Manhood is just a series of small victories leading into your thirties — when things seem to settle down a bit. Whether it’s your first time getting behind the wheel of a car or applying for your first mortgage, there are certain milestones essential to becoming an adult. One such milestone that’s often forgotten is transitioning from dingy basketball shorts or sweatpants into proper pyjamas. Reserved in our cultural mind’s eye for British aristocrats or retired actors in Palm Springs, a pyjama set is an oft-forgotten step in the right direction towards having your shit together.
And with cold nights ahead, there’s no better time to get cozy, and lounge in something comfortable. Lucky for you, we've rounded up the 12 best places to purchase your next set of pyjamas right now.
J. Crew has been putting out pyjamas for as long as I can remember. As such, they’ve been under the Christmas tree quite a few times in my household. Classically American, they don’t even have to try to sell me on picking these up year after year. With J.Crew’s history in shirt-making and the brand's expertise on casual apparel, they’ve used this know-how to create a sleepwear set that is structured without being fitted and tailored without being stiff. It’s a pair of PJs that somehow makes me feel like I’m dressed up to go to bed.
Editor's Pick: Buffalo Check Flannel Pajama Set ($98)
The creators of Alex Mill have a pedigree that extends from Gap to J.Crew to Madewell, so who better to build a pyjama set that’s entrenched in American prep? Partnering with Graydon Carter’s latest venture, a weekly magazine called Air Mail, they have created an outfit that embraces slow weekends and nods to the yesteryear of Sundays in bed. The deep front pockets add a touch of functionality to the pyjama top, a perfect size to tuck away your phone, a book, or perhaps a candy bar (my preferred breakfast, if you must know).
Before you shell out a couple hundred dollars for a pyjama set, why not test the waters with a more economical option? Hanes is great. The classic woven set is the perfect weight for those who aren’t used to structure while sleeping. The pant legs are a bit wider than others on this list, so it’s a good option for a looser, more comfortable fit.
Editor's Pick: Woven Pajamas ($24)
It’s hard to balance sophistication and comfort, but in these pyjamas, it just got a lot easier. This sleek black set with contrasting white piping is a masterful way to go from Black Tie to bedtime. Made from breathable, stain-resistant, and soft modal fabric, this option is just one of Eberjey's many stylish sleepwear sets.
Editor's Pick: William TENCEL Modal Long PJ Set ($158)
For this classic, I feel I should be spelling it “pajamas," that’s how ingrained L.L. Bean is in the fabric of American fashion. And fabrics don’t get any more American than the classic Rob Roy Tartan, which we more commonly call buffalo plaid. LL Bean uses Portuguese flannel with a thicker thread than traditional flannel, making it perfect for insulation and more durable than other flannel PJs in the market.
Editor's Pick: Rob Roy Tartan Flannel Pajamas ($79)
Piglet has built a brand on classics — and they do it well. The Midnight Stripe set harkens back to latter-day Hollywood, while the bit of orange piping helps to modernize this outfit. Made from stonewashed linen, it’s a year-round pyjama set, so you can breathe in the summer and stay warm all winter.
Editor's Pick: Gray Linen Pajama Set ($145)
You know pyjamas have hit the mainstream when Abercrombie is stocking some of the best ones out there. Built with an athletic fit to combat the boxy shape of traditional sleep sets, these pyjamas are a flattering cut on any body type. With a blend of cotton and viscose, it has a bit of stretch and a soft-touch feel that might be cheating a little, but we don’t mind when it’s this comfortable.
Editor's Pick: Flannel Sleep Set ($69)
Barbour, a brand that’s known for its iconic wax jackets, knows a thing or two about cold weather attire. The Barbour Laith PJ Set (preferably in Classic Tartan to match my Ashby) is the kind of sleepwear you want on those mornings where you spend an embarrassingly long time on the couch with a coffee mug in hand.
Editor's Pick: Laith Tartan Pajamas ($150)
Uniqlo’s proprietary AIRism cotton material was made popular last year with its extremely comfortable face masks. Now this breathable fabric has been constructed into a breezy pyjama set. A loose fit and a grey pattern make this the ideal loungewear. Stay in them all day, we dare you. You’re not gonna sweat a drop in them.
Editor's Pick: AIRism Long-Sleeve Cotton Pajamas ($40)
Who would dare do pyjamas better than the insanely cool UK brand Desmond & Dempsey? This brand describes their pyjama sets as “proper," which we take to mean tailored and made with an emphasis on form over function. Coming in a variety of prints (monkeys, and tigers, and jaguars — oh my!), these pyjamas are just as much art as they are loungewear.
Editor's Pick: Sansindo Tiger Print Pyjama Set ($175)
It’s not often I want to revert back to toddlerdom, but Sleepy Jones may change that for me. This is the first set on the list that’s not a button-down, but it’s for good reason. This rugby-weight cotton ensemble has a heavy fabric for insulation, while giving you all the movement and comfort of a rowdy three-year-old. Your nephew’s going to be jealous.
Editor's Pick: Keith Lounge Set ($198)
I’m not proud of it, but I felt I had to include one novelty PJ set for the festive time of year. Enter Hanna Andersson’s long john set. A classic design that’s available for the entire family — yes, even for dogs — makes this one of those roll-your-eyes-but-secretly-love-it traditions that creeps up when you’re surrounded by family and had a bit too much to drink.