The best pajamas for women should aid you in your bid for a good night's sleep. From breathable cotton to sumptuous silk, picking the perfect pair of pajamas boils down to more than just aesthetics.
While the best pajamas might never make it past your front door, they're undoubtedly one of the most important items in your wardrobe essentials. Not quite considered part of your capsule wardrobe, pajamas will be the one item you spend an infinite amount of time, maybe even more time than in your best jeans, so getting them right is important.
The pajama market for women right now is booming, with a mixture of great collections from staple fashion brands and a crop of new designer and specialist brands that have made giving you the comfiest night sleep their mission. But the best pajamas for women aren't just good for sleeping in. We've all gotten used to giving ourselves a little more downtime and paired with the best slippers and best robes, pajamas can double up as some of the best loungewear too. We've rounded up our favorites for style and comfort.
Best pajamas for women—shopping links
- Bonsoir London—a heritage British brand using luxury fabrics and classic cuts.
- Desmond & Dempsey—all about prints, this is the place to head for timeless silhouettes in fun colors.
- Fable & Eve—with a focus on responsible production, they use sustainable fabrics for their collections.
- Intimissimi—with affordable price points, we love their pajama/loungewear fusion.
- Marks and Spencer—with the most affordable prices, M&S have great prints too.
- Sleeper—a favorite amongst the fashion crowd, these pieces can be worn outside of the bedroom too.
- The White Company—our go-to for everyday luxury pajamas.
- Yolke—the prettiest pajamas, it's the Peter pan collars and ruffle detailing that charms us.
Best pajamas for women—what to consider
When it comes to selecting the best pajamas for women, there are a few things to consider.
- Fabric—opt for natural or natural blend fabrics for all night breathability
- Use—now obviously their primary use is sleep, but are you someone who then wants to laze around the house in them too, having pajamas that almost borderline loungewear? Or are you someone who has to get dressed in the morning, straight away?
- Aesthetics—from the uber-glam, retro, feathered trims to pretty and printed, or something closer to the best joggers, deciphering your pajama style is also a key consideration.
These are the best pajamas chosen by our fashion team...
1. Marks & Spencer
This British clothing brand is an institution when it comes to the best basics, so it's no surprise that M&S are one of our go-to brands for the best pajamas for women. Not only do they have great quality pieces in cute prints but they have brilliant price points too, with lovely fabrications.
M&S Pure Cotton Striped Pyjama Set
RRP: $22 / £12.50 | This lovely striped set will be as comfortable as your best leggings and favorite t-shirt combo. Ideal for lounging as well as sleeping.
M&S Cotton Rich Cat Print Pajamas
RRP: $22 / £12.50 | If you're someone who likes a fun print or character pajama set, then M&S certainly has you covered. A lovely gift or self gift item.
2. The White Company
The White Company is where we head for luxury basics that don't cost the earth. While we've always enjoyed good pajamas and lovely loungewear, after the last two years, we've realized how important feeling secure and comfortable at home truly is. The White Company always keeps it classic, with lots of lovely light neutrals, timeless stripes and chic prints. For the new season expect lots of cotton fabrications, both long and short pajama sets that will be ideal for warm weather.
The White Company Stripe Double-Cotton Short Pyjama Set
RRP: $95 / £65 | This classic cotton pajama set with shorts and short sleeved top will be the nightwear set you'll wear on-repeat in the summer months.
The White Company Tie-Hem Rib Jersey Short Pajama Set
RRP: $85 / £65 | This ribbed cotton set with tie ribbon is the slouchy, comfy set that we all need right now. Great for lazy lounging too.
Italian clothing brand Intimissimi specializes in lingerie, hosiery and loungewear. With lots of lovely fabrications and great price points, as you might expect from an Italian fashion brand, their pajamas are both super chic and really wearable. Sold as separates rather than sets, they have lots of lovely mix and match collections so you can make the set that's right for you. The mix and match idea is also particularly good if you're different sizes on the top and bottom.
Intimissimi Long-Sleeved Top
RRP: $59 / £45 | 96% cotton with 4% elastane for stretch, this comfortable and cool long-sleeve top will be ideal as we head into spring. Pair with matching neutral-hued striped pajama trousers.
Intimissimi Bloom & Bellissima Shorts
RRP: $39 / £35 | Made from modal, a plant-based fabric derived from sustainable and renewable wood sources, they're better for the environment too. There's a matching top, robe and bralette items too.
Intimissimi Long Sleeve Striped Top
RRP: $39 / £35 | Just like your fave Breton top, a striped loungewear or pajama top will always feel stylish. This top can easily be paired with existing wardrobe items too.
Launched as a luxury sleepwear brand in 2013, Yolke have garnered a reputation for beautiful silk pieces (with stretch) in classic silhouettes with gorgeous prints and playful twists.
The brand has since grown to encompass childrenswear, ready-to-wear and homeware categories so you can inject your life with print and color.
