeping a luxury. This classic button-down long sleeve with matching trousers will have you feeling like real royalty. You can count on having these in your wardrobe for a long time to come.
Price at time of publish: $485
Size Range: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Black, White, Azure, Powder Pink, Garnet, Dusty Blue Floral, Soft Pink Floral, Rose Noisette, Frosty Green | Material: 100% silk | Care: Dry clean or hand wash
Best Printed: Desmond & Dempsey Long Pyjama Set
A tailored yet modern fit, the Desmond & Dempsey printed long pajama sets feature a slightly cropped shirt with a sculpted hemline and button cuffs. This specific 'Persephone' set—part of The Lavender Collection—is "an ode to her mythological plight" and boasts gorgeous hand-painted prints of ripe fruit, foliage, and flowers mid-bloom—perfect for ringing in springtime. The bottoms stay comfortable as they are designed slightly tapered, meaning they shouldn't ride up during sleep.
Size Range: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Persephone Floral Print Patchwork Lavender, Sansindo Tiger Print Lavender/Black, Sansindo Tiger Print Black/Cream, Persephone Floral Print Lavender, Lavender Linen +more | Material: 100% cotton | Care: Machine wash
What Our Editors Say
"I was gifted a pair of Desmond & Dempsey pajamas for my birthday a few years ago, and they've stood the test of time and trends. Since they're constructed with fairly thin cotton material, they feel really breathable. I lean warm when sleeping, so they're perfect for me. Plus, the gorgeous prints are especially unique." —Erika Reals, Associate Fashion Editor, Commerce
Best Sweat-Wicking: Summersalt All Day & Night Long Sleeve Set
A good pair of pajamas are the perfect precursor to a good night’s sleep, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Summersalt. The pop of color along the neckline is repeated along the drawstring for a chic cohesive moment, and the pants are ankle-length and slightly tapered. The most unique feature of these pajamas is that they're treated with the brand's The Shield. which allows for faster dry times, sweat-wicking magic, and even sun protection.
Price at time of publish: $85
Size Range: XS-2X | Colors/Prints: Pacific & Deep Sea, Deep Sea & Sea Urchin | Material: 96% Tencel modal, 4% elastane | Care: Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry
Best Bed-to-Brunch: Nap Loungewear The Lazy Cat PJ Set
In this era of blurred lines between work and play, surely it makes sense to find some pajamas that reflect this lifestyle. Enter: Nap Loungewear's The Lazy Cat PJ Set. Featuring a vintage-inspired deep statement collar and cropped silhouette, these modal-made pajamas fit true to size and are a cozy option to keep on rotation. It's time to feel as comfortable at brunch as you feel in bed, because why not?
Price at time of publish: $159
Size Range: XS-XXL | Colors/Prints: Blue, Ivory, Sage, White, Black, Lemon Yellow, Alice Check, + more | Material: 100% polyester | Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
Best Leakproof: Ruby Love Period Loungewear Onesie
If you stress out about sleeping during your time of the month, we feel you. Ruby Love creates period-proof apparel so you can just keep living your life without the worry of leaking, staining, or unpleasant odors. The onesie comes in a few different prints as well as black, with a wide size range up to 3X. Plus, it's comfortable enough to wear throughout the month, not just during your period. The brand says if care instructions are followed, it can last up to three years, which seems like a pretty good deal for a dry, comfortable night's sleep.
Price at time of publish: $49.99
Size Range: Juniors-3X | Colors/Prints: Onyx, Mellow Yellow, Hibernate, Quiet Time, Snoozin', Cotton Candy Dreams | Material: Sleep Pant: 92% cotton, 8% spandex; Gusset: 2 layers of 100% absorbent cotton and dri-tech mesh | Care: Machine wash and dry on low heat
Best Flannel: Rails Clara Pajama Set
On those chilly winter nights, there is nothing more heartwarming than wrapping up in a pair of cozy flannel pajamas. Rails is famous for its flannel, so it only makes sense to invest in them head-to-toe. Plus, they offer plenty of classic plaid prints that lean classic rather than trendy, so you can expect to keep these in your rotation for plenty of cold winters ahead.
Size Range: XXS-2X | Colors/Prints: Sky Ivory Midnight, Charcoal Onyx Check, Black Storm Berry, Spruce Seafoam White, Black Cheetah Spots, +more | Material: 100% rayon | Care: Hand wash cold
Best Made-to-Order: Prayers and Plans Jessica Flare Silk White Set
If you're looking for a set of pajamas literally made for you, look no further than this pair by Prayers and Plans. The gorgeous cream and black colorway is classically gorgeous, but the oversize flared sleeves add that extra flair you may be looking for. The brand notes you can include your specific measurements in the note of your order for a custom fit since these sets are made to order.
Price at time of publish: $174
Size Range: XS-XXL (in regular, petite, and tall); can include custom measurements | Colors/Prints: White/Black, Pearl White | Material: Signature silk-blend | Care: Gentle hand wash or dry clean
Most Comfortable: Eberjey Gisele Long PJ Set
Eberjey is known for their buttery-soft pajamas, and this iconic set is no exception. It is oversized but constructed in a way that makes you feel like you have your life together—which let’s face it, we could all use right now. The wide array of color options makes it a great gifting option, as well.
Price at time of publish: $138
Size Range: XS-XXL | Colors/Prints: Black/Sorbet Pink, Ivory, Navy/Ivory, Kelp/Bone, Hazelnut/Bone, Indigo Blue/Ivory, +more | Material: 95% modal, 5% spandex | Care: Hand wash only
Best Long Johns: Free People Home Alone Long Johns
There’s nothing better than a steamy beverage curled up in a pair of long johns. Made of polyester and cotton, this one feels soft and has enough stretch to move in. The waffle knit texture, modern prints, and hook and eye closures add details that differentiate this pair of long johns from its old-school ancestors.
Size Range: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Warm Combo, Deep Navy Combo | Material: 46% polyester, 35% cotton, 12% viscose, 7% elastane | Care: Machine wash
Best Cotton: Pour Les Femmes Crinkled Organic Cotton-Blend Voile Pajama Set
The Japanese cotton-voile material and flexible drawstring make this set lightweight, breathable, and endlessly comfortable. The best part? Each Pour Les Femmes set comes with matching lingerie to be taken on the go. We think this set could also double as a beach cover-up thanks to its breezy linen-like feel.
Size Range: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Lavender, Green, Light Blue | Material: 99% organic cotton, 1% polyurethane | Care: Machine wash
What to Look for When Buying Pajamas
Cotton, silk, or synthetic? The material you choose in your pajamas will determine how well they work for you. Coordinate your pajama fabric choices with the season, opting for more breathable and cool materials in cooler months, and sturdier, warmer fabrics in colder times. Even within single fabrics, such as silk, there may be significant differences.
Is longevity a priority for you, or do you prefer trendy styles and patterns? How long you want your pajamas to last should be a factor in what you decide to pay for them. As with anything in life, if it's too good a deal to be true, it probably is.
If you're purchasing pajamas online, it's important to check the sizing chart. That will help ensure your new PJs won't be heading right back into a return envelope. Beyond that, know what you're looking for when it comes to silhouette so that you're not disappointed when a set looks as comfortable as it feels.
From fabric bleeding to hand washing, know what you're getting into before you get into your new pajamas. If a pair is hand wash or dry clean only, be prepared to spend that time or money on their upkeep. Read the care instructions closely before committing.
How do I choose the right pajamas?
Choose a fabric that's appropriate for the season you're in so that your pajamas don't make you too hot or too hold. Additionally, select a fit that will stay comfortable for all the hours you'll be wearing them—although there's nothing wrong with having extra PJs on hand purely for their cuteness.
Which fabric is the best for pajamas?
"Silk is preferred for bedtime for the slippery transitions when changing positions in sleep," says Imm. "Silk naturally moves with your body, whereas cotton and other materials don't move as effortlessly against the materials of your sheets and blankets." Silk is also a top choice for pajamas due to its ability to thermoregulate.
Linen is lightweight but durable enough to last a long time. And of course, cotton breathes well, making it too a top choice. Polyester is less breathable and not recommended if you lean warm when sleeping.
How often should you change your pajamas?
Where once we may have only worn pajamas to sleep in, current culture dictates that these guys get a lot of daytime wear. It depends what you're doing in your pajamas, really. If you sweat a lot in your sleep, they should be in the wash after one session, and if you aren't showering often, you'll want to change them more frequently too. Otherwise, every few days or a max of one week is considered fine.
Why Trust Byrdie?
Natasha Marsh is a stylist-turned-fashion-writer who contributes to Byrdie, Cosmopolitan, and Popsugar. Natasha has lived in Florence, London, and Brooklyn, and can always be found with a packed carry-on for her next trip. Prior to freelancing, she held styling staff positions at The Wall Street Journal, Burberry, Cosmopolitan Magazine, British GQ, and Harpers Bazaar.
This commerce roundup was updated by Erika Reals, Byrdie's Associate Fashion Editor on the commerce team. She has over three years of experience in commerce editorial and four years working in the fashion space (not to mention an entire drawer strictly dedicated to her beloved pajama sets).
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