Yolke Thebe Short Set
RRP: $238 / £175 | With Peter Pan collar and sweet ruffle detailing on the shorts, this Yolke silk pajama set, in stunning spring-ready print is irresistible. In temperature moderating silk, these look like a co-ord you could walk out the door in too.
Yolke Cotton Pajamas
RRP: $177 / £130 | Cotton pajamas are a great option all year through. Comfortable, breathable and easy to care for, these have a fantastic print to make them that bit more special than your average nightwear. We love the matching eyemask too, beautiful.
5. Bonsoir London
With a history that dates back to 1926, Bonsoir of London specializes in fine craftsmanship and timeless elegance. Using premium materials and the most delightful of natural fabrics, including super-soft cashmere, crisp cotton and luxurious silks.
Bonsoir Cotton Pajamas
RRP: $253.66 / £190 | Made with Liberty print fabric, in a traditional pajama silhouette, could these pajamas get any more iconically British? Available in four different colorways.
Bonsoir Jersey Pajamas
RRP: $132.17 / £99 | Made from a cotton/modal mix, these pajamas are great for regulating body temperature. Modal adapts to seasonal changes, keeping you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm.
6. Desmond & Dempsey
Fashionista favorite, Desmond and Dempsey are all about the print. The brand was launched after a failed hunt for pajamas in the UK and an obsession with beautiful night and loungewear was born.
"Proper pajamas are to leisure what butter is to toast; a way of turning something quite ordinary into something quite magical. And we’re all about the magic of ordinary things."—Desmond & Dempsey.
Desmond & Dempsey Parrot Print
RRP: $200.26 / £150 | Known for their eclectic and quirky prints, these parrot pajamas do not disappoint. In fact, they're so beautiful you might want to wear them out, and we wouldn't blame you.
Desmond & Dempsey Cuban Lounge Set
RRP: $186.91 / £140 | Pajamas meets loungewear, however you choose to enjoy this 100% linen set, you can rest assured that you'll be supremely comfortable and utterly chic.
7. Fable & Eve
Not just a beautiful pajama brand, Fable & Eve has conscious product at their core. Keen to produce in a responsible way, Fable & Eve use 100% natural fibers and choose modal/cotton blends that don’t use any harsh or synthetic chemicals. The prints are beautiful and often carried through into coordinating eyemasks and robes for a really cohesive look. Making this ideal for gifting and self gifting.
Fable & Eve Stripe Floral Pajama Set
RRP: $113.48 / £85 | Available with matching eye mask, headwrap and robe, you can fully embrace this print into every part of your sleep and loungewear life. Pairing to classic styles together makes for a super striking set.
Fable & Eve Abstract Print Shorty Set
RRP: $ / £64 | We love this striking color combo. The bold blue with the white and the yellow makes for a gorgeous set and the short sleeve and short hem means this will be ideal for warm weather too.
This fashion brand creates the most covetable of loungewear and pajama sets. This is high fashion sleepwear at its finest, with boudoir style feather detailing, silky executions and luxe looks that you can wear to bed as well as throw on heels to head to a party in too. While their pajama and loungewear combos will up your at-home glam aesthetic, make no mistake, these are for whenever you need to feel like the starring role in your own screenplay.
Sleeper Party Pajama Set with Feathers
RRP: $325 | The most glam pajamas in this piece. Having a late night? Go out in this amazing pajama set, remove your heels and get straight into bed. This really does give a new meaning to one-stop dressing.
Sleeper Sizeless Pajama Sets
RRP: $285 | These relaxed and silky pajamas are made from 100% Eco-rayon. With a matching hair ribbon, these sizeless pajamas play into the oversized trend but will also be just supremely comfortable for lazing around.
What are the most comfortable women's pajamas
The best pajamas for women does in part boil down to the time of year. In the winter you will want cozy fabrics such as brushed cotton, fleece and cashmere blends to keep you snug against the winter chill. In the summer you will want less warm-to-the-touch fabrics such as lightweight cotton, linen, and silk fabrications—although silk can work all year through due to its unique properties.
The one thing all of these pajamas do have in common though is breathability. The best pajamas to choose will always be natural fabrics or at the very least, blends with a high percentage of natural fabrics. That is because these fabrics—cotton, silk, linen, modal and cashmere, all have the ability to help regulate your body temperature and that in turn will help you get a good night's sleep.
When it comes to stretch, there are two divided camps here. Whilel a stretchy waistband is a must for maximum comfort at bedtime, not everyone will subscribe to pajamas with stretch woven throughout the fabric and this will come down to personal preference.
Rivkie is a fashion editor, writer and stylist with over fifteen years' experience in the industry. Having studied design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, Rivkie fell in love with styling and journalism, covering fashion weeks in London, Paris and New York.
Specialising in plus size fashion, Rivkie has long championed that style is for everyBODY and has been a regular talking head on a host of radio stations and television shows, pushing for greater representation for plus size women and fashion throughout her career.
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